Just off his recent Golden Globe nomination, funnyman Steve Carell likes to keep a low profile in the entertainment industry, as the Concord, Massachusetts native is not terribly fond of talk show appearances or interviews. However, his current schedule is jam-packed with a number of projects currently in the works or soon to begin in the near future. About to be released on April 9, his newest movie, Date Night, costarring Tina Fey, combines action and comedy as the funny flick follows an unlucky married couples’ misadventures after an unfortunate case of mistaken identity on their night out on the town. The movie also happens to costar Dorchester’s Mark Wahlberg.
Already in post production, Carell also has 2 movies, Dinner for Schmucks and Despicable Me, of which he is using his voice talents. The talented star of “The Office” and the 40 Year Old Virgin has eight other movies currently in development, including Get Smart 2, two untitled projects, and Missing Links, written by Jay Lavender, who wrote The Break-Up.
No word on how this plethora of projects will affect Carell’s ability to keep up his responsibilities at his general store. The part-time Marshfield, Massachusetts resident purchased a 155-year old general store on the south shore towards the start of last year.
Patricia Sheridan of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently sat down with “Saturday Night Live”s head writer, and Bedford, New Hampshire native Seth Meyers to discuss his work on the long-running NBC show, his family connections to show-business, and what he feels like is his best work.
In the January 4 article for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Meyers, whose younger brother Josh appeared on “MADtv” before it was cancelled, tells Sheridan that he prefers writing material for other people, rather than himself. Though, the “Weekend Update” host writes many jokes for himself since co-anchors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler left for their own primetime sitcoms.
When the Pittsburgh columnist asked the comedian about sports, Meyers said:
“I’ve got to be honest with you, I was never much of a hockey fan. I do root for the Penguins, but there’s no real passion there. I’m a crazy Steelers fan. I grew up in New Hampshire, so I’m actually a Red Sox fan and a Celtics fan. My father was from Pittsburgh and being a Steelers fan was not negotiable. We were not allowed to be Patriots fans. It’s worked out great. Being a Steelers fan is something to be proud of and I’ve been very lucky. And I met Troy Polamalu when he was on Jimmy Fallon. So that was it. I can die in peace.”
The fall movie season is ramping up, and the next month contains not one but two star-studded, filmed-in-Boston flicks ready to thrill you, or tickle your funny bone.
First up, Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, and Rosamund Pike; this futuristic, sci-fi thriller follows the story of a cop (Willis) who must leave his home after years in isolation in order to investigate the murders of surrogate robots through which humans are able to interact. This 2008 production happened all over Boston and beyond, with other towns including Hopedale, Lawrence, Lynn, Wayland, and Woburn, Massachusetts all playing host to scenes in the film. Other areas included the old Paul Dever School in Taunton, the former Worcester courthouse in Worcester. Boston’s South End and South Street in the Leather District were also used during filming. The Human Scale office at 179 South Street was transformed into a futuristic robot salon where Willis shot scenes in July of ’08. Surrogates will be in theaters September 25.
The Invention of Lying, starring Jennifer Garner, Rob Low, Jason Bateman, Christopher Guest, Jeffrey Tambor, and the incredibly talented Tina Fey will be sure to please those in search of a snicker on October 2. The playful film takes place in a world where no one has ever lied before, until a writer devises the mechanics for his own purposes. Also filmed in 2008, production took the stars all over Boston, Lowell, Quincy, and North Andover.
The Invention of Lying, shot in Lowell, MA last Spring along with shoots in Quincy, MA, North Andover, MA, and Boston may premiere in Lowell upon it’s release on September 25th. The recent release of the film’s trailer has the Lowell community hoping for a premiere or at least screening party.
According to the Lowell Sun, Deb Belanger, executive director of the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau stated “Our goal is to do some sort of premiere or advance screening at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, but if that does not work out our Plan B is to use the Cinema and do a big event out there.”
Starring Jennifer Garner and British comedian Ricky Gervais, the film was written and directed by Gervais and Matthew Robinson. The the comedy is set in a world where no one has ever lied, and stars Gervais as a performer who tells the world’s first lie. The film also stars Rob Lowe, Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Jonah Hill and Christopher Guest.
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