Sunday, May 31, 2009

Movie set travel guide for ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’

Kevin James, currently filming the Adam Sandler flick “Grown Ups,” is still riding high after the surprise success of the made-in-Boston film “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” His shopping-mall saga earned a killing at the box office last January and continues to dominate with DVD sales.

Who knew that the goofball antics of a misfit security guard and his cast of mall-rat pals would segue … or is it Segway … its way into slacker infamy?

"Paul Blart: Mall Cop" stars James as an overzealous guard on a mission to stop a group of organized crooks who take over a mall. Blart's dream of becoming a New Jersey police officer fails miserably after he blacks out during an obstacle-course test. Turns out he has low blood sugar.

In honor of the release of "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" on DVD, we offer you inspiration from the movie's locations. Time to whip out the Segway ... and the candy.

WHERE TO SHOP:
While the movie is set at the fictional West Orange Pavilion Mall in New Jersey, a majority of the film was shot on location at the Burlington Mall. James, already preparing to star in a new movie called “The Zookeeper” slotted to begin filming at the Franklin Park Zoo in July, shot “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” between March and June 2008. In several scenes, many of the storefronts in the flick feature summer clothing—everything from bikinis to shorts to beach towels.

Burlington Mall, located at 75 Middlesex Turnpike, features more than 185 specialty shops and a newly renovated food court. The movie takes place on “Black Friday,” so the set features an over-the-top Santa’s Village where the villains—a crew of BMX bikers, runners and skateboarders— use the white “snow drifts” as ramps.

While the smaller shops in film showcase summer goods, many of the mall’s anchor stores like Macy’s and Sears got into the spirit and played along with the Christmas gag.

"Ugly Betty's" Jayma Mays co-stars as Blart's love interest, the owner of a hair-extensions kiosk called “Un-be-weavable.” Of course, her shop is as real as the fictional West Orange Pavilion Mall.

While checking out the Burlington Mall, visit Victoria’s Secret. Waltham native Zele Avradopoulos shot a short but memorable scene at the lingerie shop that’s getting major play in the latest commercial promoting the DVD. The local actress smacks James after he implies that she’s overweight. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

WHERE TO EAT:
Legal Sea Foods, a New England dining staple, gets major screen time in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” For example, when Blart takes his oath “to protect this mall and all inside it,” he rides his Segway past the large-sized fish palace.

James shot one sequence at Joe's American Bar & Grill at the South Shore Plaza with Mays and local actress Suzanne England, a 40-year-old Mansfield mother of three. In the scene, James' Blart character gets sloshed in a bar, located at 250 Granite St. in Braintree, after accidentally downing a drink with alcohol. A drunk Blart then tells the stunning England that she's not his type.

Also, if you want to skip the big-screen restaurants and go for the real deal, James frequents one of the best steak houses in Boston, Abe & Louie’s located at 793 Boylston St.

WHERE TO STAY:
If you’re going for the ultimate “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” experience, reserve a room at the Boston Marriott in Burlington located at One Burlington Mall Rd. It’s literally steps away from the fictional West Orange Pavilion Mall set.

However, if you want to stay where stars like James and his pals from the film “Grown Ups” frequent, spend a night at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Boston located at 776 Boylston St. Featuring 148 guestrooms and suites that span over 14 floors, the new Mandarin Oriental Boston officially opened its doors last October.

While extravagant in both price and amenities, the rooms boast a to-die-for view of the Back Bay. And, who knows, you may bump into the man behind “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” during your visit.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Exclusive 'Hitched or Ditched' TV viewing party

Join Loaded Gun Boston and celebrity wedding stylist Chad Michael Peters at an exclusive viewing party with Jesse and Anissa, the Boston couple featured on the new wedding-themed CW show "Hitched or Ditched" at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 at The Place located at 2 Broad Street near Faneuil Hall and the Financial District.

Click here to RSVP.

Peters helped orchestrate the ceremony for Jesse, a 30-year-old mortgage banker and Anissa, a 22-year-old systems analyst. After four years of courting, the couple is given “the ultimatum of a lifetime” and has a week to discover whether they should get married or go their separate ways.

“It was very high stress and I was working close with the producers day after day planning this over-the-top celebrity wedding,” Peters adds. “It was, in essence, a very expensive art project. I started out as the floral stylist and really moved in, with my skill set, to give some valuable insight with regard to style and certainly thinking about weddings as fashion.”

CW has titled the Boston-set episode “A Cheater In Beantown,” alluding to potential issues regarding trust and infidelity with the couple. But will Anissa and Jesse ultimately tie the knot?

“I was there in the room while the whole thing went on, but I’m not going to tell you what happened,” Peters teases. “I will say that I was caught up in the moment, with tears in my eyes and was left breathless when the bride walked into the room.”

RSVP here for the Loaded Gun Boston-sponsored event 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 at The Place to watch the show with the couple as the drama unfolds.

Click here for the latest on "Hitched or Ditched."

Friday, May 29, 2009

Ben Affleck's 'The Town' casting in Charlestown

Calling all thugs with a Boston accent. C.P. Casting is holding an open casting call for Ben Affleck's "The Town" from 3:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 29 at the Charlestown Community Center located at 255 Medford Street.

Casting scouts are looking for men and women over 18 and they're seeking all types--bad guys, neighborhood folks, cops, detectives, wives, girlfriends and mothers. But scouts are specifically looking for locals with Boston accents.

Affleck, currently in town filming the John Wells downsizing drama "The Company Men," is already in pre-production for the Charlestown-based flick "The Town," an adaptation of the blue-collar heist novel "Prince of Thieves" by Chuck Hogan which was written for the big screen by Peter Craig.

The homegrown talent will write, star and direct in the film following a bizarre love triangle involving a crook, a female bankteller and a FBI agent.

Graham King, producer of recently shot "Edge of Darkness" starring Mel Gibson, plans to make a return trip to the Hub with Affleck's "The Town."

Click here the lowdown on "The Town" casting call and here for the size card.

Profile on Iraq War vet and gay playwright Jeff Key

Here's an excerpt from my profile on GLBT trailblazer Jeff Key in Bay Windows:

It’s Memorial Day and Iraq War veteran Jeff Key, currently in Boston to promote his acclaimed one-man show "The Eyes of Babylon," has a take-no-prisoners tone when it comes to the basic human rights the warrior-turned-playwright believed he was fighting for when he signed up for the military in 2000.

"As we do this interview, there’s a young gay kid right now seriously contemplating suicide," he says, sitting outside of J.P. Licks in Mission Hill wearing a black "Iraq Veterans Against the War" t-shirt. "The people who claim that homosexuality is an abomination are the same people who perpetuate the atrocities currently happening in the Middle East. Just last week in Afghanistan our bombs burnt the skin off innocent women and children," Key says, with tears welling up as he speaks.

"This whole bizarre concept that they weave together as being the righteous position which includes bombing innocent people and oppressing gay people is something right out 1930s Germany," he emotes. "When will it end?"

Ask him to comment on hot-button topics ranging from President Barack Obama’s waning pledge to overturn the Clinton-era policy of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" or California’s decision to uphold the Prop. 8 ban on same-sex marriage, and the openly gay Marine’s simmering passion transforms into rage.

"Gay marriage is a great lightning rod because it poses a simple question: Are we Americans like everybody else or are we not? It’s so peculiar that gay men are labeled as weak, that we’re the ’weaker sex.’ When we ban together, there isn’t a stronger group. If all of the alphabet groups, all of the LGBTQs out there in the world, stick together ... there’s no stopping us."

The 43-year-old activist continues, "If you were on the frontline and you had to choose between Bill O’Reilly or RuPaul to fight beside you in a war, who would you choose? It’s a no-brainer."

Jeff Key will perform "The Eyes of Babylon" from Thursday, May 28 through Sunday, May 31, and Thursday, June 4 through Saturday, June 6. Sunday show 2:00 p.m., all others 8:00 p.m. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston), tickets $25 via bu.edu/bpt.


Click here for the complete article in Bay Windows.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The week in quotes from Hollywood in the Hub

"I was really overjoyed to find that more and more people because of the Internet the world is smaller place, people can get the content with immediacy so that that wall--that culture gap that used to be there--isn’t there. It’s not like when people in Boston were wearing what people were wearing in California three years ago."

--Arlington homeboy and "My Best Friend's Girl" troublemaker Dane Cook takes a backhanded jab at Boston's fashion sense while praising the immediacy of the Internet.

"I'm from Boston, and having a baseball bat with you at all times is a very Boston thing."

--Newton native Eli Roth, currently in Cannes promoting his role in
Quentin Tarantino's new WWII film "Inglourious Basterds," says his bat-wielding character engaged in a violent revenge plot in Nazi-occupied France feels oddly comfortable.

"The news out here is very much reporter driven, meaning we have to bring stories to work every day and work our sources. In Boston, many times we would rip from the paper and follow the headlines."

--Brandon Rudat, former newscaster at WHDH-TV, spills that he's more than a headline-stealing news reader over in Los Angeles.

“I was there in the room while the whole thing went on, but I’m not going to tell you what happened. I will say that I was caught up in the moment, with tears in my eyes and was left breathless when the bride walked into the room.”

--Wedding stylist Chad Michael Peters refuses to give the bride's fate away in the upcoming Boston-set episode of the CW's "Hitched or Ditched."

"It's an honor. We get to showcase our talents and do it in a fun setting with friends."

--Michael Schlow, executive chef and co-owner of the award-winning Radius and Via Matta restaurants in Boston, says his upcoming stint on Bravo's "Top Chef Masters" helped him sharpen his skills.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

'The Company Men' and 'Grown Ups' filming nearby

The Back Bay area, including Boylston and Newbury streets, was teaming with celebrities today with gangs from two made-in-Massachusetts flicks, "The Company Men" and "Grown Ups" gathered within a few blocks from each other.

Crews from "The Company Men" wrapped up shooting at Daisy Buchanan's pub around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27 and then headed to shoot an interior scene on the corner of Massachusetts and Commonwealth Avenues next to the Eliot Hotel located at 370 Commonwealth Avenue. Tommy Lee Jones was the featured player in the Daisy Buchanan's scene shot earlier on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Adam Sandler and his "Grown Ups" entourage including Kevin James and his former "Saturday Night Live" cohorts including Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Colin Quinn and Norm Macdonald met at the Mandarin Oriental Boston located at 776 Boylston St. for a pre-filming pow-wow. The "Grown Ups" gang then headed back to Southborough for an additional day of shooting at the Pilgrim Congregational Church and Old Burial Grounds located at 15 Common St.

The town of Southborough will reportedly snag an additional $1,330 for the extra day of "Grown Ups" filming at the church, topping off a pro-rated amount of $20,000 Columbia Pictures has already agreed to shell out to use the facility. However, an inside source tells Loaded Gun Boston that the fees paid to use the location ended up being a lot more than what was initially reported.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun, "The Company Men" production is scheduled to end next week for the principal actors with a wrap scheduled for Saturday, June 6. Production for "Grown Ups" is moving to Essex, a Cape Ann town near Gloucester which will continue until mid-August.

Click here for the latest on "The Company Men" and here for the latest on "Grown Ups."
--Adam Sandler and Tommy Lee Jones photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Photos from 'The Company Men' set in Marblehead

Crews for Ben Affleck's "The Company Men," the made-in-Boston film following a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing, filmed scenes with Harvard Alum Tommy Lee Jones at a private residence on Crowninshield Road in Marblehead on Tuesday, May 26. The home, with a stunning waterfront view, is the residence of Brian and Nancy McCarthy of Kelly's Roast Beef fame.

"Everyone working seemed relaxed, smiling and enjoying the beautiful weather," reports Ryan Miner from Beantown Photo, on assignment for Loaded Gun Boston. "The traffic was flowing nicely with no backups. Those who did show up to try and maybe say 'hi,' get some pics, and meet the actors or get an autograph didn’t stick around long because from the only viewpoint available filming was about a quarter of a mile away."

However, Miner says it was a tight set. "Police were stationed at the bottom of Crowninshield Road and only allowed local homeowners up the street. I heard second hand they said to a woman that they will arrest anyone trying to walk up the private road into the neighborhood."

Miner continues, "You can see a long mic boom so they may have been doing some outside filming, but the camera kept passing from in front of the left hand side of the house to around the corner, and into the area behind the light screens."

As previously reported, crews for John Wells' downsizing drama "The Company Men" are slotted to film on Wednesday, May 27 at Daisy Buchanan's pub located located at 240 Newbury St. on the corner of Fairfield.

Excluding the scene slotted with Affleck's golf club-wielding double at the Gannon Municipal Golf Course in Lynn on Tuesday, June 2, "The Company Men" production is ending later this week for the principal actors with a wrap party slotted for Sunday, May 31.

Click here for the latest on "The Company Men." --Copyrighted photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Kevin James will film 'The Zookeeper' this summer

Actress Rosario Dawson has signed on to star opposite Kevin James in the upcoming made-in-Massachusetts flick "The Zookeeper," the follow-up to "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" which is slotted to begin filming in late summer.

James, in Southborough last week and Tuesday, May 26 to shoot scenes with Adam Sandler and crew for the ultimate buddy flick "Grown Ups," will play the title role in the film produced by Sandler's Happy Madison Productions. In "The Zookeeper," he plays a zoo caretaker who consults with the animals in an attempt to learn their methods of dating and mating to help him win back the woman of his dreams.

Actress Leslie Bibb has also signed on to star with James.

Franklin Park Zoo and O Ya, an upscale Japanese-fusion restaurant located at 9 East Street in the Leather District, have been singled out as possible locations for "The Zookeeper," scheduled to hit theaters on July 23, 2010.

However, an inside source says it's likely that primary production will end up in the outskirts of Boston because of the film's content and well, its crew of large animals.

Lions, tigers and bears in Boston? Not likely.

"I wonder what city or town will allow us to march circus animals through the streets?" the source teases. "And, it won't be Boston."

Click here for the latest on "The Zookeeper."

Stylist gives scoop on Boston's 'Hitched or Ditched'

For celebrity wedding stylist Chad Michael Peters, the saying “for better or for worse” has new meaning after he was summoned to transform the Fairmont Copley Plaza into a stylish wedding venue for the made-in-Boston episode of the CW’s “Hitched or Ditched” reality show airing 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 2.

Peters helped orchestrate the ceremony for Jesse, a 30-year-old mortgage banker and Anissa, a 22-year-old systems analyst. After four years of courting, the couple is given “the ultimatum of a lifetime” and has a week to discover whether they should get married or go their separate ways.

“It was very high stress and I was working close with the producers day after day planning this over-the-top celebrity wedding,” he says, phoning from his home in Fairhaven. “It was, in essence, a very expensive art project. I started out as the floral stylist and really moved in, with my skill set, to give some valuable insight with regard to style and certainly thinking about weddings as fashion.”

The floral designer’s dilemma? He couldn’t consult with the couple until three days before the elaborate wedding ceremony.

“I heard what the bride and groom liked, but there was never any direct consultation,” Peters recalls. “Early on, I hadn’t met them at all and I wanted to put my passion into it. But, it was extremely important for me that if it was going to be somebody’s wedding that it needed to have this customized, personalized touch. It couldn’t be this blank thing or you wouldn’t get the emotion they wanted for TV.”

Following a couple on the verge of tying the knot, crews were in town filming last February at The Saint located at 90 Exeter St., up and down Commonwealth Avenue near Boston University and ultimately, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza.

When Peters finally consulted with the couple, he says the groom, Jesse, initially responded negatively.

“I met with them on a Saturday and the wedding was on a Tuesday and he was being so tough,” Peters remembers. “My designs were so beautiful and he said they looked like an Easter egg. I had a party planner moment and I was like, ‘this is your wedding. Are you going to mock your wedding on national TV?’ Jesse came to me after the production and apologized and said it was that moment when I won him over.”

However, winning over the bride and groom wasn’t the only hurdle thrown at Peters. After a disastrous accident involving a boom which knocked over his original arrangements releasing over 250 gallons of water, Peters then received a call from the network asking for a sexier design that would appeal to CW’s younger, “90210”-geared demographic.

“When we got the production call from the network saying ‘step it up and make it a fashion show,’ we really wanted to take it to the next level,” he recalls. “In the end, the director and the producers, all of whom have worked on ‘The Bachelor’ and are all big league, were effusively over the top. People at the ceremony said they could feel the passion in the room.”

The 37-year-old stylist adds, “It was exactly what you want Hollywood and Boston to be. There were parts of the design that I really pounded the table. And in the end, the pounding on the table was the difference between mediocrity and a brilliant TV show.”

CW has titled the Boston-set episode “A Cheater In Beantown,” alluding to potential issues regarding trust and infidelity with the couple. But will Anissa and Jesse ultimately tie the knot?

“I was there in the room while the whole thing went on, but I’m not going to tell you what happened,” Peters teases. “I will say that I was caught up in the moment, with tears in my eyes and was left breathless when the bride walked into the room.”

But, did they get hitched? “Well, you have to tune in to find out if she got married.”

Click here for the lowdown on Peters and here for the latest on CW's "Hitched or Ditched."--Photos courtesy The CW/Clare Folger and Person + Killian Photography.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Casting Ben Affleck look-alike with golfing skills

Pass for Cambridge homeboy Ben Affleck and have mad skills with a driver and 9-iron pitching wedge? You're in luck.

Billy Dowd Casting is on the hunt for an excellent golfer who is also a look-alike/photo double for Affleck for an upcoming scene featuring the hometown actor in the made-in-Boston flick "The Company Men." You must be around 6'2" with dark hair and have a killer swing.

On Tuesday, June 2, Affleck is scheduled to make a return visit to the Gannon Municipal Golf Course in Lynn to finish scenes he shot on Wednesday, April 8.

However, based on reports, Affleck had a few issues mastering the game. In fact, Affleck hit dirt with the golf club and a bucket full of balls when he teed up at McGolf in Dedham last month.

"He had a beard and it looked weird," says McGolf co-owner Marion McInerney here, adding that Affleck wasn't happy when a patron tried to snap his photo. "He said he wants to learn the game and he doesn't want to be made fun of."

When if comes to filming the golf scene, it appears that Affleck has dropped the ball ... literally.

As previously reported, crews for John Wells' downsizing drama "The Company Men" are slotted to film on Wednesday, May 27 at Daisy Buchanan's pub located located at 240 Newbury St. on the corner of Fairfield.

Before taking over Newbury Street on Wednesday, crews are scheduled to film at a private residence on Crowninshield Road in Marblehead on Tuesday, May 26. The home, with a stunning waterfront view, is the residence of Brian and Nancy McCarthy of Kelly's Roast Beef fame.

Interested in being Affleck's club-swinging double? E-mail Dowd at companymenextras@gmail.com with a photo and details about your golfing ability. Serious inquiries only.

Click here for the latest on "The Company Men."

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Local Michael Schlow makes 'Top Chef Masters' cut

Michael Schlow, executive chef and co-owner of the award-winning Radius and Via Matta restaurants in Boston, is slotted to appear in an upcoming episode of "Top Chef Masters" competition reality show airing on Bravo at 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 10.

Winner of the James Beard Award for "Best Chef in the Northeast" in 2000, the Brooklyn native and former baseball player moved to Boston in 1995 to reopen Café Louis. After a three-year stint as executive chef, Schlow turned up the heat on his larger plan for Radius. Since opening the upscale restaurant located at 8 High Street in Boston's Financial District with his friend and business partner Christopher Myers, the duo successfully spearheaded several successful restaurants in Boston including Via Matta, Great Bay and Wellesley's Alta Strada.

According to Bravo, the first six episodes of "Top Chef Masters" will consist of four chefs competing against each other to name one winner. The six winners of each episode will then meet up for the final four weeks when one person will get eliminated each episode until the finale where one winner is crowned Top Chef Master.

Schlow is scheduled to appear in the premiere episode airing on Wednesday, June 10 alongside chefs Hubert Keller, Christopher Lee and Tim Love.

If Schlow wins, he'll receive $100,000 for his charity of choice, the Cam Neely Foundation.
Click here for the lowdown on BravoTV.com.
--Photo courtesy Bravo

'The Company Men' filming at Daisy Buchanan's bar

Crews for the "The Company Men," the made-in-Boston film by director John Wells and starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner, are slotted to film on Wednesday, May 27 at Daisy Buchanan's pub located located at 240 Newbury St. on the corner of Fairfield.

Production is scheduled between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. and parking restrictions will be in effect on Newbury and Fairfield Streets for most of the day.

The subterranean Newbury Street bar and restaurant, named after the flapper heroine of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," packs in the frat boy crowd and its business-suit wearing alumni.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun, "The Company Men" follows a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing. Affleck plays a corporate bigwig whose six-figure salary is suddenly cut after he gets a pink slip.

Before taking over Newbury Street on Wednesday, crews are scheduled to film at a private residence on Crowninshield Road in Marblehead on Tuesday, May 26. The home, with a stunning waterfront view, is the residence of Brian and Nancy McCarthy of Kelly's Roast Beef fame.

On Tuesday, June 2, Affleck is scheduled to make a return visit to the Gannon Municipal Golf Course in Lynn to finish scenes he shot on Wednesday, April 8.

Click here for the latest on "The Company Men."

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Trailer for 'The Surrogates' film showcases Boston

Disney's Touchstone Pictures unveiled the trailer for the made-in-Boston flick "The Surrogates," scheduled to hit theaters on Friday, Sept. 25.

The sci-fi film, set in the near future where humans interact with one another through surrogate robots, stars Bruce Willis as a cop who tracks down murderers.

Slotted for release on September 25, "The Surrogates" was filmed in the Seaport District area on Necco Street as well as the Human Scale office located on 179 South Street which was transformed into a futuristic salon called "Artiface" where the futuristic robots lined up for a makeover ... or better yet, a tune up.

In fact, the opening sequence of the trailer is set at "Artiface" and was shot on South Street in Boston. Also, the climactic end of the trailer, where almost 300 extras and actors suddenly fall to the ground and play dead, was shot on Water Street in the Financial District.

Pittsfield native Elizabeth Banks, who makes her debut as a producer in the anticipated film, tells MTV.com that her behind-the-scenes romp with futuristic robots was, well, intellectually stimulating.

"People don't actually live their lives, but they send surrogate robots to go do everything for them — their work, their relationships, everything. They just sit at home and experience it in a chair," she says.

Banks continues, "So, you have all the sensation of a life, but you don't physically live it. It's interesting, because men can be women, women can be men, and ugly people can be beautiful."

Click here for the latest on "The Surrogates."

--Photo courtesy Touchstone Pictures

Friday, May 22, 2009

Adam Sandler's 'Grown Ups' film set in Connecticut

Here we go again. Adam Sandler's buddy flick "Grown Ups," currently filming at the Pilgrim Congregational Church and the Old Burial Ground in Southborough, revisits familiar territory where several lackluster made-in-Boston flicks failed miserably.

In "Grown Ups," Massachusetts is a stand-in for Connecticut.

In fact, set designers spent hours transforming a hearse borrowed from Chesmore Funeral Home in Holliston into a Nutmeg State vehicle. According to the MetroWest Daily here, film crews swapped the hearse's Massachusetts plates with ones from Connecticut. They even added a Constitution State inspection sticker to strive for authenticity.

My question: Wouldn't it make sense to make a few changes in the script and make it a Massachusetts-set flick? I mean, it must take a lot of effort, not to mention production dollars, to physically switch out a license plate and add regional-specific visuals in order to achieve some sort of aesthetic authenticity.

However, "Growns Ups" isn't alone with its identity crisis. Here's a list of several locally-shot flicks having undergone a location switcheroo:

*The Women, released Friday, Sept. 12
A remake of George Cukor's 1939 classic starring Ryan, Annette Bening, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Eva Mendez, "The Women" turned Boston's Newbury Street and various local locations in the South End and Copley Square area in to NYC.

*Bride Wars, released Friday, Jan. 9
Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson play best friends who are pitted against each other when their wedding dates clash. Boston is a stand-in for NYC.

*Paul Blart: Mall Cop, released Friday, Jan. 16
Kevin James stars in "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," a comedy about a security guard trying to stop a group of organized crooks who take over a mall. While set at the fictional West Orange Pavilion Mall in New Jersey, a majority of the film was shot at the mall in nearby Burlington and the South Shore Plaza in Braintree.

*Pink Panther 2, released Friday, Feb. 6
Martin's Jacques Clouseau teams up with a squad of bumbling International detectives in an attempt to stop a globe-trotting thief who specializes in stealing historical artifacts. Boston-area landmarks were showcased in the film ... although they were given a French manicure.

*Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, released Friday, May 1
A bachelor played by Matthew McConaughey is haunted by the ghosts of his past girlfriends (including Ben Affleck's wife Jennifer Garner) at his younger brother's wedding. Streets in Boston, including South Street near South Station and Marlborough Steet in the Back Bay, were transformed to look like the gentrified SoHo district in lower Manhattan.

*The Proposal, release Friday, June 12
Shot in the Bay State but set in NYC and Alaska? Diva boss Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) forces her assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her in order to keep from losing her visa status in NYC and avoid deportation to Canada. The Rockport-shot scenes act as a stand-in for ... get this ... Sitka, Alaska.

Click here for the latest on Sandler's "Grown Ups."

--Salma Hayek photo shot by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo for Loaded Gun Boston

'The Boston Stranglers' flick gearing for fall shoot

With media attention focused on producer Gale Anne Hurd's "Terminator Salvation" movie hitting theaters this weekend, the Overture Films exec spills to Arrow In The Head that she's moving forward with "The Boston Stranglers," a film adaptation based on Susan Kelly's 1996 book that revisits one of our city's darker chapters.

Hurd says the film shot right after the series of 11 murders in the early 1960s starring Tony Curtis and Henry Fonda got it all wrong. In fact, investigators of the case maintained that the homicides were not committed by one person.

"The true story of something that we … we all think we know the true story now, but we don’t. Which is that Albert DeSalvo was branded The Boston Strangler, there was a movie about him with Tony Curtis as DeSalvo. As it turns out he was never convicted of the crime," the producer says here.

Hurd continues, "The film is set up at Overture and we’re in the process of casting. And we hope to shoot in the fall."

Written by Alan Rosen, the screenplay starts with DeSalvo's initial string of crimes as he maneuvers his way into the homes of women pretending to be a scout for a modeling agency. The story turns into a multi-faceted dramatization of the so-called botched police investigation, including the intense media scrutiny fueled by the Boston Herald, and a jailhouse confession by DeSalvo to convicted murderer George Nassar.

Director Brian De Palma has been linked to the project.
--Archival photo from The Boston Herald

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mark Wahlberg's 'The Fighter' casting in Lowell

Think you're a contender? Boston Casting is holding an open casting call on Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lowell VFW Hall located at 190 Plain St. to cast extras for the upcoming Mark Wahlberg flick "The Fighter."

While the audition is open to union and non-union actors who are 18 years of age and older, Boston Casting is specifically looking for the following:


"The Fighter," which is scheduled to film in Lowell beginning in July, tells the story of Boston fighter "Irish" Micky Ward (Wahlberg) and how he was helped to the world lightweight championship by half-brother Dickie Eklund, played by Christian Bale.

Please bring a headshot and resume or a current photo and bio to the casting call. Click here for details. Also, click here for the latest on "The Fighter."

'Grown Ups' dust up at Woodward Elementary gym

Adam Sandler, currently filming the made-in-Massachusetts flick "Grown Ups" with stars including Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Salma Hayek at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Southborough, is using the gymnasium at the Woodward Elementary School located at 28 Cordaville Rd. to shoot some hoops.

However, Sandler's visit to the facility on Monday, May 18 reportedly ticked off a few parents.

One comment on My Southborough here suggests that Sandler kicked out a crew of kids while checking out the gym.

"I understand you walked into the very busy Woodward Elementary School gymnasium early this afternoon, and asked that all third graders enjoying recess [to] leave the gym," writes Matthew Brownell here. "Is that included in your production contract, Adam? You know, monopolizing an entire public elementary school gymnasium ... while kicking out 8-year-old children from recess for your self-ingratiating leisure?"

According to a post here, Sandler didn't "kick out" the kids. “Adam did use the gym, but, as far as we know, no one was inconvenienced. No kids missed gym or recess,” Superintendent Charles Gobron spills to My Southborough.

The "Grown Ups" script features scenes with the 12-year-old double versions of the six male stars. In a flashback sequence with their coach you can read here, there's a scene at a high school gym and at Flanders Lakehouse where the boys attend a banquet celebration in 1978 after winning a basketball game.

Will crews film the flashback scene at the Woodward Elementary School gym? Sources say "no." However, Columbia Pictures is reportedly paying the school $10,000 to use the Southborough facility.

Filming continues at the Pilgrim Church and the Old Burial Ground in Southborough until Friday, May 22 with a return visit on Tuesday, May 26.

Click here for the latest on Sandler's "Lake House."
--Photo shot by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo for Loaded Gun Boston

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Melissa Leo is a contender for 'The Fighter' movie

Veteran actress Melissa Leo, recently in town at Brandeis to promote her Oscar-nominated role in "Frozen River," is in negotiations to star alongside Christian Bale and Dorchester native Mark Wahlberg in the made-in-Massachusetts flick "The Fighter."

According to Variety, Leo is set to step in the ring as Bale and Wahlberg's mother.

In "Frozen River," Leo plays Ray Eddy, an upstate New York mom pushed to the financial edge and finds herself lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling. She presented the film at the Edie and Lew Wasserman Cinematheque, 415 South St. in Waltham on Thursday, Nov. 13.

"The Fighter," which is scheduled to film in Lowell beginning in July, tells the story of Boston fighter "Irish" Micky Ward (Wahlberg) and how he was helped to the world lightweight championship by half-brother Dicky Eklund.

Bale, slotted to play fallen fighter Eklund who ends up in the slammer after a drug-fueled robbery spree, reportedly got into character on Tuesday, May 12 by shadow boxing Eklund on the streets of the Highlands section of Lowell.

On Monday, May 11, Wahlberg met with Eklund at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Lowell to discuss locations to film scenes for the Ward biopic. Relativity Media has stepped up to finance the film and Paramount Pictures plans to distribute domestically.

After the tour in Lowell, Bale headed to the InterContinental Boston located at 500 Atlantic Ave. to unwind. Wahlberg, Bale and now Leo will head back to Boston and Lowell to begin filming "The Fighter" in July.

Click here for the latest on "The Fighter."

The week in quotes from Hollywood in the Hub

“I love this city. It’s a really European city, the parks are so beautiful and every block you go down the scenery is gorgeous.”

--
Vanna White, America's favorite letter-turner from "Wheel of Fortune," says her recent stint shooting promos for a series of episodes slotted to tape from Thursday, Sept. 3 until Saturday, Sept. 5 in Boston was F-U-N.

"When Betty White says she wants a cup of coffee, you get her a f*#king cup of coffee!"

--Legend Betty White slams Ryan Reynolds in the mock behind-the-scenes "Funny or Die" clip from the upcoming made-in-Massachusetts flick "The Proposal" starring "America's sweetheart" Sandra Bullock.

"I'm sea sick as a dog but I really don't care. This boat is unreal. If anybody doubts our fans ever ... then they can kiss my ass!"

--Dorchester homeboy Donnie Wahlberg tweets that the three-day Carnival Cruise Lines boat trip with more than 2,000 die-hard NKOTB fans was crazy and, well, made him a little queasy.

“I’m glad I broke my arm. Kevin James was really nice. He asked me, ‘How’d you break it?’ I came to see all (the stars), but Kevin James is probably now my favorite, because he was so nice.”

--Susie Swiderski, a movie fan from Westboro who had actor Kevin James sign her cast, says her close encounter with the gang from Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups" flick outside of the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Southborough was worth the pain.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

First look at Adam Sandler's 'Grown Ups' flick

The gang from Adam Sandler's made-in-Massachusetts movie "Grown Ups" were on set Monday, May 18 filming a funeral scene at the Pilgrim Congregational Church located at 15 Common St. in Southborough.

All of the film's major players were at the shoot including Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Salma Hayek. As previously reported in Loaded Gun Boston, the "Big Chill"-esque buddy flick is slotted to continue shooting in Southborough until Friday, May 22 with a return visit on Tuesday, May 26.

According to photographer Ryan Miner from Beantown Photo, on assignment for Loaded Gun Boston, the majority of the scenes were shot inside of Pilgrim Church on Monday, May 18 because of the weather.

However, the rain didn't stop the parade of stars.

"Adam Sandler waved to the crowd upon arriving at the set with a coffee cup in hand. Before leaving the set for lunch, he approached the crowd and signed autographs," Miner recalls.

"Chris Rock and David Spade took time before leaving to shake hands and sign autographs. Rob Schneider was about to be driven off when he asked his driver to stop the vehicle. Schneider called a couple of girls over to his window so they could take their photos with him and get autographs."

It's not something one would expect from a funeral scene, but Miner says the cast was in high spirits ... except for a hat-wearing starlet.

"Salma Hayek was very quiet," the photographer says. "She wore a hat with a large brim which concealed her identity. Many people in the crowd didn’t even see her arrive or leave. She was so elusive."

Contact Ryan Miner from Beantown Photography here for additional photos or to use his candid shots in print or on the Web.

Click here for the latest on Sandler's "Grown Ups."
--Copyrighted photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Monday, May 18, 2009

Adam Sandler's 'Lake House' is now 'Grown Ups'

The new working title for Adam Sandler's made-in-Massachusetts flick formerly called "Lake House" is now "Grown Ups," an industry insider confirms.

Co-starring Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, Colin Quinn and David Spade, crews will film at the Pilgrim Church located at 15 Common St. and the Old Burial Ground in Southborough beginning tomorrow Monday, May 18 until Friday, May 22 with a return visit on Tuesday, May 26.

Sandler's former “SNL” cohorts as well as “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” funnyman James are slotted for a 66-day film shoot beginning in May centering around a group of five guys who return to their hometown after 30-years apart for a Fourth of July holiday weekend. The film has a tentative release date of March 12, 2010.

Filming at the historical Pilgrim Church includes a funeral for the gang's beloved high school basketball coach Bobby Phantom.

A pre-production party was held at Kings located at 50 Dalton Street in Boston's Back Bay on Saturday, May 16 where a majority of the stars including Sandler, Rock, Spade, Bello (also filming "The Company Men"), James and actress Salma Hayek met up to get the ball rolling on the film.

Maya Rudolph, slotted to play Rock's wife in "Grown Ups," couldn't make the bash because she was a surprise guest on the season finale of "Saturday Night Life." Rudolph performed alongside another "SNL" alum, Will Ferrell, on Saturday, May 16 in a mock funeral scene as a confused elderly lady obsessed with nachos.

Click here for the latest on Sandler's "Grown Ups."

Steven Spielberg honored at Boston U. ceremony

Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Boston University's commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17.

Spielberg mentioned in an interview here that he was looking forward to the weekend in Boston. "I’ve been to Boston many times for a day or two, but I haven’t spent a lot of time there. It’s a great honor to receive this honorary degree, and I’m really looking forward to the day," he muses.

Loaded Gun spies say Spielberg spent the evening of Saturday, May 16 at the Boston University's Night at the Pops performance where he was surprised by his long-time collaborator John Williams, who conducted a tribute to the director including music from "Schindler's List," "Jaws" and the "Indiana Jones" series.

Scenes from two of Spielberg's movies were shot in the Bay State, including the "US House of Representatives" scenes filmed at the Massachusetts State House for the courtroom drama "Amistad" and his first blockbuster, "Jaws," transformed Edgartown in Martha's Vineyard into the fictitious Amity Island.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun, there were rumors that Spielberg is considering nearby Taunton as a possible location for his upcoming epic production tentatively called "Lincoln" about the Civil War and our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln.
--Photo courtesy BU Today

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Donnie Klang from MTV's 'Making the Band' coming

Donnie Klang, the solo artist who maneuvered his way into the spotlight on P. Diddy's MTV reality show "Making the Band 4," is slotted to hit the Back Bay Events Center located at 180 Berkley Street on Saturday, May 23 at 7 p.m.

For those not in the know, Diddy awarded Klang a solo record deal with Bad Boy Records on the MTV show’s live finale instead of offering him a slot in the group Day 26.

The 29-year-old performer, who hit the charts with the singles "Take You There" and "Dr. Love" from the 2008 album "Just a Rolling Stone," plans to perform with a crew of up-and-coming local acts including Playback, a dance crew from Everett called Phunk Phenomenon, R&B artist Sheleah Monéa, Sash Mckay and Makio from MTV.

Klang, who had an on-and-off-again "sho-mance" with former Danity Kane artist Aubrey O'Day, is currently recording his sophomore album and hitting the road after finishing up the third season of "Making the Band 4."

The Memorial Day talent showcase is sponsored by JAMN 94.5. Tickets are $20-$35. Click here for details.
--Photo courtesy Bad Boy Entertainment

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Latest tweets from the New Kids on the Block boat

More than 2,000 star-struck women shelled out $1,000 each to board the three-day Carnival Cruise Lines boat trip with the New Kids on the Block setting sail from Miami on Friday, May 15.

Homeboy Donnie Wahlberg tweets here that the three-day trip to the Bahamas has been absolutely bananas so far. "The boat is CRAZY," the Dorchester native writes. "It's about to go down. I'm a little queasy but f*** it! I'm gonna have fun and love all my people."

Wahlberg sounds like he's, well, "Hangin' Tough."

According to reports, the gaggle of women boarded the sold-out boat trip and were spotted "angling for a glimpse of the New Kids." While a large pack of ladies, many in their 20s and 30s, sported NKOTB buttons and T-shirts in an obvious throwback to the late '80s.

The shy guy in the bunch, Jonathan Knight, alludes to the fact that the voyage kicks off the band's summer concert tour. "Can't believe we are actually on the boat waiting to set sail," he muses. "Seemed so long ago we talked about doing this ... and now here we are."

Danny Wood remarks that "the cruise is amazing."

Joey McIntyre sent out a twitpic and gave the most memorable NKOTB quote from the high seas. "Ship ahoy," he tweets. "Hopefully, I'll be alive on Monday." Aye aye, captain.

Boston episode of 'Hitched or Ditched' airs June 2


A Boston-area couple will be featured on the new wedding-themed reality series "Hitched or Ditched" airing on the CW at 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 2. Jesse, a 30-year-old mortgage banker and Anissa, a 22-year-old systems analyst have been together for four years.

But will they tie the knot?

Producers of "The Bachelor" and "Wife Swap" have put a new twist on relationship-based reality shows for the upcoming CW series. Following a couple on the verge of tying the knot, crews were in town filming last February at The Saint located at 90 Exeter St. and up and down Commonwealth Avenue near Boston University.

The show takes an unmarried couple in a long-term relationship and gives them the "ultimatum of a lifetime." Presented with the option of an all-expense-paid wedding at the end of the week, the duo has the choice to say "I do" or "I don't" after spending a week with family and friends hashing out the nuptials.

The CW has ordered six episodes of the wedding-theme series with the second in the series set in Boston.

"Yes, one [episode] was filmed in Boston recently, a friend of mine was on it with her boyfriend," confirms a Loaded Gun spy.

Click here for the latest on CW's "Hitched or Ditched."

Friday, May 15, 2009

Lindsay Lohan slotted to film in Martha's Vineyard

Lindsay Lohan has reportedly signed on to star in "The Other Side," a flick following a graduate student sent to spend the summer working at a scientific institute at an island off the coast of Massachusetts.

Lohan, in her first major movie since "I Know Who Killed Me" in 2007, is set to act alongside Woody Harrelson, Giovanni Ribisi, Dave Matthews and Alanis Morisette.

Shooting is set for October and reports suggest filming is slotted for Martha's Vineyard. Her character discovers an eccentric New England community hiding a few skeletons about a horrific tragedy from the past, Variety reports.

Lohan as a grad student? Now, that's acting. While hosting a gig at The Estate on January 21, the troubled beauty must have been doing research when she reportedly checked out Harvard's campus with Caroline Kennedy's daughter Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, a current student at the iconic ivy league campus.

Her then girlfriend DJ Samantha Ronson joined the crimson-haired troublemaker on a trek through Harvard's Widener Library and the Loker Reading Room. And now, after two years of so-called recovery and a public breakup with Ronson, the "Mean Girls" actress is ready to revive her career.

"Lindsay's very aware of people's perceptions of her," director David Michaels claims here. "She's really committed to doing what she has to in order to change that."

Click here for the latest on "The Other Side."

Wahlberg and Bale will film 'The Fighter' in Lowell

Mark Wahlberg, a Dorchester native who has gone on to star in a slew of big-budget Hollywood flicks including the recent “Max Payne,” will return to his Boston roots this July with the on-and-off again flick chronicling the early days of Boston boxer “Irish” Micky Ward called “The Fighter.”

Christian Bale and director David O. Russell have signed on to go a few rounds with Wahlberg. The good news? Production of "The Fighter" has officially been greenlit to hit the gritty streets of Lowell in July.

Bale, slotted to play the boxer's half-brother Dicky Eklund, a fallen fighter who ends up in the slammer after a drug-fueled robbery spree, reportedly got into character on Tuesday, May 12 by shadow boxing Eklund on the streets of the Highlands section of Lowell.

According to the Lowell Sun here, Bale made stops at the former Highland Tap and Captain John's in Cupples Square, Ramos Package Store on Branch Street and Eklund's former home on Wilder Street.

On Monday, May 11, Wahlberg met with Eklund at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Lowell to discuss locations to film scenes for the Ward biopic. Relativity Media has stepped up to finance the film and Paramount Pictures plans to distribute domestically.

After the tour in Lowell, Bale headed to the InterContinental Boston located at 500 Atlantic Ave. to unwind. Wahlberg and Bale will head back to Boston and Lowell to begin filming "The Fighter" in July.

Click here for the latest on "The Fighter."

Thursday, May 14, 2009

'So You Think You Can Dance' kicks off in Boston

The ultimate dance audition? Yep, it's heading to Boston.

"So You Think You Can Dance," the original competition dance show returning to FOX for its sixth season, is holding an open casting call on Thursday, May 28 at Boston's Hyatt Regency located 1 Avenue de Lafayette. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and contestants must be no younger than 18 or older than 30-years-old.

Auditions for season six will kick off in Boston, and producers will continue their search for America's favorite dancer in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.

Here's the lowdown:
  • Thursday, May 28--Hyatt Regency Boston Boston, MA One Avenue de Lafayette Boston, MA
  • Monday, June 1--Woodruff Arts Center Atlanta, GA 1280 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA
  • Friday, June 12--Orpheum Theatre 842 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90014 Los Angeles, CA
  • Friday, July 24-- (TBD) Salt Lake City, UT
Need inspiration? Tune in to the "So You Think You Can Dance" season five two-night premiere 8-10 p.m. Thursday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 27 on FOX.

Click here for details on the season six audition.

The week in quotes from Hollywood in the Hub

"I’ve been to Boston many times for a day or two, but I haven’t spent a lot of time there. It’s a great honor to receive this honorary degree, and I’m really looking forward to the day."

--Oscar-winning filmmaker
Steven Spielberg says he's looking forward to receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Boston University's commencement ceremony this weekend.

“What a huge outpouring of support. I know I should have won, but I’m not upset. I was proud of how I played the game.”

--Poker princess and "Celebrity Apprentice" castaway Annie Duke plays the not-so-humble card to the Boston Herald the day after getting a tongue lashing from Joan Rivers and the boot from Donald Trump.

"It's the first time in my many, many years in Milton that I walked to work."

--Local actor Tom Kemp, who has landed parts in a string of movies including "Mystic River," "Gone Baby Gone" and the upcoming "Shutter Island," says he enjoyed shooting close-to-home scenes in the John Wells' downsizing drama "The Company Men" with Ben Affleck at the cemetery in Milton.

"There were totem poles ... they brought in a lot of evergreen trees."

--Jeff Fraser, an Essex native and frontman for the award-winning wedding band Men In Black, spills to Loaded Gun Boston about his band's role in the made-in-Massachusetts film "The Proposal" with Sandra Bullock.

"My mom said to me that she'd much rather see me on the Springer show for what we did."

--Drummer Matt Lisowski of the local three-piece punk act the Pity Whores says his Foxborough-based band's appearance on "The Jerry Springer Show" in Chicago, where he reportedly stripped down to a bra on national TV, is enough to make his mom proud.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Vanna White shoots 'Wheel of Fortune' promos

Vanna White, America's favorite letter-turner from "Wheel of Fortune," was spotted shooting a commercial on the brownstone-lined West Cedar Street in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood in the early evening on Tuesday, May 12. White also shot some footage on Acorn Street in Charlestown.

The TV game show icon is in town this week to tape several promos for three weeks worth of Boston-set episodes of "Wheel of Fortune" slotted to be shot at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center located at 348 D St. in South Boston. Taping at the Convention Center is slotted to begin Thursday, Sept. 3 until Saturday, Sept. 5.

White is also scheduled to tape a commercial at the Paul Revere House and at lunchtime on Thursday, May 14 walking out of the Union Oyster House located at 41 Union Street.

Established in 1826 and a designated national historical landmark, the colorful Union Oyster House near Faneuil Hall showcases Boston's old-school charm with wooden booths and lanterns hanging from dark beams.

"We do a lot of shooting around town and getting a chance to look at some of the sites. There aren't a lot of cities with more to see than Boston," Pat Sajak spilled to WBZ-TV's Kate Merrill back in March.

Click here for the lowdown

Brighton native strips down for MTV's 'The Phone'

Mitch, a 22-year-old Brighton native currently studying Nutrition at Arizona State University, had to pose nude to distract an artist while his partner and Boston College student, Rameika, looked for the clue at the artist's loft in the latest Boston-set episode of MTV's "The Phone" airing on Tuesday, May 12.

In the fourth episode called "The Russians," the personal trainer hung out in a towel at a so-called Russian sauna, found the name of a piece of music at the Boston Public Library to use as a password for a Russian informant and helped his partner dodge green lasers to snag the show's top prize of $35,000.

Mitch ultimately shared his winnings with his 22-year-old teammate Rameika from Dorchester.

Last week, Marblehead's Katelyn Kennedy, a 22-year-old broadcast journalism graduate, shared the $20,000 prize money she won with teammate Chris Hanoian in the first Boston-set episode of MTV's "The Phone."

Click here for the latest on Justin Timberlake's "The Phone."
--Photos courtesy MTV

'Shutter Island' poster debuts at Cannes film fest

While Martin Scorsese's made-in-Boston film "Shutter Island" isn't slotted to hit theaters until Friday, Oct. 2, film enthusiasts got a sneak peek of the dark thriller at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival this week.

The promo is an ominous red-and-black image featuring the fictional namesake island peering in the horizon coupled with the fortuitous Boston Harbor lighthouse alluding to the film's dramatic ending.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun, two U.S. marshals (played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo) investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane to an eponymous Boston-area island in 1954. During the investigation, they encounter a web of lies, a hurricane and a deadly inmate riot that leaves them trapped on the island.

Based on the epic novel "Shutter Island" by Dennis Lehane, the Boston-shot flick features DiCaprio, Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley and was shot in Taunton's Whittenton Mills Complex (recrafted as the horrific Nazi concentration camp Dachau) as well as the Medfield State Hospital and Peddocks Island. Other locales include Borderland State Park, Hyde Park and Wilson Mountain Reservation in Dedham.

Also, a source here, who talked to author Lehane in Arizona, says the first 10 minutes of the movie is deeply disturbing.

Lehane's take on the footage? "Teddy (DiCaprio) walks up the hospital on Shutter Island. There's a woman patient sitting there, with a scar across her throat. She looks at Teddy, and slices her finger across her throat. He said the scene freaks him out."

Click here for the latest on "Shutter Island."

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Adam Sandler's 'Grown Ups' films at Pilgrim Church

Production for Adam Sandler's "Lake House," now called "Grown Ups," co-starring Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, Colin Quinn and David Spade, is heating up in Southborough this week with plans to start filming at the Pilgrim Church located at 15 Common St. and the Old Burial Ground in Southborough beginning on Monday, May 18 until Friday, May 22 with a return visit on Tuesday, May 26.

Crews are slotted to set up shop in Southborough this week and St. Mark's Street will be closed to traffic on Wednesday, May 13 through the Memorial Day holiday. Lakefront Productions will be paying Southborough $20,000, with Pilgrim Church bringing in about $25,000.

While scenes will be shot primarily in Essex and Southborough, an industry insider says Sandler will shoot a few scenes in Boston. "We are only filming about two days in Boston. The rest of the schedule will be at locations outside the city," the Loaded Gun spy confirms.

Sandler's former “SNL” cohorts as well as “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” funnyman James are slotted for a 66-day film shoot beginning in May centering around a group of five guys who return to their hometown after 30-years apart for a Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Filming at the historical Pilgrim Church includes a funeral for the gang's beloved high school basketball coach Bobby Phantom.

Scenes featuring the 12-year-old double versions of the six male stars, in a flashback sequence with their coach you can read here, will be shot at a high school gym and at the namesake Flanders Lakehouse where the boys attend a banquet celebration in 1978 after winning a basketball game.

Actress Maria Bello, currently filming scenes in the made-in-Boston flick "The Company Men" on Summer Street in South Boston, joins Salma Hayek and Maya Rudolph as the film's latest recruits.

Click here for the latest on Sandler's "Lake House."
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