Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Amy Adams is a contender for 'The Fighter' movie

Actress Amy Adams is reportedly in negotiations to star alongside Christian Bale and Dorchester native Mark Wahlberg in the made-in-Massachusetts flick "The Fighter."

According to Variety, Adams is set to step in the ring as a gritty bartender from Massachusetts who ends up dating Wahlberg's character, "Irish" Micky Ward. Adams joins veteran actress Melissa Leo who is slotted to play Bale and Wahlberg's mother.

"The Fighter," which is scheduled to film in Lowell starting Tuesday, July 14, 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.

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.

Adams will next be seen in Sony's "Julie and Julia" alongside Meryl Streep.

Click here for the latest on "The Fighter."

TV's 'America's Biggest A**hole' casting in Boston

A just-for-men version of Oxygen's "Bad Girls Club" hitting reality TV? Yep. Casting scouts for the new Spike-TV reality show, "America's Biggest A**hole," are on the hunt for those who "have the charm of Vince Vaughn, Denis Leary and Stiffler rolled into one."

Ouch.

The crew over at Boston Casting is holding an open casting call 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, July 13 at Boston Casting located 129 Braintree Street in Allston. They're also hosting auditions 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 15 at Red Sky located at 16 North Street in Faneuil Hall. Bring a photo and bio to the open calls.

According to the posting here, contestants will "win cash, fame and respect for their ability to say what mere mortals could only dream of saying."

Not sure if you qualify for reality TV's so-called "A" list? Ask yourself this: Even though some people think you're hysterical, do you happen to piss a lot of people off?

Click here for the lowdown from Boston Casting.

Just another face in the crowd on 'The Fighter' set

Organizers over at Be In A Movie are rallying the masses for a three-day shoot on the set of "The Fighter," the upcoming made-in-Lowell flick starring Dorchester homeboy Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale.

Producers are looking to fill ring-side seats during a big fight scene scheduled for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. from Tuesday, July 14 until Thursday, July 16.

According to the Web site here, anyone 16+ can sign up to throw their hat in the ring and score free grub, entertainment and a chance to win prizes during the day's activities.

The only caveat? These aren't paid extra positions, but it sounds like a great way to experience a day on a movie set while getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the industry as well as a bird's-eye view of the stars.

"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 Bale.

Click here for the latest on "The Fighter."

Monday, June 29, 2009

First signs of 'The Zookeeper' filming in Boston?

Loaded Gun spotted a "ZK" sign on Sunday, June 28 around the Symphony Hall area leading crews down Massachusetts Avenue toward Dudley Square.

Could it be preliminary filming for the upcoming made-in-Massachusetts flick "The Zookeeper," starring Kevin James and Rosario Dawson?

As previously reported, a majority of the scenes for "The Zookeeper" are slotted to be shot at Franklin Park Zoo located at 1 Franklin Park Rd. and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham.

Production is scheduled to kick off on July 20. And a source confirms that there will be specific areas of the zoo that will be renovated, paid for by a donation made by the production company.

James, finishing up scenes at Woodman's of Essex with 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.

Adam Sandler, Cher, Jon Favreau, Sylvester Stallone and Judd Apatow have signed on as animal voices. The five reportedly will voice animals at the zoo where keeper James longs for his female love interest played by Dawson. Sandler will be the voice of a capuchin monkey while Cher is slotted to be a giraffe. Favreau has been cast as a bear, Stallone as a lion and Apatow as an elephant.

Click here for the latest on "The Zookeeper."

UPDATE: According to a Loaded Gun source, "Kevin James was sighted at Franklin Park Zoo Saturday morning with a crowd of people surveying the set."
--Photo by Sam Baltrusis

Trailer for 'The Box' film starring Cameron Diaz

Based on the short story by Richard Matheson, "The Box" stars Cameron Diaz as Norma Lewis and James Marsden as Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child who receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. "The Box" is directed by "Donnie Darko" filmmaker Richard Kelly.

A mysterious stranger, played by Frank Langella, delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. But, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world ... someone they don't know.

Also shot in Virginia, filming locations for "The Box" include the Boston Public Library, Castle Hill in Ipswich and South Boston. The release date has been moved to Friday, Oct. 30 to coincide with Halloween.

Click here for the latest on "The Box."

Sunday, June 28, 2009

NKOTB gives props to Michael Jackson's legacy

Homegrown talent the New Kids on the Block paid homage to the legacy of Michael Jackson during their performance Thursday night in Detroit.

In a moving statement posted by NKOTB's Donnie Wahlberg here, he fondly remembers the icon. "Michael Jackson was, without a doubt, the single most amazing performer that I’ve ever seen," he writes. "As a young teenage boy with a dream, he was beyond inspirational."

Wahlberg continues, "The fact that his public/private life became a soap opera and a sideshow is more of a reflection of our societies misplaced priorities than it is a reflection of the type of person that he may have been. Yet despite all of that--the fact that his performances, even of even 25 years ago, still resonate today."

Saturday, June 27, 2009

'Wheel of Forturne' auditions at Marlborough mall

Want to spin the wheel? Casting scouts for "Wheel of Fortune" plan to park their 32-foot Wheelmobile next to Sears at the Solomon Pond Mall located at 601 Donald Lynch Blvd. in Marlborough on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 from 1-5 p.m.

On both days, on-site registration will be open to the public and a select few registered applicants will be selected to play in front of a panel of casting judges. All registered names will be kept for a possible callback in the future.

As previously reported, letter-turner Vanna White 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 was in town shooting 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.

Click here for the lowdown.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Dane Cook's sister-in-law accused of stealing

Erika McCauley, the 37-year-old sister-in-law of Boston-bred comedian Dane Cook, has reportedly been charged with aiding her husband, Darryl McCauley, with stealing millions of dollars from the "national entertainer with local ties" over a year and a half period since July 2007.

McCauley, 43, who has been in charge of his half-brother's finances since the 1990s at Cook's company Great Dane Enterprises, allegedly forged a $3 million check at the Bank of America branch located at 100 Federal Street in the Financial District and transferred money from Cook's account to his account without permission.

The Attorney General's office launched an investigation two weeks before his arrest on Dec. 30.

Cook’s half brother and McCauley’s husband, Darryl McCauley, pleaded not guilty in March to eight counts of larceny and forgery.

Click here for the initial reports on this story.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Chef Andy Husbands featured on 'Hell's Kitchen'

Andy Husbands, the executive chef over at Tremont 647, reportedly made the cut in the upcoming season of "Hell's Kitchen" premiering on FOX at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21.

According to an inside source, Husbands kept his participation on the down-low while filming season six with hellraiser Gordon Ramsay. Apparently, he spilled to his friends that he was in Mexico while taping.

Born and raised in Seattle, the restaurateur moved to Massachusetts with his father in 1984 when he was 14. After serving years as a sous chef at the East Coast Grill in Cambridge, he decided to open his own restaurant, Tremont 647, in December of 1996.

The 39-year-old, along with two other Boston-area chefs including David "Louie" Cordio from Fitchburg and Jim McGloin from Nashua, NH, was plucked from an open casting call held on Sunday, Oct. 12 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers located at 50 Park Plaza.

Husbands, the acclaimed author of "The Fearless Chef," is rumored to have had a tumultuous time while filming the reality show. Read all about the bloody, behind-the-scenes details here on the chef's blog.

Also, follow Husbands on Twitter here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cher, Stallone ready to roar in 'The Zookeeper' film

Adam Sandler, Cher, Jon Favreau, Sylvester Stallone and Judd Apatow have signed on as animal voices in the upcoming made-in-Massachusetts flick "The Zookeeper," starring Kevin James and Rosario Dawson.

The five reportedly will voice animals at the zoo where keeper James longs for his female love interest played by Dawson. Sandler will be the voice of a capuchin monkey while Cher is slotted to be a giraffe. Favreau has been cast as a bear, Stallone as a lion and Apatow as an elephant.

As previously reported, a majority of the film's scenes are slotted to be shot at Franklin Park Zoo located at 1 Franklin Park Rd. and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham.

Production is scheduled to kick off in July, confirms that there will be specific areas of the zoo that will be renovated, paid for by a donation made by the production company.

James, currently filming scenes at Woodman's of Essex with 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.

Production crews plan to shell out major money to spruce up the Franklin Park Zoo, with renovations and landscaping slotted to benefit the non-profit zoo for an extended period even after the production is done.

Loaded Gun Boston reader Craig Rabe says "he noticed that the production crew for 'The Zookeeper' has taken over a large part of the middle of the zoo to create a set." Rabe confirmed with a zoo official that designers "are spending at least the next six weeks building the set," with design beginning in late May.

A release dates is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 8, 2010. Click here for the latest on "The Zookeeper."

The week in quotes from Hollywood in the Hub

"Make sure you watch me be an asshole on national TV!"

--Joey Rozmus, a 22-year-old tattooed rocker from Lawrence and guitarist with the band Late Nite Wars, tweets about his bad-boy antics on the premiere episode of "Real World: Cancun," which includes a hook-up session with a girl his first night out.

“It’s about this young couple and they have a 6-year-old daughter, seemingly in a coma, but [they learn] she’s actually alive and fully living out in her brain, but is just in this locked-in state. So he’s trying to have his daughter wake up from this traumatic experience.”

--Eliza Dushku gives the lowdown on "Valediction," the made-in-Boston flick co-starring "Chronicles of Narnia" actor Ben Barnes.

"Hollywood has come to me.”

--Cindy Lentol, an actress originally from Quincy, says the recent onslaught of movies filming in Massachusetts keeps her busy.

"In an age when facilities are shuttering or reducing staff, it's great to be in a position to expand our bicoastal facilities and tap veteran talent."

--Brian Drewes, co-founder of the Boston-based Brickyard Filmworks responsible for the special effects work in "The Proposal" and currently-in-production "The Surrogates" starring Bruce Willis, taps industry veteran Marc Saedghi.

“The fact that they’re both proceeding ahead is a vote of confidence in the future of the industry in this state."

--Nick Paleologos, the executive director of the Massachusetts Film Office, says the news that SouthField Studios in Weymouth is accepting tenants is promising.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

'Growns Ups' film takes over Woodman's of Essex

Time to whip out the lobster bib. An inside source says that Adam Sandler's currently-in-production buddy flick, "Grown Ups," will film this week at the historic seafood restaurant Woodman's of Essex located on 121 Main Street off Route 133.

Founded in 1914, the restaurant is known as the birthplace of the fried clam, a classic created by Lawrence "Chubby" Woodman over 95 years ago. Crews have closed down the restaurant on Monday, June 22 and filming is slotted to continue until Friday, June 26. According to the source, it's a night scene in the restaurant and crews will have a tarp over the building during filming.

Sandler and his "Grown Ups" entourage including Kevin James and Salma Hayek coupled with his former "Saturday Night Live" cohorts including Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Maya Rudolph are currently filming in Essex, a Cape Ann town near Gloucester which will continue throughout the summer. Also, the cast will film at Water Wizz in August as a break from production in Essex.

According to Woodmans.com, “The torrential rain predicted for the next few days has caused many people, including Hollywood, to do some last minute rescheduling. Woodman's of Essex was contacted early this morning and asked by producers if they could start setting the stage tonight. Originally the restaurant had planned to close their doors in early August.”

"They needed a spot to do some indoor shooting in order to stay on schedule. It was short notice for sure and we've been scrambling all morning," Maureen Woodman said on the Web site. "But we figure it is better to close on three rainy days in June than three nice days in August even if we don't have much lead time."

Meanwhile, RPM Casting is looking here for last-minute extras for the scene filming on Tuesday, June 23 until Thursday, June 25.

Click here for the latest on "Grown Ups." Also, follow Woodman's of Essex on Twitter here.

Jackson Rathbone from 'Twilight' filming in Boston

Jackson Rathbone, the bad-boy actor known as Jasper Hale from the "Twilight" franchise, plans to film a dark, offbeat feature flick called "Girlfriend" in Boston this September.

According to MTV News here, the feature is a "harsh, modern-day take on the 'Beauty and the Beast' fable" set in Middle America that thrusts Rathbone into a bizarre love triangle.

Rathbone reportedly met writer/director Justin Lerner during the Sundance Film Festival in January where they decided to produce the flick together. The duo are gearing for a four-week shoot in Boston in September, working around the "Twilight" actor's commitment on the third edition of the Stephenie Meyer franchise called "Eclipse."

Scouts are currently casting the flick's other roles--including Rathbone's female love interest.

Click here for the latest on "Girlfriend."

Monday, June 22, 2009

Bill wants to unionize pigeons for locally shot flicks

A hearing is scheduled Tuesday, June 23 on Beacon Hill to discuss a bill that some may consider to be for the birds.

Turns out that a pigeon breeder from Plymouth and State Rep. Michael J Rodrigues is proposing a bill that if a bird is going to be in a movie made in the Bay State, that pigeon must be banded and licensed within Massachusetts.

Pigeon breeder Bill Desmaris from Fall River spilled to the Herald that many of the made-in-Massachusetts flicks he sees boasts pigeons--especially the recent flicks that transform Boston into NYC.

Desmaris convinced Rodrigues to propose a bill to the joint committee on environment, natural resources and agriculture.

"If you have something really nice, you don't want someone bringing in something really awful and destroying it," Desmaris tells the Herald. "We want to be proactive. We don't want to contribute to the wild pigeon population."

Guess birds of a feather shouldn't flock together. Click here for the complete proposal.

Tewksbury bad boy inspired ‘The Ugly Truth’ flick

Bad boys finish first? Steve Santagati, a Tewksbury native and the real-life version of the Gerard Butler character in the upcoming flick “The Ugly Truth,” believes so and is on a mission to inspire men to be men again and women to be pro-active in the romance department.

His story inspired the film “The Ugly Truth,” hitting theaters on Friday, July 24.

In the flick, Katherine Heigl from “Grey’s Anatomy” is Abby Richter, a romantically challenged morning show producer whose search for Mr. Perfect has left her hopelessly single. She's in for a rude awakening when her bosses team her with Gerard Butler’s Mike Chadway, a hardcore TV personality who promises to spill the ugly truth on what makes men and women tick.

Click here for more info on Santagati and here for the lowdown on the "The Ugly Truth."

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Ben Barnes filming 'Valediction' at Malden Hospital

Ben Barnes, known for his role as Prince Caspian in "The Chronicles of Narnia," was filming scenes for the psychological thriller "Valediction" at Malden Memorial Hospital on Friday, June 19.

According to a Loaded Gun Boston spy, crews have transformed the old hospital with Christmas decorations. Barnes was filming scenes with the daughter who is hospitalized after a tragic car accident.

"I was so curious what the LIF signs were then I just went up to a crew member and asked," reports Jonna from Medford, adding that Mel Gibson filmed scenes for "Edge of Darkness" at the same hospital. "It's nice having actors/actresses in your own backyard."

In the film, Barnes finds himself fighting for his daughter's life. It turns out that the pieces of the puzzle that will save her lead him to discover it's actually his life that he's fighting for. For the record, co-star Eliza Dushku is back in Los Angeles filming the second season of "Dollhouse."

Last week, crews transformed Whiskey Park into a holiday scene on Tuesday, June 9 and Wednesday, June 10.

Click here for the latest on "Valediction."

Friday, June 19, 2009

Tom Cruise's upcoming 'Wichita' filming in Boston?

Hollywood in the Hub is buzzing over the latest rumor that the upcoming spy flick starring Tom Cruise called "Wichita" may be heading to Boston as early as September. Sources say that 20th Century Fox is gearing for a summer 2010 release.

Cruise is reportedly teaming up with Cameron Diaz in the flick directed by James Mangold. According to Variety here, the actor will play a secret agent who pops in and out of the life of a single woman, presumably played by Diaz.

Both Cruise and Diaz reportedly have given a thumbs up to the final script, which recently underwent a rewrite by Scott Frank known for his work on "Minority Report."

"Wichita" will be the second made-in-Boston film for Diaz. The beauty stars as Norma Lewis in "The Box," slotted for release on Friday, Oct. 30. Directed by "Donnie Darko" filmmaker Richard Kelly, the thriller centers around a suburban couple with a young child who receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences.

Click here for the latest on "Wichita."

Thursday, June 18, 2009

SouthField Studios Boston ready to accept tenants

The race for Boston's first multi-use movie studio heats up with the latest news that developers from SouthField Studios in Weymouth are ready to start accepting tenants for the project.

Allan Kassirer, a principal at International Studio Group (ISG), tells the Patriot Ledger they're opening their doors to groups ranging from special-effects companies to costumers to fill up the 600,000-square-foot space.

"We would start signing up tenants today," Kassirer says here. "We're ready to begin leasing."

According to a mock-up here, the front-lot-set streets of SouthField Studios will be sourced from historic Boston City locales. In fact, the set is a dead ringer for any brownstone-lined street in the South End or Back Bay neighborhoods. It's Beacon Hill ... without the hill.

The proposal continues, "These highly detailed facades will allow companies to shoot key exterior scenes in a controlled environment that includes publicly-accessible restaurants and shops to enhance the authenticity of the streets."

A Hollywood East stand-in for Boston? Yep.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun, the plan to build a multi-use movie complex will include 10 to 15 sound stages, production offices and more than 125,000 square feet of retail and office space.

The new studio, which needs to undergo state environmental review, could serve as a post-production facility for the slew of filmmakers currently taking advantage of the state's low tax credit.

Similar to the online push from Plymouth Rock Studios that ultimately passed as a $422 million deal with minimal opposition, SouthField Studios launched an aggressive campaign here with construction slated for the summer and an opening slotted for the fall 2010.

In addition, SouthField Studios Boston will also feature an interactive film and TV tour in the heart of the town center for residents and guests. Think Universal Studios ... minus the rides.

Armed with its Boston facade front lot, this multi-use complex would be an ideal space for filming ongoing Boston-set TV series like TNT's "Bunker Hill" pilot starring Donnie Wahlberg and the ABC pilot "See Kate Run."

Click here for the latest on SouthField Studios Boston.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

INTERVIEW: Filmmaker Duncan Jones on ‘Moon’

Duncan Jones, the 37-year-old son of rock icon David Bowie and an up-and-coming film director, admits that his indie, sci-fi flick “Moon,” hitting theaters on Friday, June 19, is a bit of an oxymoron.

“There’s a reason why ‘indie’ and ‘science fiction’ are rarely seen in the same sentence,” he says during a recent visit to Boston’s Liberty Hotel. “Sci-fi by its very nature often demands the biggest productions values, and, as you can imagine, that’s the hardest thing to achieve with an indie budget.”

In the film, astronaut Sam Bell (played by Sam Rockwell) is living on the far side of the moon, completing a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth’s primary source of energy, Helium-3. With only a few weeks left of his stint, Ball is looking forward to leaving the isolation of the moon base “Sarang” and reconnect with his wife and daughter back home.

After a near-fatal accident on a moon rover, Bell wakes up by the base’s well-intentioned computer “Gerty” (Kevin Spacey) and a younger, angrier version of himself, who claims to be there to fulfill the same three-year contract Bell started all of those years ago.

Jones, formerly known as Zowie Bowie, chats to Loaded Gun Boston about the complexities of making “Moon,” the pitfalls of his celebrity lineage and why there’s no place like Boston.

LOADED GUN: How difficult was it creating a sci-fi flick on an indie budget?
JONES: Massively difficult. We knew ahead of time that we wanted to make something that didn’t look like an indie flick. Because of background doing commercials in the UK, I wanted to use many of techniques I used in commercials, especially the most cost-effective ones, and make something that didn’t look like an indie film. The budget for the film was around $5 million and you consider a film like “Sunshine” was made for $50 million, it gives you a sense of scale.

LOADED GUN: How important was science when crafting this film?
JONES:
We tried not to bog the film down with science, but there’s some truth behind it. There’s a book by Robert Zubrin called ‘Entering Space’ about how humans may be able to expand across the solar system and colonize the moon and Mars and do it in way with some fiscal viability. One of the ways he says that would make colonizing the moon viable is Helium-3 mining. His idea is that it could be used as fuel for cold-fusion in the future.

LOADED GUN: Sam Rockwell was imperative from a casting perspective. How important was it to cast Kevin Spacey as the voice of ‘Gertie’ in the film?
JONES:
With ‘Gertie,’ there’s an obvious homage to HAL (‘2001: A Space Odyssey’), but I wanted to take it in an entirely different direction. What I loved about Kevin Spacey and his voice in particular is that you get this sort of slickness and almost malevolence to it, but with what we do with the character, it doesn’t necessarily go in a direction you would expect it to.

LOADED GUN: As a filmmaker who happens to be David Bowie’s son, do you try to distance yourself from your celebrity lineage?
JONES:
With my name, there are things I could have gotten away with and shortcuts I could have taken, but I’m glad I didn’t. When you’re a teenage boy and you know you could get away with things if you wanted to, it’s hard to stick to it especially if you see others doing so with a similar background. There was definitely a frustration when I was a teenager, but I got through it and I’m glad I didn’t take those shortcuts.

LOADED GUN: Any plans to shoot a film in Boston?
JONES: I literally have been here a day (laughs). But, I was walking down the street to the park and was surprised by how little I recognized from film. If I lived here, I would be shooting here all the time. Boston has so many things to show and it has all of the things I love about New York and London--the architecture, the little winding streets and the pubs. It’s a fantastic city.

--Photos of Duncan Jones by Sam Baltrusis

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Casting call for NBC's 'Deal Or No Deal' in Boston

Want to give Howie Mandel a run for his money? NBC's "Deal Or No Deal" is holding an open casting call at the Seaport Hotel located at One Seaport Lane on Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Boston Casting is on the hunt for "high-energy, dynamic and competitive men and women to audition" for the chance to snag $1 million dollars. The only rule? You must be over 18-years-old to apply.

In July 2007, Canton native Charlene Tonioli beat out 10,000 Bostonians to earn the chance to film an episode of the popular NBC game show. After some serious prodding from her 4-year-old son Ayden, Tonioli gave the show a shot.

Click here to become the next Boston-area contestant on "Deal Or No Deal." Our advice to those lucky enough to make the cut? Take the suitcase and run.

Monday, June 15, 2009

More info on Eliza Dushku's 'Valediction' thriller

In the made-in-Boston film "Valediction," Eliza Dushku plays Ben Barnes' lover and not the daughter as previously reported in Loaded Gun Boston. The father is married and cheats on his wife with Dushku.

The premise of the film? When a car accident leaves a father fighting for his daughter’s life, his journey for the pieces of the puzzle that will save her lead him to discover it's actually his life that he is fighting for.

As previously noted, Dushku and Barnes filmed exterior shots overnight on Friday, June 12 in the Post Office Square location known as 10 Liberty Square in the heart of Boston's Financial District.

Also, a scene from "Valediction" was filmed in a suite overlooking the waterfront at the InterContentinental Boston on Thursday, June 11. While Dushku was hard at work, her boyfriend Fox was walking through the lobby of the hotel.

Last week, crews transformed Whiskey Park into a holiday scene on Tuesday, June 9 and Wednesday, June 10.

Click here for the latest on "Valediction."

The week in quotes from Hollywood in the Hub

"I was myself the entire time while we were filming. But I don't want them watching. Not all of it is appropriate. I don't even like them watching 'Hannah Montana.'"

--Emilee Fitzpatrick, a stunning 21-year-old waitress from nearby South Hamilton, says her stint on "Real World: Cancun" is anything but G-rated and it's off-limits to her younger siblings.

"I had a little bit more area to cover than Ryan did, so it was a little trickier for me. But I can talk about Ryan's penis if you want. I mean if I looked like him, I'd be naked all the time."

--Sandra Bullock muses that Ryan Reynolds, her on-screen partner in the made-in-Boston flick "The Proposal," has the goods to be naked all of the time.

"If you're auditioning, you want pouring rain, you want freezing weather. It makes the weak stay home."

--"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest insists that the rainy weather during the reality show's auditions at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro is a good thing.

"It's a beautiful place, but you never know if there's going to be heat and hot water. I've had this dream that there's a tarantula on my bed. It's so vivid. I wake up and stand over my bed looking for it."

--Damien Fahey, host of the reality series "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!" and a Longmeadow native, says he's living the high life in Costa Rica compared to the show's rogues gallery of D-list celebs.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Random Shot :: No validation on 'Valediction' set

Hollywood East's first car casualty? Crews from Eliza Dushku's indie thriller "Valediction" were fast and furious while clearing the street surrounding the Post Office Square location known as 10 Liberty Square in the heart of Boston's Financial District.

Drivers with illegally parked vehicles like the one above, who ignored the parking meters wrapped with tape and a 6 p.m. filming permit, found that their auto was carted away from the "Valediction" set within minutes of the 6 p.m. call time even though, as one Loaded Gun Boston reader pointed out, the permits were folded over and difficult to read.

Looks like on the "Valediction" set, the show must go on ... with or without parking validation.

Click here for the latest on "Valediction."

Ben Affleck scouting locations in the North End

Ben Affleck, who recently wrapped filming the John Wells downsizing drama "The Company Men," is already scouting locations 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.

A Loaded Gun spy says Affleck was "walking around the streets in the North End (Hanover, Salem, Cooper, etc), scouting possible shooting sites for his film."

The source continues, "Apparently, he was holding the camera and taking the photos of the potential locales himself. He also was kind enough to talk to the various people who walked up to him and even had the time to have his picture taken with them."

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 latest on Ben Affleck's "The Town."

Friday, June 12, 2009

Dushku's 'Valediction' filming in Post Office Square

Crews from the indie thriller "Valediction," starring homegirl Eliza Dushku from "Dollhouse" and Ben Barnes from "The Chronicles of Narnia," are filming exterior shots overnight in the Post Office Square location known as 10 Liberty Square in the heart of Boston's Financial District.

Film production, marked with the yellow production signs "LIF," is slotted to continue in the Hawes Street alley. According to a Loaded Gun Boston source, a ghoulish Halloween bash is planned late Friday and Saturday near the statue dedicated to the 1956 anti-communist revolution in Hungary.

Also, a scene from "Valediction" was filmed in a suite overlooking the waterfront at the InterContentinental Boston on Thursday, June 11. While Dushku was hard at work, her boyfriend Fox was walking through the lobby of the hotel.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun, crews transformed Whiskey Park into a holiday scene on Tuesday, June 9 and Wednesday, June 10. When a car accident leaves a father fighting for his daughter’s life, his journey for the pieces of the puzzle that will save her lead him to discover it's actually his life that he is fighting for. In the film, Dushku plays the father's lover. Ben Barnes' character is married and cheats on his wife with Dushku.

Click here for the latest on "Valediction."

UPDATE: Loaded Gun Boston reader Matt Raymond reports from the set. "Eliza was engaging and looked beautiful at 1:15 a.m. this morning as she stopped to sign a photo for me and take a picture outside of her trailer," he spills. "She's a sweetheart."
--Photo courtesy Matt Raymond

Candid shots from Eliza Dushku's 'Valediction' set

Mike Giannattasio, a Suffolk University student, stopped by the set of Eliza Dushku's indie thriller "Valediction" on Tuesday, snapping a few photos with the Watertown native and her beau, ex-Celtic Rick Fox.

"I'm a huge fan of your blog Loaded Gun Boston," he writes. "I really enjoy watching movies being filmed around Boston and getting chances to meet the celebrities in Boston. I read it almost everyday because it provides me with great information regarding all the movies and different celebrities in Boston."

Giannattasio continues, "On Tuesday, you posted that Eliza Dushku was filming 'Valediction' in Boston so I ended up going to the Boston Park Hotel on Tuesday night and got to take pictures."

Here are a few shots from Giannattasio, including one below with "Grown Ups" star Rob Schneider outside of the Boston Mandarin Oriental.

Also, the "Dollhouse" diva mentioned via Twitter here that she was wearing a hot pink Herve Leger dress, writing that it fit like a band-aid. Of course, Dushku looks stunning.

Filming for "Valediction" continues overnight on Friday and Saturday, with a ghoulish Halloween bash planned this time around.

Also, a scene from "Valediction" was filmed in a suite overlooking the waterfront at the InterContentinental Boston on Thursday, June 11. While Dushku was hard at work, her boyfriend Fox was walking through the lobby of the hotel.

For the record, Giannattasio was last seen trying to snap a photo with "See Kate Run" beauty Amy Smart. There was a minor dust-up over at the Herald here about the actress not having time to take a photo with the Suffolk student. However, when she had some down time, the actress eventually obliged.

Click here for the latest on "Valediction."
- --Photos courtesy of Mike Giannattasio

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Trailer for Martin Scorsese's 'Shutter Island' film

In Martin's Scorsese's "Shutter Island" scheduled to hit theaters on Friday, Oct. 2, 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.

Click here for the latest on "Shutter Island." Also, click here for the official site.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Eliza Dushku's 'Valediction' filming at Whiskey Park

Crews from the indie thriller "Valediction," starring homegirl Eliza Dushku from "Dollhouse" and Ben Barnes from "The Chronicles of Narnia," plan a repeat visit to Whiskey Park at the Boston Park Plaza hotel on Arlington Street on Wednesday, June 10.

Film production, marked with the yellow production signs "LIF," is slotted to continue in the Boston Public Garden area in the evening on Thursday, June 11.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun, crews transformed Whiskey Park into a holiday scene on Tuesday, June 9. When a car accident leaves a father fighting for his daughter’s life, his journey for the pieces of the puzzle that will save her lead him to discover it's actually his life that he is fighting for. In "Valediction," Dushku plays the daughter in the flashback scenes.

For "Valediction," the indie film's crew has reportedly set up shop at a make-shift production tent in South Boston's Seaport District. The word "valediction" is a Latin expression used to say farewell.

Dushku, who flew into Boston on Saturday, is posting updates via Twitter here. Also, click here for the latest on "Valediction."--Photos by Sam Baltrusis

'The Proposal' transforms Rockport into Alaska

Here are a few shots from the set of "The Proposal," the made-in-Massachusetts flick starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. A large portion of the film was shot in Rockport in April 2008, where the downtown area was transformed to look like Sitka, Alaska. In fact, set designers lined the area with large totem poles in Dock Square to mimic the frigid locale.

In the flick, high-powered book editor Margaret Tate (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 Proposal" hits theaters on Friday, June 19.

Nick Paleologos, the executive director of the Massachusetts Film Office, unveiled the Rockport-into-Sitka switcheroo at a screening last week at the Tremont Street AMC theater.

According to Paleologos, it's a good thing when Hollywood transforms our state into another locale for the big screen.

"When Hollywood looks at a script that's not set in Boston or doesn't have a scene from the Fenway or other local spots, and yet it gets filmed here — that's big," he spilled here. "We're now getting movies set in New York and Alaska. Our reputation for film is getting bigger and better."

Locally-shot scenes for "The Proposal" were filmed at 225 Franklin Street, Bearskin Neck in Rockport, the Myopia Hunt Club in South Hamilton as well as scenes in Gloucester.

The photos above are from Bearskin Neck, where shops like Kanegis Gallery can be seen in the film as the Sitka Internet Cafe and James Russell Goldsmiths was transformed into Alaska Outfitters.

Salvatore Santone, a nine-year-old actor from Holbrook who snagged roles in three made-in-Boston films including "The Proposal," landed a speaking role in the movie which unfortunately was cut in the final edit. However, you can see him on screen while Bullock and Reynolds hike through town. His mother, Michelle, was the behind-the-scenes photographer on set.

Click here for the latest on "The Proposal."

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Eliza Dushku filming 'Valediction' flick in Boston

Watertown native Eliza Dushku, star of Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse" and an up-and-coming producer over at Boston Diva Productions, is back home filming a movie called "Valediction" at various locales around town including the posh Whiskey Park at the Boston Park Plaza hotel on Arlington Street.

The premise of the film? When a car accident leaves a father fighting for his daughter’s life, his journey for the pieces of the puzzle that will save her lead him to discover it's actually his life that he is fighting for. In the film, Dushku plays Ben Barnes' lover. The father is married and cheats on his wife with Dushku.

Dushku co-stars with "Prince Caspian" hottie Ben Barnes and veteran actress Brenda Fricker. Both Dushku and Barnes are slotted to shoot a Christmas party scene on Tuesday, June 9 at Whiskey Park at the Boston Park Plaza.

Up next for Dushku is the biopic called "The Perfect Moment" on iconic photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who died of AIDS in 1989 at age 42 before posthumously snagging national headlines in the '90s for his highly stylized black-and-white portraits of naked men and oddly erotic flowers.

Mapplethorpe's collection, which featured homoerotic shots of naked men performing various S&M acts involving whips and leather, was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and sparked a national debate on public funding for the arts.

The "Bring It On" beauty has cast her brother, Nate, as the controversial photographer. "Nate physically has an uncanny resemblance to Robert," she says to E! Online. "Some pictures are really eerie."

Sundance winner Ondi Timoner has signed on to direct "The Perfect Moment."

For "Valediction," the indie film's crew has reportedly set up shop at a make-shift production tent in South Boston's Seaport District. The word "valediction" is a Latin expression used to say farewell.

Dushku, who flew into Boston on Saturday, is posting updates via Twitter here. Also, click here for the latest on "Valediction."

Monday, June 08, 2009

Scouts searching for '80s wheels for 'The Fighter'

Have vintage wheels? The props crew from Mark Wahlberg's "The Fighter" is searching for old-school '80s cars but they're open to anything pre-1993 for the upcoming made-in-Lowell flick.

Send an e-mail at fightercars@gmail.com with photos of your vintage car. Make sure you include the year, model and color of the the vehicle in the e-mail subject line.

"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.

Also, on Monday, June 8, Boston Casting is on the hunt for Cambodian men and women ages 20-40 who speak fluent Khmer. The open call is slotted between 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Boston Casting's main office located at 129 Braintree St. in Allston.

Click here for the latest on "The Fighter."

Expect some fireworks on Sandler's 'Grown Ups' set

Production is scheduled to heat up ... literally ... on the set of Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups" flick at Centennial Grove located at 30 Martin St. in Essex.

In fact, locals surrounding the Chebacco Lake area were given the heads up about several scenes scheduled to be shot at night.

While communication from the crew insists that the 95 percent of filming is schedule during weekdays, they warn via a flyer here that a few nighttime scenes are scheduled.

"Night work can create an unusually bright lighting condition around our set, which is located directly on the lake, so we would ask you to use caution near the set when boating during the evening," the flyer indicates.

Fireworks after the Fourth of July? Don't fret. Crews say "please don't be alarmed if you see them at some point after the actual Fourth of July holiday is over, and be aware that fireworks may continue until late on some nights."

The film "Grown Ups" is a comedy about five high school friends who reunite with their families during the summer at a lake house after 30 years apart and stars Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello and Maya Rudolph.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun, a source says "Grown Ups" will splish-splash its way in August to Water Wizz of Cape Cod, a family-themed fun park located at 3031 Cranberry Hwy. in East Wareham.

Click
here for the latest on "Grown Ups."

Fox's 'American Idol' auditions kick off in Boston

So you think you can sing? You're in luck.

The ultimate competitive talent search, "American Idol," is holding open auditions on Sunday, June 14 at Gillette Stadium located at 1 Patriot Place in Foxboro. It's the first time the show has held auditions in the Boston area since 2005.

Thousands of soulful singers and publicity-desperate oddballs between 16- and 28-years-old plan to take a stab at stardom this weekend. However, one of the show's mainstays may be on hiatus.

"Idol" judge Paula Abdul admitted on Thursday during an appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman" that she's in the middle of contract discussions and may not be sitting alongside Simon Cowell when auditions kick off in Boston.

With or without Abdul, audition wristbands will be distributed beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, June 12 until 8 a.m on Sunday, June 14. Unfortunately, there will be no overnight camping allowed inside or outside of the venue.

Click here for the "American Idol" lowdown and here for more information about the open audition.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Local rocker Joey Rozmus on 'Real World: Cancun'

Joey Rozmus, a 22-year-old tattooed rocker with the band Late Nite Wars, was expelled from two high schools--one in Methuen and the other in Concord, NH. But, will he get the boot on MTV's "Real World: Cancun" premiering 10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24?

Along with local Emilee Fitzpatrick, he's one of the eight strangers picked to live in a house in the upcoming season. Yep, once again, the "Real World" will have eight strangers living in a house ... or, in this case, a boutique hotel ... together.

Rozmus reportedly is on a take-no-prisoners pursuit of the women in Cancun and hopes to be the first roommate to hook-up. But, based on the trailer, sometimes being the bad boy turns irrevocably bad.

According to his profile here, the local has "had more than a few bouts with excessive drinking, which will eventually become a problem in Cancun."

Based on online chatter, Rozmus doesn't make it through the entire season ... at least all the way through his gig with StudentCity.com. If the rumors are true, is it after a drunken outburst?

UPDATE: Click here for some behind-the-scenes video from StudentCity.com.

Latest video from Adam Sandler's 'Grown Ups' set

Click here for a few photos from the set of Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups" flick currently filming at Chebacco Lake and Centennial Grove located 30 Martin St. in Essex.

According to the Web site here, Centennial Grove has been booked for production until September 15.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun Boston, 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.

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

Friday, June 05, 2009

Franklin Park Zoo hosting 'The Zookeeper' film set

Lions, tigers and bears in Boston? Try Dorchester and Stoneham.

An inside source confirms that the upcoming made-in-Massachusetts flick "The Zookeeper," starring Kevin James and Rosario Dawson, will film the majority of its scenes at Franklin Park Zoo located at 1 Franklin Park Rd. and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham.

The source, adding that production is scheduled to kick off in July, confirms that there will be specific areas of the zoo that will be renovated, paid for by a donation made by the production company.

James, currently in Essex filming 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.

Production crews plan to shell out major money to spruce up the Franklin Park Zoo, with renovations and landscaping slotted to benefit the non-profit zoo for extended period even after the production is done.

Loaded Gun Boston reader Craig Rabe says "he noticed that the production crew for 'The Zookeeper' has taken over a large part of the middle of the zoo to create a set." Rabe confirmed with a zoo official that designers "are spending at least the next six weeks building the set," with design beginning in late May.

Click here for the latest on "The Zookeeper."

The week in quotes from Hollywood in the Hub

"We rarely ever talk about work when we hang out with each other. Lo and behold, later we were slamming into each other stark naked on a set in Boston."

--Sandra Bullock says she doesn't mind baring all in the made-in-Boston flick "The Proposal" ... especially if it results in a few laughs.

"Some of the shots included the front of the clubhouse, so they didn't want any traffic in the shots. We had to close down in the morning, but they (were) actually packing up ahead of schedule."

--Rick Comfort of the Gannon Municipal Golf Course in Lynn says crews from the Ben Affleck flick "The Company Men" took over the 18th green on Tuesday, June 2.

"There are a lot of colorful characters in this script. You never know who's going to pop out and shine."

--Boston Casting's Angela Peri says she's happy with the turnout to open casting call for the "Irish" Micky Ward biopic "The Fighter" with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale last Saturday in Lowell.

"It's a gift to the town of Essex. Some folks have been inconvenienced, but most are excited about having Adam Sandler in town. It has worked out positively for businesses."

--Selectman Ray Randall insists that the filming of Adam Sandler's buddy flick "Grown Ups" has been a huge boon for Essex.

"You are, despite the kidding here, the best and the brightest. You are also the object of my enormous jealousy.”

--Matt Lauer, co-host of NBC's "Today" show, wins over the 2009 senior class at Harvard on Wednesday, June 3.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Shots from Matt Lauer's 'Today' show gig in Boston

Where in the world is Matt Lauer? He was reporting from Boston yesterday.

NBC's "Today" show co-host Lauer, in town on Wednesday, June 3 to address the 2009 senior class at Harvard, interviewed former governor Mitt Romney at Faneuil Hall and revisited some of the haunts he frequented while working for WHDH including the Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons and Ned Devine's for breakfast.

“Harvard is an indestructible American brand—like Lehman Brothers and General Motors,” Lauer quips to the graduating Harvard class. According to the Harvard Crimson here, he was a major cut-up during the ceremony.

--Copyrighted photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Photos from the CW's 'Hitched or Ditched' bash

For those of you who missed it, the Boston-area couple from "Hitched or Ditched" did tie the knot on the Tuesday, June 2 episode of the CW reality show.

Jesse, a 30-year-old mortgage banker and Anissa, a 22-year-old systems analyst stopped by at the party held in their honor at The Place for few a drinks and conversation. Jesse spilled to Loaded Gun Boston that he was hit by a car on Newbury and Fairfield Streets outside of Daisy Buchanan's weeks before the ceremony, so he was a bit on edge while taping the show.

And Anissa, a stunning girl originally from Tyngsboro, says she was an emotional wreck during the making of the show. "I normally don't cry at the drop of a hat, but when my sister started crying, I couldn't help myself," she emotes.

Apparently, Jesse was quite the player at the bachelor party held a The Saint. But, he admits later to Loaded Gun Boston, that he had an epiphany during that scene: He's desperately in love with Anissa.

In fact, that realization inspired him to get on one knee (apparently not the one he hurt in the accident) to ask for her hand in marriage at the elaborate ceremony held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza.

Congratulations to Jesse and Anissa!

Click here for the latest on "Hitched or Ditched."
--Copyrighted photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo
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