Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ben Affleck's 'The Town' is taking over the town

Just in case you haven't noticed, there's a whole lot of filming going on in Boston.

While Cambridge homeboy Ben Affleck filmed scenes for his blue-collar heist flick "The Town" at Twin City Plaza on the Cambridge-Somerville line located at 22 McGrath Highway on Tuesday, Sept. 29, crews have separated into two units to film scenes in a slew of locales including Somerville and the North End over the next few weeks.

For example, unit No. 1 of "The Town" is filming at the Somerville Hospital located at 230 Highland Ave. on Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4.

Also on Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4 from 6 a.m.-8 p.m., unit No. 2 is scheduled to film on the Charlestown Bridge including Commercial St. from Henchman to N. Washington.

Many of the larger made-in-Boston films, like Mel Gibson's "Edge of Darkness" and "Surrogates" with Bruce Willis, had two units working at the same time.

On Thursday, Oct. 1, there's filming slotted in front of the Copley Square fountain near Trinity Church which overlaps with unit No. 2 filming from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. on at N Bennett, Tileston, Wiggin and Unity streets in the North End.

Confused? Don't fret.

Film requires hours of b-roll footage which involves a lot of exterior shots that may or may not involve actors. The Charlestown Bridge shot, for example, could involve a stunt double or doubles driving a get-away car while crews film a scene with a principal actor at the Somerville Hospital.

Unit No. 2 footage in the North End includes scenes slotted for the Pizzeria Regina on Thacher Street and New Spin Laundry on Salem Street which will be transformed into one of the banks under siege. Unit No. 1 is scheduled to return to the same locations to film later in the month.

So yes, Affleck's "The Town" is officially taking over the town. Click here for the latest.
--Copyrighted photo for Loaded Gun Boston by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Tom Cruise on the hunt for new Boston-area digs?

Is the hustle and bustle of Boylston Street too much for Tom Cruise?

After spending the last few weeks at the posh Mandarin Oriental Boston located at 776 Boylston, word on the street is that the actor is on the hunt for temporary digs away from the inner-city while filming the "Wichita" spy flick with Cameron Diaz.

Apparently, the droves of out-of-state paparazzi flown in from Los Angeles and NYC have been following the actor's every move and he's looking for something a bit more private.

An inside source says Cruise left the South Boston set at the Boston Fire Museum (pictured) located at 344 Congress St. on Monday, Sept. 28 to find temporary digs during his three-month gig.

Since principal filming for "Wichita" kicked off on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at the Worcester Regional Airport, Cruise has been spotted around town with wife Katie Holmes jogging along the Esplanade, shopping on Newbury Street, kayaking down the Charles River, dining with son Connor at Abe & Louie's and soaking in the sounds of U2 at Gillette Stadium.

Holmes,
who wrapped filming in Melbourne, Australia and boarded the family's private jet with daughter Suri en route to Boston on Saturday, Sept. 21, ended up leaving Boston last week after she and her daughter were followed by photographers after leaving their Mandarin Oriental apartment.

The actress returned with Suri on Tuesday, Sept. 29 and did some shopping on Boylston Street and then headed to the Charles River.

Click here for the latest on "Untitled Wichita Project."
--Copyrighted photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo and candid courtesy Vassili Shields

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Kevin James filming 'Zookeeper' scene in Ipswich

Crews with Adam Sandler's made-in-Boston flick "Zookeeper" filmed a scene on Monday, Sept. 28 with Kevin James and Leslie Bibb riding on a horse on Crane Beach located in Ipswich on the North Shore.

Bibb plays Stephanie, the ex who broke the heart of James' character Griffin, in "Zookeeper."

"Zookeeper" follows James as 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. Rosario Dawson has been cast as Kate, the smart zoo veterinarian who works alongside Griffin.

Last week, crews filmed an elaborate wedding scene at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel located at 50 Park Place and Arlington Street.

James, taking a break from the Franklin Park Zoo set which was home to a majority the filming, was spotted cruising around on a bike with "Fear Factor" host Joe Rogan on Wednesday, Sept. 16 in the Boston Common.

On Thursday, Oct. 1, "Zookeeper" production will move to 20 Taft St., a traditional triple-decker home in North Dorchester.

On Friday, Oct. 2, they're filming behind the Boston Public Library inside the upscale Italian eatery Sorellina located at 1 Huntington Ave.

Click here for the latest on "Zookeeper."--Photo by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo and Ipswich candids courtesy Courtney

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz on South Boston set

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, currently in Boston filming the soon-to-be-renamed "Wichita" project, are shooting near the Blue Wave bar & lounge located 343 Congress St. in South Boston's Fort Point Channel neighborhood on Monday, Sept. 28.

The Boston Fire Museum, located at 344 Congress St., served as the exterior scene's backdrop which involved Diaz an
d a MBTA bus. Filming moved inside the museum as the day progressed.

Both Cruise and Diaz were wearing the same outfit from last week's shoot inside the classic Parisian brasserie Gaslight located at 560 Harrison Avenue in the up-and-coming SoWa district of the South End suggesting a continuation of the same scene.

The untitled "Wichita" project follows Cruise as a secret agent who pops in and out of the life of a single woman played by Diaz.

Principal filming for the made-in-Boston spy flick "Wichita," starring Cruise, Diaz, Maggie Grace and Marc Blucas, kicked off on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at the Worcester Regional Airport.

Also, Paul Dano, known as the brooding brother in "Little Miss Sunshine" and star of Spike Jonze's upcoming "Where the Wild Things Are," has signed on to play a "charming but mysterious scientist" in the soon-to-be-renamed "Wichita" movie with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.

Apparently, Dano's character is thrust into the action when his invention becomes the focus of Cruise and Diaz's chase.

Meanwhile, Loaded Gun Boston reader Vassili Shields shot the on-set photo below from a Congress Street office building.

According to Shields, "Tom was really nice and kept meeting fans. Cameron was sweet and waved to fans a lot."

Click here for the latest on "Untitled Wichita Project."
--Copyrighted photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo and candid courtesy Vassili Shields

Monday, September 28, 2009

Jesse Eisenberg and Paul Dano filming in Boston

Revenge of the nerds hitting Boston? Jesse Eisenberg and Paul Dano, two up-and-coming actors known for their geek-chic charm, have signed on to play ... no surprise here ... whiz kids on a mission in "The Social Network" and the formerly titled "Wichita" films respectively.

Eisenberg, in Boston over the weekend with "Cheers" alum Woody Harrelson to promote his new flick "Zombieland," will make a return trip to the Hub next month to star as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

"The Social Network," slotted to begin filming in Harvard Square on Oct. 19, also stars Justin Timberlake and follows Eisenberg's character getting dumped at a Boston-area bar and ends with him adding his former girlfriend to his friend list on his multibillion-dollar social networking site. The story is based on Mezrich's latest book, "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook. A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal."

Moss Lynch, a Loaded Gun Boston reader and Suffolk University student, snapped a photo alongside Eisenberg after the Saturday, Sept. 26 screening of "Zombieland" at the AMC Boston Common movie theater.

Meanwhile, Paul Dano, known as the brooding brother in "Little Miss Sunshine" and star of Spike Jonze's upcoming "Where the Wild Things Are," has signed on to play a "charming but mysterious scientist" in the soon-to-be-renamed "Wichita" movie with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.

The untitled "Wichita" project follows Cruise as a secret agent who pops in and out of the life of a single woman played by Diaz.

Apparently, Dano's character is thrust into the action when his invention becomes the focus of Cruise and Diaz's chase.

Speaking of "Wichita," crews are filming at the Boston Fire Museum, located at 344 Congress St in South Boston's Fort Point Channel neighborhood on Monday, Sept. 28.

Click here for the latest on "Untitled Wichita Project" and here for "The Social Network."
--Jesse Eisenberg photo courtesy Moss Lynch

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The week in quotes from Hollywood in the Hub

"The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the passage of the accompanying bill: An act establishing 'Fever Pitch' as the official movie of the Commonwealth."

--State Rep. William N. Brownsberger sponsors an act suggested by a crew of students at Cambridge Friends School to name the made-in-Boston flick "Fever Pitch," directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly and starring Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore (pictured), as the state's official movie.

"Boston Police urge anyone interested or considering auditioning for acting roles posted on the Internet to exercise extreme caution."

--The Boston Police Department issued a statement regarding a man posting ads on Craigslist and claiming to be a film "producer" who lures would-be starlets to perform sex acts in exchange for a movie role.

“It was definitely worth the wait. We’re the die-hards; once you’ve waited for so long, you might as well stay.”

--Sue Sykes of Berkley, who made the trek to a Cumberland Farms field in Bridgewater to see a giant mushroom-cloud explosion at 5:28 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 for the soon-to-be-renamed "Wichita" film starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, says the early-morning light show was worth the wait.

"When I was a kid, I lied all the time. I was the middle child, and I think it was a way to get attention. I told really ridiculous lies. Like when I was 9 years old and at summer camp I said that I had a camel in the basement of my home in West Virginia. I told everyone we had turned our basement into a Sahara."

--Jennifer Garner, in Boston while hubby Ben Affleck shoots "The Town," says the lies from her childhood helped her prepare for the role in the made-in-Lowell flick "Invention of Lying" by funnyman Rick Gervais.

“We’re confident it will open 100 percent full and be a great new engine for the Plymouth area and the region."

--Bill Wynne, the president of Plymouth Rock Studios Holdings LLC’s real estate arm, announces that the Plymouth-based movie studio complex snagged a $550 million loan to cover the costs of construction.
--Copyrighted photo for Loaded Gun Boston by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ben Affleck's 'The Town' transforms Fenway HoJo's

Cambridge homeboy Ben Affleck moved production of his blue-collar heist flick "The Town" to Howard Johnson Boston located at 1271 Boylston St. where set designers transformed the Fenway Park hotel into the fictional Van Ness Motor Inn.

According to a Loaded Gun Boston tipster, Boylston Street is slotted to be shut down this weekend on Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27 to film the shoot 'em up scenes which will include "a helicopter and gunfire."

Affleck, noticeably dressed down after wearing a variety of costumes last week including a Boston police officer uniform as well as an EMS paramedic shirt, rolled up his sleeves during filming on Friday, Sept. 25 at the revamped HoJo's.

The hotel transformation into the Van Ness Motor Inn was apparently so convincing, several bystanders thought the motel was the real deal.

Speaking of fantasy versus reality, a handful of locals expressed concern after hearing gunshots in the Fenway Park area on Wednesday. In fact, the Boston Police Department received a call from a citizen hearing "shots fired" near Fenway Park while Affleck shot the climactic cat-and-mouse scene with actor Jon Hamm and Titus Welliver from "Gone Baby Gone."

It seems that not all folks are entranced by the glamour and clamor of Hollywood in the Hub. Ricky, a Loaded Gun Boston reader, says the barrage of bullets on Yawkey Way kept him up.

"Yeah, it's a bit frustrating having to hear machine guns while trying to sleep," he says.

Meanwhile, CP Casting is on the hunt for ethnic, young adult men for a futbol scene slotted for Tuesday, Sept. 29 and Thursday, Oct. 1. If you're an experienced soccer player and of foreign descent, send a photo with your phone number, age and availability to thetowncasting@gmail.com.

Click
here for the latest on Affleck's "The To
wn."
--Copyrighted photos for Loaded Gun Boston by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Friday, September 25, 2009

Jon Hamm shooting 'The Town' at Fenway Park

Jon Hamm, known for his work in "Mad Men" and the upcoming Allen Ginsberg biopic "Howl," has been filming a lot of those shoot 'em up scenes promised on set of Ben Affleck's blue-collar heist flick "The Town" outside of Fenway Park.

Don Draper in FBI gear and whipping out a gun? You bet.

In the made-in-Boston film, Hamm stars as a FBI agent who becomes smitten with a female bank employee, played by "Frost/Nixon" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" actress Rebecca Hall.

Filming at Fenway Park is slotted to continue until Sunday, Sept. 27. As previously reported in Loaded Gun Boston, vehicular traffic is closed on Yawkey Way from Brookline Ave. to Van Ness from 5 a.m.-9 p.m. until Sunday, Sept. 27. Crews filmed scenes at 12-45 Lansdowne St. and 176 Ipswich St. on the Fenway side on Thursday, Sept. 23.

Hamm shot scenes with actor Titus Welliver, known as the Lionel McCready or the mustached "Uncle Lionel," in Affleck's directorial debut "Gone Baby Gone."

Meanwhile, the Red Sox have been playing away games in Kansas City and then in New York while Affleck and staff do their cops and robbers thing. Also, crews have reportedly rented out the Howard Johnson Hotel Boston located at 1271 Boylston St. specifically for the Fenway climax to house out-of-state production crews as well as an exterior filming location.

Also, crews have set up base camp during the week-long shoot at the vacant Boston Billiards building located at 126 Brookline Ave.

After crews finish filming scenes outside of Fenway Park, production moves to the North End beginning Thursday, Oct. 1.

Highlights include scenes slotted for the Pizzeria Regina on Thacher Street and New Spin Laundry on Salem Street which will be transformed into one of the banks under siege.

And, in a move that will more than likely cause a traffic snarl or two, they're closing down the entire Charlestown Bridge on Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4.

Also, CP Casting is on the hunt for ethnic, young adult men for a futbol scene slotted for Tuesday, Sept. 29 and Thursday, Oct. 1. If you're an experienced soccer player and of foreign descent, send a photo with your phone number, age and availability to thetowncasting@gmail.com.

Click
here for the latest on Affleck's "The To
wn."--Copyrighted photos for Loaded Gun Boston by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ben Affleck's 'The Town' taking over the North End

While Cambridge homeboy Ben Affleck continues to shoot scenes for his blue-collar heist flick "The Town" all week at Fenway Park, the made-in-Boston film's schedule leaked online and, well, crews are literally taking over the North End beginning Thursday, Oct. 1 until Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Highlights include scenes slotted for the Pizzeria Regina on Thacher Street and New Spin Laundry on Salem Street which will be transformed into one of the banks under siege.

And, in a move that will more than likely cause a traffic snarl or two, they're closing down the entire Charlestown Bridge on Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4.

Yep, Affleck's "The Town" is officially commandeering the town.

Here's the rundown:
  • Thursday, Oct. 1 from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. on at N Bennett, Tileston, Wiggin and Unity streets in the North End.
  • Friday, Oct. 2 from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. at Pizzeria Regina located at 11 1/2 Thacher Street
  • Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4 from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. on the Charlestown Bridge including Commercial St. from Henchman to N. Washington.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. at New Spin Laundry located at 100 Salem Street which will be transformed into a bank.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. at Prince Street in front of Polcari Park.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. at Snowhill, N. Hudson and Charter streets.
  • Thursday, Oct. 8 from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. at Margaret and Sheafe streets.
  • Thursday, Oct. 8 and Friday, Oct. 9 from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. at Foster Street
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. at Salem, Prince, Hanover and Parmenter streets.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. at Pizzeria Regina located at 11 1/2 Thacher Street.
Click here for the latest on Affleck's "The Town."
--Copyrighted photos for Loaded Gun Boston by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Justin Timberlake joins 'The Social Network' cast

Justin Timberlake and Jesse Eisenberg have reportedly joined the cast of "The Social Network," a flick based on local author Ben Mezrich's tell-all book about the founding of Facebook in a Harvard dorm, with production slotted to kick off in Cambridge on Monday, Oct. 19.

Crews plan to film at the Thirsty Scholar Pub located at 70 Beacon St. in Somerville on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 22.

Timberlake will play Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder who became the founding president of Facebook while Eisenberg has been cast as Mark Zuckerberg. Andrew Garfield stars as Eduardo Saverin, a former founder who had a fallout with Zuckerberg.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun Boston, crews are actively looking for locations in Cambridge and Boston armed with a script crafted by Aaron Sorkin, the writer for such flicks as "Charlie Wilson's War" and "A Few Good Men." While several scenes will be shot in Cambridge, a part of the movie may be filmed in California.

Kevin Spacey, who in 2007 filmed the made-in-Boston flick "21" which was also inspired by one of Mezrich's non-fiction works called "Bringing Down The House," is producing alongside Scott Rudin and Dana Brunetti.

David Fincher, known for highly stylized work with films like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Fight Club," is in advanced negotiations to direct.

The script follows founder Zuckerberg getting dumped at a Boston-area bar and ends with him adding his former girlfriend to his friend list on his multibillion-dollar social networking site. The story is based on Mezrich's latest book, "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook. A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal."

Zuckerberg launched Facebook in Cambridge of 2004 before he moved to a house in Palo Alto, California and opened his first office on the Left Coast in the summer. As Facebook lore suggests, he planned to return to Harvard in the fall of '04, but never did.

Sorkin's 162-page script includes some supposed behind-the-scenes banter with ConnectU founders Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendrera after filing a lawsuit in 2004 alledging the unauthorized use of ConnectU's source code.

Click here for the latest on "The Social Network."

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tom Cruise filming at Gaslight in the South End

Tom Cruise, currently in Boston filming the soon-to-be-renamed "Wichita" project with Cameron Diaz, darts out after a day of filming inside the classic Parisian brasserie Gaslight located at 560 Harrison Avenue in the up-and-coming SoWa district of the South End.

His outfit? Jeans and a white T-shirt.

Cruise--spotted around town with wife Katie Holmes jogging along the Esplanade, shopping on Newbury Street, dining with son Connor at Abe & Louie's and soaking in the sounds of U2 at Gillette Stadium--has been shooting scenes at the trendy restaurant since Saturday, Sept. 19.

Principal filming for the made-in-Boston spy flick "Wichita," starring Cruise, Diaz, Maggie Grace and Marc Blucas, kicked off on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at the Worcester Regional Airport.

According to one tipster, security is extremely tight on set at Gaslight. "There were about 10 police officers surrounding the set," the source adds. During filming, Holmes stopped by with daughter Suri. Also, Diaz was filming at Gaslight wearing a yellow outfit.

The untitled "Wichita" project follows Cruise as a secret agent who pops in and out of the life of a single woman played by Diaz.

Meanwhile, production is hashing out an elaborate crash scene where a commercial 727 airliner skids into a Cumberland Farms cornfield near Curve Street in Bridgewater. Scheduled to shoot Thursday, Sept. 24 and Friday, Sept. 25, the scene depicts the aftermath of a plane crash in a fictional Indiana locale.

Click here for the latest on "Untitled Wichita Project."
--Copyrighted photo for Loaded Gun Boston by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Monday, September 21, 2009

The 'Zookeeper' flick shooting fab wedding scene

Crews with Adam Sandler's made-in-Boston flick "Zookeeper" are planning an elaborate wedding scene slotted to film on Monday, Sept. 21 until Friday, Sept. 25 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel located at 50 Park Place and Arlington Street.

Yes, here comes the bride ... but who's getting married?

RPM Casting is on the hunt for young, hip union and non-union men and women (who haven't worked on the movie yet and are available all week) for the wedding scene. Also, they're specifically looking for men and women of Filipino descent to portray family members in the wedding bash.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun, Kevin James' off-screen wife, Steffiana De La Cruz, is a featured player in the flick and was spotted filming scenes last week in the Boston Public Garden. The stunning De La Cruz (pictured above) is of Filipino descent.

Perhaps, De La Cruz is getting hitched in the movie ... or is it the lovely Rosario Dawson?

"Zookeeper" follows James as 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. Rosario Dawson has been cast as Kate, the smart zoo veterinarian who works alongside James' character Griffin. Leslie Bibb plays Stephanie, the ex who broke Griffin's heart. De La Cruz stars as Robin.

Meanwhile, Yum Bunnies Cakery located in Belmont just delivered a custom-made concoction crafted from seven chocolate sheet cakes and six batches of icing. Yum Bunnies, for those keeping tabs, created the giant wedding cake in "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" that Matthew McConaughey's loverboy character tried to save from crashing to the floor at his brother's wedding.

Interested in being an extra on "Zookeeper" and haven't been in the film? E-mail RPM directly at zookeepercasting@gmail.com with a recent headshot and contact information with "Wedding" or "Filipino" in the subject line.

Click here for the latest on "Zookeeper."
--Photo by Loaded Gun Boston

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The week in quotes from Hollywood in the Hub

“I think they’ve had a pretty good summer here in Harvard Square."

--Denise Jillson, president of the Harvard Square Business Association, says Cambridge homeboy Ben Affleck has had a productive stint working in his hometown. Meanwhile, Affleck is currently filming "The Town" at Boston's Fenway Park until Sunday, Sept. 27.

"I try to excel in all areas and I've never been asked for a refund. [Sex with me] is like flying."

--Tom Cruise, currently in Boston filming the soon-to-be-renamed "Wichita" project with Cameron Diaz, responds to Jay Leno when asked if he was better at flying or sex. Meanwhile, Cruise's wife Katie Holmes wrapped filming in Melbourne, Australia and boarded their private jet with daughter Suri en route to Boston. Cruise filmed scenes for "Wichita" at Gaslight in the South End on Saturday until Tuesday, Sept. 23.

"I've never had that much fun making a movie, really. I just ate whatever I wanted and thought about nothing but the screenplay and the other actors. It was really nice to not think about anything else."

--Cambridge native Matt Damon weighs in on his out-of-shape look in the Steven Soderbergh flick "The Informant!"

"Two reasons: One, fantastic tax credit. Two, fantastic city. I mean, I love Boston."

--Jonathan Mostow, director of the made-in-Boston flick "Surrogates" slotted to hit theaters on Friday, Sept. 25, reveals why he filmed the sci-fi flick starring Bruce Willis in the Hub.

"Never shoot in New England during hurricane season unless you want your film to be a documentary on rain."

--Justin Lerner, director of the made-in-Wayland indie flick "Girlfriend" with Jackson Rathbone, Amanda Plummer and Shannon Woodward, jokes about filming in New England.

--Copyrighted photo by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Uma Thurman sparkles at the Boston Film Festival

Amherst-bred actress Uma Thurman received the Boston Film Festival''s film excellence award on Friday, Sept. 18 and unveiled her new flick "Motherhood" at the Landmark Kendall Square Theatre in Cambridge.

The Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated beauty, known for her work in the "Kill Bill" thrillers and "Pulp Fiction," then headed to an exclusive red carpet event at Stella Restaurant located at 1525 Washington St. in Boston's up-and-coming SoWa district.

"Compared to the photographers in Europe, you guys are quiet," Thurman joked with the crew of shutterbugs hanging outside of Stella, including Loaded Gun Boston's Ryan Miner. Thurman posed next to filmmaker Katherine Dieckmann, director of "Motherhood."

A comedy set in Manhattan, "Motherhood" follows Thurman's character Eliza, a mother of two preparing for her daughter's sixth birthday party while struggling to hang on to her identity as an aspiring writer.

Robin Dawson, executive director of the Boston Film Festival, says Thurman's work speaks for itself. “Uma has entertained audiences around the globe in varied performances and has become an inspiration to women," the BFF director adds.


--Copyrighted photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Friday, September 18, 2009

Ben Affleck's 'The Town' film hitting Fenway Park

While Cambridge homeboy Ben Affleck was busy filming scenes for his blue-collar heist flick "The Town" on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Grendel's Den located at 89 Winthrop St. in Harvard Square, crews were busy hashing out the elaborate shoot 'em up scene slotted to hit Boston's Fenway Park on Friday, Sept 18 and filming until Sunday, Sept. 27--with no filming on Monday, Sept. 21.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun Boston, an inside source says that we should "expect gun fire and a few cars exploding" in and around Fenway during production.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox are playing away games in Baltimore, Kansas City and New York while Affleck and staff do their cops and robbers thing. Also, crews have reportedly rented out the Howard Johnson Hotel Boston located at 1271 Boylston St. specifically for the Fenway climax to house out-of-state production crews as well as an exterior filming location.

Affleck, playing Boston's most wanted bank robber, is both directing and starring in the film following a love triangle involving a crook, a bankteller and a FBI agent. The movie is an adaptation of the Charlestown-based heist novel "Prince of Thieves" by Chuck Hogan which was written for the big screen by Peter Craig and Affleck.

"The Town" also stars Jon Hamm, known as Don Draper from "Mad Men," as a FBI agent who becomes smitten with a female bank employee, played by "Frost/Nixon" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" actress Rebecca Hall.

Affleck recently filmed scenes at Neptune Oyster located at 63 Salem St. in the North End as well as a slew of locations on Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown.

Speaking of Charlestown, Loaded Gun Boston was featured in Chris Faraone's "A Tale of Two Towns" in this week's Boston Phoenix. The in-depth article focuses on the two films currently filming there including 'The Town" and "OxyMorons."

Click here for the latest on Affleck's "The Town."

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Joe Rogan and Kevin James in 'Zookeeper' flick

Kevin James, taking a break from the Franklin Park Zoo set and filming "Zookeeper" in Boston this week, was spotted cruising around on a bike with "Fear Factor" host Joe Rogan on Wednesday, Sept. 16 in the Boston Common.

In the film, Rogan is "Gale" while James is "Griffin," a love-sick zookeeper 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.

Filming is slotted to continue in the Public Garden and Boston Common area until Thursday, Sept. 17.

Meanwhile, RPM Casting is on the hunt for young, hip union and non-union men and women (who haven't worked on the movie yet and are available all next week) for a wedding scene slotted to shoot for five days beginning Monday, Sept. 21 until Friday, Sept. 25.

Interested? E-mail zookeepercasting@gmail.com with a recent headshot and contact information with "Wedding" in the subject line.

Click here for the latest on "Zookeeper."

--Photos courtesy of Kevin Wiles Jr.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tom Cruise's 'Wichita' film takes flight in Worcester

Principal filming for the made-in-Boston spy flick "Wichita," starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Maggie Grace and Marc Blucas, kicked off on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at the Worcester Regional Airport.

The film's code name indicated by the yellow production signs plastered all over Worcester? Zephyr.

In preparation for the shoot, set designers transformed the locale to act as stand-in for the Wichita Airport. The film's prop team received 40 copies of a Kansas paper, The Wichita Eagle, and 25 guides from the Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau. Also, crews built a gift shop, a transportation security inspection area and a bar. The set will be torn down after the four-day shoot.

According to one tipster, security is extremely tight on set. "There's a lot of activity at the base camp and the airport location," says a Loaded Gun Boston reader in Worcester. "The airport police have the entrance to the airport closed and there are 'no parking' signs are up all along the road, so no one will park there."

The source continues, "I'm also listening to the airport police on the radio and they're turning around all spectators from the area."

The soon-to-be-renamed "Wichita" follows Cruise as a secret agent who pops in and out of the life of a single woman played by Diaz.

On Monday, Sept. 21, crews are filming at Gaslight Brasserie located at 560 Harrison Avenue in the South End. Also during the week of Sept. 21, they're scheduled to film in a desolate area of Somerville.

Meanwhile, production is hashing out an elaborate crash scene where a commercial 727 airliner skids into a Cumberland Farms cornfield near Curve Street in Bridgewater. Scheduled to shoot Thursday, Sept. 24 and Friday, Sept. 25, the scene depicts the aftermath of a plane crash in a fictional Indiana locale.

Click here for the latest on "Untitled Wichita Project."
--Copyrighted photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

First look at Kevin James in the 'Zookeeper' movie

Kevin James, filming "Zookeeper" in the Boston Public Garden, ditched the Segway he made famous in "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" and cruised around as a co-pilot in a tandem bicycle with "Fear Factor" host Joe Rogan on Monday, Sept. 14 in Commonwealth Mall near Arlington Street.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun Boston, crews with "Zookeeper" moved shop from the Franklin Park Zoo and shot scenes with James, Rogan, Nat Faxon and James' wife, Steffiana De La Cruz, near the "Make Way For Ducklings" statues at the Boston Public Garden.

In the film, Rogan is "Gale" while James is "Griffin," a love-sick zookeeper 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.

Filming is slotted to continue in the Public Garden and Boston Common area until Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Set designers crafted a faux bike rental booth with the swan boats, and even real swans, in the background. The bike rental sign boasted a "bike-a-thon" and offering a slew of bikes including a BMX ($25 per day), tricycle ($18 per day) and tandem ($7 per hour).

Also, the Franklin Park Zoo is allowing visitors the chance to check out the film's elaborate mini-zoo set from 10:30 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15 and Wednesday, Sept. 16. near the park's Giraffe Entrance located at 1 Franklin Park Rd.

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--Copyrighted photos by Loaded Gun Boston

Monday, September 14, 2009

Make way for the 'Zookeeper' in the Public Garden

Crews with the made-in-Boston flick "Zookeeper" shot scenes with Kevin James, Joe Rogan from "Fear Factor," Nat Faxon and James' wife, Steffiana De La Cruz, near the "Make Way For Ducklings" statues at the Boston Public Garden on Monday, Sept. 14.

In "Zookeeper," Rogan plays "Gale," Faxon as "Dave" and De La Cruz stars as "Robin."

Later in the afternoon, James, De La Cruz and Rogan headed on their bikes to the Commonwealth Mall near Arlington Street. Filming is slotted to continue in the Public Garden and Boston Common area until Wednesday, Sept. 16.

In the Public Garden, set designers crafted a faux bike rental booth with the swan boats, and even real swans, in the background. The bike rental sign boasted a "bike-a-thon" and offering a slew of bikes including a BMX ($25 per day), tricycle ($18 per day) and 10 speed ($6 per hour). On the set, there was word of "the bike guy" making a cameo, with possible ties to James' other made-in-Boston flick, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop."

According to one tipster: "Trailers were set up along Beacon Street and foot traffic directed around the shoot. Lots of signs warning as you crossed that you may show up in the film and by entering the area you gave your consent."

Large tents were set up for "Zookeeper" extras and catering in the Boston Common.

"Zookeeper" follows James as 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. Rosario Dawson has been cast as Kate, the smart zoo veterinarian who works alongside James' character Griffin. Leslie Bibb plays Stephanie, the ex who broke Griffin's heart.

On Friday, Sept. 11, an 18-year-old male giraffe known as "Tweet" collapsed in his pen after wrapping up his final scene for "Zookeeper" at the Franklin Park Zoo and died. Of course, activists with the animal rights group PETA are furious, calling the death "an outrage."

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--Copyrighted photos by Loaded Gun Boston

Donnie Wahlberg photos from 'The Zookeeper' set

A crew of hardcore Donnie Wahlberg supporters snapped a few photos on Saturday, Sept. 12 of the Dorchester homeboy on the set of the made-in-Boston flick "The Zookeeper," starring Kevin James, Rosario Dawson and Leslie Bibb.

"Four of us waited from 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the pouring rain for him to come out," recalls Wahlberg fan Melissa Buja, who says the native was "super sweet" and accommodating off set. "The other four arrived around 1 p.m. Are we diehards or what?!"

Wahlberg has been tweeting about his behind-the-scenes experiences from the Franklin Park Zoo's elaborate mini-zoo set near the Giraffe Entrance of the park located at 1 Franklin Park Rd.

"Heading to the set. Amazing to come back to Franklin Park to 'work' after all these years! Just a whole different type of work," he writes, adding that he grew out his facial hair during filming.

"The Zookeeper" follows James as 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. Rosario Dawson has been cast as Kate, the smart zoo veterinarian who works alongside James' character Griffin. Leslie Bibb plays Stephanie, the ex who broke Griffin's heart.

In contrast to James' character, Wahlberg is playing a zookeeper who detests the furry critters under his watch.

Meanwhile, the made-in-Boston TV pilot "Bunker Hill," starring Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan, wasn't picked up by TNT for the fall but could make the network lineup later.

Click here for the latest on "The Zookeeper."--Photos courtesy of Melissa Buja

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Patriots commercial shot in the Boston Common

Paul Revere rides again ... this time armed with a football and a crew of Patriots cheerleaders in an over-the-top Visa commercial that was shot in the Boston Common on Friday, Sept. 11.

An 18th century-style artillery company shot off cannons while a pack of extras dressed in Patriots gear paraded around the Common escorted by pom-pom wielding cheerleaders and surrounded by red-white-and-blue balloons.

A British couple, taking photos from the sidelines, were dumbfounded by all of the shenanigans. When asked if they knew what was going on in the park, the couple shrugged. "I have no idea," muses the female British visitor. "Who knew Paul Revere liked American football?"
--Copyrighted photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo
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