Monday, November 30, 2009

The week in quotes from Hollywood in the Hub

"My part was supposed to be a 37-year-old. I was like, 'I have to play this.' And they're like, 'No, you're not 37. I took a train to Boston and auditioned for Ben and fought for the role, and he gave me the job on the spot. They rewrote it so I'm 29."

--Blake Lively, known as Serena van der Woodsen from "Gossip Girl," spills to US Weekly that she lobbied for the role as Ben Affleck's troubled ex-girlfriend in the blue-collar heist flick "The Town."

"When Tom was on top of the car, and I'm inside the car going, 'Ahhh! Ahhh!' and he's on the hood of the car flying through the air, you know, cabled to a car, jumping 20 feet across -- I'm like, 'I want an action scene, you guys! I wanna fight! I wanna be on the hood of a car! Write it! Just write it in somewhere!'"

--Cameron Diaz, who recently wrapped filming the made-in-Boston spy flick "Knight & Day," foreshadows a risky motorcycle stunt that she performed with Tom Cruise involving running bulls in the streets of Cadiz, Spain.

"We’ve optioned 'Killer Instinct,' which is set in Boston, by Boston-based author Joseph Finder."

--Paula Mae Schwartz, a PR guru turned film producer, says she and her husband Steve have plans to make more films after spearheading the movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road."

"All of these kids' parents knew where they were going."

--Judy Kogan, the mother of 15-year-old actor Aaron Wolff, who has a leading role in the Coen Brothers' latest film "A Serious Man," spills that her son was turned away from a Boston-area theater last week when he brought some of his friends to see it because it's a R-rated movie.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Vamp TV pilot 'The Fixer' slotted to film in Boston

So, your blood lust wasn't satiated with the latest "New Moon" flick from the "Twilight" franchise and can't get enough "Vampire Diaries" and "True Blood" on TV?

Here's something you can sink your teeth into: There's a new vamp TV pilot slotted to begin filming in Boston early next year based on regional writer Jon F. Merz's Lawson Vampire novels called "The Fixer."

"We're planning to shoot an entire first season that we will then sell broadcast rights to," remarks Merz. "So, pretty much as soon as we get the pilot in the can, we'll be shopping it around."

Brandon Stumpf, a 33-year-old swoon-worthy actor based in Manchester, NH (pictured above), has been cast as Lawson, a cynical, jaded, part-spy-commando who is tasked with maintaining the Balance--the secret existence of a race of living vampires that have evolved alongside humanity for centuries.

Vampire overkill? Think again. Merz says he's not concerned by the onslaught of those other pop culture blood suckers. "This will be so utterly different," he insists. "'The Fixer' is a sort of supernatural James Bond show ... more like vampires for adults. It's a gritty noir show that will really belong in a different realm."

Slotted to begin shooting in January 2010, Merz says he's already scouted several Hub-area locales. "As far as locations around Boston, we're looking at several, but we'll definitely be down on the Boston Common and the Public Gardens as well as parts of Beacon Hill," he adds.

Merz has already shot a teaser for "The Fixer" on the South Boston waterfront near Black Falcon Terminal and the industrial park, adding that there are "lots of seedy buildings down there that look great on film."

Click here for the latest on "The Fixer."

Monday, November 23, 2009

Bulls gone wild on 'Knight & Day' film set in Spain

A pack of seven bulls used on the overseas set of the made-in-Boston spy flick "Knight & Day," starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, broke free in Cadiz, Spain on Sunday, Nov. 22 and injured two female bystanders, according to reports here.

Cruise, who wrapped filming in Boston last week and boarded a private jet and headed to Salzburg, Austria where he's filming a motorcycle stunt scene, wasn't on the Spain set nor was his co-star Diaz. However, they were slotted to film a scene next weekend in Cadiz. According to the report, filming was suspended after the incident.

Meanwhile, the James Mangold action comedy faced some scrutiny from Austrian filmmakers who protested a $448,455 incentive greenlit for the "Knight & Day" movie from Salzburg authorities. In response to the backlash, the Austrian shoot has been cut from three weeks to seven days.

In "Knight & Day," Cruise and Cameron Diaz have a glamorous and sometimes deadly adventure, where nothing and no one--even the now fugitive couple--are what they seem.

Amid shifting alliances and unexpected betrayals, they race across the globe, with their survival ultimately hinging on the battle of truth versus trust. "Knight & Day" is slotted to hit theaters on July 2, 2010.

Co-stars include Peter Sarsgaard (“An Education”) as a federal agent relentlessly pursuing the couple; Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as a CIA director trying to decipher the true purpose of their high-wire activities; Paul Dano (“There Will Be Blood”) as an eccentric genius behind a revolutionary technology; and Olivier Martinez (“Unfaithful”) as a ruthless arms manufacturer. Also co-starring are Maggie Grace (“Taken”) and Marc Blucas (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).

Click here for the latest on "Knight & Day."
--Photos courtesy of Ronda Morra

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Actor Tom Cruise gives Boston an online high-five

Tom Cruise, who began filming the locally shot James Mangold action comedy "Knight & Day" with Cameron Diaz on Tuesday, Sept. 15, gushes on his Web site that his two-month stint in Boston "was an autumn to remember" and personally thanked the local crew calling them "impeccable."

"We absolutely love Boston and will treasure our memories of the Freedom Trail, the Duck Tours, the museums, restaurants, gorgeous parks and, of course, our unforgettable runs around the St. Charles River," he writes here.

Apparently, his jogs with wife Katie Holmes around the Charles were so memorable that the river earned saint status for Cruise.

“On behalf of the cast and crew of ‘Knight & Day’ we thank you for being so accommodating, patient and understanding throughout our filming,” he continues, alluding to some of the flick's elaborate shoots including a scene shot on Rutherford Avenue, stunt scenes orchestrated in South Boston as well as filming on the Zakim Bridge.

“By lending us the beauty of your city you’ve made this film something truly special. Words can only begin to express our appreciation," he says.

Crews with the made-in-Boston spy flick "Knight & Day" wrapped filming in Boston earlier this week and have set up shop in Sevilla on Monday, Nov. 16. Shooting is slotted to continue in Spain for three weeks.

Meanwhile, Cruise boarded a private jet and headed to Salzburg, Austria where he's filming a motorcycle stunt scene.

The "Knight & Day" team filmed scenes throughout the Boston area including the Worcester Regional Airport, Jacob Wirth Restaurant located at 31 Stuart St. in Boston's Theatre District, South Boston's waterfront district, Boston Public Library, Boston Fire Museum as well as the classic Parisian brasserie Gaslight located at 560 Harrison Avenue.

Click here for the latest on "Knight & Day."

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Segment on Mr. Bartley's is hitting Food Network

Remember when Guy Fieri, the host of the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," pulled up in his infamous red 1967 Chevy Camaro Super Sport and filmed a segment for his show at Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage located at 1246 Massachusetts Ave. in Harvard Square on Monday, July 27?

The segment is airing Monday, Nov. 23 at 10 p.m.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun Boston, it's been a tumultuous year for the Harvard Square staple that has been serving up political slander and pop-culture worship along with its killer burgers since 1960.

A grease fire on Saturday, Sept. 20 forced the owners to close down shop for the first time in almost 50 years.The iconic Mass. Ave restaurant caught on fire after a buildup of grease in the grill's hood became combustible.

Bartley's is famous for spotlighting B-list celebs and politicos with tasty burgers named after folks like Dick "a heart beat away" Cheney, Arnold "this is no girly burger" Schwarzenegger and Al "they all lie" Franken.

Fieri also taped a segment at Sam LaGrassa's, located at 44 Province St. in the Financial District, spotlighting the hot spot's killer selection of sandwiches and tasty lunchtime grub.

Click here for Mr. Bartley's Web site.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tom Cruise's 'Knight & Day' film wraps in Boston

Crews with the made-in-Boston spy flick "Knight & Day" wrapped filming in Boston earlier this week and have set up shop in Sevilla on Monday, Nov. 16. Shooting is slotted to continue in Spain for three weeks.

Now that the Boston-area filming has ended, the James Mangold action comedy is also scheduled to shoot in Salzburg, Austria as well as a tropical destination rumored to be Hawaii.

Cruise, who reportedly turned up for the memorial service at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse for Church of Scientology attorney Earle Cooley, was scheduled to film scenes in Salzburg beginning Thursday, Nov. 19, however, there's been a bit of a snag after Austrian filmmakers protested a $448,455 incentive greenlit for the "Knight & Day" film from Salzburg authorities. In response to the backlash, the Austrian shoot has been cut from three weeks to seven days.

In "Knight & Day," Cruise and Cameron Diaz have a glamorous and sometimes deadly adventure, where nothing and no one--even the now fugitive couple--are what they seem.

Amid shifting alliances and unexpected betrayals, they race across the globe, with their survival ultimately hinging on the battle of truth versus trust. "Knight & Day" is slotted to hit theaters on July 2, 2010.

Co-stars include Peter Sarsgaard (“An Education”) as a federal agent relentlessly pursuing the couple; Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as a CIA director trying to decipher the true purpose of their high-wire activities; Paul Dano (“There Will Be Blood”) as an eccentric genius behind a revolutionary technology; and Olivier Martinez (“Unfaithful”) as a ruthless arms manufacturer. Also co-starring are Maggie Grace (“Taken”) and Marc Blucas (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).

Crews with "Knight & Day" filmed scenes throughout the Boston area including the Worcester Regional Airport, Jacob Wirth Restaurant located at 31 Stuart St. in Boston's Theatre District, South Boston's waterfront district, Boston Public Library, Boston Fire Museum as well as the classic Parisian brasserie Gaslight located at 560 Harrison Avenue.

Click here for the latest on "Knight & Day."

Monday, November 16, 2009

The week in quotes from Hollywood in the Hub

“This one fan brought her baby in and she wanted me to sign her baby’s forehead. The baby was bald and she wanted me to permanent marker the baby’s forehead and I was like ‘No! Can I say no to that? There are some really bizarre things.”

--Kellan Lutz, who plays vamp bro Emmet Cullen in the "New Moon" sequel from the "Twilight" franchise, says he was blown away by a few overzealous fans at the Natick Collection event on Thursday, Nov. 12.

"If he wasn't Tom Cruise the movie star, he would be the best stuntman in the business. He's phenomenal. What he does is, like, crazy."

--Cameron Diaz, speaking to Entertainment Tonight! on the East Boston set of the locally shot spy flick "Knight & Day," gushes over Tom Cruise's talents as a stuntman.

"It's a fun character comedy; adventure, romance -- I don't want to give away too much. Girl meets boy, boy sees girl, girl sees boy, adventure ensues."

--Tom Cruise gives the lowdown on his currently in production flick "Knight & Day" following a secret agent who pops in and out of the life of a single woman.

"There was a requirement for them to provide certain documentation and certain assurances to fund (the project). They weren’t able to meet those requirements in a timely fashion. ... We just didn’t want to be in a situation where it was unreliable.”

--Bill Wynne, president of Plymouth Rock Studio Holdings LLC’s real estate arm, announces that the anticipated construction funding for its $550 million film production complex from Orlando-based Prosperity International is a no go.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Trailer for Adam Sandler's 'Grown Ups' unveiled

The teaser trailer for the locally shot comedy "Grown Ups," starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Maya Rudolph and Salma Hayek, has hit the Web and it looks like a winner.

Several regional landmarks, including Water Wizz of Cape Cod, the Boston YMCA on Huntington Avenue as well as the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Southborough, are showcased in the sneak peek.

"Grown Ups," set in Connecticut during a Fourth of July weekend, is a comedy about five high school friends who reunite with their families during the summer at a lake house after 30 years apart.

The release date of the ultimate buddy flick, which filmed a majority of its scenes at Chebacco Lake and Centennial Grove located 30 Martin St. in Essex, has been moved from March 12 to the more promising Friday, June 25 theatrical debut.

Other filming locations include a private residence located at 100 Harbor Avenue and he historic seafood restaurant Woodman's of Essex located on 121 Main Street off Route 133.

Click here for the latest on "Grown Ups."

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ben Affleck's 'The Town' film hitting Mohegan Sun

Ben Affleck's blue-collar heist flick "The Town" is crossing state lines on Monday, Nov. 16 to film a casino scene at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

For the currently in production flick based on Chuck Hogan's "Prince of Thieves," casting scouts are on the hunt for background extras--adult men and women older than 21--who have their own transportation and are available to work all day on Monday beginning at 6 a.m. Click here for details.

Meanwhile, crews are filming scenes at Thorton Flower Shop located at 111 Dorchester St. in South Boston on Thursday, Nov. 12 and are slotted to stay in Southie for the next three days.

Early this week, production returned to Melrose to shoot at a former MASSBank branch located at 476 Main St. and W. Foster Street.

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 Town" also stars Jon Hamm who becomes smitten with a female bank employee, played by "Frost/Nixon" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" actress Rebecca Hall.

Blake Lively, known as Serena van der Woodsen from "Gossip Girl," is playing Affleck's troubled ex-girlfriend Krista. Jeremy Renner, winning over critics with his role in "The Hurt Locker," stars as Lively's brother and Affleck's partner in crime.

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

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

'Knight & Day' filming at the Boston Public Library

Crews with the Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz spy flick "Knight & Day," formerly known as "Wichita," are setting up shop outside of the Boston Public Library for a shoot slotted for Tuesday, Nov. 10. Production is scheduled to continue at the BPL until Wednesday, Nov. 11.

On Monday, Nov. 9, filmmakers orchestrated a roof-top stunt scene on top of the garage located at 100 Columbus Avenue near the Back Bay Orange Line T stop.

For those keeping track, the Boston Public Library located at 700 Boylston Street has been showcased in a slew of made-in-Boston film action, including an elaborate chase sequence for Diaz's other locally shot flick currently in theaters called "The Box."

In early October, Copley Square was transformed into a Hollywood-esque movie lot with the cast of the Adam Sandler-produced "Zookeeper," including Kevin James, Rosario Dawson and Leslie Bibb, filming scenes at the upscale Fairmont Copley Plaza. For the scene, designers lit up the Boston Public Library with dramatic lighting.

In April, MTV aired two made-in-Boston episodes of the Justin Timberlake-produced competition reality show "The Phone." In the episode called "The Russians," 22-year-old Brighton native Mitch 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.

Also, back in September 2007, the Boston Public Library was the scene of the crime in "The Pink Panther 2" starring Steve Martin as Inspector Jacques Clouseau. While filming at the BPL, there were reports that a priceless marble bust was knocked on the floor of the Grand Staircase. Fortunately, the damage wasn't caused by the movie crews.

Click here for the latest on all of the made-in-Boston film action.
--Copyrighted photo for Loaded Gun Boston by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Sunday, November 08, 2009

The week in quotes from Hollywood in the Hub

“It’s been, really, so much fun. I love Boston. It’s fantastic. There’s so much brainpower, like, surging there."

--Cameron Diaz, promoting the made-in-Boston flick "The Box" on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," insists that she's enjoyed the last two months filming the Tom Cruise spy film "Knight & Day" in the Hub.

"He’s a terrific director. You never know what you’re getting into with any director, but he’s been in this business for so long that he really know what he’s doing and he’s a great director. All of us enjoyed working with him so much.”

--Blake Lively, known as Serena van der Woodsen from "Gossip Girl" and filming scenes as tot-toting local in the blue-collar heist flick "The Town," says she's smitten with Ben Affleck's work directing and acting in the made-in-Boston movie.

"About 60 percent of stuff I've lived through or experienced, witnessed and the rest is just creative imagination for a good story."

--Johnny Hickey, the filmmaker behind the shot-in-Charlestown indie flick "Oxy-Morons," says his real-life misadventures dealing with OxyContin addiction inspired the locally shot cautionary tale.

"Boston Casting is seeking men with law enforcement experience, especially SWAT, to work as extras in the feature film Knight & Day (formerly Wichita) on Friday, November 13."

--Scouts with "Knight & Day" are on the hunt for men and women who look good sporting a uniform available for a 30-minute wardrobe fitting on Monday, Nov. 9 and available to shoot scenes all day on Friday, Nov. 13. E-mail a recent photo, relevant experience and a primary phone number at wichitacasting@gmail.com.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Ben Affleck's 'The Town' filming at Old Sully's pub

Ben Affleck's blue-collar heist flick "The Town" is slotted to film all day Friday, Nov. 6 at the old-school watering hole known as "Old Sully's" located at on Union Street near the Community College Station Orange Line T stop, according to a Loaded Gun Boston tipster.

Known for its wood-paneled backroom, the nondescript pub is a colorful haunt from Charlestown's past with roots going back to the speakeasy days of Prohibition. Crews are slotted to film inside as well as two exterior shots at night.

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, crews filmed some strip club scenes at Centerfolds/The Glass Slipper located at 22 LaGrange Street.

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.

Blake Lively, known as Serena van der Woodsen from "Gossip Girl," is playing Affleck's troubled ex-girlfriend. Jeremy Renner, winning over critics with his role in "The Hurt Locker," stars as Lively's brother and Affleck's partner in crime.

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

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Tom Cruise's 'Knight & Day' filming in East Boston

Tom Cruise, after spending the weekend dressed as a scarecrow while trick or treating with wife Katie Holmes who sported a dalmation outfit and daughter Suri who sparkled as a blue princess in Beacon Hill's Louisburg Square, was back to work Monday, Nov. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on set of the made-in-Boston spy flick "Knight & Day."

Crews filmed a scene involving a MBTA bus in the Seaport District's Northern Ave. between Atlantic and D Street.

Meanwhile, a Loaded Gun Boston tipsters says "Knight & Day" crews are setting up shop in the Maverick Square section of East Boston near Sumner and New streets here. Production is slotted to continue in the LoPresti Park area, inside of the Boston Towing & Transportation warehouse located at 36 New St., until Thursday, Nov. 5.

On Monday, Nov. 9, crews are setting up to film on Columbus Avenue near the Back Bay Orange Line T stop filming Nov. 9. Base camp is set up on the corner of Columbus and Berkeley while holding is the area near Stix Lounge & Restaurant located at 35 Stanhope St.

In "Knight & Day," Cruise and Cameron Diaz have a glamorous and sometimes deadly adventure, where nothing and no one--even the now fugitive couple--are what they seem.

Amid shifting alliances and unexpected betrayals, they race across the globe, with their survival ultimately hinging on the battle of truth versus trust. "Knight & Day" is slotted to hit theaters on July 2, 2010.

Co-stars include Peter Sarsgaard (“An Education”) as a federal agent relentlessly pursuing the couple; Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as a CIA director trying to decipher the true purpose of their high-wire activities; Paul Dano (“There Will Be Blood”) as an eccentric genius behind a revolutionary technology; and Olivier Martinez (“Unfaithful”) as a ruthless arms manufacturer. Also co-starring are Maggie Grace (“Taken”) and Marc Blucas (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).

Click here for the latest on "Knight & Day."

Monday, November 02, 2009

Slew of made-in-Boston movies slotted for release

Punctuating a year chock full of locally shot movies, the sci-fi flick "The Box," starring Cameron Diaz and James Marsden, hits theaters on Friday, Nov. 6.

And this is just the beginning ... there are a slew of flicks slotted for release in 2010. Can't keep up with all of the made-in-Massachusetts film action? Don't fret.

Here's a comprehensive list in chronological order:

*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.

*Paul Blart: Mall Cop, released Friday, Jan. 16
Kevin James stars as Paul Blart in "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.

*Pink Panther 2, release 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.

*The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, release 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.

*The Proposal, released 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.

*The Surrogates, released Friday, Sept. 25
The film, set in Boston in the near future where humans interact with one another through surrogate robots, stars Bruce Willis as a cop who tracks down murderers.

*The Invention of Lying, released Friday, Sept. 25
Formerly titled "This Side of Truth," the Ricky Gervais comedy shot in Lowell and starring Jennifer Garner is set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain.

*The Maiden Heist, released on DVD on Tuesday, Oct. 27
Starring Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken and William H. Macy, this made-in-Boston flick is a comedy of errors following three museum security guards and their attempt to steal artwork after it's been transferred to another museum.

*The Box, release Friday, Nov. 6
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.

*Edge of Darkness, release Friday, Jan. 29, 2010
Mel Gibson stars as a homicide detective for the Boston Police Dept. who digs up the many secrets surrounding the death of his activist daughter. "Edge of Darkness" was shot in Boston from Monday, Aug. 18 until Saturday, Nov. 22.

*Shutter Island, release Friday, Feb. 19, 2010
Two U.S. marshals (played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo) investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane on an island near Boston. Based on Dennis Lehane's novel "Shutter Island."

*Furry Vengeance, release Friday, April 2, 2010
Starring Brendan Fraser, Brooke Shields, Dick Van Dyke and "The Hangover’s" Ken Jeong"Furry Vengeance," follows a real estate developer played by Fraser who faces an unlikely group of protesters: a crew of local woodland creatures who don't want their homes disturbed.

*Grown Ups, release Friday, June 25, 2010
Set in Connecticut during a Fourth of July weekend, "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.

*Knight & Day, release Friday, July 2, 2010
The currently in production "Knight & Day," formerly known as "Wichita," follows Tom Cruise as a secret agent who pops in and out of the life of a single woman played by Cameron Diaz. The two race across the globe while Peter Sarsgaard's federal agent character pursues the fugitive couple.

*The Town, release Friday, Sept. 10, 2010
An adaptation of the blue-collar heist novel "Prince of Thieves" by Chuck Hogan, "The Town" stars Jon Hamm as a FBI agent who becomes smitten with a female bank employee, played by "Frost/Nixon" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" actress Rebecca Hall. Ben Affleck, playing Boston's most wanted bank robber, is both directing and starring in the film following a bizarre love triangle involving a crook, a bankteller and a FBI agent. Blake Lively, Jeremy Renner, Titus Welliver and Slaine also star.

*Zookeeper, release Friday, Oct. 8, 2010
The Adam Sandler-produced "Zookeeper" follows Kevin 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.

*The Company Men, release 2010
Starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper and Kevin Costner, "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.

*Valediction, release 2010
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, Eliza Dushku plays Ben Barnes' lover.

*Girlfriend, release 2010
In “Girlfriend,” Jackson Rathbone is thrust into a bizarre love triangle with a small town single mom (played by Shannon Woodward from “The Riches”) and newcomer Evan Sneider. The drama centers around Sneider’s protagonist, a young man with Down’s Syndrome, who romantically pursues Woodward’s character Candy.

*The Social Network, release 2010
Partially shot in Boston and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield, "The Social Network" follows founder Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg) 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."

*The Fighter, release 2011
Primarily shot in Lowell, "The Fighter" tells the story of Boston fighter "Irish" Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and how he was helped to the world lightweight championship by half-brother Eklund (Christian Bale). Amy Adams is Charlene, a gritty bartender from Massachusetts who ends up dating Wahlberg's character.

Click here for the latest on all of the made-in-Boston film action.
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