Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tom Everett Scott will unveil 'Southland' in Boston

For up-and-coming actor Tom Everett Scott, there's no place like home.

The East Bridgewater native is slotted to unveil the first episode of the new season of his acclaimed cop show "Southland" at an exclusive bash at Ned Devine's Parris Room located at Faneuil Hall from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.

Scott, known for his break-out role in "That Thing You Do!" as well as parts in "Boiler Room" and "Saved," is making the return trek to the Boston area to celebrate the show's move from NBC to TNT. The revamped series is slotted to begin airing the first 13 episodes with an extended version of the explosive pilot scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 12.

The "Southland" run on TNT includes six brand-new episodes, which are set to hit the small screen on Tuesday, March 2.

"Southland" is a raw, authentic look at police work in Los Angeles that takes viewers inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims and their families.

In the series, Scott co-stars as Det. Russell Clarke, who is struggling with an unhappy marriage and a difficult living situation.

Besides its obvious ties to homeboy Scott, "Southland" is helmed by Emmy-winning producer John Wells. For those in the know, Wells wrapped filming in Boston on Saturday, June 6 with the downsizing drama "The Company Men," starring Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones and Rosemarie DeWitt.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun Boston, Wells will screen the made-in-Boston drama about three company men attempting to survive a round of corporate downsizing while trying to fend off its effects on their families and their identities at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010.

Interested in the "Southland" bash on Thursday, Jan. 7? Click here to get the lowdown on the event with Scott at Ned Devine's.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

'Prisoners' flick moving from Boston to Connecticut

Before the much-hyped script for "Prisoners" by Aaron Guzikowski started generating buzz on the Left Coast, it was set in Massachusetts and rumored to star Dorchester homeboy Mark Wahlberg.

Not so fast.

The soon-to-be-filmed thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua is getting a geographic makeover. According to reports here, filmmakers are shooting the flick in Derby, Conn. and Shelton beginning February 2010 ... and not in the Boston area as originally penned in the script.

John Starke, the movie's executive director, sent a letter to Derby officials promising not to make the Connecticut town look bad.

"I'm writing this letter not only to thank you for your and Mayor Lauretti’s help so far, but also to assure you that in no way is your town, local police or residents of the town depicted in any negative way in the script," Starke writes.

"Prisoners" centers around a Boston father (now Derby, Conn. dad?) whose 6-year-old daughter and her best friend are kidnapped. The film’s protagonist, a role once eyed by native Mark Wahlberg, takes matters into his own hands by kidnapping the man he suspects is responsible.

Endeavor, who represents Wahlberg, snapped up the script earlier this year. Insiders say the tone of the revenge-fantasy flick is in the same vein as the made-in-Boston thriller "Mystic River" by director Clint Eastwood.

Wahlberg, who explores a similar plot in "The Lovely Bones" by Peter Jackson, filmed a bio-pic in Lowell this past summer chronicling the early days of Boston boxer “Irish” Micky Ward called “The Fighter.”

According to reports here, local officials in Derby have been told that Hugh Jackman is now attached to the "Prisoners" movie.

Click here for the back story on "Prisoners."

Monday, December 28, 2009

'Furry Vengeance' trailer boasts animals gone wild

The trailer for the made-in-Topsfield comedy "Furry Vengeance" starring Brendan Fraser and Brooke Shields was unleashed last week. Similar to the state switcheroo in Sandra Bullock's "The Proposal," Massachusetts is once again a stand-in for an unlikely locale ... Oregon.

For the record, the movie's fictional West Coast location is called "Rocky Springs." Based on the trailer, set designers went to great lengths to transform the film's regional aesthetic--including an Oregon license plate on the vehicle driven by a pesky raccoon.

The locally shot film follows a real estate developer who faces an unlikely group of protesters: a crew of local woodland creatures who don't want their homes disturbed.

Shields, in her first movie role since the 1999 hip-hop drama "Black and White," looks stunning. Fraser, who sports an on-screen beer gut in the flick, could use a few more rounds on the treadmill. But, he's in character, right?

Dick Van Dyke, "The Hangover’s" Ken Jeong and Samantha Bee also star in the film. Matt Prokop, an up-and-coming actor from "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," plays a city kid forced to move to rural Oregon with his father, whose efforts to build a housing development there are complicated by the feisty local wildlife.

Base camp for the film was at the Topsfield Fairgrounds located at 207 Boston St. In the trailer, the Topsfield Fairgrounds is a major player. However, a majority of the movie was shot in a small, wooded housing development chock full of big digs and new construction known as the Hickory Beech subdivision on High Street.

Crews also shot at the Beverly Municipal Airport showcasing the Delta taxiway near Bradford Street.

Click here for the latest on "Furry Vengeance."

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

'Knight and Day' teaser movie trailer unveiled

The teaser trailer for the made-in-Boston spy flick "Knight and Day," starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, was unveiled at a sneak peek "Avatar" screening last Thursday and has officially hit the Internet.

Now, that was fast.

Moviegoers at the screening were shocked at the quick turnaround. In fact, the James Mangold action comedy was still filming a scene in Spain when the promo screened last week.

A movie trailer released before the film actually wraps? Oh, the magic of Hollywood.

The good news is that Boston locales are definitely showcased in the two-minute promo, including shots at the Worcester Regional Airport, exteriors of the plane crash in Bridgewater, the bridal party at Jacob Wirth, shoot 'em up scenes filmed at a warehouse in East Boston as well as a scene at the classic Parisian brasserie Gaslight located at 560 Harrison Avenue featuring Cruise, Diaz and Marc Blucas.

One of the locally shot chase sequences, which was primarily filmed in South Boston's Waterfront District, involves Cruise jumping from a moving car with Diaz in the backseat.

In "Knight and Day," Cruise and 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 and 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. Co-starring are Maggie Grace (“Taken”) and Blucas (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).

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

--Photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Friday, December 18, 2009

More holiday gift ideas for made-in-Boston film fans

Still on the hunt for a perfect gift for that made-in-Boston movie fan? Don't fret.

With more than a dozen big-budget flicks shot in Massachusetts in 2009 ranging from Kevin James' romantic comedy "Zookeeper" to Ben Affleck's heist flick "The Town," inspiration is literally around the corner.

Here are a few additional holiday gift ideas--roused by films recently shot in town and others already released in theaters--pulled from the influx of made-in-Boston movie action:

'The Lightkeepers' screening
The Cape Cod-shot flick "The Lightkeepers," starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner, will have an exclusive two-week run beginning Christmas Day at the Cape Cinema located at 35 Hope Lane in Dennis. The story centers on a lighthouse keeper in 1912 who, having disavowed any association with females, must deal with the appearance of two attractive women who move into a nearby cottage for the summer.

Also, Dreyfuss is slotted to unveil his new flick in person at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27. The actor will give a brief talk on the Dreyfuss Initiative, a nonprofit corporation formed to revive, elevate and enhance the teaching of civics in the U.S. His talk will be followed by a Q&A. This will be Dreyfuss's only public appearance at the cinema. Tickets are $20. Click here for details.

Boston Gliders
Who knew that the goofball antics of a misfit security guard in and his cast of mall-rat pals would segue … or is it Segway … its way into slacker infamy? Tap into the "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" within by gifting one of those Boston Gliders Segway Adventures here.

Boston Movie Tours
Speaking of film-inspired tours, the crew over at Boston Movie Tours are offering gift certificates for their Theater-On-Wheels bus tours returning to the streets of Boston in April here.

Made-in-Boston DVDs
The ultimate last-minute holiday gift idea? DVDs are a no-brainer. A slew of made-in-Boston flicks are now available on DVD including "The Proposal," "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" and "Bride Wars."

However, below are a few locally shot movies available on DVD for the die-hard movie buff:

'The Child King'
This locally shot holiday film follows two brothers upset over the recent death of their mother who set out to find proof that Santa Claus is real. Snag the DVD for $19.95 here.

'What Doesn't Kill You'
This hidden gem had a brief theatrical run in NYC and Los Angeles and a premiere at the Boston International Film Festival. The real-life crime drama "What Doesn't Kill You," originally titled "Real Men Cry," is set in Boston and stars Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo as childhood friends "who grew up in an Irish-Catholic neighborhood where small-time crimes were as common as confessionals." Fast forward 15 years where the duo is trapped in a cycle of scoring quick cash, drug addiction and an ever-changing South Boston landscape. Click here to purchase.

BBC's 'Edge of Darkness'
With the Americanized Mel Gibson version of the BBC drama series "Edge of Darkness" hitting theaters Friday, Jan. 29, made-in-Boston movie fans should check out the 1985 original featuring the late Bob Peck now available on a two-disc DVD here.

'The Maiden Heist'
Missed this straight-to-DVD film on the big screen? You're not alone. 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. DVD available for $9.99 here.

Click here for additional holiday gift ideas from Loaded Gun Boston.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday gift guide for made-in-Boston movie fans

On the prowl for a perfect present for that hard-to-please movie buff with a lot of hometown pride? You're in luck.

With more than a dozen big-budget flicks shot in Massachusetts in 2009 ranging from Adam Sandler's ultimate buddy movie "Grown Ups" to Tom Cruise's spy flick "Knight & Day," inspiration is literally around the corner.

Here are a few holiday gift ideas--roused by films recently shot in town and others already released in theaters--pulled from the influx of made-in-Boston movie action:

Rob Schneider @ Wilbur Theatre
Missed Adam Sandler and his crew of former SNL cohorts filming "Grown Ups" throughout Massachusetts? Didn't satiate your in-person "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo" cravings at Water Wizz of Cape Cod, the Boston YMCA on Huntington Avenue as well as the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Southborough? No worries. Snag tickets (435-$42) to see "Grown Ups" co-star Rob Schneider at the Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St. at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9 here.

Lehane-inspired T-shirts
So, your movie fan is a Dennis Lehane junkie? The homegrown author of a series of made-into-movie novels like "Mystic River," "Gone Baby Gone," and the latest "Shutter Island," has teamed up with PROTECT, a political lobby group for child protection based in Knoxville, Tenn. for a series of T-shirts inspired by his novels. For a mere $24.95, snag an Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane T-shirt straight from the pages of "Shutter Island." Because at Ashecliffe, you definitely want to make sure you're on the right team. The shop also boasts a Hurley's Drive-In shirt from "Mystic River" and a Kenzie & Gennaro Investigations Novel-Tee from his series featuring Patrick and Angie including "Gone Baby Gone."

'The Company Men' premiere
Downsizing drama for Christmas? Try early 2010. The Sundance Film Festival USA plans to unveil the made-in-Boston drama "The Company Men," starring Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones and Rosemarie DeWitt, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010. Tickets will be available online here and at the theater's box office beginning Monday, Jan. 4 for Coolidge members and Wednesday, Jan. 6 for the general public.

Kelly's Roast Beef T-shirt
Speaking of "The Company Men," crews with the downsizing drama filmed scenes with Harvard Alum Tommy Lee Jones at the private Marblehead residence of Brian and Nancy McCarthy of Kelly's Roast Beef fame last May. As part of the agreement to use the stunning Crowninshield Road home, Ben Affleck agreed to sport a Kelly's Roast Beef T-shirt, like the one seen here for $15.95, in the indie film slotted for theaters in 2010.

'Boston Noir'
The short-story anthology "Boston Noir" hit shelves last month and the Brooklyn-based publisher offered a limited-edition hardcover version of the book, autographed by editor Lehane himself. While the "Boston Noir" series is also available in paperback, 100 copies of the hardcover were printed armed with a specially designed black-and-silver cover. This collector's edition costing $100 is available here.

'Big Screen Boston'
Also, film critic Paul Sherman penned a stellar homage to former made-in-Boston films called, "Big Screen Boston: From Mystery Street to The Departed and Beyond," available for $12 here.

Director's Clapper Clock
If anyone watched the film action going down on the streets of Boston, it's obvious that most Hollywood types have issues with being on time. For a mere $89.99, buy a Director's Clapper Clock here, which includes an alarm as well as the exact date and time. It's perfect for the die-hard cinemaphile with a penchant for tardiness.

Click here for additional holiday gift ideas from Loaded Gun Boston.
--Rob Schneider photo by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo
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