Thursday, May 27, 2010

Anna Faris and Chris Evans film in the North End

That's amore? Sudbury native Chris Evans and "The House Bunny" actress Anna Faris shot a scene for the made-in-Boston romantic comedy "What's Your Number?" in front of Bova's Bakery located at 134 Salem St. on Wednesday, May 26.

In the scene, Evans is sporting a "Free Licks" T-shirt and is holding an Italian sub while Faris follows the "Fantastic Four" hottie down Salem Street.

Evans, who is teaming up with Faris as her womanizing next-door neighbor, shot a similar food-inspired scene on Tuesday, May 25 where he shared a pretzel outside of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse, located at 1 Courthouse Way in South Boston's waterfront area, before heading to the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) located at 100 Northern Ave.

On Friday, May 21, crews set up shop at the Boston Public Library, transforming the Italianate courtyard space into a romantic dining hot spot.

On Thursday, May 20, they filmed at 236 Clarendon St. near the city's posh Newbury Street where designers transformed the space into a bridal boutique chock full of fashion-forward wedding gowns.

On Tuesday, May 18, crews with "What's Your Number?" filmed a wedding reception scene at 311 Summer Street in South Boston's Fort Point Channel neighborhood.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun Boston, crews with "What's Your Number?" are making a concerted effort to showcase Beantown in all of its glory, with one insider saying it will be a "two-hour postcard" that will focus on some of our city's swankier locales.

Production is slotted to continue in Boston's North End on Thursday, May 27 with word that crews are planning to film an Italian bridal bash at some point.

Click here for the latest on "What's Your Number?"
--Copyrighted photos for Loaded Gun Boston by Ryan Miner

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Native Chris Evans scores Anna Faris' 'Number?'

Chris Evans, the homegrown actor originally from Sudbury known for his work in "Fantastic Four" and the upcoming "Captain America," shot scenes with "The House Bunny" actress Anna Faris in the made-in-Boston movie "What's Your Number?" outside of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse, located at 1 Courthouse Way, on Tuesday, May 25.

Evans, who is teaming up with Faris as her womanizing next-door neighbor, shared a pretzel with the actress on the South Boston waterfront set. Later on Tuesday, May 25, crews moved production to the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) located at 100 Northern Ave. where they filmed what looked like a black-tie gala scene.

On Wednesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 27, crews are moving production to the North End, with filming slotted for Salem, Cooper, Prince, Margin, Parmenter, Cross and Bartlet streets between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m.

In the North End, word is that they're filming an Italian bridal bash. As previously reported in Loaded Gun Boston, there are three wedding scenes, ranging from a blue-collar bash to a big-fat Italian wedding to a young/corporate soiree, scheduled for the film and Faris' onscreen sister, and homegrown talent, Ari Graynor is apparently the bride to be.

Check out this post from NorthEndWaterfront.com for details regarding the permit process filmmakers had to through to allow for late-night filming in the North End.

Click here for the latest on "What's Your Number?"
--Photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Monday, May 24, 2010

Crop of made-in-Boston movies slotted for release

Armed with the success of Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island," things are looking up for Hollywood East.

In fact, two locally shot movies are hitting theaters this summer ... during the same weekend.

Adam Sandler's ultimate buddy flick "Grown Ups," starring Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider, is sharing the coveted end-of-June slot with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz's spy comedy "Knight and Day."

Yep, it's Sandler versus Cruise battling it out to be this summer's box office champ on Friday, June 25.

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

Here's a comprehensive list in chronological order:

*Edge of Darkness, released 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, released 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, released Friday, April 30, 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 and Day, release Friday, June 25, 2010
Boston's big-budget tour de force? "Knight and 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.

*Oxy-Morons, Oct. 2010
Based on the screen writer's real-life experiences with drug addiction and starring UFC fighter Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia, the cautionary drug tale follows John Hickey's rise and fall as a player in the local Oxycontin trade. "Oxy-Morons" is a dark horror film about the effects of Oxycontin on a family, town and its inhabitants.

*The Social Network, Friday, Oct. 15, 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 Friday, Nov. 26, 2010
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.

*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.

*Zookeeper, release Friday, July. 8, 2011
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.

*What's Your Number?, release 2011
Currently filming in Boston, "What's Your Number?' follows Anna Faris' character Delilah who looks back at the past 20 men she's dated in her life and wonders if one of them might be Mr. Right. Other actors attached to the "What's Your Number?" project include Dave Annable from "Brothers & Sisters," Sudbury native Chris Evans, Andy Samberg from "Saturday Night Live," Joel McHale from "Community" and "The Soup" and Zachary Quinto who stars as Spock in the 2009 "Star Trek."

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

Saturday, May 22, 2010

'What's Your Number?' at the Boston Public Library

After filming a scene at the Orange Line's State Street T stop on Friday, May 21, crews with Anna Faris' romantic comedy "What's Your Number?' set up shop at the Boston Public Library, transforming the Italianate courtyard space into a romantic dining hot spot.

Production began early afternoon at the BPL and is slotted to continue into the wee hours of Saturday, May 22. For the record, the BPL's upscale Courtyard restaurant is normally opened for lunch Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and for tea Wednesday-Friday from 2-4 p.m.

For the State Street sequence in the Financial District, Faris is dressed in red and is seen chomping on a hot dog. From street vending to fine dining? Yep, it seems that Faris' character Delilah has an open mind when it comes to food.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun Boston, the Boston Public Library has been a hotbed of made-in-Boston film action including an elaborate chase sequence for Cameron Diaz's flick called "The Box" as well as a location in Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz's upcoming spy flick "Knight and Day."

In addition to "Knight and Day" and "The Box," the BPL has been a favorite location for filmmakers. In early October 2009, 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.

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.

"What's Your Number?' follows Faris' character Delilah who looks back at the past 20 men she's dated in her life and wonders if one of them might be Mr. Right.

Other actors attached to the "What's Your Number?" project include Dave Annable from "Brothers & Sisters," Sudbury native Chris Evans, Joel McHale from "Community" and "The Soup" and Zachary Quinto who stars as Spock in the 2009 "Star Trek."

Crews will move production to the North End on Monday, May 24. However, primary filming is slotted for Wednesday, May 26 to Thursday, May 27 on Salem, Cooper, Prince, Margin, Parmenter, Cross and Bartlet streets between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m.

Check out this post from NorthEndWaterfront.com for details regarding the permit process filmmakers had to through to allow for late-night filming in the North End.

Click here for the latest on "What's Your Number?"--Photos for Loaded Gun Boston by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Friday, May 21, 2010

Actress Anna Faris' wheel spins in Boston's Back Bay

Running of the brides unleashed in the Back Bay? Not exactly. It's more like three weddings and a Faris wheel.

Anna Faris, star of the made-in-Boston "What's Your Number?" romantic comedy, set up shop at 236 Clarendon St. near the city's posh Newbury Street area on Thursday, May 20.

Faris' outfit of choice? A stunning, hot-pink getup that seems like a shoo-in to crash her onscreen sister's bridal bash.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun Boston, crews took over an empty storefront located on Clarendon Street near the Cole Haan store located at 109 Newbury St. Set designers transformed the space into a bridal boutique chock full of fashion-forward wedding gowns.

There are three wedding scenes, ranging from a blue-collar bash to a big-fat Italian wedding to a young/corporate soiree, scheduled for the film and Faris' onscreen sister, and homegrown talent, Ari Graynor is apparently the bride to be.

On Wednesday, May 19, crews filmed a sequence at Winston Flowers located at 11 Florence St. in Chestnut Hill. On Tuesday, May 18, crews with "What's Your Number?" filmed a wedding reception scene at 311 Summer Street in South Boston's Fort Point Channel neighborhood.

The made-in-Massachusetts flick follows Faris' character Delilah who looks back at the past 20 men she's dated in her life and wonders if one of them might be Mr. Right.

Crews will move production to the North End on Monday, May 24. However, primary filming is slotted for Wednesday, May 26 to Thursday, May 27 on Salem, Cooper, Prince, Margin, Parmenter, Cross and Bartlet streets between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m.

Click here for the latest on "What's Your Number?"
--Photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

The week in quotes from Hollywood in the Hub

"I got the official word last night on a crowded bus somewhere between Shreveport and Dallas... 'Boston's Finest' is not getting picked up. It's dead. Which is really too bad; a lot of people did a lot of great work doing everything they could to make it happen."

--Producer Richard Hatem breaks the sad news that the locally shot pilot for ABC called "Boston's Finest," starring Katee Sackhoff from "Battlestar Galactica" and "ER" alum Goran Visnjic, wasn't picked up.

“You could tell that he had a lot on his plate, with directing and then jumping in front of the camera. He was locked in.”

--Former Fox 25 reporter Doug Meehan spills about his experience on set as a TV reporter in Ben Affleck's made-in-Boston heist flick "The Town."

“I met John John ... I’ve seen him when he was a little kid and his sister, and I’ve seen them when they were older in New York ... so there’s a little history. It’s hard for me to say anything else.’’

--Actor Robert De Niro, who teamed up with Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, Cherry Jones and the Boston Pops Orchestra for the Camelot tribute called "The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers," weeps when asked about his feelings toward the Kennedy clan.

“As women, we are nurturers, we are the pathway to life, to creativity, to love. It’s an amazing thing to be a woman. We have the gift of love and wisdom.”

--Actress Queen Latifah accepts the "Activist Woman of the Year" award at the Boston Women's Fund's "Take A Stand" event at the Mandarin Oriental.

“You’re looking at the largest solar field east of the Mississippi being located in Bridgewater."

--Selectman Stanley Kravitz says the Bridgewater cornfield used as the scene of a simulated plane crash in the upcoming Tom Cruise spy flick "Knight and Day" is a contender for a 100-acre solar field project.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

'What's Your Number?' filming on Newbury Street

Crews with the made-in-Boston romantic comedy starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans called "What's Your Number?" are setting up shop on Newbury and Clarendon streets from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 20.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun Boston, they're taking over an empty storefront located on Clarendon Street near the Cole Haan store located at 109 Newbury St. Set designers transformed the space located at 236 Clarendon St. into a bridal boutique chock full of fashion-forward wedding gowns.

On Tuesday, May 18, crews with "What's Your Number?" filmed a wedding reception scene at 311 Summer Street in South Boston's Fort Point Channel neighborhood. Faris and her husband Chris Pratt from "Parks and Recreation" were on set.

There are three wedding scenes, ranging from a blue-collar bash to a big-fat Italian wedding to a young/corporate soiree, scheduled for the film and Faris' onscreen sister, and homegrown talent, Ari Graynor is apparently the bride to be.

Knockout Denise Vasi from ABC's "All My Children" was also on the Summer Street set sporting a stunning midnight blue tank dress from designer James Perse.

Vasi filmed on Tuesday, May 18 and is catching a red eye to Los Angeles to shoot in studio for "AMC." The soap siren will return to Boston in June to film additional "What's Your Number?" scenes.

"Boston was a lovely city," Vasi tweets here. "What an honor to work with such a talented cast as well as a humble and encouraging director. Anna and Chris are hilarious."

On Wednesday, May 19, crews filmed a sequence at Winston Flowers, located at 11 Florence St. in Chestnut Hill.

The made-in-Massachusetts flick follows Faris' character Delilah who looks back at the past 20 men she's dated in her life and wonders if one of them might be Mr. Right.

Other actors attached to the "What's Your Number?" project include Dave Annable from "Brothers & Sisters," Joel McHale from "Community" and "The Soup" and Zachary Quinto who stars as Spock in the 2009 "Star Trek."

From Wednesday, May 26 to Thursday, May 27 crews with the made-in-Boston comedy will shoot in the North End on Salem, Cooper, Prince, Margin, Parmenter, Cross and Bartlet streets.

Click here for the latest on "What's Your Number?"--Photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Anna Faris films 'What's Your Number?' in Boston

Actress Anna Faris was out and about on Monday, May 17 filming scenes for her made-in-Boston romantic comedy "What's Your Number?" with her real-life partner Chris Pratt from "Parks and Recreation" by her side at the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse located at 24 New Chardon St.

Movie trailers were lined up on Beverly and Causeway streets prepping for filming scheduled for the downtown area.

On Tuesday, May 18, they're filming an interior bridal scene on Summer Street in South Boston. From Wednesday, May 26 to Thursday, May 27 crews with the made-in-Boston comedy will shoot in the North End on Salem, Cooper, Prince, Margin, Parmenter, Cross and Bartlet streets.

Other possible Boston locations for "What's Your Number?" starring the comedic actress from "The House Bunny" and "Scary Movie" include a one-day shoot at the Sanctuary Boston nightclub, located at 189 State St. in the Financial District. Also, scouts are setting up shop at the empty storefront on the corner of Newbury and Clarendon streets.

In the summer, crews will film at the new W Hotel Boston, located at 100 Stuart St. in the Theatre District. Formerly approved by the city as a Loews hotel, the swank destination at Tremont and Stuart streets is a hot spot for Boston's trendy, professional crowd and boasts about 220 rooms, with 100 luxury residential condominiums on the upper floors. Also, crews are filming in Gloucester and Chestnut Hill in the coming weeks.

The made-in-Massachusetts flick follows Faris' character Delilah who looks back at the past 20 men she's dated in her life and wonders if one of them might be Mr. Right.

Other actors attached to the "What's Your Number?" project include Andy Samberg from "Saturday Night Live," Dave Annable from "Brothers Sisters" and Zachary Quinto who stars as Spock in the 2009 "Star Trek" remake and, of course, is "Sylar" from the now canceled "Heroes."

The film is based on Karyn Bosnak’s book "20 Times a Lady" and is directed by Mark Mylod who previously helmed "Ali G Indahouse" before moving to HBO's "Entourage." Sudbury-bred actor Chris Evans is attached to play Faris' womanizing next-door neighbor.

"Fringe" actress and homegrown talent Ari Graynor has signed on to play Faris' sister and soap siren Denise Vasi from ABC's "All My Children" has also joined the cast.

Vasi sent a message to Loaded Gun Boston via Twitter to say that she's "been enjoying Boston," which included a visit to the Bull & Finch pub also known as "Cheers" and the posh Woodward restaurant at the Ames Hotel.

Click here for the latest on "What's Your Number?"
--Anna Faris photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Made-in-Massachusetts movie news & switcheroos

With filming for Anna Faris' romantic comedy "What's Your Number?" officially kicking into high gear this week, there are some behind-the-scenes changes with two made-in-Massachusetts flicks that were shot last year and a few scheduled to begin shooting in the coming months.

The made-in-Boston film "Zookeeper," starring Kevin James and Rosario Dawson, has been pushed to July 8, 2011, rather than its original October release. Apparently, the flick generated huge scores during a test screening, fueling Sony Pictures to move it to a highly coveted summer slot.

Also, the locally shot spy comedy "Knight and Day" with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz was initially scheduled to premiere in July, but was pushed back to a Friday, June 25 release.

As far as "What's Your Number?" with Sudbury native Chris Evans, word is that Matt Bomer, a breakout star in the USA show "White Collar," will be replaced as Anna Faris' Mr. Right in the made-in-Boston film "What's Your Number?" by Dave Annable from "Brothers Sisters."

Meanwhile, "Fringe" actress and homegrown talent Ari Graynor has signed on to play Faris' sister, who gets hitched, in the romantic comedy following Faris' character Delilah who looks back at the past 20 men she's dated in her life and wonders if one of them might be Mr. Right.

Also, soap siren Denise Vasi from ABC's "All My Children" has joined the cast, which includes Andy Samberg from "Saturday Night Live" and Zachary Quinto who stars as Spock in the 2009 "Star Trek" remake and, of course, is "Sylar" from the now canceled "Heroes."

Crews with the previously benched baseball flick rumored to star Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill called "Moneyball," based on Michael Lewis' book about Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, are filming a majority of the film in Los Angeles. They reportedly will shoot scenes in Boston, but not in July. The latest is that they're setting up shop in Beantown this September.

With Lindsay Lohan no longer a part of  "The Other Side," a flick following a graduate student sent to spend the summer working at a scientific institute at an island off the coast of Massachusetts, word is that Lohan willl be replaced by Olivia Thirlby from "Juno." The cast also includes Woody Harrelson, Jason Lee, Giovanni Ribisi, Eddie Izzard and Angelica Houston. While "The Other Side" is set in New England, no confirmation if the film will shoot here.

Click here for the latest on filming in Boston.
--Photo by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Monday, May 17, 2010

The week in quotes from Hollywood in the Hub

"I can't hurt you."

--Cameron Diaz, joking with her co-star Tom Cruise in a promotional, behind-the-scenes video for the made-in-Boston flick "Knight and Day," dropkicks the "Top Gun" star after he encourages her to kick higher.

"The charming Stuart Street Playhouse theatre will provide film enthusiasts with a modern cinema experience. It's perfectly located in the heart of the theatre district by the beautiful Boston Public Gardens and across from historic Beacon Hill."

--Robin Dawson, executive director of the revamped Boston Film Festival, announces that the fest is moving its home to Boston's new indie cinema, the Stuart Street Playhouse, for its week-long run beginning Friday, Sept. 17 until Thursday, Sept. 23.

"We must move beyond stereotypes. As a gay man, Setoodeh should know that not all gay men are effeminate, nor are all lesbians masculine. Actors are hired to play a part and their sexual orientation should have no bearing on how well they can do so."

--GLAAD president and Cambridge homeboy Jarrett Barrios slams Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh's article "Straight Jacket," which examines how "as a society, it's often hard for us to accept an openly gay actor playing a straight character."

"Annable steps into the shoes initially worn by Matt Bomer, who dropped out because of a scheduling conflict with his hit USA show 'White Collar.'"

--The Hollywood Reporter spills that Matt Bomer, a breakout star in the USA show "White Collar," will be replaced as Anna Faris' Mr. Right in the made-in-Boston film "What's Your Number?" by Dave Annable from "Brothers & Sisters."
--Photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Friday, May 14, 2010

Ben Affleck revisits 'The Town' in South Boston

Ben Affleck's blue-collar heist flick "The Town" shot pick-up scenes at Thorton Flower Shop located at 111 Dorchester St. in South Boston on Friday, May 14.

Word is that Affleck, who was sporting a Boston Police Department uniform, handpicked local TV traffic and entertainment reporter, Doug Meehan, to play ... no surprise here ... a TV reporter in the re-shoots on Friday.

For the record, crews wrapped filming last fall at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut and previously shot at the East Broadway and Dorchester Street location near Suds City Coin Laundry on Thursday, Nov. 12.

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, who won over critics with his role in the Oscar winner "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."
--Photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Scouts casting Boston-area bars for reality TV show

Bottoms up? Casting scouts are on the prowl for Boston-area bars for a new reality show slotted for Spike-TV called "On The Rocks."

According to the casting call here, the production company responsible for NBC's "Biggest Loser" is teaming up bar owners with "one of the country's most renowned bar experts."

Turns out it's award-winning tavern owner Jon Taffer.

Meanwhile, we've been compiling a rogues' gallery of local bars featured in made-in-Boston TV and film productions. Here's our growing beer-soaked list:

Crews with the made-in-Massachusetts TV pilot for ABC called "Boston's Finest," starring Katee Sackhoff from "Battlestar Galactica" and "ER" alum Goran Visnjic, shot scenes at The Grand Canal pub located at 57 Canal Street in Boston's Haymarket area on Tuesday, March 23.

Murphy's Law Bar in Southie, the colorful black-and-red neighborhood pub known for its quirky collection of bar decor including old superhero characters and barbie dolls was featured in Ben Affleck's "Gone Baby Gone." And don't forget Cataloni's located at 10 Hancock St. in Dorchester's Uphams Corner. The bar was used as the "Fairmount" in "Gone Baby Gone" where Affleck's brother Casey has a run-in with "Fat Dave."

Speaking of Affleck, he shot scenes for his upcoming blue-collar heist flick "The Town" at the ultimate dive bar, Old Sully's, located at on Union Street near the Community College Station Orange Line T stop. He also shot scenes at The Warren Tavern, located at 2 Pleasant St., in Charlestown.

Affleck's other recently-shot flick, "The Company Men," filmed a scene last May at Daisy Buchanan's pub located at 240 Newbury St. with Tommy Lee Jones.

Crews with the Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz spy-comedy "Knight & Day" set up shop outside of the Jacob Wirth Restaurant, an authentic German beer hall opened since 1868, located at 31 Stuart St. in Boston's Theatre District.

The scene centers around a wedding reception for Cameron Diaz's on-screen sister played by Maggie Grace, known for her work as the poor little rich girl Shannon Rutherford on ABC's "Lost" series. In the film, Diaz will stand-in for their late father and walk Grace's character down the aisle.

Doyle's Pub in Jamaica Plain has been featured in a slew of made-in-Boston flicks making cameos in "Mystic River" and was a location in the Dane Cook flick "My Best Friend's Girl." Also, actor Mel Gibson, recently in town filming "Edge of Darkness," was spotted there in August '08. And in "21," Jim Sturgess's character Ben Campbell downs a few and strolls down Washington Street with his mom played by Helen Carey.

"Good Will Hunting," starring homeboys Matt Damon and Affleck, filmed a scene at L Street Tavern, 658 East Eighth Street in South Boston. Crews also filmed a pivotal scene at the now-defunct Harvard haunt Bow and Arrow Pub in Cambridge. It's where Matt Damon's Will first meets Minnie Driver's Skylar which leads to the "How 'bout them apples?" confrontation at the Tasty Sandwich Shop (also torn down) which is now Grafton Street and Dunkin' Donuts.

One of film's more iconic dives, the Black Emerald Bar in "Mystic River," was built from scratch by set designer Henry Bumstead on an empty industrial lot on Border Street in East Boston. The fictional pub was torn down after filming.

Also, Boston's quintessential booze-fueled movie, "The Friends of Eddie Coyle," was shot in the '70s at former Kentucky Tavern which is currently a Best Buy on the corner of Newbury and Mass. Ave. Most of the haunts featured in the Robert Mitchum flick are no longer standing. However, they did film a scene at Dorchester's Boston Bowl located at 820 Morrissey Blvd. which is still packing in the locals.
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