Wednesday, June 30, 2010

'What's Your Number?' heading to Beacon Hill

Crews with the locally shot romantic comedy "What's Your Number?" with Anna Faris and Chris Evans are setting up shop from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7 in Beacon Hill, with production slotted for Beacon, Park and Bowdoin Streets.

Meanwhile, casting scouts are still on the hunt for background extras who haven't worked on the movie yet and are available from Friday, July 9 through Sunday, July 11. There are two overnight shoots slotted, one beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, July 9 until 6 a.m. Saturday, July 10 and the second beginning 3 p.m. Saturday, July 10 until 6 a.m. Sunday, July 11.

Last week, crews filmed at the 21st Amendment bar, near the Massachusetts State House, located at 150 Bowdoin St. They also shot a scene on Boylston Street in the Back Bay which involved Faris riding on a bicycle wearing a pink bridesmaid gown.

As previously reported, crews filmed at the Good Harbor beach in Gloucester and then set up an elaborate eight-day wedding sequence at a private estate located at 33 Way Rd. in Cape Ann until Tuesday, June 22.

Before moving shop to Gloucester, crews filmed a scene with Andy Samberg from "Saturday Night Live" in East Boston on Monday, June 14.

Many of the movie locations from "What's Your Number?" are featured in Loaded Gun Boston's new star maps guide for made-in-Boston movie buffs.

Preview a copy of the summer 2010 issue of Loaded Gun Boston magazine or purchase the guide for $7.50 here. Also, use the MagCloud promo code DADGRAD to save 25% on your purchase order until June 30.

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

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Teaser trailer for 'The Social Network' unveiled

The teaser trailer for "The Social Network," the partially made-in-Boston flick based on local author Ben Mezrich's tell-all book about the founding of Facebook in a Harvard dorm, was unveiled online. The movie is slotted for release on Friday, Oct. 15, 2010. The film is scheduled to be unveiled on Sept. 24 at the New York Film Festival.

In the film, Justin Timberlake plays Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder who became the founding president of Facebook while Jesse Eisenberg stars as Mark Zuckerberg. Andrew Garfield stars as Eduardo Saverin, a former founder who had a fallout with Zuckerberg

The script follows founder Zuckerberg getting dumped at a Boston-area bar (shot at the Thirsty Scholar Pub in Somerville) 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 film shot in Boston beginning Monday, Oct. 19 and moved in November to Los Angeles, where it wrapped earlier this year.

While in Boston, crews transformed the upscale South End gift shop Posh, located 557 Tremont Street, into a Harvard-esque bookstore called the "Crimson Emporium." The storefront boasts "clothing & collectibles."

They also set up shop at Wheelock College, located at 200 Riverway, as a stand-in for a certain Ivy League hot spot in Cambridge. Crews spent the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 19 covering the college stand-in with fake snow.

There's a travel-inspiration guide and a movie locations map for "The Social Network" in Loaded Gun Boston's new star maps guide for made-in-Boston movie buffs.

Preview a copy of the summer 2010 issue of Loaded Gun Boston magazine or purchase the guide for $7.50 here. Also, use the MagCloud promo code DADGRAD to save 25% on your purchase order until June 30.

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

Friday, June 25, 2010

Star maps guide for made-in-Boston movie buffs

Want to know where Tom Cruise courted Cameron Diaz in the made-in-Boston spy comedy "Knight and Day," currently in theaters? Or still can’t figure out where in Massachusetts Adam Sandler and the cast from "Grown Ups" splish-splashed in the water park’s pool scene? You’re in luck.

Loaded Gun Boston, an online destination focusing on the latest crop of made-in-Boston films and TV productions, is launching a limited-edition, boutique magazine showcasing the behind-the-scenes buzz surrounding Hollywood East as well as the people, places and products featured.

Think of it as a star maps for made-in-Massachusetts movie buffs.

“Interest in all of the locally shot movies has soared since Massachusetts started to attract A-list talent like Tom Cruise and Anna Faris to the area,” says Sam Baltrusis, publisher of Loaded Gun Boston. “It’s all about showcasing Boston to the masses and offering travel inspiration to those who visit the city and want the behind-the-scenes lowdown regarding what was shot locally and where.”

Highlights from the premiere issue of Loaded Gun Boston magazine include:

--Travel-inspiration guides for "Knight and Day," "Grown Ups," "The Social Network," "The Town" and "Zookeeper"

--A star-maps centerfold giving detailed information regarding made-in-Boston film locations

--Photos of many of the stars who filmed in Massachusetts including Adam Sandler, Anna Faris, Ben Affleck, Cameron Diaz, Chris Evans, Jesse Eisenberg, Jon Hamm, Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Salma Hayek and Tom Cruise

--Coming soon feature serving up a comprehensive list of locally shot films and those slotted for production in 2010

--Plus a detailed walking/bike tour for those who want to see the film sites up close and personal

Since shifting its editorial focus to made-in-Massachusetts films in 2008, Loaded Gun Boston has been featured on WCVB-TV's "Chronicle," Boston's NPR affiliate WBUR and continues to be a resource for a slew of regional periodicals.

Preview a copy of the summer 2010 issue of Loaded Gun Boston magazine or purchase the guide for $7.50 here. Also, use the MagCloud promo code DADGRAD to save 25% on your purchase order until June 30.

For iPad and Kindle enthusiasts, there's a digital download edition of Loaded Gun Boston magazine available for $2.50 here.

Click here to preview the Summer 2010 edition of Loaded Gun Boston magazine.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

'What's Your Number?' returns to Newbury Street

Crews with the locally shot romantic comedy "What's Your Number?" with Anna Faris and Chris Evans are returning to Newbury Street on Thursday, June 24 with plans to set up shop on the corner of Newbury and Arlington streets near Boston's Public Garden in front of Emmanuel Church located at 15 Newbury St.

On Friday, June 25 from 6 a.m. until 5 a.m. Saturday, June 26, production moves around the corner to the Arlington Street Church area and they're taking over the streets near Parish Cafe located at 361 Boylston Street.

Also, later on Thursday, June 24 leading into Friday, June 25, they're filming at the 21st Amendment bar, near the Boston State House, located at 150 Bowdoin St.

As previously reported, crews filmed at the Good Harbor beach in Gloucester and then set up an elaborate eight-day wedding sequence at a private estate located at 33 Way Rd. in Cape Ann until Tuesday, June 22.

Before moving shop to Gloucester, crews filmed a scene with Andy Samberg (pictured) from "Saturday Night Live" in East Boston on Monday, June 14.

"What's Your Number?" continues to showcase Boston's swankier locales including the city's posh Newbury Street shopping district.

On Thursday, May 20, they rented out 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 Wednesday, June 9, they filmed on the corner of Boylston and Arlington streets near Boston's Public Garden and Bistro du Midi located at 272 Boylston St.

Meanwhile, up-and-coming, local actor Colby Parsons filmed a flashback scene showing a young Dave Annable and Faris as teenagers. The 14-year-old Parsons is starring as a teen "Jake."

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

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The week in quotes from Hollywood in the Hub

“Everyone knows Boston fans are well-read and intelligent, and they sort of set the example of how to support your teams even when teams aren’t doing well. I commend that. That wasn’t the case in Seattle.”

--Joel McHale, from NBC's "Community" who plays Anna Faris' boss in the made-in-Boston flick "What's Your Number?," pledges his allegiance to the Lakers while filming on set last week at the W Hotel Boston.

“This whole idea of a film commissioner being able to make decisions like that. . . . At what point should the state have input in the content that’s being produced?’’

--Andrew van den Houton, an Emerson alum and filmmaker behind the cannibalism-themed sequel to the gory flick "Offspring" called "The Woman," fumes about being rejected by Michigan's tax-incentive program and confirms he's moving production to Western Massachusetts.

"He does everything you see in the movie."

--Cameron Diaz, promoting the made-in-Boston flick "Knight and Day" in Spain, confirms that her co-star Tom Cruise performed all the stunts in the locally shot film.

“Lots of interest, now that the debate over incentives is in the rear view mirror. Second half of year should be pretty busy.”

--The latest word from the Massachusetts Film Office is that production of locally shot films and TV show will heat up again this fall.
--Joel McHale photo by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Monday, June 14, 2010

'Grown Ups' screening and 'Number' casting call

Adam Sandler's ultimate buddy flick "Grown Ups," starring Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider and Salma Hayek, is hitting theaters on Friday, June 25 and there's a special sneak peek preview of the made-in-Massachusetts film at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 24 at Fenway's Regal Cinemas located at 201 Brookline Ave.

There are two pre-screening receptions slotted from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 24. The general party which costs $25 is at the Landmark Center Atrium (next to the Regal Cinemas) and includes clam chowder from Woodman's of Essex--which is a featured location in the film--and a ticket to the Boston premiere of "Grown Ups."

The VIP reception which costs $100 is being held at Burtons Grill, located at 1363 Boylston St., and includes appetizers, beer and wine in addition to a ticket to the premiere.

Click here for details on the Boston preview of "Grown Ups."

Meanwhile, casting scouts with the made-in-Boston flick "What's Your Number," starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans, are holding an open casting call from 3-7 p.m. on Monday, June 14 at GameOn! Fenway located at 82 Lansdowne St. near Fenway Park.

Union and non-union extras over 18-years-old are encouraged to register for background work. However, they're looking for actors who haven't been to a casting call already for the movie.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun Boston, crews with "What's Your Number?" are filming a wedding scene this week at the Good Harbor beach in Gloucester. It's a one-day shoot at Good Harbor and then crews plan to shoot an eight-day wedding sequence at a private estate located at 33 Way Rd. in Cape Ann until Tuesday, June 22.

Before moving shop to Gloucester, crews filmed a scene with Andy Samberg from "Saturday Night Live" in East Boston on Monday, June 14.

Click here for the lowdown on the "Grown Ups" premiere and here for the latest on "What's Your Number?"

Friday, June 11, 2010

'What's Your Number?' film heading to Gloucester

Here comes the bride? Crews with the made-in-Massachusetts romantic comedy "What's Your Number?" with Anna Faris and Chris Evans are filming a wedding scene at the Good Harbor beach in Gloucester early next week, with filmmakers setting up shop in the picturesque seaport town as early as this weekend.

It's a one-day shoot at Good Harbor and then crews plan to shoot an eight-day wedding sequence at a private estate located at 33 Way Rd. in Cape Ann.

According to the Gloucester Times here, crews plan to use the Good Harbor parking lot as a staging area before moving to the stately Back Shore residence. They're taking a break on the weekend beginning Saturday, June 19, but returning on Monday, June 21 and Tuesday, June 22 to finish filming.

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.

Since filming commenced on Monday, May 17, many of the shots for "What's Your Number?" have had a recurring wedding theme.

On Thursday, May 20, crews rented out 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 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 cake-related bridal scene at 311 Summer Street in South Boston's Fort Point Channel neighborhood.

Click here for the latest on "What's Your Number?"

Thursday, June 10, 2010

'What's Your Number?' filming near Public Garden

Crews with the locally shot romantic comedy "What's Your Number?" with Anna Faris and Chris Evans set up shop on Wednesday, June 9 on the corner of Boylston and Arlington streets near Boston's Public Garden and Bistro du Midi located at 272 Boylston St.

Production was in front of Boylston's posh shopping area, which includes Hermes, Escada and St John Boutique.

Filming is slotted to continue on Thursday, June 10 from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. and possibly until Friday, June 11 if Thursday's predicted rainstorm impedes production. Holding for extras and catering was set up at Emmanuel Church located at 15 Newbury St.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun Boston, the romantic comedy has been called a "two-hour postcard" that will focus on some of our city's swankier locales.

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 Ryan Phillippe, Joel McHale from "The Soup" and NBC's "Community," 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 "Heroes."

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

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Cruise's 'Knight and Day' film release switcheroo

The release date for James Mangold's made-in-Boston spy flick "Knight and Day," formerly known as "Wichita" and starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, has been moved again.

The new release date? It will now premiere on Wednesday, June 23.

The flick was originally scheduled to hit theaters on Friday, June 25. Before the last date switcheroo, it was slotted to be released on Friday, July 2.

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 & 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 and 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 and Day."

Saturday, June 05, 2010

'What's Your Number?' movie seeks body doubles

Think you have a hot enough body to double as Anna Faris?

Scouts are on the hunt for three stand-ins between 22 and 38 for the made-in-Boston romantic comedy "What's Your Number?" that follows Faris' character Delilah as she looks back at the past 20 men she's dated in her life and wonders if one of them might be Mr. Right.

The caveat? The body doubles, one female and two guys, will be used in shots involving brief nudity.

Yep, you've got to drop trou at some point to get the job.

Based on the casting stats here, it sounds like the scenes involve Faris and Chris Evans. The blonde guy could be recent cast addition Ryan Phillippe, although he's 5'9''. However, it turns out that Joel McHale, known for his work in "The Soup" and NBC's "Community," fits the 6'4" description.

Here's the stand-in lowdown:

*Blonde Female--5'4'', 113lbs, 25" waist, 34C

*Brown Haired Male--6'0'', 185lbs (very fit), 34" waist

*Dark Blonde Haired Male--6'4'', 170lbs (very slim), 31" waist

Production with "What's Your Number?" recently moved to the film's makeshift sound stage in Chelsea, after Faris and Joel McHale shot scenes this past week at the luxe lounge at the W Hotel Boston, located at 100 Stuart St. in the Theatre District.

On Wednesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 27, Faris shot a scene with Sudbury-bred Evans in front of Bova's Bakery located at 134 Salem St. on Wednesday, May 26.

On Tuesday, May 25, Evans and Faris 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.

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

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Filmmaker John Waters rolls in with 'Role Models'

American filmmaker turned author John Waters is teaming up with Boston-based writer Scott Heim to chat about his latest tour-de-trash offering, "Role Models," at the Boston Public Library's Rabb Lecture Hall at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 10.

Best known for his cult films including "Hairspray," "Pink Flamingos," "Female Trouble" and "Cry-Baby," Waters' book is a self-portrait told through intimate profiles of favorite personalities—some famous, some unknown, some criminal, some surprisingly middle-of-the-road.

From Esther Martin, owner of the scariest bar in Baltimore, to the American playwright Tennessee Williams; from the atheist leader Madalyn Murray O’Hair to the martyr Saint Catherine of Siena; from the English novelist Denton Welch to the timelessly appealing singer Johnny Mathis—these are the over-the-top figures who helped the author form his own brand of neurotic happiness.


Waters, recently featured on NPR's "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross, says he decided to write about people he admires ... flaws and all.

"That's why people tell me everything," he says here. "On airplanes, strangers confide in me the most deepest, darkest secrets. And I think they think I'll understand. And I generally do understand."

Waters, who is hitting the road in a series of conversations across the US, is chatting with Heim, a Jamaica Plain-based writer known for his novels "Mysterious Skin," "In Awe" and "We Disappear."

Click here for the lowdown.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

'What's Your Number?' filming at W Hotel Boston

Crews with the locally shot romantic comedy "What's Your Number?" with Anna Faris and Chris Evans are setting up shop on Tuesday, June 1 in the luxe lounge at the W Hotel Boston, located at 100 Stuart St. in the Theatre District.

Production is slotted to continue in Boston's Public Garden area until Saturday, June 5.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun Boston, the romantic comedy has been called a "two-hour postcard" that will focus on some of our city's swankier locales.

Formerly approved by the city as a Loews hotel, the posh W Hotel Boston 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.

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" and Zachary Quinto who stars as Spock in the 2009 "Star Trek" remake and, of course, is "Sylar" from "Heroes."

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

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