Tuesday, July 27, 2010

'The Social Network' trailer goes to faux Harvard

Revenge of the nerds hitting Harvard? Well, sort of.

Folks can see the supposed behind-the-scenes antics of the Cambridge ivy league school in the recently unveiled theatrical trailer for "The Social Network."

Word is that writer Aaron Sorkin, who penned the script for the locally shot flick "The Social Network," toured Harvard's elite final clubs, like the Porcellian and the Phoenix, for background research and inspiration for the screenplay.

Apparently, Sorkin checked out the Porc's elaborate mirror system which lets members see out while passersby can't see into the house. He also looked into the so-called "f--- truck" which carts in ladies from a nearby all-girls college.

While Sorkin had access to Harvard, filmmakers weren't allowed to shoot at the prestigious university.

Partially shot in Boston and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones and Andrew Garfield, "The Social Network" is about the founding of the multibillion-dollar site Facebook in a Harvard dorm. The story is based on Ben Mezrich's latest tell-all book, "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook. A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal."

Timberlake plays Sean Parker, the Napster innovator who became the founding president of Facebook while Eisenberg stars as founder Mark Zuckerberg. Andrew Garfield stars as Eduardo Saverin, a former founder who had a fall out with the social networking wunderkind.

"I just wanted to say that Harvard wouldn't allow us to film here," Timberlake jokes we he received his Man of the Year award from Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals. The musician turned actor is alluding to the fact that crews with "The Social Network" had to shoot the script's Harvard scenes at Wheelock College and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. "My manager dared me to say that.”

"The Social Network" is slotted to premiere at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 24 and is scheduled for theatrical release on Friday, Oct. 1.

There's a travel-inspiration guide and a movie locations map for "The Social Network" in Loaded Gun Boston's 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, publisher MagCloud is offering 25 percent off full-price magazines through Saturday, July 31.

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

Monday, July 19, 2010

Ben Affleck's 'The Town' trailer showcases Boston

When insiders with Ben Affleck’s made-in-Boston blue collar heist flick warned us that there would be a lot of “gun fire” and to expect “a few cars exploding” during the making of "The Town," they weren’t kidding.

Crews with "The Town" went to town last fall, filming some major shoot ‘em action in the North End, Charlestown, Cambridge and a huge climax sequence at Fenway Park. Yep, there was a barrage of fake bullets flying all over Boston.

The movie's trailer has been unveiled online and, well, it looks like a winner. Slotted to hit theaters on Friday, Sept. 10, "The Town" promises to showcase Boston in all of its gun-slinging glory.

"There are over 300 bank robberies in Boston every year. Most of these professionals live in a one-square mile neighborhood called Charlestown," the trailer's voice-over guy claims.

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. The movie is an adaptation of the blue-collar heist novel "Prince of Thieves" by Chuck Hogan.

"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 co-starring as Affleck's troubled ex-girlfriend Krista. Jeremy Renner, who won over critics with his role in the Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker," stars as Lively's brother and Affleck's partner in crime.

Many of the movie locations from "The Town" 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, there's a digital download edition of Loaded Gun Boston magazine available for $2.50 here.

Click here for the latest on "The Town"

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Anna Faris photos from 'What's Your Number?' set

Anna Faris, on set of the romantic comedy "What's Your Number?" at the 1.7-acre park at Post Office Square in Boston's Financial District, filmed a wedding reception scene with a certain male co-star over the weekend.

Yep, she's making out with Sudbury native Chris Evans.

Set designers worked with the already stunning green space that sits atop an underground parking garage and has been named one of the best squares and plazas in the world by PPS (project for public spaces). The trees in the square were covered with white, paper lanterns and the scene included a live band and Faris wearing a stunning pink bridesmaid gown.

There were 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. Production was affected on Saturday because of the torrential rain and crews filmed on Sunday night to capture the entire scene.

The made-in-Boston film features 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.

Meanwhile, Faris and a crew of extras caused a minor delay on the MBTA's Red Line T on Sunday, according to a blog post here. Turns out that the doors closed on "The House Bunny" star while filming and she ended up taking an impromptu ride to Porter Square.

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.

Click here for the latest on "What's Your Number?"
--Photos courtesy Kevin Wiles Jr.

Friday, July 09, 2010

'What's Your Number?' filming at Post Office Square

Crews with the locally shot romantic comedy "What's Your Number?" with Anna Faris and Chris Evans are setting up an elaborate set at the 1.7-acre park at Post Office Square in Boston's Financial District, at the intersection of Congress and Milk streets.

Set designers worked with the already stunning green space that sits atop an underground parking garage and has been named one of the best squares and plazas in the world by PPS (project for public spaces). The trees in the square are covered with white, paper lanterns and the scene slotted to film from Friday, July 9 through Sunday, July 11 will include live music.

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.

Meanwhile, it's confirmed that the naked photos that emerged of Faris and Evans on set at a Boston Harbor wharf were, in fact, body doubles casting scouts found from the casting call here. While Faris and Evans were both on set, the bare backside photos are not of the "What's Your Number?" co-stars.

"Neither of the people who were 100 percent naked [on set] were Chris or Anna. ... they are body doubles," an insider tells Loaded Gun Boston.

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, there's a digital download edition of Loaded Gun Boston magazine available for $2.50 here.

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

Thursday, July 08, 2010

The week in quotes from Hollywood in the Hub

"These pictures are of a body double."

--Anna Faris' spokesperson insists that the bare backside photos from the set of "What's Your Number?" that surfaced online over the weekend don't belong to Faris and Sudbury native Chris Evans.

"Neither of the people who were 100 percent naked [on set] were Chris or Anna. ... they are body doubles."

--An insider confirms that the naked photos that emerged of Faris and Evans on set at a Boston Harbor wharf were, in fact, body doubles casting scouts found from the casting call here.

"It’s funny you should say that, because I’m already at work on, not one, but two shows. Two! I’ll say it again. Two shows that are Massachusetts-based. If you can believe it, but none of them are in Boston, that’s the only thing."

--Peter Tolan, a Scituate native and writer behind FX's "Rescue Me" that stars Worcester bad boy Denis Leary, says he has two made-in-Massachusetts shows in the works, including one set in Provincetown for HBO and the other at Plymouth Plantation.

"I'm probably the least famous person here. Why did I have to go first?"

--Andy Samberg, the up-and-coming comic known for his work on "Saturday Night Live," jokes at the "All-Star Comedy Roundtable" at the Nantucket Film Festival on Saturday, June 19. Samberg was in town last week filming the made-in-Boston flick "What's Your Number?" with Anna Faris.

''I want to give all I can and inspire people."

--Legendary boxer "Irish" Micky Ward, whose life story is inspiration for the made-in-Lowell flick with Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams, announces plans for a speaking series which kicked off at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts at Andover High School, 100 Shawsheen Road, Andover on Friday, June 25, 6-9 p.m.
--Photo for Loaded Gun Boston by Ryan Miner
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