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City of Lawrence stars in ‘Live by Night

By Terry Date
Daily News
January 13, 2017

(Courtesy photo)  Ben Affleck and Lawrence police officer Kevin Schiavone are seen on the downtown Lawrence set of "Live by Night" in November 2015

(Courtesy photo) Ben Affleck and Lawrence police officer Kevin Schiavone are seen on the downtown Lawrence set of “Live by Night” in November 2015

Back in the fall of 2015, Lawrence residents got a front-row seat to see Massachusetts native and Hollywood star Ben Affleck make a movie in their city.

Now, the whole country will see big-screen portraits of Lawrence, including Essex and Canal streets, the Everett and Stone mills, the courthouse, the North Canal, and Bellevue Cemetery.

Today, the Prohibition-era gangster film “Live by Night” opens in theaters nationwide.

(JILL HARMACINSKI/Staff photo) Actors in 1920s clothing gather around antique cars on Common Street in Lawrence during filming of the Movie "Live by Night".

(JILL HARMACINSKI/Staff photo) Actors in 1920s clothing gather around antique cars on Common Street in Lawrence during filming of the Movie “Live by Night”.


The movie boasts an A-list cast, snappily dressed men and women in two-tone oxfords, and more than 100 extras.

But the biggest attraction in these parts is the city itself.

Residents are aching to see their red-brick mills, granite steps and street lanterns transformed to 1926.

They are not alone. The critics’ consensus on the movie review website Rotten Tomatoes says that the movie boasts visual style, although they are not so glowing in their take on Affleck’s handling of the story.

Movie makers were at the Everett and Stone mills for four days back in 2015, including three days of preparation and one day of shooting, hosting stars and more than 100 extras, said Everett Mills owner Marianne Paley Nadel.

“I can’t wait to see the film,” she said. “It was a fantastic experience for us at the mill during the day of filming in our yard. They walked around the mill floor in their costumes from the 1920s, getting hair and makeup in office spaces that were available at the time, and then strolling in the yard after they got off from work during the filming.”

Susan Grabski of the Lawrence History Center had a bird’s-eye view of the action that day and took some impressive photographs from the Everett Mill, looking down on a crowd and set that included Ben Affleck and vintage cars.

Jose Martinez, 48, a lifelong Lawrence resident, has souvenir blank shells that he collected from a gunfight scene shot outside his Canal Street Gym.

(Photo courtesy of Susan Grabski Lawrence History Center) A scene from "Live by Night" is shot in Lawrence at the Everett Mills in 2015.

(Photo courtesy of Susan Grabski Lawrence History Center) A scene from “Live by Night” is shot in Lawrence at the Everett Mills in 2015.


Martinez was hosting 30 school kids from Wetherbee School that day, giving them boxing lessons. During a break, the kids crowded the windows, knocking on the glass and waving to Affleck.

Affleck waved back and, during a break in the action, posed for photographs with three adult monitors from the school, Martinez said.

Martinez is looking forward to seeing the movie, seeing his home city.

“When I go to see it,” he said, “it will be like: ‘Oh, there’s Essex Street. Oh, there’s Canal Street. Oh, there’s the back of Canal Street.”

One of the extras in the film is Nicole Hinchey of Lawrence. She plans on seeing the film Sunday at The Loop in Methuen.

“The clothing we wore was the most interesting part,” she said. “I loved seeing the history come to life in the old mills.”

(Photo courtesy of Susan Grabski, Lawrence History Center) "Live by Night", a crime drama written and directed by Ben Affleck, was filmed here in Lawrence. Here, a scene is shot at the Everett Mills.

(Photo courtesy of Susan Grabski, Lawrence History Center) “Live by Night”, a crime drama written and directed by Ben Affleck, was filmed here in Lawrence. Here, a scene is shot at the Everett Mills.


Lawrence native and movie memorabilia collector Joe Bella went to see one of the scenes being shot at the Bellevue Cemetery but got there too late for the filming.

Flowers and other set pieces were still there.

He has a photograph of him sitting on the casket used in the movie scene.

Bella, whose condo teems with mementos of silver-screen comedienne Thelma Todd, a star in the 1920s and ’30s from Lawrence, said that the city’s film history goes back to 1912 when inventor Thomas Edison shot a minute and a half of workers crossing the North Canal during the 1912 Bread and Roses strike.

Other films shot in Lawrence include “The Surrogates,” a science fiction movie starring Bruce Willis.

The city’s strong sense of place and rich historical feel makes it an ideal setting for period pieces.

For now, its residents and employers await “Live by Night.”

“It was great fun for all our tenants who lined the windows and got a front-row seat to see local extras, as well as the stars, and see how a period film gets made,” Nadel said. “I’m not one for action films usually, but I can’t wait!”

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2017 Nominations List for the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

By BAFTA.org
January 10, 2017

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2016 NOMINATIONS
(presented in 2017)

BEST FILM
ARRIVAL Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron Ryder
I, DANIEL BLAKE Rebecca O’Brien
LA LA LAND Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward,
Kevin J. Walsh

MOONLIGHT Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
AMERICAN HONEY Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Pouya Shahbazian, Jay Van Hoy
DENIAL Mick Jackson, Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff, David Hare
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM David Yates, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling, Lionel Wigram
I, DANIEL BLAKE Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, Paul Laverty
NOTES ON BLINDNESS Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison
UNDER THE SHADOW Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

The Girl With All the Gifts: MIKE CAREY (Writer), CAMILLE GATIN (Producer)
The Hard Stop: GEORGE AMPONSAH (Writer/Director/Producer), DIONNE WALKER (Writer/Producer)
Notes on Blindness: PETER MIDDLETON (Writer/Director/Producer), JAMES SPINNEY (Writer/Director), JO-JO ELLISON (Producer)
The Pass: JOHN DONNELLY (Writer), BEN A. WILLIAMS (Director)
Under the Shadow: BABAK ANVARI (Writer/Director), EMILY LEO, OLIVER ROSKILL, LUCAN TOH (Producers)

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
DHEEPAN Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux
JULIETA Pedro Almodóvar
MUSTANG Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Charles Gillibert
SON OF SAUL László Nemes, Gábor Sipos
TONI ERDMANN Maren Ade, Janine Jackowski

DOCUMENTARY
13th Ava DuVernay
THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK- THE TOURING YEARS Ron Howard
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS Otto Bell, Stacey Reiss
NOTES ON BLINDNESS Peter Middleton, James Spinney
WEINER Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg

ANIMATED FILM
FINDING DORY Andrew Stanton
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS Travis Knight
MOANA Ron Clements, John Musker
ZOOTROPOLIS Byron Howard, Rich Moore

DIRECTOR
ARRIVAL Denis Villeneuve
I, DANIEL BLAKE Ken Loach
LA LA LAND Damien Chazelle
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Kenneth Lonergan
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Tom Ford

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
HELL OR HIGH WATER Taylor Sheridan
I, DANIEL BLAKE Paul Laverty
LA LA LAND Damien Chazelle
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Kenneth Lonergan
MOONLIGHT Barry Jenkins

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
ARRIVAL Eric Heisserer
HACKSAW RIDGE Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan
HIDDEN FIGURES Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder
LION Luke Davies
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Tom Ford

LEADING ACTOR
ANDREW GARFIELD Hacksaw Ridge
CASEY AFFLECK Manchester by the Sea
JAKE GYLLENHAAL Nocturnal Animals
RYAN GOSLING La La Land
VIGGO MORTENSEN Captain Fantastic

LEADING ACTRESS
AMY ADAMS Arrival
EMILY BLUNT The Girl on the Train
EMMA STONE La La Land
MERYL STREEP Florence Foster Jenkins
NATALIE PORTMAN Jackie

SUPPORTING ACTOR
AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON Nocturnal Animals
DEV PATEL Lion
HUGH GRANT Florence Foster Jenkins
JEFF BRIDGES Hell or High Water
MAHERSHALA ALI Moonlight

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
HAYLEY SQUIRES I, Daniel Blake
MICHELLE WILLIAMS Manchester by the Sea
NAOMIE HARRIS Moonlight
NICOLE KIDMAN Lion
VIOLA DAVIS Fences

ORIGINAL MUSIC
ARRIVAL Jóhann Jóhannsson
JACKIE Mica Levi
LA LA LAND Justin Hurwitz
LION Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Abel Korzeniowski

CINEMATOGRAPHY
ARRIVAL Bradford Young
HELL OR HIGH WATER Giles Nuttgens
LA LA LAND Linus Sandgren
LION Greig Fraser
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Seamus McGarvey

EDITING
ARRIVAL Joe Walker
HACKSAW RIDGE John Gilbert
LA LA LAND Tom Cross
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Jennifer Lame
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Joan Sobel

PRODUCTION DESIGN
DOCTOR STRANGE Charles Wood, John Bush
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock
HAIL, CAESAR! Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh
LA LA LAND David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Shane Valentino, Meg Everist

COSTUME DESIGN
ALLIED Joanna Johnston
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Colleen Atwood
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS Consolata Boyle
JACKIE Madeline Fontaine
LA LA LAND Mary Zophres

MAKE UP & HAIR
DOCTOR STRANGE Jeremy Woodhead
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS J. Roy Helland, Daniel Phillips
HACKSAW RIDGE Shane Thomas
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Donald Mowat, Yolanda Toussieng
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Nominees tbc

SOUND
ARRIVAL Sylvain Bellemare, Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl
DEEPWATER HORIZON Dror Mohar​, Mike Prestwood Smith, Wylie Stateman, David Wyman
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Niv Adiri, Glenn Freemantle, Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Ian Tapp
HACKSAW RIDGE Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright
LA LA LAND Mildred Iatrou Morgan, Ai-Ling Lee, Steve A. Morrow, Andy Nelson

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
ARRIVAL Louis Morin
DOCTOR STRANGE Richard Bluff, Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Tim Burke, Pablo Grillo, Christian Manz, David Watkins
THE JUNGLE BOOK Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Neil Corbould, Hal Hickel, Mohen Leo, John Knoll, Nigel Sumner

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
THE ALAN DIMENSION Jac Clinch, Jonathan Harbottle, Millie Marsh
A LOVE STORY Khaled Gad, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, Elena Ruscombe-King
TOUGH Jennifer Zheng

BRITISH SHORT FILM
CONSUMED Richard John Seymour
HOME Shpat Deda, Afolabi Kuti, Daniel Mulloy, Scott O’Donnell
MOUTH OF HELL Bart Gavigan, Samir Mehanovic, Ailie Smith, Michael Wilson
THE PARTY Farah Abushwesha, Emmet Fleming, Andrea Harkin, Conor MacNeill
STANDBY Jack Hannon, Charlotte Regan

EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
ANYA TAYLOR-JOY
LAIA COSTA
LUCAS HEDGES
RUTH NEGGA
TOM HOLLAND

Nominations are correct at the time of going to print. BAFTA reserves the right to make changes to the names listed at any time up until 12 February 2017.

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How to Visit the Real ‘Manchester by the Sea’

By Cailey Rizzo
TRAVEL + LEISURE
January 6, 2017

Claire Folger/Getty Images

Claire Folger/Getty Images

Many of the films nominated for awards this season explore specific, off-the-beaten-path parts of America. “Manchester by the Sea”—produced by Matt Damon and nominated for five Golden Globes, including Best Picture—portrays the working class fishing neighborhoods along Massachusetts’s North Shore.

The story follows a Boston-based janitor, Lee Chandler, when he is called back to his hometown because of his brother’s death. It is there that Lee discovers he has become his brother’s 16-year-old son’s guardian.

The movie was filmed entirely around Cape Ann, an Atlantic cape about 30 miles north of Boston. It’s an area often referred to as Cape Cod’s lesser-known cousin.

From late February through early May, the team filmed in several of Cape Ann’s small cities, including Manchester, Gloucester, Essex, Rockport and Beverly. For those who fell in love with the movie’s depiction of Massachusetts’s rocky shores, here are some of the most memorable locations featured in “Manchester by the Sea.”

Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Although the town is only eight square miles, it has almost 13 miles of shore with beaches and spots for commercial fishing. One of the town’s most visited spots is “Singing Beach,” named for the sound the sand makes when people walk across it.

Beverly, Massachusetts
Just south of Manchester-by-the-sea, Beverly played set for several days of the film’s shooting—specifically the parts of the movie immediately after Lee is called home.

Paula Stephens/Getty Images

Paula Stephens/Getty Images


Both the funeral home and cemetery (Grondin Funeral Home and Central Cemetery) where Lee buries his brother are in town.

Essex, Massachusetts
Essex was where all of the film’s driving scenes were shot. It sits on the Essex River, which is known to have some of the best best clam flats in the world.

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DenisTangneyJr/Getty Images

It’s also local legend that the fried clam was invented here almost 100 years ago.

Gloucester, Massachusetts
Patrick’s hockey practice takes place at Talbot Rink in Gloucester.

DenisTangneyJr/Getty Images

DenisTangneyJr/Getty Images

“We had to do almost nothing to it,” production designer Ruth De Jong said in a behind-the-scenes feature on the area. “It’s a beautiful vintage rink with wooden bleachers. It has a lot of texture and beautiful natural light.” The film also ventured to Gloucester’s Beacon Marine Basin to film some seaside shots.

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Matt Damon congratulates ‘Manchester by the Sea’ crew on Golden Globe nomination

By Tre’vell Anderson
Los Angeles Times
December 12, 2016

The first round of congratulations is coming in for the Golden Globes nominees. First up, Matt Damon, producer and almost lead for “Manchester by the Sea” (he reportedly passed on the title part).

“Congratulations to our incredible crew and a deep thank you to Kenny Lonergan and the entire cast who poured their hearts and souls into this, and thank you as well to the HFPA for championing a little movie like ours.”

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2017 Golden Globes Nominations: The Full List

By Vanity fair
December 12, 2016

There was lots of love for La La Land and Moonlight from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

On Monday morning, Don Cheadle, Laura Dern, and Anna Kendrick announced the nominees for the 74th Golden Globe Awards. The resulting list contained plenty of good news for La La Land, which led the pack with seven nominations; Moonlight, in second with six nods; and Manchester by the Sea, which scored five. Over in the TV categories, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was unsurprisingly dominant—though as always, there was plenty of room for fresh meat, including series that just premiered this fall. (This Is Us, anyone?*)

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Look below for a full list of nominees—and feel free to check it against our predictions, which, unfortunately, never saw Deadpool coming.

FILM

Best Motion Picture, Drama
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

Best Motion Picture, Musical, or Comedy
20th Century Women
Deadpool
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land
Sing Street

Best Director, Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton, Loving
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Amy Adams, Arrival
Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical, or Comedy
Colin Farrell, The Lobster
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill, War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Lily Collins, Rules Don’t Apply
Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel, Lion
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

Best Performance by Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
La La Land
Nocturnal Animals
Moonlight
Manchester by the Sea
Hell or High Water

Original Score, Motion Picture
Moonlight
La La Land
Arrival
Lion
Hidden Figures

Best Original Song, Motion Picture
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
“City of Stars,” La La Land
“Faith,” Sing
“Gold,” Gold
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

Best Motion Picture, Animated
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
Sing
Zootopia

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language
Divines
Elle
Neruda
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

TELEVISION

Best Television Series, Drama
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy
Atlanta
Blackish
Mozart in the Jungle
Transparent
Veep

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
American Crime
The Dresser
The Night Manager
The Night Of
The People v. O.J.: American Crime Story

Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Series, Drama
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Claire Foy, The Crown
Keri Russell, The Americans
Winona Ryder, Stranger Things
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Series, Musical, or Comedy
Anthony Anderson, Blackish
Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Nick Nolte, Graves
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best Performance By an Actress in a Television Series, Musical, or Comedy
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Sarah Jessica Parker, Divorce
Issa Rae, Insecure
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Tracee Ellis Ross, Blackish

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J.: American Crime Story
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
John Lithgow, The Crown
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
John Travolta, The People v. O.J.: American Crime Story

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Bryan Cranston, All the Way
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
John Turturro, The Night Of
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J.: American Crime Story

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Riley Keough, The Girlfriend Experience
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J.: American Crime Story
Charlotte Rampling, London Spy
Kerry Washington, Confirmation

The Globes, hosted by Jimmy Fallon air Sunday, January 8 on NBC.

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2016 Critics’ Choice Awards Winners (Complete List)

By Variety Staff
Variety.com

The Critics’ Choice Awards took place on Sunday, honoring the critics picks for the best movies and television of the year.

SEE MORE: Awards: The Contenders

“La La Land” was the big winner of the night, taking home best picture and eight trophies overall. It was a big night for Ryan Reynolds as well, who was previously named entertainer of the year and won best actor in a comedy for “Deadpool,” which also won best comedy.

As for television, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” continued its winning streak. Along with winning best movie made for television/limited series, it also won all four acting categories for limited series.

T.J. Miller hosted the ceremony, which aired live on A&E.

MOVIES

BEST PICTURE
La La Land (WINNER)
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Lion
Loving
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
Sully

BEST ACTOR
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea (WINNER)
Joel Edgerton – Loving
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Tom Hanks – Sully
Denzel Washington – Fences

BEST ACTRESS
Natalie Portman – Jackie (WINNER)
Amy Adams – Arrival
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Emma Stone – La La Land

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight (WINNER)
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Ben Foster – Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel – Lion
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Viola Davis – Fences (WINNER)
Greta Gerwig – 20th Century Women
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Janelle Monáe – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea (WINNER)
Alex R. Hibbert – Moonlight
Lewis MacDougall – A Monster Calls
Madina Nalwanga – Queen of Katwe
Sunny Pawar — Lion
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Moonlight (WINNER)
20th Century Women
Fences
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
Manchester by the Sea

BEST DIRECTOR
Damien Chazelle – La La Land (WINNER)
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
David Mackenzie – Hell or High Water
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
Denzel Washington – Fences

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Damien Chazelle – La La Land (WINNER – TIE)
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea (WINNER – TIE)
Barry Jenkins — Moonlight
Yorgos Lanthimos/Efthimis Filippou – The Lobster
Jeff Nichols – Loving
Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Eric Heisserer – Arrival (WINNER)
Luke Davies – Lion
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Todd Komarnicki – Sully
Allison Schroeder/Theodore Melfi – Hidden Figures
August Wilson – Fences

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Linus Sandgren – La La Land (WINNER)
Stéphane Fontaine – Jackie
James Laxton – Moonlight
Seamus McGarvey – Nocturnal Animals
Bradford Young – Arrival

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
La La Land – David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco (WINNER)
Arrival – Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte/André Valade
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig/James Hambridge, Anna Pinnock
Jackie – Jean Rabasse, Véronique Melery
Live by Night – Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

BEST EDITING
Tom Cross – La La Land (WINNER)
John Gilbert – Hacksaw Ridge
Blu Murray – Sully
Nat Sanders/Joi McMillon — Moonlight
Joe Walker – Arrival

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Madeline Fontaine – Jackie (WINNER)
Colleen Atwood – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Consolata Boyle – Florence Foster Jenkins
Joanna Johnston – Allied
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh – Love & Friendship
Mary Zophres – La La Land

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP
Jackie (WINNER)
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hacksaw Ridge
Star Trek Beyond

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
The Jungle Book (WINNER)
A Monster Calls
Arrival
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Zootopia (WINNER)
Finding Dory
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
The Red Turtle
Trolls

BEST ACTION MOVIE
Hacksaw Ridge (WINNER)
Captain America: Civil War
Deadpool
Doctor Strange
Jason Bourne

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge (WINNER)
Benedict Cumberbatch – Doctor Strange
Matt Damon – Jason Bourne
Chris Evans – Captain America: Civil War
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Margot Robbie – Suicide Squad (WINNER)
Gal Gadot – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Scarlett Johansson – Captain America: Civil War
Tilda Swinton – Doctor Strange

BEST COMEDY
Deadpool (WINNER)
Central Intelligence
Don’t Think Twice
The Edge of Seventeen
Hail, Caesar!
The Nice Guys

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool (WINNER)
Ryan Gosling – The Nice Guys
Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
Dwayne Johnson – Central Intelligence
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins (WINNER)
Kate Beckinsale – Love & Friendship
Sally Field – Hello, My Name Is Doris
Kate McKinnon – Ghostbusters
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
Arrival (WINNER)
10 Cloverfield Lane
Doctor Strange
Don’t Breathe
Star Trek Beyond
The Witch

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Elle (WINNER)
The Handmaiden
Julieta
Neruda
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

BEST SONG
“City of Stars” – La La Land (WINNER)
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” – La La Land
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Trolls
“Drive It Like You Stole It” – Sing Street
“How Far I’ll Go” — Moana
“The Rules Don’t Apply” – Rules Don’t Apply

BEST SCORE
Justin Hurwitz – La La Land (WINNER)
Nicholas Britell – Moonlight
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Arrival
Micachu – Jackie
Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka – Lion

TV
BEST DRAMA SERIES
Game of Thrones – HBO (WINNER)
Better Call Saul – AMC
Mr. Robot – USA Network
Stranger Things – Netflix
The Crown – Netflix
This Is Us – NBC
Westworld – HBO

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul – AMC (WINNER)
Sam Heughan – Outlander – Starz
Rami Malek – Mr. Robot – USA Network
Matthew Rhys – The Americans – FX
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan – Showtime
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards – Netflix

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld – HBO (WINNER)
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander – Starz
Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder – ABC
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black – BBC America
Keri Russell – The Americans – FX
Robin Wright – House of Cards – Netflix

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
John Lithgow – The Crown – Netflix (WINNER)
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones – HBO
Kit Harington – Game of Thrones – HBO
Mandy Patinkin – Homeland – Showtime
Christian Slater – Mr. Robot – USA Network
Jon Voight – Ray Donovan – Showtime

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Thandie Newton – Westworld – HBO (WINNER)
Christine Baranski – The Good Wife – CBS
Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones – HBO
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones – HBO
Maura Tierney – The Affair – Showtime
Constance Zimmer – UnREAL – Lifetime

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead – AMC (WINNER)
Mahershala Ali – House of Cards – Netflix
Lisa Bonet – Ray Donovan – Showtime
Ellen Burstyn – House of Cards – Netflix
Michael J. Fox – The Good Wife – CBS
Jared Harris – The Crown – Netflix

BEST COMEDY SERIES
Silicon Valley – HBO (WINNER)
Atlanta – FX
Black-ish – ABC
Fleabag – Amazon
Modern Family – ABC
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
Veep – HBO

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live – NBC (WINNER)
Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep – HBO
Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish – ABC
Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag – Amazon
Constance Wu – Fresh Off the Boat – ABC

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Donald Glover – Atlanta – FX (WINNER)
Anthony Anderson – Black-ish – ABC
Will Forte – The Last Man on Earth – FOX
Bill Hader – Documentary Now! – IFC
Patrick Stewart – Blunt Talk – Starz
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent – Amazon

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jane Krakowski – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix (WINNER)
Julie Bowen – Modern Family – ABC
Anna Chlumsky – Veep – HBO
Allison Janney – Mom – CBS
Judith Light – Transparent – Amazon
Allison Williams – Girls – HBO

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Louie Anderson – Baskets – FX (WINNER)
Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine-Nine – FOX
Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
Ty Burrell – Modern Family – ABC
Tony Hale – Veep – HBO
T.J. Miller – Silicon Valley – HBO

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin – Saturday Night Live – NBC (WINNER)
Christine Baranski – The Big Bang Theory – CBS
Larry David – Saturday Night Live – NBC
Lisa Kudrow – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
Liam Neeson – Inside Amy Schumer – Comedy Central

BEST ANIMATED SERIES
BoJack Horseman – Netflix (WINNER)
Archer – FX
Bob’s Burgers – FOX
Son of Zorn – FOX
South Park – Comedy Central
The Simpsons – FOX

BEST REALITY COMPETITION SERIES
The Voice – NBC (WINNER)
America’s Got Talent – NBC
MasterChef Junior – FOX
RuPaul’s Drag Race – Logo
Skin Wars – GSN
The Amazing Race – CBS

BEST STRUCTURED REALITY SERIES
Shark Tank – ABC (WINNER)
Chopped – Food Network
Inside The Actors Studio – Bravo
Penn & Teller: Fool Us – The CW
Project Runway – Lifetime
Undercover Boss – CBS

BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY SERIES
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – CNN (WINNER)
Chrisley Knows Best – USA Network
Deadliest Catch – Discovery
Ice Road Truckers – History
Intervention – A&E
Naked and Afraid – Discovery

BEST TALK SHOW
The Late Late Show with James Corden – CBS (WINNER)
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee – TBS
Jimmy Kimmel Live! – ABC
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – HBO
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – Comedy Central
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – NBC

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST
Anthony Bourdain – Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – CNN (WINNER)
Ted Allen – Chopped – Food Network
Tom Bergeron – Dancing with the Stars – ABC
Nick Cannon – America’s Got Talent – NBC
Carson Daly – The Voice – NBC
RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race – Logo

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX (WINNER)
All the Way – HBO
Confirmation – HBO
Killing Reagan – National Geographic
Roots – History
The Night Manager – AMC

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX (WINNER)
Bryan Cranston – All the Way – HBO
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock: The Abominable Bride – PBS
Cuba Gooding Jr. – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX
Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager – AMC
Tim Matheson – Killing Reagan – National Geographic

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
Sterling K. Brown – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX (WINNER)
Lane Garrison – Roots – History
Frank Langella – All the Way – HBO
Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager – AMC
John Travolta – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX
Forest Whitaker – Roots – History

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
Sarah Paulson – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX (WINNER)
Olivia Colman – The Night Manager – AMC
Felicity Huffman – American Crime – ABC
Cynthia Nixon – Killing Reagan – National Geographic
Lili Taylor – American Crime – ABC
Kerry Washington – Confirmation – HBO

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
Regina King – American Crime – ABC (WINNER)
Elizabeth Debicki – The Night Manager – AMC
Sarah Lancashire – The Dresser – Starz
Melissa Leo – All the Way – HBO
Anna Paquin – Roots – History
Emily Watson – The Dresser – Starz

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WATCH NOW: Manchester by the Sea Official Trailer

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, wasBfilmed in Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Lynn, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Middleton and Tewksbury, Massachusetts in 2015.

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WATCH NOW: Official ‘Live By Night’ Trailer

LIVE BY NIGHT, was partially filmed in Boston, Lawrence and North Andover, Massachusetts in 2015.

IN THEATERS JANUARY 2017

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MASS MEDIA EXPO 2016 – November 5th at WGBH

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PATRIOT’S DAY, was filmed in filmed in Boston, Cambridge, Framingham, Hopkinton, Malden, Natick, Newton, Peabody, Quincy, Rockland, Somerville, Weymouth and Woburn, Massachusetts this year.

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Watch: First Trailer for Ben Affleck’s Live by Night

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Watch: First Trailer for Ben Affleck’s Live by Night

Boston Magazine
By Matt Juul
September 9, 2016

The first teaser trailer for Ben Affleck’s upcoming Boston-set movie Live by Night hit the web on Thursday.

Although we’ve seen the actor portray a Bay State gangster before in The Town, his latest directorial effort will put a Prohibition era spin on Boston crime. Affleck plays the son of a police officer named Joe Coughlin who’s forced out of town and ends up becoming an outlaw in Florida during the 1920s.

While the trailer for Live by Night definitely looks intense, it’s hard not to laugh at Affleck’s ridiculous fedora.

Based on the book by author Dennis Lehane, Live by Night filmed in the Boston area, including Lawrence, last fall. The movie is Affleck’s second project based on a Lehane novel after directing 2007’s Gone Baby Gone.

The film—which also stars Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper, Chris Messina, Brendan Gleeson, and Elle Fanning—is Affleck’s first time in the director’s chair for a film following his Academy Award-winning turn in Argo.

Originally set to hit theaters in October of next year, Warner Bros. recently moved up the release date for Live by Night to January 13, 2017. The movie will now be going head-to-head with a number of films with Boston ties this awards season, including Casey Affleck’s Manchester by the Sea and Mark Wahlberg’s Patriots Day.

Check out the first trailer for Live by Night above.

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Casey Affleck Faces Rejection in ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Trailer

Variety.com
By Dave McNary
August 24, 2016

It’s not smooth sailing for Casey Affleck in the first trailer for “Manchester by the Sea,” dealing with his 16-year-old nephew’s rejection in the wake of his father’s death.

“You don’t want to be my guardian, that’s fine with me,” Lucas Hedges, who plays the spirited teen, tells Affleck’s character Lee Chandler.

The premise is that the beloved late brother (portrayed by Kyle Chandler) has made Affleck sole guardian of his nephew. Chandler is also forced to deal with a past that separated him from his now-estranged wife — played by Michelle Williams — and the community where he was born and raised.

“Manchester by the Sea” is Kenneth Lonergan’s third feature after “You Can Count on Me” and “Margaret.” It will screen at next month’s Toronto Film Festival in the Special Presentations section.

The family drama debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it sold to Amazon for $10 million. Amazon is partnering with Roadside Attractions for the film’s theatrical release, which will begin on Nov. 18.

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See Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson in the First Trailer for ‘A Quiet Passion’

Elle.com
By Diana Bruk
August 17, 2016

She may always be Miranda to us, but Cynthia Nixon has shown that she can play a wide range of roles since her Sex and the City days. She received accolades as Eleanor Roosevelt in the TV movie Warm Springs, though the film, like many of her recent movies, was a bit of a flop. Judging by the first trailer to A Quiet Passion, however, she may have finally found the role that allows her to showcase her remarkable range of talent.

Nixon plays Emily Dickinson in a biopic about the brilliant American poet’s troubled and lonely life. The film follows her upbringing in 1830s Amherst, Massachusetts all the way to her final years when she wrote hundreds of poems in total seclusion.

The film co-stars Jennifer Ehle as Dickinson’s sister, Lavinia, Keith Carradine as her father, Duncan Duff, Jodhi May, Joanna Bacon, and Catherine Bailey. It was written and directed by Terence Davies, who is best known for other period dramas like The House of Mirth, Sunset Song, and The Deep Blue Sea.

A Quiet Passion will premiere in the UK in September 2016.

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WATCH NOW: US trailer for Matthew McConaughey’s The Sea of Trees

SEA OF TREES was partially made in Ashland, Douglas, Foxborough, Marlborough, Northbridge, Princeton, Sutton and Worcester, Massachusetts in 2014.

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Go Inside the Filming Locations and Set Designs of Ghostbusters

By Elizabeth Stamp
Architectural Digest
July 12, 2016

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the summer’s most talked-about movie

(Photo: Hopper Stone)

(Photo: Hopper Stone)

More than 30 years after Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson stepped onto the screen as the Ghostbusters, the franchise has been revived and refreshed in time for summer blockbuster season. Helmed by director Paul Feig, who cowrote the movie with Katie Dippold, the reboot follows four new Ghostbusters (Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones) as they save New York from a supernatural threat created by villain Rowan North (Neil Casey). Production designer Jefferson Sage, who has teamed with Feig on Bridesmaids, Spy, and The Heat, faced the monumental task of visualizing and realizing not only the something strange but also the neighborhood.

Production took place in Boston, with a few select filming locations and exteriors in New York. “We were lucky that in many ways Boston is architecturally like New York,” says Sage, who needed to find or create around 65 sets for the film. Three critical locations were the labs the Ghostbusters use throughout the movie, starting with the Higgins Institute of Science, where Abby (McCarthy) and Holtzmann (McKinnon) conduct their research. “We knew we were going to have several different labs that the Ghostbusters move between,” says Sage. “The arc of those places, the home bases, was important from the beginning.”

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From the Higgins Institute, they move to a makeshift headquarters above a restaurant in Chinatown. Sage and his team found a building on the edge of Boston’s Chinatown and transformed it by covering windows, painting the exterior, and adding a garage to house their vehicle, the Ecto-1. The banquet room turned lab interior was built on a soundstage and was designed to look improvised. “It gave us an opportunity to have a little fun with what the space used to be and the ridiculous idea that the fate of humanity in New York City hangs on these guys doing this science surrounded by the banquet room’s leftover decor.”

When it came to the weapons and gadgets, Sage wanted everything—including the iconic proton packs—to feel cobbled together and evolve and improve throughout the film. “It gave them a little more cred as scientists and as engineers to do that rather than having them walk in with these full-blown things on their backs,” says Sage. The designer also called on a team of artists to dream up new weaponry that puts a twist on recognizable objects like a wood chipper or a bear trap. From there the visual effects team worked their magic to bring all the elements—both natural and supernatural—together into an eye-catching and entertaining experience.

Dr. Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), Dr. Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), and Dr. Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) encounter their first ghost at the haunted Aldridge Mansion. Production designer Jefferson Sage and his team used the Boston University Castle, a Tudor Revival building near campus, as the exterior, while the Ames Mansion, a 1920s home south of Boston, provided the interiors. “The Ames Mansion was great because it was already a house museum, which is what this location was supposed to be,” says Sage. “It was very personal and quirky, and they were willing to let us use a lot of the family things in the house. It had exactly the same vibe that we wanted.”

Dr. Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), Dr. Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), and Dr. Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) encounter their first ghost at the haunted Aldridge Mansion. Production designer Jefferson Sage and his team used the Boston University Castle, a Tudor Revival building near campus, as the exterior, while the Ames Mansion, a 1920s home south of Boston, provided the interiors. “The Ames Mansion was great because it was already a house museum, which is what this location was supposed to be,” says Sage. “It was very personal and quirky, and they were willing to let us use a lot of the family things in the house. It had exactly the same vibe that we wanted.”

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July 11, 2016

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The Los Angeles sound studio where Ghostbusters director Paul Feig is making final tweaks to the most divisive movie reboot in recent memory could double as a fanboy’s lair. A neon sign of the Ghostbusters logo glows from the back wall. Sound technicians are hunched over mixing boards in well-worn no-ghosts T-shirts. Action figures of Feig’s quartet of lady Ghostbusters — Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon — are perched on tabletops, proton packs at the ready. And in the middle stands Feig, offering me a juice box of ghoulishly green Hi-C Ecto Cooler. “If you like sugar, you’ll love the Ecto Cooler!” he says. The drink, too, is a reboot, originally released as a tie-in to 1986’s The Real Ghostbusters cartoon, which, of course, arose from the beloved 1984 comedy-sci-fi blockbuster that taught a generation to fear marshmallows. It was brought back after lobbying from nostalgic fans and initially sold out, though you could buy it from profiteers on Amazon at $130 for a 12-pack.

Today, a little more than six weeks before Ghostbusters’ July 15 opening date, Feig is in good spirits, mostly because the kind of devotion that compels people to buy novelty juice packs has, per the results of test screenings in Arizona and California, been rewarded with an entertaining movie. “Women are giving crazy-high scores, and men are almost as high,” says Feig. “That’s all I care about, the true reaction.”

As we’re talking, Ivan Reitman, the director of the original Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II and a producer on the reboot, stops by to tell Feig about another screening, this one for some of the stars of the original: Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd, and Bill Murray, who was famously allergic to all attempts — and there were many — to make a third Ghostbusters movie. (Founding Ghostbuster Harold Ramis died in 2014.)

“It’s too scary!” says Reitman. “Anyway, I smell it turning around.”

The “it” that Reitman is referring to would be the two years of internet hate that’s had Feig feeling under siege ever since he announced he’d be rebooting the franchise, complete with a new backstory and four female leads. All the movies that Feig has previously directed have been original stories, including his hits Bridesmaids, The Heat, and Spy, but this is the first time he’s worked from what Hollywood calls “existing IP,” property that turned out to have a particularly vocal fan base of cyber-knuckle-draggers. In 2014, he tweeted that he’d be directing the all-lady cast. “The first wave of reactions was ‘Oh my God! This is the best thing ever!’ ” he says. But a day later, “the second wave was, ‘How dare you make this with women?’ I mean, straight-up misogyny. ‘Hope you die under a bus and taste your own blood.’ Stuff like that. And you’re like, ‘I was just going to make a comedy about ghosts!’ ”

Feig certainly isn’t the first person to reboot an iconic cultural artifact, but to lump Ghostbusters in with, say, Planet of the Apes is to discount just how huge it loomed in the Zeitgeist of its time. “What people forget,” says Reitman, “is that Ghostbusters, a movie that nobody was talking about prior to its release, ended up being No. 1 almost all summer.” Ray Parker Jr.’s movie theme song, with it’s “Who ya gonna call?” refrain, topped the Billboard Hot 100. The tie-in toys were everywhere. Then came the Saturday-morning cartoon. As a 6-year-old girl in 1984, I personally spent every day after school for at least a year running around a playground pretending to fight imaginary specters. This was a movie that defined childhoods, that inspired comedy careers, and that some men, it seems, feel belongs only to them. “I didn’t realize that for certain older guys, the original Ghostbusters is the equivalent of a tree house that has the no girls allowed sign on it,” says Feig. “And I think they look at me as the guy who came up, took the sign, lit it on fire, and then painted the inside of the tree house pink.”

Reitman tells me that the vitriol has him confused, too. Casting the original movie, he says, “There wasn’t even a thought about gender. It was just, ‘These guys are all funny. We’re going to do it.’ I never thought it was male-exclusive. None of us did.”

Whoever these haters are, they’re organized, and they’ve already launched a successful campaign to make the movie’s trailer the most disliked in YouTube history. “Look, if you want to take something down, that’s a brilliant way to do it,” says Feig. But the 906,000 YouTube jeers hardly seem significant, given the admittedly underwhelming trailer’s 34 million total views, and it’s tough to imagine the outcry actually hurting the movie’s box-office potential in any real way. “We have to remember there are like 13 people who are very vocal,” says McCarthy of the online antagonists, “and I hope they get a friend, or a hobby, or at least come out of their mother’s basement.”

To be fair, the trolls have been picking at some low-hanging sour PR fruit. There was an early email of Feig’s, leaked in the Sony hack, in which he called his take “a billion dollar idea” and promised “ghost aliens.” (That’s been scrapped.) And there was also a leak about Sony simultaneously developing a presumably all-male Ghostbusters with Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt. “I don’t know where that came from,” Feig says of the latter. “But somebody thought, Let’s say, ‘Don’t worry, there’s a guys’ one coming.’ Which is insulting to womankind.” And then there were ads during the NBA Finals featuring Kobe Bryant, Spike Lee, and Carmelo Anthony as Ghostbusters — but none of the film’s actresses, prompting speculation that the studio was so worried about getting men to the theater that they were willing to trick them into thinking the movie doesn’t star women.

Feig and the cast on set in New York last fall. (Photograph: Splash News)

Feig and the cast on set in New York last fall.
(Photograph: Splash News)

The smart move would be to disengage from the chatter, but that goes against Feig’s desire for discourse. He didn’t block anyone on Twitter for a year and a half, and the only time he really lost it was when he got wine-drunk on vacation in Capri with his wife, Laurie, a former talent manager, and told one of his most persistent harassers to “go f*** yourself.” “I sent it and I felt so good,” says Feig. “And then, when I was in bed that night, I was like, ‘I shouldn’t have done that.’ ”

Now he constantly has to explain that he doesn’t think all people who are against his movie are women-haters. Nor does he believe the geek community is full of assholes (which he did say, but in a different, benign context). Even today, as he fine-tunes the audio for an epic Times Square ghost battle orchestrated by a megalomaniac who’s possessed the body of the Ghostbusters’ hunky receptionist (played by Chris Hemsworth), Feig can’t escape his own, not-so-private war. He glances at his phone, and there it is again.

“A new one,” he says, sighing. “There’s a website, Scified, that hammers me.” He opens the link and reads aloud: “ ‘From its conceptualization, this movie was intended to offend …’ ”

“Okay,” he says sarcastically, “that was my intention.”

The pop-culture-loving outcasts of America ought to know by now that Feig is one of them. He did, after all, create the revered, short-lived 1999 TV series Freaks and Geeks, based on his teenage years as a member of the drama and forensics clubs in a Detroit suburb in the late ’70s. “I always think it’s funny that Paul made Freaks and Geeks, about all these childhood humiliations,” says Judd Apatow, who was the show’s executive producer, “and then as soon as it was over, when we thought he’d told us everything, he wrote a book” — Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence — “with like a hundred more humiliations we had never heard. There’s a deep well.”

Feig himself looks like a cartoon illustrator’s creation. He wears a custom-tailored three-piece suit to work every day — an affectation he picked up because he believes it gives him an edge on executives in pitch meetings. On set, he’ll carry one of the 60-some antique walking sticks he has in his collection (though he walks just fine). On the Ghostbusters set, he favored a 19th-century snakewood cane adorned with a silver skull that had originally been a graduation gift to a medical student. A shipment with two more arrives during my visit, one topped with a snake, the other with a fish eating another fish. “Just like Hollywood,” Feig says.

As an only child who considered his mom his best friend and hung out with six sisters who lived next door, Feig found that, growing up, he was bothered by how movies of the 1970s and ’80s portrayed women. “Like in 48 Hrs., the guys are cool,” he says, “but the women are running around getting their tops pulled off while they’re screaming.” Even in more contemporary comedies, he’d noticed a pattern of women getting cast as the bitchy foils to the male heroes. He points to Rachael Harris’s mean-girlfriend part in The Hangover and a similar Sarah Silverman part in Richard Linklater’s School of Rock. “I love that movie, but I was like, ‘Why is she not getting to be funny?’ ”

He thought he could offer something different, comedy from a female perspective and with an underlying warmth, “versus a bunch of guys together, and it’s name-calling and homophobic references and punching.” But other than via his memorably flawed and funny Freaks and Geeks characters Lindsay Weir and Kim Kelly, he hadn’t had a chance to try. After that show’s cancellation, he spent years failing to launch another show. Then the first movie he directed for a studio, 2006’s Christmas comedy Unaccompanied Minors, flopped, and he found himself deep in what he calls “movie jail,” with studios refusing to approve him even for low-stakes kids’ movies. He resigned himself to directing TV — Mad Men, Arrested Development, The Office — and, at his nadir, a 2009 internet commercial for Macy’s in which Donald Trump marches into a kids’ bake sale, finds a protégé, and turns him into a winner. (As he tells this story, Feig pulls out his phone to show me a photo of himself with Hillary Clinton.)

“It was really Judd [Apatow] calling me up when no one would hire me and asking me if I wanted to do Bridesmaids that dug me out of it,” he says. Since that movie’s game-changing success, Feig has strategically been trying to up the spectacle factor of each of his films — a buddy-cop comedy (2013’s The Heat, with McCarthy and Sandra Bullock), his version of James Bond (2015’s Spy, with McCarthy and Rose Byrne), and finally, in Ghostbusters, a bona fide summer tentpole — all with the goal of making women-led comedies that can also translate overseas. “Because,” he says, “all you hear when you’re trying to make a movie with women is ‘They don’t sell internationally. Foreign audiences won’t go see women in a movie.’ I don’t believe that’s true.”

McCarthy, the actress with whom he is most closely linked and has had his biggest hits, credits Feig with her movie career: “There’s a reason I’ve done four movies, and I hope to do 40 someday, with that spectacular fella,” she says. “He not only gave me the opportunity, which was massive, but also gave me the confidence and the technical skills to at least give it my best shot. I don’t even know how to qualify it, it’s so important to me.” And Byrne, who first worked with Feig on Bridesmaids, says he’s a big reason she ever gets to act with other women. “As far as I’m concerned, having more than two females in a movie is like seeing a unicorn.”

Or a ghost. Feig, who saw Ghostbusters on opening night in 1984, while a film student, had actually been offered the keys to the franchise before. He turned down the chance to direct a Reitman-approved script for Ghostbusters 3 — which would have had old cast members training a new team of three men and one women. Twice. And he wasn’t the only one to say no. “People were really nervous about taking it on because it was the movie that made this whole generation of directors want to be directors,” says Amy Pascal, then head of Sony Pictures, who is Reitman’s co-producer. Feig recalls that when Pascal asked why everyone was treating the movie like kryptonite, he “went on a half-an-hour diatribe about why nobody would touch it.”

Still, Pascal was convinced that, in this era in which most comedies are either R-rated or cartoons, Feig had the right sensibility to make a genuinely funny PG-13 film. “There’s an innocence to him. He finds the funny in the humanity of people,” she says. “And he always has that outsider’s view, and that’s what this movie needed to be about. It needed to be about true believers who are undaunted regardless of what anyone else thinks.”

Reitman was warier, but Feig, he says, “said very smart things about what he thought was the reason for the success of the two Ghostbusters I directed, and seemed very respectful. I felt he could be trusted with it.” Feig has since gotten the endorsement of nearly every member of the original cast — Aykroyd, Hudson, Potts, Sigourney Weaver, Ramis’s son, and even Murray — in the form of a cameo. And he’s heeded Reitman’s postproduction notes, including ones related to issues with the specifics of the slime. “I’m happier with its color now,” Reitman says.

In taking on what he calls “sacred canon,” Feig and his co-writer, Katie Dippold, who also wrote The Heat, rewatched the original two movies and made a list of everything they’d be bummed not to see if someone else were making a new one, including the Ecto 1 car, ghost traps, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and, of course, fan-favorite apparition Slimer. Feig even tried to make Slimer a puppet, out of nostalgia for homespun ’80s-era special effects, but decided it wouldn’t pass the scrutiny of a new generation. Most of the ghosts, however, are played by stunt actors covered in LED lights, and Feig hopes it looks that way. “If everybody thinks we actually shot these with people in costumes,” he says, “I will be so happy.”

Feig and Dippold envisioned the movie, at its heart, as the story of two estranged paranormal-scientist friends — Wiig’s Erin Gilbert, now tenure-track at Columbia in a more “legitimate” field, and McCarthy’s Abby Yates, ever a believer — who must come together when a mystery villain starts harnessing the energy of the dead and awakening them to ravage the city. They’re joined by McKinnon’s Jillian Holtzmann, the group’s mad equipment master, and Jones’s Patty Tolan, an MTA worker with a vast knowledge of underground tunnels and New York City history, who’s been spotting ghosts at work. “Well, it looks like they’re going to Queens,” says Patty in one fight scene as a ghost tries to escape on the subway. “He’s going to be the third-scariest thing on that train.”

The cast, too, understands how seminal this all is. “The 12-year-old version of me was passing out,” says McCarthy about getting the call. And Wiig, who hasn’t been a lead in a studio comedy since Bridesmaids, and not for lack of offers, reached out to Feig about being involved. “I said, ‘If you need anybody to help with craft services, I’ll be there,’ ” she recalls.

PFeigQuotejpgBut, really, they just wanted to work with Feig, who’s both a master at encouraging funny performances and a great appreciator of them. “Paul’s the first one to ruin a take because he’s laughing so hard,” says McCarthy. Plus he and his wife often rented a boat on weekends to take the cast and crew out for dance parties on the river in Boston, where the film was mostly shot. “He dances like an official white man,” says Jones. “It’s just like the Funky Chicken, in the wrong way.”

As opening day approaches, Feig can’t help but think about the stakes of making a $150 million movie. “A movie like this has to at least get to like $500 million worldwide, and that’s probably low,” he says. “But the thing I care about most is the industry looking for an excuse to say, ‘See, a tentpole can’t be carried by female leads’ ” — three of whom are over 40. “I cashed in all my chips,” he says. “I had to use every chip to make this happen. And if this doesn’t work, I will probably have to go back to movie jail.”

So why risk it? “I wanted for little girls to be able to see themselves up on the screen,” Feig says. “The original one exists, so you can see boys doing it, but how fun for girls to have this experience!” That’s why he pushed so hard for new Ghostbusters action figures. “There was some resistance,” he says, “because there’s a fear that boys wouldn’t buy toys from a movie starring girls. But guys have such great feelings of nostalgia because the original had a lot of gear. I’d like girls to be able to put on a proton pack and run around.”

He then tells me about one especially bright moment that arose in the midst of all the misogyny, when he checked his Twitter and saw a photo of a 6-year-old girl wearing a Ghostbusters uniform that she and her dad had made. “This little girl, she looked so tough and cool,” he says, “and I burst into tears, because I was like, ‘That’s why we’re making this movie!’ ”

*This article appears in the July 11, 2016 issue of New York Magazine.

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These Are All the Locations Where the New ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie Was Filmed in Boston

By Madisen Quick
Boston Common Magazine
July 6, 2016

Who you gonna call? America’s favorite fantastical franchise is getting a reboot as Ghostbusters lands in theaters on July 15 starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.

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Before you strap on your proton pack and head to the theater, here’s what you need to know about the movie, filmed almost entirely in Boston.

The ‘Busters are Boston-based
The majority of the film was shot in Boston doubling for New York City, which was made believable by digital remastering and crafty props (including NYC taxis that confused many Financial District residents). Keep on the lookout during the film for local landmarks like Oliver Street, Emmanuel College, and Chinatown.

The Lead Roles Are All Women
Once producers agreed on an all-female team, there were casting rumors about Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, and Rebel Wilson. In the end, Feig went with a hilarious Saturday Night Live-based cast, just like the original film.

The Movie Was Inspired by TV’s Top Horror Show
Not many of us were shaking in our seats after the 1984 film, but it might be a different case in 2016 as director Paul Feig said he was “very inspired” by The Walking Dead in the making of Ghostbusters. Easily scared? No worries. Feig is also the director of the best side-splitting comedies of recent years including Bridesmaids (2011) and The Heat (2013) so you’re sure to be laughing throughout as well.

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There’s Eye-Candy Aplenty
A gender-swapped cast means that the parapsychologists’ secretary, originally Annie Potts, is now known as Kevin, played by Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth, Australian accent and all.

The ECTO-1 Gets Revamped
You would expect these 2016 spirit-slayers to be riding in the latest cars, but the film opted for a 1984 Cadillac hearse in honor of the year the original Ghostbusters was released. Chris Hemsworth’s character will also by driving the first Ghostbusters motorcycle, the ECTO-2.

Look out for Familiar Faces
While the movie is considered a reboot, many actors from the original will make cameos in the new film including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and even the Ghostbuster‘s first victim, Slimer.

Spot One of Your Neighbors

On July 28-30, 2015, the film called Boston locals to the Wang Theatre to play extras in the movie’s concert scene, with a casting call for “older people who look like metal heads.”

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‘Ghostbusters’ director Feig can’t get enough of Boston

By Mark Shanahan
Boston Globe
July 1, 2016

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”Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig
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Director Paul Feig has very fond memories of filming — and eating — in Boston while making “Ghostbusters.” The director, who has a history with the Hub, having shot the 2013 cop comedy “The Heat” here with actresses Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, told us he likes it so much he and his wife, Laurie Karon, are looking to buy a house in Boston.“I love the restaurants and the people and the scenery,” he said “It could not be greater. All I do when I’m shooting there is look forward to where I’m going to eat dinner that night because there are so many great restaurants.” So, you’re wondering, what’s his favorite? “Any restaurant that Barbara Lynch owns is my favorite,” Feig told us. “I also love Mare, which is Frank DePasquale’s place. I love the North End. It’s one of my favorite places in the world.”

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WATCH: NEW GHOSTBUSTERS Trailer (In theaters July 15)

Massachusetts made GHOSTBUSTERS was filmed in Boston, Brookline, Easton, Everett, Norwood, Waltham, South Weymouth and Waltham in 2015.

IN THEATERS THIS JULY

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