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State park in Abington becomes set for ‘The Burning Woman’

By Marc Larocque
May 23, 2017

Hollywood movie magic came to a state park in Abington on Sunday. British-born star Sienna Miller and Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks were both spotted at Ames Nowell State Park in Abington.


ABINGTON – Wildlife lovers at a state park in Abington were in for a star-studded surprise when they walked into “The Burning Woman” movie set over the weekend.

The Hollywood-produced movie starring Sienna Miller has been filming mostly in the Brockton area since April 24.

On Sunday, the British-born Miller, her co-star Christina Hendricks and the production crew behind “The Burning Woman” roamed outside of the city, taking the film outdoors at Ames Nowell State Park in neighboring Abington.

Miller and Hendricks were observed on Sunday tip-toeing their way across concrete blocks over the water next to a dam around the state park.

Will Sasso, the Canadian actor and comedian known for his work on MADtv, was also spotted at the state park working on the movie. Sasso took to Twitter on Monday, stating that this is the last week in the state for the “The Burning Woman” movie.

“It’s our last week in Massachusetts shooting the film,” Sasso wrote.

“The Burning Woman” is being described as a family drama in which Miller’s character is left to pick up the pieces after her teenage daughter goes missing. Miller’s character is left to take care of a grandchild, while also searching for the truth behind her daughter’s disappearance, with the story taking place over the course of a dozen years.

Hendricks is playing the sister of Miller’s character.

Miller and Hendricks have spent much of their time during the last four weeks on a small dead-end street on the north side of Brockton. At the end of that road is where their fictional homes were filmed, serving as a substitute for blue-collar Pennsylvania, where the story is based.

Last week, “The Burning Woman” filmed at a Trucchi’s in West Bridgewater, another site in Canton, a football field in Ashland and Harry’s Westgate Pub in Brockton.

This is the second time within the course of nine months that a Hollywood movie has been made in Brockton. In September, Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow was in Brockton filming her upcoming release “Detroit,” with the lead role played by star John Boyega.

“The Burning Woman film is also co-starring Aaron Paul, made famous for his work as Jesse Pinkman in the hit television series “Breaking Bad.” On Sunday afternoon, Paul said on Twitter that he was already missing “The Burning Woman” cast and crew, after leaving the Brockton area before the final week of production.

“Missing this incredible group of people,” Paul wrote. “Sending you lots of love for the final week of filming.”

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‘Daddy’s Home 2’ Filming in Lawrence, Mass.

By Jackie Bruno
NBC Boston
May 17, 2017

It used to be a place where people go to see movies, but all week the film “Daddy’s Home 2” has been shooting at the Showcase Cinemas in Lawrence, Massachusetts. We spotted Mark Wahlberg as he was walking in, John Lithgow as he was talking on the phone and Mel Gibson when he came out to get a snack.

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Lawrence movie theater becomes a major movie set

By Jill Harmacinski
May 15, 2017


LAWRENCE — For decades, the Showcase Cinemas was where you went to see the movies. Now, a major motion picture is being shot there.

The shuttered Showcase Cinemas building off Interstate 495 is the backdrop for the comedy “Daddy’s Home 2.”

Hollywood actors Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow and Will Ferrell are among those expected to visit to the city for filming at various times over the new two weeks, city officials said.

The Cinemas building is located off Winthrop Avenue (Route 114) behind Denny’s restaurant.

The movie, the sequel to “Daddy’s Home,” is the latest film to be shot on location in The Immigrant City.

“Set location managers keep calling me and we are like, ‘Let’s do it,'” said Abel Vargas, the city’s economic development director. “It’s exciting and brings a lot of positive energy to the city.”

The interior of the Showcase Cinema has been retrofitted for a “winter scene” for the film. Vargas said parking and accommodations for 250 people were needed at the site.

Set security and Lawrence police details officers were working in the cinema parking lot yesterday. Dozens of trucks, trailers and a catering service were also there.

Sources said rehearsals were underway Monday with star power set to arrive later in the week.

Wahlberg, Gibson, Lithgow and actor Will Ferrell have major roles in the film, which is set for release in November.

Wahlberg and Ferrell are returning as warring fathers in the comedy sequel, according to Variety magazine.

“Daddy’s Home” grossed $240 million globally despite its release in 2015 in the shadow of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” according to Variety.

It’s also unclear how many local extras are being used in “Daddy’s Home 2.” In March, a casting call was held in Haverhill for the movie.

Anyone age 7 or older that was interested in being a movie extra was asked to attend the five-hour casting call held at the American Legion on Main Street.

An earlier casting call for the movie was held in Boston, said Slate Casting director Ashley Skomurski.

Movie filming in Lawrence is becoming nearly commonplace. “Daddy’s Home 2” is the second movie filmed here in the past two months.

In April, actors Danny Glover, Billy Brown and Taraji Henson were in downtown Lawrence for the filming of the movie “Proud Mary.”

Lawrence police Officer Terrence Pennington was also cast as a “thug” in the film.

Parts of “Proud Mary” were shot at 60 Island St. Henson plays an assassin who meets a young boy that sparks her maternal instinct, according to movie previews.

Production crews have been descending on Lawrence since the fall of 2015 when actor Ben Affleck came to Lawrence and used a variety of downtown settings and buildings to film “Live By Night.”

That movie was based on a novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, who is from Dorchester.

Affleck, who at one time lived in Dorchester, was the movie’s main character, Joe Coughlin, the son of a Boston police captain who became an outlaw in 1926.

Last summer, downtown Lawrence was also the backdrop for a movie set in 1967 Detroit.

And a Netflix thriller, “Wheelman,” was also shot in the city last fall. The old AAA building on Parker Street was used to film a bank robbery. A driving chase scene was also filmed on Methuen Street.

Vargas said the city has worked diligently to build a reputation with the film industry. The city does receive payment depending on what locations are used by crews, if local businesses are impacted and if streets need to be closed.

The Showcase Cinemas building being used for “Daddy’s Home 2” opened in 1981 and closed in January 2016.

A veterinary hospital, medical office building and small retail building are planned for a similar Showcase Cinemas building on other other side of Winthrop Avenue that closed seven years ago.

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‘Daddy’s Home 2’ filming at Old Timer’s

By Jan Gottesman
The Worcester Telegram
April 28, 2017

A worker loads signs into the Old Timer on Wednesday. Filming is expected next week inside the closed Clinton restaurant for “Daddy’s Home 2” [Photo/Item: JAN GOTTESMAN}

A worker loads signs into the Old Timer on Wednesday. Filming is expected next week inside the closed Clinton restaurant for “Daddy’s Home 2” [Photo/Item: JAN GOTTESMAN}

CLINTON – Hollywood may be coming to Clinton next week, but most residents will not be first-hand observers.

Filming for “Daddy’s Home 2,” starring Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, John Cena and a host of others, will come to Clinton for a scene set in a restaurant. The movie is a follow-up to the 2015 comedy, “Daddy’s Home.”

Location Manager Mark Fitzgerald said the choice of the former Old Timer restaurant was “brilliant for 10 or more reasons.” In the movie, the scene is set in a country restaurant.

“The interior of the Old Timer fit,” Fitzgerald said. “If you read the script, if you walk into the Old Timer, you would would think it was made for it.”

For instance, the script calls for the restaurant to have a stage.

“In other places, we would have to build a stage or modify what we find,” he said. “Here it is at the Old Timer. We loved it right off the bat.”

Fitzgerald first scouted the Old Timer eight or nine years ago, when looking for locations to film “Grown Ups.”

“I had photos on file,” Fitzgerald said. He showed the photos to the production designer, who was “super interested.”

Fitzgerald met with owner Brian McNally in January to take current photos. That is when he learned the Old Timer closed a year ago.

The fact that the restaurant closed only a year ago is bitter sweet.

“It is sad for them, but good for us, that it hasn’t been abandoned for 20 years,” Fitzgerald said. “And we don’t have to go in and shut down an active place. It works for us and it works for them, a real win-win.”

While it is sad to think about the landmark restaurant being closed after all those years, “it will now live forever on film,” Fitzgerald added.

There will be no outside shooting, so little chance for residents to even catch a glimpse of the stars. There is no confirmation on who will be involved in the shooting, since that would give away part of the story line.

The production company does use a caterer it brings with them to cook food, though it is not unheard of during filming for a local pizza place to get a call for 50 pizzas, or for craft services to pick up bagels from a local shop.

There are no road closures planned, but the production did ask selectmen Wednesday night for permission to take the parking spaces along the street for the duration of filming. That includes using the lot on School Street. See more in the selectmen’s story, page 1.

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Is making movies in Brockton now in vogue with Hollywood?

By Marc Larocque
The Enterprise
April 28, 2017
burning woman set

BROCKTON – Brockton, known as the “City of Champions,” might need to rebrand itself as the “City of Stars.”

For the second time in nine months, a Hollywood film is being made in Brockton – this time on the north side of the city, with the production of the movie “The Burning Woman,” which started on Monday. In September last year, Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow turned downtown Brockton upside down as she filmed her upcoming release, “Detroit.”

Mayor Bill Carpenter said he’s working to make it a trend for Brockton to be used as Hollywood East. It could help the city improve its reputation as a place to do business, he said.

“I see developing Brockton as a venue for movie shoots as an important part of an overall strategy to change the perception of Brockton,” Carpenter told The Enterprise on Thursday.

Carpenter said his chief of staff, Darren Duarte, has been working with the crew behind the “The Burning Woman” for several months, as the group began pre-production in Brockton about six weeks ago, and then started Day 1 of filming on location in the city on Monday this week. Carpenter said his office also worked with the set construction crews and the film location scouts behind “Detroit” last year.

“It was that relationship that brought them to Brockton with this movie,” Carpenter said.

Duarte said some of the technical workers behind the production of “Detroit” were last in Brockton in February to do re-shoots at the Word of God Church on Wales Avenue (formerly known as the Lincoln church).

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Duarte said it’s a boost for local businesses when movie set construction and production crews come to the city to prepare for a film. More so than when the actors arrive, and outside catering is ordered, Duarte noted. It all adds up in the former industrial city, which is aching for economic development.

“They’re making an investment,” Duarte said. “These people are coming and willing to do business here. They scouted out a place and tried to work with us.”

That place in Brockton where “The Burning Woman” is now being filmed is on a small dead end street near the blue water tower on the north side of the city.

Some neighbors said they signed non-disclosure agreements with the company behind “The Burning Woman,” and several homeowners are being paid for the use of their property in the production of the film.

The city, however, is not receiving any direct payments for use of public land in the production of “The Burning Woman,” Duarte said. The makers of “Detroit” paid Brockton’s city government $70,000 to use public properties and city streets over the course of several weeks, the mayor’s office said previously.

In the case of “The Burning Woman,” which will be filming in Brockton for about a month, the movie crew may at one point need to hire police details from the city, Duarte said. Duarte also said he referred the Brockton Fire Department and other offices for various permits, including one for a generator on location for the movie production.

On Wednesday at the Brockton movie location, The Enterprise spotted British-American actress Sienna Miller, who starred in the 2014 film “American Sniper.” Miller was seen walking in between two houses during breaks between scenes, once wearing a small bathrobe and then a little tied pink crop top. In addition to Miller, Christina Hendricks of “Mad Men” fame was also filming scenes for “The Burning Woman” in Brockton on Wednesday.

Next week, “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul is expected to be in Brockton for his scenes as part of “The Burning Woman.” Will Sasso and Amy Madigan are also part of the movie cast. The film is being directed by Jake Scott, who earned a name for himself making many famous music videos for The Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead and R.E.M.

Duarte said representatives of “The Burning Woman” project first came to Brockton City Hall several weeks ago to talk about locations for the film. Duarte said more movie companies may also soon consider Brockton to accommodate their future productions.

“I think its’ good,” Duarte said. “The ‘Detroit’ project showed that Brockton had something to offer, business-wise. And they like the people here. They seek them as extras. And they like dealing with the city. Those relationships are building. That’s why we’re seeing another movie being filmed here now.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if another one came too, depending on how this one works out,” he added.

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Documentary chronicles Boston, ‘granddaddy of all marathons’

By William Kole
Associated Press
April 14, 2017

BOSTON (AP) – What’s the planet’s most legendary marathon? Probably that fabled first one Pheidippides ran in 490 B.C., breathlessly proclaiming a great military victory before perishing from his effort.

Next in line? Surely the Boston Marathon, whose colorful 121-year history is captured in a movie premiering Saturday in its host city.

Narrated by Matt Damon, “Boston,” the first feature-length documentary about the race, tells how it grew from 15 runners in 1897 to become the globe’s most venerable footrace.

FILE - In this April 19, 1930 file photo, veteran marathoner Clarence DeMar, of the Melrose American Legion Post, crosses the finish line to win the Boston Marathon in the last of his record seven wins in Boston. A new film that captures much of the Boston Marathon's colorful history premieres Saturday, April 15, 2017, in conjunction with the 121st running of the race on Monday. (AP Photo, File)

FILE – In this April 19, 1930 file photo, veteran marathoner Clarence DeMar, of the Melrose American Legion Post, crosses the finish line to win the Boston Marathon in the last of his record seven wins in Boston. A new film that captures much of the Boston Marathon’s colorful history premieres Saturday, April 15, 2017, in conjunction with the 121st running of the race on Monday. (AP Photo, File)

The world premiere at the Boch Center’s Wang Theatre, where the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will conduct a live performance of Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal’s score, comes two days before Monday’s running of the marathon. The film will be screened at 450 theaters around the U.S. on Wednesday.

“The Boston Marathon is a truly iconic sporting event,” said director Jon Dunham, a marathoner who calls it “the granddaddy of all marathons.”

“It’s unique in the world of marathons, and in fact it transcends the world of marathons,” he said.

The 2013 bombings near the finish line that killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 others aren’t the focus of the film, but neither are they a footnote. Dunham had 56 cameras rolling along the course in 2014 to record the euphoria of athletes from around the world essentially reclaiming the marathon, paced by Meb Keflezighi, the first American winner in 31 years.

Mostly, though, the documentary is devoted to the Boston Marathon’s rich lore. The Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the race, gave Dunham exclusive rights to its archive of photos, video and marathon memorabilia.

FILE - In this April 16, 1979 file photo, Bill Rodgers of Melrose, Mass., is crowned winner of the Boston Marathon by Mayor Kevin H. White, left, as Massachusetts Gov. Edward J. King, right, observes. A new film that captures much of the Boston Marathon's colorful history premieres Saturday, April 15, 2017, in conjunction with the 121st running of the race on Monday. (AP Photo, File)

FILE – In this April 16, 1979 file photo, Bill Rodgers of Melrose, Mass., is crowned winner of the Boston Marathon by Mayor Kevin H. White, left, as Massachusetts Gov. Edward J. King, right, observes. A new film that captures much of the Boston Marathon’s colorful history premieres Saturday, April 15, 2017, in conjunction with the 121st running of the race on Monday. (AP Photo, File)

Through the ages, the marathon has mirrored society’s idiosyncrasies:

– Some of the first to run it – all men – thought steak and whiskey gave them a competitive advantage. Chuck Mellor, the 1925 winner, ran the entire race with a cheek full of chewing tobacco.

– Seven-time champion Clarence DeMar’s doctors warned him to stop running because they were convinced it weakened the heart.

– A race official had to pay 1939 winner Tarzan Brown’s $1 entry fee after he showed up penniless at the start line.

There’s a direct tie to Pheidippides’ run as a foot soldier relaying word of the Greeks’ victory over the Persians in the Battle of Marathon.

FILE - In this May 22, 1980 file photo, pioneer woman marathoner Kathrine Switzer stands in her New York office. In 1967, Switzer became the first woman to run with an official bib number in the Boston Marathon. A new film that captures much of the Boston Marathon's colorful history premieres Saturday, April 15, 2017, in conjunction with the 121st running of the race on Monday. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis, File)

FILE – In this May 22, 1980 file photo, pioneer woman marathoner Kathrine Switzer stands in her New York office. In 1967, Switzer became the first woman to run with an official bib number in the Boston Marathon. A new film that captures much of the Boston Marathon’s colorful history premieres Saturday, April 15, 2017, in conjunction with the 121st running of the race on Monday. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis, File)

When the first modern Olympic marathon was run in 1896, retracing Pheidippides’ steps from Marathon to Athens, members of the U.S. team – many of them Bostonians – marveled at the event and came home determined to duplicate it here the following year.

“They said, ‘Boston is the Athens of the West’ – we want our own marathon,” Tom Derderian, an acclaimed running coach and author who served as an executive producer for the documentary, says in the film.

“Boston” also chronicles how women broke through the gender barrier, starting with Bobbi Gibb in 1966 and Kathrine Switzer the following year. Both, as well as Sara Rae Berman, ran before women were allowed to register for the 1972 race.

Four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan, who posted the fastest time ever for an American woman on the course in 2014, appears in the film and captures Boston’s spirit.

“There’s no one who can watch the Boston Marathon and not be inspired somehow by someone,” she says.

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‘Proud Mary’ movie crews descend on downtown Lawrence

By Jill Harmacinski
Eagle Tribune
April 12, 2017

(AMANDA SABGA/STAFF PHOTO) Actor Danny Glover, right, and Mark Little, first assistant director, speak on set of "Proud Mary", a major movie being filmed in Lawrence

(AMANDA SABGA/STAFF PHOTO) Actor Danny Glover, right, and Mark Little, first assistant director, speak on set of “Proud Mary”, a major movie being filmed in Lawrence

City’s reputation as a film location grows

LAWRENCE – Terence Pennington usually arrives for work in a dark blue uniform with a badge and gun. But Tuesday, the Lawrence police officer — despite 80 degree sunshine – wore jeans, a winter coat and a knit cap.

Producers said they liked Pennington’s “look” and he was cast as a “thug” in the movie “Proud Mary,” the latest movie being filmed in Lawrence.

Just after noon Tuesday, Pennington stood next to actor Danny Glover behind 60 Island St. where filming was picking up for the day.

Several dozen gathered behind the red brick buildings, while equipment and canteen trucks and police detail officers lined Island Street. Glover embraced several crew members and then sat in the chair outside a door the building reading paperwork.

(AMANDA SABGA/ Staff photo) The crew gathers for filming of "Proud Mary" in Lawrence Tuesday.

(AMANDA SABGA/ Staff photo) The crew gathers for filming of “Proud Mary” in Lawrence Tuesday.

While Glover was in Lawrence and visible on the set, “Proud Mary” will also feature actress Taraji Henson of “Empire” fame and Billy Brown, a headliner on “How to Get Away With Murder,” officials said.

Directed by Babak Najafi, the film is set for release in January 2018.

Henson is set to play an assassin who meets a young boy that sparks her maternal instinct, according to movie previews.

Filming of various scenes for the movie will take place over the next couple of weeks at a variety of locations in downtown Lawrence, said Abel Vargas, the city’s business development director.

Production crews have continually descended on the city since the fall 2015, when actor Ben Affleck came to Lawrence and used a variety of downtown settings and buildings to film “Live By Night.”

That movie was based a novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, who is from Dorchester.

Affleck, who lived at one time in Cambridge, was the movie’s main character, Joe Coughlin, the son of a Boston police captain who became an outlaw in 1926.

Vargas said the word is spreading about Lawrence’s availability for the silver screen.

(AMANDA SABGA/ Staff photo) Actor Danny Glover, seated, on the set of "Proud Mary", an upcoming movie being filmed in Lawrence. In the blue Oxford shirt is film diretor Babak Najafi. Local actor Roger Dillingham is to the left of Glover in the white shirt.

(AMANDA SABGA/ Staff photo) Actor Danny Glover, seated, on the set of “Proud Mary”, an upcoming movie being filmed in Lawrence. In the blue Oxford shirt is film diretor Babak Najafi. Local actor Roger Dillingham is to the left of Glover in the white shirt.

“We’ve built a reputation in the film industry. They like working in Lawrence and we have a lot of areas here worth capturing,” Vargas said.

Also this spring, one of the old Showcase Cinemas off Route 114 in Lawrence will be used for filming the movie “Daddy’s Home 2,” with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Actors Mel Gibson and John Lithgow may also have prominent roles in the film.

A casting call for that movie was held in Haverhill in March. “Daddy’s Home 2” is set for release in November 2017.

Last summer, downtown Lawrence was also the backdrop for a movie set in Detroit 1967.

A Netflix heist thriller “Wheelman” was also shot in the city last fall. The old AAA building on Parker Street was used to film a bank robbery. A driving chase scene was also filmed on Methuen Street.

(AMANDA SABGA/ Staff photo) Lawrence Police Sgt. Maurice Aguilar closes off foot traffic on one side of Duck Bridge as filming of the upcoming movie "Proud Mary" gets underway.

(AMANDA SABGA/ Staff photo) Lawrence Police Sgt. Maurice Aguilar closes off foot traffic on one side of Duck Bridge as filming of the upcoming movie “Proud Mary” gets underway.

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Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg spotted filming movie inside Massachusetts candy shop

By Scott J. Croteau
April 6, 2017

Will Ferrell signed a shirt for the husband of one of the employee. (Courtesy of Priscilla Candy Shop)

Will Ferrell signed a shirt for the husband of one of the employee. (Courtesy of Priscilla Candy Shop)

Wearing a couple of pretty hideous Christmas sweaters, movie stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg spent some time filming inside a Concord, Massachusetts candy shop Wednesday.

Another star, Mel Gibson, was also right outside the Priscilla Candy Shop on Walden Street.

The famous faces were in Concord as Ferrell and Wahlberg filmed a scene from their new movie, “Daddy’s Home 2”. The duo – Gibson didn’t go inside the shop – made an impression on storeowner Maureen Gallant, who admitted Ferrell is her favorite of the group.

“Will Ferrell to me is like the ultimate,” Gallant said. “He’s not the big, handsome, sexy guy, but if you meet him, he is a true gentleman. I just admire him.”

Being a candy shop, Gallant and her crew weren’t going to let the movie stars leave without them trying some of the sweet treats. Wahlberg passed on candy, but Ferrell tried a dark chocolate peanut butter cup.


Wahlberg did reminisce about a candy shop he used to visit in Dorchester as a child.

The actors chatted with employees in the store. Ferrell took the time to sign and write a message on a shirt for the husband of one of the store employees.

The husband is a big fan of “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”. The shirt was a picture of Burgundy.

“He wrote a funny, long message,” Gallant said. “He’s just a funny, warm guy. They were both very approachable and very friendly.”

Three weeks ago a production crew asked if the movie could be filmed in the store, which has been in Concord for 32 years. On Wednesday, the crew showed up and created a Christmas storefront at the candy shop. The movie is set around Christmas time.

Gallant said the store had to take down the Easter displays, but the production company paid them for the work.

“It took about three hours for them to do a two-minute shoot,” she said. “It was a quick scene in the store. They did some shopping and they walked out.”

Part of the scene is the two actors bumping into Gibson’s character outside, Gallant said.

Some customers were inside the store during filming. Gallant, who also owns a shop in Gardner, is hoping the actors come back as they do more filming in Concord.

“Hopefully they are coming back,” she said.

Wahlberg also put out a message on Twitter showing that he had a special guest at the set recently. Devin Suau, the 6-year-old Framingham boy who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and his family joined the movie stars on set.


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Concord Goes Hollywood: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell Film Upcoming Comedy

By Alex Newman
April 6, 2017


CONCORD, MA – Concord went Hollywood Wednesday evening when stars Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell arrived to shoot their upcoming film, “Daddy’s Home 2.” Crews redecorated Concord Center in the Christmas spirit, complete with artificial snow (if they’d arrived a week ago they would’ve gotten the real thing).

Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio and actor Mel Gibson, who co-star in the film, were also spotted in Concord. The follow-up to the 2015 comedy “Daddy’s Home” throws Gibson and John Lithgow into the mix as the intrusive fathers of Wahlberg and Ferrell, adding fuel to the father-stepfather rivalry chronicled in the original film.

“Daddy’s Home 2” is slated for a Nov. 10 release.

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Lights, camera, action: film-inspired trips to the US

By Debbie Ward
TTG magazine
March 28, 2017

With a host of US-based releases scooping awards at this year’s Oscars, Debbie Ward looks at the cities taking a starring role on the silver screen – and how agents can sell them.


The winners at this year’s Oscars weren’t just the movie stars. Many of the award-winning films also showcased the beauty of the US locations in which they were filmed, from La La Land’s cinematic LA to Jackie’s imposing Washington DC. The US’s movie credentials speak for themselves, and whether clients are classic film buffs or fans of the latest releases, there’s a film-inspired break to suit. Here we round up some of the US’s iconic filmic cities, and the landmarks, tours and experiences agents can recommend to film-loving clients.

The latest Oscar champions

New England: Manchester by the Sea

A story of love, loss and loyalty, Manchester by the Sea won Oscars for best actor and best original screenplay. It was filmed entirely in quaint seaside towns along Massachusetts’ North Shore.

Key backdrop Cape Ann has “charming seaside villages, funky art colonies and seafood shacks”, says the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, which has produced a map highlighting scene locations and the film crew’s favourite haunts.

The quaint real-life Manchester-by-the-Sea features on screen with burger and beer venue Fibber McGee’s, Rosedale Cemetery and Willow Rest, where clients can enjoy an ice cream, like the characters in the film.

Crow’s Nest Alley at Gloucester Harbour is the setting for a confrontation between Lee and Randi and is also featured in A Perfect Storm. The tourist office has suggestions for other highlights in the locale besides, such as seaside village Rockport, where there are music events year-round.

Book it: USAirtours has a Boston and Cape Ann holiday, with two nights at the Sheraton Hotel Boston, three at Emerson Inn By the Sea, flights, four days’ car hire, insurance and taxes from £999pp.

Los Angeles: La La Land
La La Land is “absolutely a love letter to the city”, says the film’s producer Marc Platt: “The way the film mixes two people leading very hip, modern lives with all these iconic Hollywood locales is unique.”

The movie, whose title is a nickname for LA, landed five Oscars and was shot at more than 40 city locations. “A number of iconic Los Angeles sites are benefiting from the release, as well as businesses shown in the film, from the Griffith Observatory, also featured in the James Dean classic Rebel Without a Cause, to the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach,” says Funway Holidays’ product destination manager Malcolm Davies.

Other key sites include Hermosa Pier, Colorado Street Bridge and Griffith Park, where Mia and Sebastian perform A Lovely Night.

Travel 2’s eight-hour Grand City Tour of LA and Movie Stars’ Homes covers Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame and costs £105pp. Funway’s Davies recommends the Universal Hollywood VIP Experience: “You get to see part of Universal Studios not seen by the public, including film and TV sets and the amazing prop warehouse.”

Book it: Funway offers seven nights at LA’s Hotel Angeleno, 30 minutes by car from Universal Studios, from £1,249pp including flights, based on May 18 travel. It can add the Universal Hollywood VIP Experience from £329pp.

Lesser-known Miami: Moonlight
Moonlight, which won this year’s Best Picture, was mostly filmed in lesser-known parts of Miami, Florida. The neighbourhood of Liberty City, including Liberty Square, features along with a Miami Metromover station and Jimmy’s Eastside Diner on 72nd St and Biscayne Boulevard. While South Beach makes an appearance, main character Chiron learns to swim at less famous Virginia Key Beach.

“The film shows a different side to the bustling, lively city of Miami such as the modern art museums,” says Funway’s Davies.

A hop-on, hop-off Miami watertaxi ticket, available through Viator, connects Miami with Miami Beach and South Beach. On a “green zones” ticket (£16.47 one-way or £32.95 round-trip) clients can stop at Virginia Key to access the beach in the film.

Tours that scratch beneath the surface of Miami include a foodie biking tour of Little Havana, offered by (£47 per adult, £39 per child).

Book it: Kuoni offers seven nights’ room-only at Ritz Carlton, South Beach, a good base from which to enjoy the sights. Price includes flights and private transfers from £1,773pp, based on October departures.

Capital Region: Jackie
Visitors to the Capital Region can trace sites linked to the Kennedys, as shown in Jackie, such as the White House, downtown Washington DC and Arlington National Cemetery.

Much of the film centres on an interview JFK’s widow gave to Life magazine at the Kennedy home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts – actually shot at privately owned Tred Avon Manor in Maryland. Beach scenes were filmed along the so-called “Road to Nowhere” near Baltimore. Also in the area is St Mary’s Church at Newport, Rhode Island, where Jackie and JFK married. Tourists visiting Boston can discover more at his Presidential Library and Museum. It’s featured in Cosmos’s special Cape Cod & the Islands JFK 100th Anniversary Tour this June.

Viator meanwhile has a five-hour War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery Tour (£56.84), which includes JFK’s and other famous graves.
Travel 2 recommends a tour taking in the White House, Union Station and the Lincoln Memorial.

“The best way to see all these sights is on the DC All Loops and Night Tour [pre-bookable from £82]; an open-top bus tour which includes a free walking tour and free admission to Madame Tussauds,” says senior product manager, USA, Ross Sinclair. “Clients can also join the night tour, where they’ll experience the landmarks beautifully illuminated.”

Book it: Travel 2 features Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel, close to the bus tour route and vibrant Dupont Circle neighbourhood. Three nights with flights is £599pp this May or June.

Blockbusters revisited
Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota: The Revenant, Fargo, Dances with Wolves

Inspired by the real-life story of a South Dakota native, 2016 Oscar winner The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed throughout Montana, including the town of Libby.

Neighbouring North Dakota was meanwhile the setting for the 1996 Coen brothers classic Fargo. In its namesake city, at the Fargo and Moorhead Visitors Centre, guests can be photographed with the original wood chipper used for a gruesome purpose in the movie. Other locations include Bathgate, Grafton and Grand Forks.

Watch out for upcoming release Valley of Bones, set amid the Badlands of western North Dakota and around Bowman, Amidon and Marmarth. The Oscar-sweeping epic Dances with Wolves was also filmed in the Badlands.

Book it: Intrepid Travel’s Mount Rushmore to Yellowstone itinerary costs from £1,942pp excluding flights. Travelling from Denver to Jackson, it features Wyoming and South Dakota, including Badlands national park.

Utah: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Thelma and Louise, 127 Hours
Hundreds of blockbusters have been shot in Utah’s rugged wilds, from 1939’s Stagecoach to the big budget Star Trek reboot. Utah also hosts the famous Sundance Film Festival every January or February around Park City and Salt Lake City – very handy for skiing side trips, says America As You Like It, which offers festival packages.

Two new museums about Utah outlaw Butch Cassidy are in the early stages of development. One at Circleville will include the family cabin. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford was shot in the pretty town of St George, as well as Grafton, Snow Canyon and sprawling Zion national park.

Attraction World offers a luxury bus tour to Zion, with four hours’ exploration, for £155pp, departing another movie location favourite, Las Vegas.

Early 1990s film Thelma and Louise was filmed predominantly in Utah, including Canyonlands national park, Moab and Dead Horse Point state park, where the unforgettable clifftop finale took place.

Moab also featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Danny Boyle-directed 127 Hours, the true story of solo hiker Aron Ralston, who was trapped in one of Utah’s beautiful slot canyons.

Book it: America As You Like It has a 14-night Stunning Utah National Parks Tour self-drive departing Vegas and including Zion, Moab and Canyonlands national park and another film favourite, Monument Valley. From £1,234pp, it includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Philadelphia: Rocky, Philadelphia, The Sixth Sense

Many Philadelphia landmarks are movie stars. Most famous are the steps to the Philadelphia Museum of Art that the boxer jogs up in triple Oscar-winning Rocky. The Liberty Bell is featured in numerous films including Philadelphia, the affecting tale of a person with Aids played by Tom Hanks. The Sixth Sense was also filmed there – young male protagonist Cole’s home is located at St Alban’s Street at 23rd Street.

“Philadelphia often gets overlooked as a city break destination for nearby New York but as one of America’s most beautiful and historic cities, there’s a reason why it’s a popular film spot,” says Premier Holidays’ USA portfolio product executive Tim Greathead.

“I’d recommend three nights in this great destination with a city tour taking clients past major movie locations, where they can hop on and off to explore further. People can also explore less touristy areas by foot. They might recognise buildings featured in Philadelphia and Cole’s house, school and the church from The Sixth Sense.”

Book it: Premier Holidays offers a three-night Philadelphia Highlights tour from £749pp including accommodation, flights, transfers, a pass for the hop-on-hop-off tour, and admission to One Liberty Observation Deck.

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Great Barrington welcomes ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ feature film production to town

By Eoin Higgins
Berkshire Eagle
March 21, 2017

(Production trucks for Will Ferrell’s “Daddy’s Home 2” line Lover’s Lane. The road will be closed through the week for production. PHOTO BY EOIN HIGGINS – THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE)

GREAT BARRINGTON — Paramount Pictures’ “Daddy’s Home 2” is filming on the east end of town for the next two weeks and people are feeling the impact of the production.

It’s a good feeling.

“It’s nice to have them here,” said Butternut Ski Resort Director of Marketing and Sales Matt Sawyer. “They chose the Berkshires for their movie.”

The film is shooting on Monument Valley Road. “Daddy’s Home 2” stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, and John Lithgow. It’s the sequel to the hit 2015 film “Daddy’s Home,” which made over $240 million worldwide on a $69 million budget. Sean Anders, who wrote the script with John Morris, is directing the movie.

Lover’s Lane has been closed for the duration of filming. The road connects Monument Valley Road to Route 7 and is being used as a staging area for production. Trucks lined the north side of the road on Tuesday afternoon.

Great Barrington Police Chief William Walsh was standing guard at the Monument Valley Road end of the lane.

“They’ve been great,” said Walsh of the production crew.

In the nearby Edward J. Madden Open Hearts Camp at 240 Monument Valley Rd., caterers have set up tents for production lunch breaks.

The crew has its base camp at Ski Butternut in the northeast corner of the mountain’s expansive parking lot. Last week’s unexpected snowstorm on Mar. 14 made for a busy weekend and some difficult maneuvering to accommodate skiers and the film crew alike.

Trucks started arriving on Friday, Mar. 17, said Sawyer, and the resort’s team had to send skiers’ cars to the mountain’s two alternative lots to the west of the property, including the seldom-used parking area by the upper lodge. It took some work, but everyone fit in comfortably.

“Typically the part of the lot they’re in wouldn’t even get used this time of year,” Sawyer said.

Some of the film’s talent were said to be staying at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, but the inn’s front desk denied those reports. The crew are staying in the Fairfield Inn & Suites Lenox Great Barrington/Berkshires at 249 Stockbridge Rd. in Great Barrington.

“We’re almost fully booked up for the next two weeks,” said Miranda Hosier, a hotel front desk clerk. “They’re very nice.”

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Teams Needed for Award Winning Filmmaker Competition in April!

The 7DAYPSA, FLICKERS and WCVB-TV 5 will once again host this multi-award winning event. Starting on April 10th, teams of local filmmakers will be challenged to create (write, shoot & edit) a broadcast quality public service announcement (PSA) in only seven days. This timed competition invites teams of New England filmmakers to do something good for their careers and their karma by producing amazing PSAs for local non-profit organizations that provide much needed services to the community. These are organizations that can’t afford the cost of a producing a creative, broadcast quality spot. WCVB-TV 5 will be airing the winning PSAs for an entire year. Several of the previous year’s 7DAYPSA entries have garnered New England Emmy Award nominations and one PSA went on to win the coveted Emmy statue for their filmmaker team. Another PSA took home an award for best PSA at the New Media Film Festival.

If you work in the professional Hollywood or advertising world, or you’re an indie filmmaker, student filmmaker or just a talented amateur, the 7DAYPSA needs you. All filmmakers are encouraged to put together a team and get creative. There is on average, a ratio of three teams per non-profit organization to insure that each non-profit ends up with several completed PSAs to choose from, so the more teams that enter means that more non-organizations will get PSAs. In the past, the non-profits choose to use all the spots created for them. This is a writing challenge, a shooting challenge and an editing challenge that you’ll be glad you accepted. You’re challenged to use your filmmaking skills to create a micro short film to grab the attention of, and touch the emotions of, the viewing audience, and all while adding a professional credit to your resume.

In May, the BOSTON 7DAYPSA will be topped off by an awards evening at the WCVB-TV 5 Studios in Needham. Hosted by Channel 5 personalities who will recognize the wonderful work of all the filmmakers and present our best of BOSTON 7DAYPSA awards that have been judged by a panel of award winning industry professionals.

For information on registering your filmmaker team please contact Rex at the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival, by calling the RIIFF office at 401-861-4445 or emailing us at and visit the RIIFF website There is a $70 team registration fee that helps to cover the cost of running the competition and purchasing the awards.

To date our competing teams from New England have produced wonderful spots for: Big Sisters of Rhode Island (RI), the Sensational Child (RI), Planet Dog Foundation (ME), the Elders Living at Home Project (MA), North Charles (MA), Birthday Wishes (MA), the Education Exchange (RI), Al’s Moving Minds (RI), My Body My Choice (MA), the Maine Woman’s Fund (ME).

SPONSORED BY: Flickers, WCVB-TV5, & Original Concept & Development Associates LLC.

PRIZE SPONSORS: Rule Boston Camera, Imagine Magazine, New England Actor, Slate Casting, and more

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Mapping The Towns Behind This Year’s Award-Nominated Films
March 1, 2017


Ever dream of being a movie star? While the glitz and glamour may be a far reach, it is possible to live somewhere that an award-nominated movie was filmed!

Although it might seem like everything on the Silver Screen is Hollywood based magic, movie sets actually go far beyond a studios and into real neighborhoods and actual homes. In honor of awards season, Trulia looked at the towns featured in this year’s most talked about films.

Here’s a closer look at some of the towns behind the films:

“Hell or High Water”
Clovis, NM

Although “Hell or High Water” is set in West Texas, the movie was primarily shot in New Mexico. Clovis, New Mexico was used in many of the bank robbery scenes and is home to Bill’s Jumbo Burger, which was featured in the film.

If you’re interested in a desert style compound, check out this chic, updated rancher.


Miami, FL

Miami plays a central role in the plot of the movie “Moonlight.” The coming-of-age story follows Chiron as he navigates social situations, relationships and peer pressure. Although the film is set in the 1980’s, many of the spots in the movie are recognizable in Miami as we know it today. Jimmy’s Eastside Diner, for example, is set on Biscayne Boulevard.

If you want to be a regular at Jimmy’s, check out this classic, Miami home just around the corner from the “film famous” diner.


Pittsburgh, PA

“Fences” is set in Pittsburgh’s Hill District during the 1950s. When filming in the area, director, producer and star Denzel Washington referenced famous photographs from the era to transform the neighborhood to the way it was in 1957. With additions like fake smoke stacks and an old post office, Washington ensured authenticity to film.

Although it may look quite different than it did in the 1950’s, check out The Hill and Oakland neighborhoods on Trulia. If you happen to be on Anaheim Street, keep an eye out for the home featured in the film.

Hidden Figures
Monroe, GA

“Hidden Figures” was another neighborhood movie set worth highlighting. Although the movie is set in Hampton, Virginia, to recreate the feel of the 1950’s, directors looked to Monroe, Georgia for their movie’s backdrop. Just 50 miles east of Atlanta, this small town had a main street sprinkled with little shops and storefronts that are reminiscent of the 50’s.

If you love the Southern Charm look from the film, check out this classic, farmhouse-style home in Monroe.

La La Land
Los Angeles, CA

As the movies lyrics say,Los Angeles really is the city of stars. Not only is it home to celebrities on nearly every corner, but many spots around the city have celebrity status of their own. “La La Land” was filmed all over Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory to Long Beach and Santa Monica.

While you could find yourself living near a film set, who knows, maybe your home will be featured in a film too! Emma Stone’s character, Mia, lived in an actual Long Beach apartment complex that certainly made the Hollywood cut.

Take an inside look at the real apartment used in the film.

We hope you enjoyed a look at some of the towns behind 2017’s most talked about films. Perhaps your hometown will be the setting of an award-nominated flick!

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ZERO at the Oscars. Twice!

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Unlike the Oscars, this is no mistake!
At last night’s Oscars, our work was featured in big-ticket productions on both sides of the commercial break


Viola Davis picked up a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance in Fences. We worked with Denzel Washington to rebuild 1950s Pittsburgh for this screen adaptation of August Wilson’s stage epic.


Antoine Fuqua teamed up with ZERO to create this Oscars commercial short for Walmart. We were enlisted to give the spot our signature silent touch. Oh, and a spacecraft. Thanks to Saatchi & Saatchi NY and Walmart for this unique opportunity!
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By Jim Donnelly
February 26, 2017

View the complete list of of winners below from Oscar Sunday. Look for the WINNER mark in each category.

Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea – WINNER!

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La LandWINNER!
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
Mahershala Ali, MoonlightWINNER!
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals
Viola Davis, Fences WINNER!
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemWINNER!
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land

Hacksaw Ridge

Manchester by the Sea

Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in AmericaWINNER!
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land

Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad
La La Land


“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land
Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” from Trolls
Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

“City Of Stars” from La La Land
Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul – WINNER!

“The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story
Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana
Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Arrival WINNER!
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land

Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Hidden Figures
Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea– WINNER!
20th Century Women

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Young Performer Career Basics Workshop

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Young performers working in the entertainment industry have different needs and experiences than their older counterparts. Join us for a special young performers conservatory event, open to union and non-union performers and parents.

The discussion will include:

• Getting started in the industry
• Set safety and employment requirements
• SAG-AFTRA contracts, membership information and benefits
• Agents and managers

You will also hear first-hand experiences from local young performers and their parents.

5 p.m., Wednesday, March 1
(Doors open at 4:30 p.m.)

SAG-AFTRA New England
20 Park Plaza, Suite 822
Boston, MA 02116
(Please note that in the event we have too many attendees, participants will be notified of a change in venue.)

Cost: FREE

RSVP: Advanced registration is required, and walk-ins CANNOT be accommodated. Your legal name is needed for pre-registration with 20 Park Plaza Building security. Legal ID MUST be shown for entry. For any questions/concerns, please contact the office at 617-262-801 or

Robert Capron is best known as Rowley Jefferson in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie franchise. Beginning his acting career at an after-school drama program sponsored by Trinity Repertory Company when he was eight, he landed a role as Turkey Boy in Trinity’s production of A Christmas Carol later that year. Since that time, Robert’s career has taken off and he has performed a variety of roles on stage and screen including films like Frankenweenie, The Three Stooges, The Way, Way Back, Tarzan, Annabelle Hooper and The Ghosts of Nantucket, Polka King and the television programs Elementary, The Middle and The Haunting Hour. Robert’s attendance at the event is based on his film schedule which may change last minute.

Bob Capron, founder of RWC Management and father to Robert Capron, had many questions as the parent of a child actor new to the business. He found it difficult to find an agent or manager willing to take the time to guide him and his son. As a result, Bob began the process of educating himself about the industry. As his son’s career prospered Bob soon found himself becoming a resource for others in the acting business, leading him to become his son’s manager and to start his own talent agency.

Madison Garland is a local TV, film, and commercial actress. Her career began when she was eight years-old. Since then she has accumulated credits such as Allegiance: The Legend of Isaac Jones, The Last Buddy and a recurring role as Lila Cafee in Showtime’s original series Brotherhood.

Ted Garland, Madison’s father, is a former New England SAG board member and a New England representative to the SAG Young Performers Committee. An eighteen-year video/art teacher at Weston High School, he has appeared in many local and national TV commercials and over 100 feature films including Allegiance: The Legend of Isaac Jones, Interference, and In the Blackout. Garland has also been a radio personality (WBZ, WSSH, and KWIC), a television host (KJAC, WFXT, and NHPTV) and a voice-over actor (Fidelity, Google, and Proctor and Gamble). In addition to his role as an instructor, he also directs industrials and commercials for Eloqua Marketing, SAI Global, Lattice Engines and others.


Parents/guardians of performers under 18 years old are welcome. The information provided through the workshop is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of other industry professionals. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the workshop.

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Boston Plays Key Role in ‘Patriots Day,’ ‘Live by Night’

By Valentina I. Valentini
February 3, 2017



Boston has been a star in two recent high-profile films. In Peter Berg’s “Patriots Day,” the director’s latest collaboration with Mark Wahlberg, the city and its surrounding towns become a labyrinth of potential danger as police search for the two brothers responsible for the 2013 marathon bombing. Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night,” meanwhile, vividly portrays the Boston of the Prohibition era. The two films have more than the city in common, though — they share the same location manager, Mark Fitzgerald, a native of Framingham, Mass., whose deep knowledge of the area helped both projects.

In “Patriots Day,” the filming of the shootout with the marathon bombers took place close to Watertown, the actual neighborhood in which it happened. “[We] hadn’t planned on filming it there at first,” says Fitzgerald, “but we wanted to scout it for reference.”

When a production team arrived to take pictures, people started coming out of their houses and expressed their enthusiasm for Berg to film there — happy that a movie was being made about their ordeal. But, Fitzgerald recalls, “A few in the neighborhood adamantly didn’t want it to happen, when the town held a vote. We completely understood. It opened too many wounds.” They shot in nearby Malden instead.

When it came to the race itself, the film shot the 2016 marathon in real time. Pre-bombing scenes were shot in Hopkinton, where the race starts, and the crew set up cameras along the route.

“The Boston Athletic Assn. allowed us to be at the finish line,” says Fitzgerald. “They’ve done the race so many times that they know when the lulls are.” When those lulls came, Wahlberg (who plays a Boston cop), Berg, camera, and boom would have about 15 minutes to get their shots. They’d repeat that each time there was a lull.

The crew shot no explosion or post-explosion scenes because “that would have been extremely insensitive and probably impossible while the actual marathon was going on,” Fitzgerald explains. “Instead, I found an area at a naval base in Weymouth where we re-created the finish line and worked with special effects for the bombs.”

For “Live by Night,” finding a period look in Boston wasn’t difficult, says the location manager. While it’s the art department’s job to dress a particular location for a time period, “the North End is already a throwback to the 1920s — so much of it looks exactly the way it looked the day they built it.”

Another prefect location: the Copley Plaza Hotel. “For a party scene in the film,” Fitzgerald says, “it was pretty much just taking out the computers at the front desk. Again, the art department did an amazing job dolling it up, but it’s just one of those places that’s lost in time — straight out of the ’20s.”

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Real places that inspired scenes in Oscar-nominated films

By Beth Harpaz
January 23, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — A diner in Miami, a house in Pittsburgh and a pier in Los Angeles: All of them are real places where Oscar-nominated movies were filmed.

Part of “Moonlight” was shot in Jimmy’s Eastside Diner in Miami. Scenic spots around Los Angeles featured in “La La Land” included the Hermosa Beach Pier. And in Pittsburgh, “Fences” was filmed in a house that perfectly evokes playwright “August Wilson’s world,” according to his widow.

Other movies with connections to real places include “Manchester by the Sea,” filmed in coastal towns near Boston, and “Hidden Figures,” about African-American women who worked for NASA in Virginia, where several attractions may be of interest to fans.

Here are some details.

This musical love letter to Los Angeles includes shots of many recognizable destinations around the city. Among them: Griffith Observatory, the Hermosa Beach Pier and nearby Lighthouse Cafe, the Hollywood Walk of Fame mural, Angels Flight Railway, Grand Central Market and the Smoke House restaurant. There’s even a scene staged amid traffic on a freeway overpass.


Much of this story of a young black man coming of age was set and shot in and around Miami’s Liberty Square housing project. One of the most tender scenes depicts the protagonist as a child being taught to swim by a drug dealer who serves as a father figure. That scene was shot on Virginia Key beach, a black-only beach during the segregation era on the Rickenbacker Causeway that connects mainland Miami to Key Biscayne.

“Moonlight” is structured in three parts. The final segment centers on a reunion shot in a real restaurant, Jimmy’s Eastside Diner, where fans can grab breakfast or lunch.


“Fences,” a movie adapted from the August Wilson play, was set and shot in Wilson’s hometown, Pittsburgh. Many of the scenes were filmed in a small brick house at 809 Anaheim St. Wilson’s widow, Constanza Romero, visited the house, escorted by the film’s star and director, Denzel Washington, and told The Associated Press that she felt like she was “inside August Wilson’s world … It was just such a feeling that August’s words had become three-dimensional.” Wilson’s actual childhood home, is about 2 miles away at 1727 Bedford Ave., and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fans will also want to visit the August Wilson Center, a multi-use performing arts center in Pittsburgh with a theater, art galleries and more. An exhibit with video interviews, costumes and props from the movie runs Jan. 28-March 10. The Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation publishes a guidebook called “August Wilson: Pittsburgh Places in His Life and Plays” and various walking tours are available of the city’s historically African-American Hill District.

This movie tells the story of African-American women who worked at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, in the early 1960s. Their work helped put John Glenn into orbit. The movie was mostly filmed in Atlanta, but Hampton offers several attractions worth visiting.

A new exhibit called “When the Computer Wore a Skirt: NASA’s Human Computers” just opened at the Hampton History Museum. Fans can also learn more about the work done at Langley at the Virginia Air & Space Center, which is hosting a talk by Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the book “Hidden Figures,” on March 7 at 7:30 p.m. EST. A bench dedicated to one of the women featured in the movie, Katherine Johnson, is located directly across from the Air & Space Center in Carousel Park.


The movie was filmed in parts of Cape Ann and the North Shore of Massachusetts. Gloucester served as the backdrop for a number of scenes, including the pivotal tear-jerking scene between Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck. Central Street in downtown Manchester was also in the film, and cemetery scenes were filmed in the Rosedale cemetery. Local spots like the Willow Rest on Holly Street in Gloucester and Fibber McGee’s in Beverly also figure in the movie locations.


This movie is set in West Texas but was filmed in New Mexico. Bank robbery scenes were shot in Clovis and Portales, and Quay County’s Caprock Escarpment also makes an appearance along with spots in Moriarty and Tucumcari.

The Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque was among the locations.


This movie about a mother and her teenage son set in 1979 included many locations in the Santa Barbara, California area. Among them: East Beach, West Beach, Miramar Beach and Ganna Walska Lotusland garden and historic estate in Montecito. An area near Gaviota Pier at Gaviota State Park, with a scene driving through the Gaviota Tunnel on Highway 101, was also included.

Skateboarding scenes were shot on Ashley Road at East Mountain Drive and San Leandro Lane near Crane School in Montecito.


This magical romp through 1920s New York City shows many famous landmarks, including the Woolworth Building and the Statue of Liberty. But many of the places shown in the film look very different today, including Times Square, the Central Park Zoo and the Lower East Side.


AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy contributed to this report.

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Amazon Makes Oscar History as First Streaming Service Best Picture Nominee

By Brent Lang
January 24, 2017



With “Manchester by the Sea,” Amazon Studios has made history, becoming the first streaming service to land a best picture Oscar nomination. The awards love justifies the digital giant’s decision to fork over $10 million for the rights to the indie drama. That deal, announced exactly a year ago, was one of the biggest in the history of the Sundance Film Festival.

Oscar voters showered “Manchester by the Sea” with six nominations, including best original screenplay and director nods for Kenneth Lonergan. The film picked up three acting nods — for Casey Affleck’s performance as a grieving janitor, Michelle Williams’ work as his ex-wife, and Lucas Hedges’ turn as his acerbic nephew. Streaming service Netflix previously scored Oscar nominations for documentaries such as “Virunga” and “What Happened, Miss Simone?” Its documentary “The 13th” was nominated this year.

Even though Amazon buys movies for its digital platform, it has more traditional distribution strategy than Netflix. All of the films it backs get theatrical releases. It partnered with Roadside Attractions to distribute and market “Manchester by the Sea.” In contrast, Netflix is primarily interested in offering its movies to its subscribers. Most of its films never make it to the multiplexes.

“Manchester by the Sea” has also been a commercial success. The drama has grossed nearly $40 million at the domestic box office, and ticket sales could continue to grow following the nominations. That’s not the only history that Amazon made on Tuesday morning. Kimberly Steward is now the second black woman to produce a Best Picture nominee following Oprah Winfrey’s nod for “Selma.”

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Oscar Nominations: Complete List
Variety staff
January 24, 017

Oscar nominees for the 89th annual awards were announced on Tuesday morning during a live-streamed event filmed in six cities around the globe.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs was joined by Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe, and Ken Watanabe to announce the nominees in 24 categories.

The Academy Awards — hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the first time — will air live on ABC on Feb. 26.

The full list of nominees for the 2017 Oscars is below:

Best picture:
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Hidden Figures”
“La La Land”
“Manchester by the Sea”

Lead actor:
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land,”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Lead actress:
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
Ruth Negga, “Loving”
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Supporting actor:
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

Supporting actress:
Viola Davis, “Fences”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best director:
Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”

Animated feature:
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“The Red Turtle”

Animated short:
“Blind Vaysha”
“Borrowed Time”
“Pear Cider and Cigarettes”

Adapted screenplay:
“Hidden Figures”

Original screenplay:
“20th Century Women”
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”
“The Lobster”
“Manchester by the Sea”

“La La Land”

Best documentary feature:
“Fire at Sea”
“I Am Not Your Negro”
“Life, Animated”
“O.J.: Made in America”

Best documentary short subject:
“4.1 Miles”
“Joe’s Violin”
“Watani: My Homeland”
“The White Helmets”

Best live-action short film:
“Ennemis Interieurs”
“La Femme et le TGV”
“Silent Nights”

Best foreign language film:
“A Man Called Ove”
“Land of Mine”
“The Salesman”
“Toni Erdmann”

Film editing:
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”

Sound editing:
“Deep Water Horizon”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“La La Land”

Sound mixing:
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“La La Land”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”

Production design:
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Hail, Caesar!”
“La La Land”

Original score:
“La La Land”

Original song:
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” “La La Land”
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “Trolls”
“City of Stars,” “La La Land”
“The Empty Chair,” “Jim: The James Foley Story”
“How Far I’ll Go,” “Moana”

Makeup and hair:
“A Man Called Ove”
“Star Trek Beyond”
“Suicide Squad”

Costume design:
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“La La Land”

Visual effects:
“Deepwater Horizon”
“Doctor Strange”
“Jungle Book”
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

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