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WATCH NOW: Made in Mass. PROUD MARY Official Trailer

PROUD MARY, was filmed in Boston, Lawrence and Lowell Massachusetts in 2017.

IN THEATERS JANUARY 2018

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Turners Falls to be location for new movie starring Sam Elliott

By Sy Becker
WWLP-22News
July 19, 2017

MONTAGUE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Franklin County town of Montague is gearing up for the arrival of movie star Sam Elliott later this month.

The veteran actor will use the Montague village of Turners Falls as the setting for Elliot’s new thriller: The Man Who Killed Hitler and then Bigfoot.

Chairman of the Montague Select Board Rich Kuklewicz told 22News that the movie shoot will be in keeping with the town’s evolving image.

“We really have a growing arts community in town,” Kuklewicz explained. “And this is another example of the arts in town. We have some wonderful production companies in town, we have the Shea Theater…that brings in great performances and acts from all over the country.”

Residents hope that, since much of the film will be produced in Turners Falls, the 100-year-old Shea Theater in downtown could host the premier next year.

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‘Hello Castle Rock!’ Location Manager For Highly Anticipated TV Show Presents Plans For Filming Scenes In Friendly Town

By Jared Robinson & Staff Reporter
Athol Daily News

ORANGE — Residents lined the entirety of the hallway from the selectboard’s meeting room to the exit onto Prospect Street at the town hall Wednesday night. Many in line were using mobile devices to stream AOTV’s coverage of the proceedings, in an effort to glean any information they could about Orange’s upcoming transformation into “Castle Rock,” the television show based on the many works of Stephen King, and set to film scenes in the Friendly Town.

Location Manager for Castle Rock, Joe Stargensky, brought some of the location scouts with him, including Alex Berard, who offered up Orange as the location for the show.

Last winter scouts were sent to locales in and around Massachusetts, Maine, and even into Canada looking for a location for Castle Rock, the fictional setting of many of author Stephen King’s works, Stargensky said. “So Maine wasn’t good enough to be Maine, so they picked Massachusetts,” he joked. He went on to explain that, when filming you usually want to be near a major city where more services can be found, but the showrunners were not satisfied with many of the locations previously considered, so Berard, who often travels through Orange, decided to take the showrunners to town as a last ditch effort and they were instantly smitten with the town. “So let me be the first to say hello Castle Rock…congratulations and thank you for letting us be here.”

The first season is going to be 10 episodes long, with the pilot being a longer episode than the remaining episodes. Currently three of the ten episodes have been written, Stargensky explained, so with filming slated to begin in August, the crew can expect to be in town up to 3-4 times a month based on need and weather permitting. As previously mentioned, though some inside scenes may be filmed in Orange, the town’s purpose is mostly for outdoor shots. Two houses on Ball Street have been selected as the “hero locations,” meaning they will be used as the homes of the fictional stars.

Stargensky warned that residents will have to be patient with the crew. “We are going to make Orange a little bit better sometimes, and a little bit worse sometimes,” he said. “We’re going to start coming to town and we are going to start building our world so that all the people watching our show know that Orange is Castle Rock. We have some store fronts we are going to be putting newspaper over, making them look defunct. There is a character in the show who wants to revitalize Castle Rock so there will be times when we have nice scenes and we will have dirty scenes and you will be seeing stuff like that we don’t want the grass cut in the little common, so that will be our fault.”

Lisa Strout, Director of the Massachusetts Film Office was present and wished to thank the town for bringing the first television series to Massachusetts in almost 30 years. “This is a very, very big deal to us,” she said, also thanking community development director Kevin Kennedy and North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mark Wright for being great resources to the location scouts.

There are a number of logistical issues that need to be worked out, such as where the crew will be able to park their trailers, which includes a number of 40-foot or longer trucks that serve as the prop and wardrobe trailers, the cast trailers, and parking for the entire crew that can be up to 60 people at a time, as well as catering. A number of locations are being considered for “base camp,” including the former Rodney Hunt, though they are unsure how to get in touch with company ownership; Butterfield School, which might not have adequate parking but shuttling people around is an option; for catering the Universalist Church is being considered, and lastly the airport, which is a good option due to the space available but might be too far away from the filming locations. The basement of Trail Head Outfitters is also being considered for a catering spot, in the space formerly occupied by Midstate Mattress. There is also parking available at the Orange Innovation Center, across from the Ball Street filming location, and a portion of the lot has been offered to the crew. Berard said he has been in talks with OIC property manager Brianna Drohen about the parking situation and also possibly using the third floor space for catering.

Stargensky stated that there will be background casting opportunities for area residents hoping to be extras on the show and are encouraged to sign up for email alerts from www.slatecasting.com to keep abreast on filming locations and casting calls.

Stephanie Conrod, chair of the elementary school committee asked how filming will interfere with the bus schedule, noting that between 7 and 8 a.m., and again between 2 and 3 p.m. the center of town gets choked by the school busses passing through.

“What do you know, Orange has a rush hour,” laughed Stargensky, who tried to assuage Conrod’s concern with the explanation that they usually start filming around 7 a.m. but will be in communication with the bus company and all other town departments that they need to be about where they will be filming to keep the interruption to a minimum. If this means filming will be near the center of town the bus company will be notified a few days in advance. “Any concerns you have, if you see us, come to us and talk to us, we are all sensible people and we will listen,” Stargensky said.

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In Orange, locals excited to become residents of ‘Castle Rock’

By Domenic Poli
Greenfield Recorder
June 29, 2017

ORANGE — Star treatment was being given at Orange Town Hall this week, as residents met the three men working on a Stephen King-inspired series expected to be filmed in town.

Hulu, a subscription video-on-demand service, has selected Orange as a filming location for “Castle Rock,” the upcoming production developing buzz in entertainment circles. Location managers Joseph Stargensky, Alex Berard and Kevin Foster attended a Selectboard meeting Wednesday to share information about Hulu’s plans.

“I think it was an extremely positive experience. Everyone had questions. … We had a great time,” Stargensky said. “We’re pretty excited that people are excited about it.”

Filming of the psychological-horror drama is expected to begin in late July or early August.

The location managers also told people about slatecasting.com, which they can visit for information on being extras, or as its called in the business, “background actor” casting.

Berard, who grew up in Uxbridge, has been spending his days in Orange, introducing himself to business owners and making himself available to the public. He referred to the Miller’s River Cafe, inside Trail Head Outfitters & General Store at 1 South Main St., as “kind of my mobile office.”

“It seems like most of the town just cycles through here,” he said Wednesday afternoon.

Berard said Orange, when he was growing up, was an unofficial halfway point when traveling from Uxbridge to visit his grandparents in Vermont. He said he used to eat at the Box Car Restaurant in Erving and later attended Keene State College in New Hampshire. His work has included location scouting for “Manchester by the Sea,” with Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams.

Berard said the production crew will likely request that many storefronts be dressed in a way characteristic of the fictional Castle Rock during filming. Castle Rock is a fictional town in Maine, King’s home state. It has been used regularly in King’s work, including “Cujo,” “The Dark Half,” “IT” and “Needful Things,” as well as the novella “The Body,” and numerous short stories are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock.

“It’s nice because it’s kind of untapped territory out here,” Berard said about the North Quabbin area. “We don’t typically do a lot of filming out here.”

According to Berard, “Castle Rock” is being produced by Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot, the production company of J.J. Abrams, the creator of “Lost,” “Felicity,” and the films “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Mission: Impossible.”

A teaser for the series can be viewed online at: hulu.tv/2rBi7hF.

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According to deadline.com, André Holland from the Academy Award-winning film “Moonlight” has been cast to play the lead role.

The series has also signed Sissy Spacek, famous for her role as the title character in the 1976 film adaptation of Stephen King’s “Carrie” and Jane Levy, who starred in the ABC comedy series “Suburgatory.”

And says deadline.com, the most recently enlisted talent is Melanie Lynskey, who starred as Rose in the CBS comedy “Two and a Half Men,” with Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer.

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Movie-making on Cape Ann

By Times Staff
Gloucester Times
June 26, 2017

German company returns to Rockport, Gloucester for filming

German  actors Emilia Bernsdorf and Charles Brauer, who play granddaughter and grandfather  in the German television film "Home Alone Mom", act in a scene filmed  Monday on Bearskin Neck in Rockport  (MIKE SPRINGER/Staff photo)

German actors Emilia Bernsdorf and Charles Brauer, who play granddaughter and grandfather in the German television film “Home Alone Mom”, act in a scene filmed Monday on Bearskin Neck in Rockport (MIKE SPRINGER/Staff photo)

ROCKPORT — Rockport High School student musicians played jazz and a Rockport police officer had a cameo as a crew filmed a movie here Monday for a German television network.

The crew from production company Van Wormer International was filming scenes for the 33rd of its series of films based on the work of British romance novelist Katie Fforde for the network ZDF.

The movie, called “Home Alone Mom,” stars Gesine Cukrowski as a mother whose headstrong daughter, played by Emilia Bernsdorf, has recently graduated from high school and is asserting her independence. Cukrowski and Bernsdorf filmed scenes on Front Beach in the morning and on Bearskin Neck in the afternoon. In the Bearskin Neck scene, they were joined by veteran German actor Charles Brauer, who played the father and grandfather of the two women.

Members of the Rockport High School Jazz Ensemble were hired to appear in a fictitious “Rowley Jazz Festival” set on Bearskin Neck. In one scene filmed at Donovan’s Corner, they pretended to play their instruments while the three German actors stopped to listen. Rockport High band members participating were drummer Olivia Kendall, bassist Sam Crocker, pianist Sara King and recent graduate Kiva Trumbour, who usually sings but who played trumpet in the scene. Rockport police Officer Roger Lesch made a cameo appearance as a traffic cop.

The production crew will be in Gloucester on Tuesday, filming along Atlantic Road on the Back Shore in the morning and Stage Fort Park in the afternoon.

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‘Stronger’ Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany Aim to Heal After Boston Marathon Bombing

By Ashley Lee
The Hollywood Reporter
June 22, 2017

David Gordon Green directs the drama, which is based on a true story.

"Stronger" (Scott Garfield/Lionsgate)

“Stronger” (Scott Garfield/Lionsgate)

The trailer for Stronger shows Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany caught in the middle of the Boston Marathon bombing.

The drama from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions recounts the true story of Jeff Bauman (Gyllenhaal), a 27-year-old, working-class Boston man who was at the marathon to try and win back his ex-girlfriend Erin (Maslany). Waiting for her at the finish line when the blast occurs, he loses both his legs in the attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260 others. After helping law enforcement identify one of the bombers, he then tackles months of physical and emotional rehabilitation, with the unwavering support of Erin and his family.

David Gordon Green directs from a script by John Pollono. Miranda Richardson and Clancy Brown are also featured among the cast.

Stronger hits theaters Sept. 22.

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Daddy’s Home 2 Official Trailer

DADDY’S HOME 2, was filmed in Clinton, Concord, Framingham, Great Barrington, Hingham, Lincoln, Quincy, Wellesley, Massachusetts in 2017.

IN THEATERS FALL 2017

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Western Massachusetts town to learn Hulu filming plans for Stephen King series

By Ray Kelly
Masslive.com
June 22, 2017

Orange will be the setting of a new Hulu series, based on the writings of horror master Stephen King.

J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television will shoot scenes for the 10-episode streaming series “Castle Rock” in the eastern Franklin County town between July 30 and January 2018.

But before the 20 tractor trailers and crew of 250 begin filming, producers will appear before the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday night to discuss both the financial benefits and the impact on everyday life, said Kevin Kennedy, director of community development and planning for Orange.

“The reaction I have been hearing is very positive,” Kennedy said on Thursday. “I have not heard anyone balking about them coming in and using Orange as their set.”

In addition to location shooting in Orange, studio work on “Castle Rock” will be filmed at New England Studios in Devens.

With King having book sales of 350 million copies, Kennedy said it is a safe bet that the Hulu series could develop a following.

“This is huge. If things go well, it could go one for five or six seasons with them returning every July,” Kennedy said. “Of course, it’s Stephen King, so the stories will not be the happiest of subjects.”

Hulu has billed “Castle Rock” as a “first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.”

Producers were looking for a New England town that captured the feel of King’s Castle Rock, Maine.

Castle Rock was first mentioned in King’s 1979 novel “The Dead Zone.” It has been the setting or referenced in more than two dozen other works, including “Cujo,” “It” and “Needful Things.”

Casting on “Castle Rock” is underway.

Andre Holland (“Moonlight”) has been signed to play Henry, a death row attorney with a unique and complicated history in Castle Rock.

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Orange to be filming location for Stephen King-universe series on Hulu

By Domenic Poli
Greenfield Recorder
Monday, June 19, 2017

(Recorder Staff/Domenic Poli) Kevin Kennedy, the director of community development and planning for Orange, has shown location managers throughout town for potential filming locations for “Castle Rock,” an upcoming Hulu series based on several of Stephen King’s novels. Kennedy said the old Butterfield School is one of the spots he showed to the location managers.

(Recorder Staff/Domenic Poli) Kevin Kennedy, the director of community development and planning for Orange, has shown location managers throughout town for potential filming locations for “Castle Rock,” an upcoming Hulu series based on several of Stephen King’s novels. Kennedy said the old Butterfield School is one of the spots he showed to the location managers.

ORANGE — Fans of the novelist Stephen King, especially those living in Orange, may soon have a conversation starter about their hometown.

Hulu, a subscription video-on-demand service, has picked Orange as a filming location for an upcoming psychological-horror drama series based on novels by Stephen King.

Joseph Stargensky, Alex Berard and Kevin Foster, who identified themselves as freelance location managers for the production crew of “Castle Rock,” attended a Selectboard meeting last week after Kevin Kennedy, the director of community development and planning for Orange, guided them throughout town for potential spots to shoot scenes.

Stargensky said Berard, who lives in Massachusetts, scoured the state as well as Maine and Toronto for places oozing the former mill town characteristics synonymous with New England and sent producers photographs of Orange last winter.

“They loved it,” Stargensky recalled. “They said, ‘This is Castle Rock right here.’”
Other scenes will be filmed at New England Studios in Devens. He said the location managers plan to introduce themselves to the public at Town Hall on June 28. Stargensky said it takes 10 to 15 days to film an episode.

Hulu has ordered 10 episodes. Kennedy said film crews will be in Orange from July 30 to January.

“I feel like it’s one of the most exciting things to happen in the North Quabbin area,” Kennedy said. “It just has amazing potential — short term and long term — to help the town. It looks as though they are pretty much sold on Orange as Castle Rock.”

Other area communities where movies have been filmed in recent years have enjoyed a brief boost in sales at restaurants and stores during production and have tried to parlay their connection to films to boost tourism.

Kennedy said he has shown the location managers just about every former mill in town and many of the oldest buildings, including the old Butterfield Elementary School. He also said he has shown them other places they can tell writers about for future episodes. Kennedy said the task now is to the find the house that will serve as the main character’s home.

“It’s Stephen King, so we need to think on the more not-so-shiny-and-new end of things,” Kennedy said, adding that he has been focusing on “anything interesting, different, and unique to Orange.”

Stargensky said the town “couldn’t be more accommodating.”

Castle Rock is a fictional town in Maine, King’s home state. According to Hulu, the fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: “Cujo,” “The Dark Half,” “IT” and “Needful Things,” as well as novella “The Body” and numerous short stories are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. “Castle Rock” is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.

A trailer for the series can be viewed online at: hulu.tv/2rBi7hF. According to deadline.com, André Holland from the Academy Award-winning film “Moonlight” has been cast to play the lead role.

The Selectboard voted unanimously to appoint Kennedy as a film liaison.

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

By Marc Larocque
Enterprise
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.

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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
Eagle-Tribune
May 15, 2017

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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
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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.
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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
Masslive.com
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.

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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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