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MASS MEDIA EXPO ~ NOV. 4TH @ WGBH

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New England’s largest media conversation returns on Saturday, November 4th at WGBH Boston!
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Fusion Seeks New Diverse Voices Through Open Call For TV Projects

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IF YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL, FUSION WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU


For all of you burning to tell a story that hasn’t been told, this is your moment. The FUSION Creative Board is now accepting submissions for scripted and unscripted television projects. You don’t need to have an agent or a degree or even a full script. All you need is a captivating, original story that you think needs to be shared.

We want pitches that speak to the interests and issues that matter to America’s diverse and outspoken youth–reflecting their curiosity, sharpness, and passion. Interested writers, filmmakers, and producers should submit their pitches directly to FUSION.net/Submissions.

Winning pitches will be chosen by FUSION’s Creative Board, which is made up of some of the most dynamic artists and thinkers of our time. Led by Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., the board includes Viola Davis, Ezra Edelman, Jodie Foster, Meryl Streep, and Residente. These luminaries play a significant role in developing content for FUSION.

We want to hear from creators themselves, offering a chance to bypass the traditional studio system. It’s a way to level the playing field for storytellers at all stages who might otherwise not be heard. The primary goal is to open up opportunities for underrepresented talent (with or without agency representation) to showcase America’s vision, drive, and diversity.

Pitches should reflect FUSION’s commitment to producing enriching, compelling narratives for today’s America. A central part of FUSION’s mission is to provide resources and a platform to creators—those who span different ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, genders and religions—to tell authentic stories that represent the shared values and passions of America’s diverse youth.

All proposals will be reviewed closely with the creators of selected projects receiving development deals with FUSION.

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Here’s How You Can Visit the Set of ‘Hocus Pocus’

By Stacey Leasca
Travel + Leisure.com
October 24, 2017

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AF archive / Alamy

It may come as a surprise to learn that everyone’s favorite Halloween movie was actually released in the middle of summer.

Beloved cult classic “Hocus Pocus,” starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy debuted in theaters 24 years ago, on July 16, 1993. Although it wasn’t a huge theatrical success, bringing in just over $37 million at the box office, the film has since become an iconic holiday film.

So much so that nearly a quarter century after the film first premiered, the town of Salem, Massachusetts, has tips on where to go to see where the film was made.

“The opening scenes of the film, featuring Binx as a human prior to his cursing as a cat, were filmed in Pioneer Village,” the town of Salem’s website reads. “Pioneer Village was built in 1930, and is America’s first living history museum. Tours of the village are offered seasonally through September, and today the park is home to different events and festivals throughout the year.”

The town suggests visitors looking to recreate the path of the Sanderson sisters go and see the outside facade of the Phillips Elementary School building, which “conveniently ended its run as a functioning school in 1992,” and turned into one of the prime filming locations for Hocus Pocus.

The school from Hocus Pocus. #salem #hocuspocus #maxdennison

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Next, the town says, head to the Ropes mansion, which played the part of Allison’s house. Follow that with a stop at the Old Town Hall where the classic party scene takes place and Bette Midler famously sings her rendition of “Put a Spell on You.”

Come little children I'll take thee away…🌙🔮#hocuspocushouse

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Other locations include 4 Ocean Ave (Max and Dani’s house in the movie), as well as Old Burial Hill, which was where all the graveyard scenes were shot. But, this one is tricky as it is actually in neighboring Marblehead, Massachusetts. Still, it’s worth visiting as it also happens to be one of the oldest graveyards in New England.

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And of course one must visit the Salem Common, which was the backdrop for many of the film’s outdoor scenes. There, you can even watch a special screening of the film on October 29.

Ghostbusters on the Common. what fun! . . . #salemmassachusetts #salem #salemma #witchcitykids #ghostbusters #salemcommon

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Plan a visit soon, but be warned: We hear those Sanderson sisters are still out for virgin blood …

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How ‘Wheelman’ Became A Unique Driving Movie, And Satisfied The Urge To Destroy A Prius

By Russ Fischer
CREATORS.CO
October 13, 2017

[Credit: Netflix]

[Credit: Netflix]

A motorcycle pursues a robbery getaway driver through a Boston highway tunnel, dogging the wheelman’s BMW. But this isn’t a traditional cops and robbers chase – the vehicles move cautiously, haltingly, the bike almost like an animal stalking prey. Finally, both open the throttle and then the chase is on for real, and it will end with a nasty collision.

This is Wheelman, with Frank Grillo as the title character, caught in a life-threatening trap after a robbery goes sideways. The motorcyclist on Grillo’s tail works for a crime boss the wheelman knows only as a disembodied voice coming from his phone. Grillo is the film’s unnamed hero, a father and ex-con who can’t step away from the dangerous driving days of his youth, now caught in the trap of some puppet master whose intentions put his whole family in danger.

The movie is the first feature from writer/director Jeremy Rush. Audiences will get to see Wheelman on Netflix beginning on Friday October 20, but we had an early look, and talked to Rush and Grillo about putting together the film’s signature chase scene.

“Our job is to give people something they haven’t seen before,” Rush told me in a wide-ranging discussion about the lean movie. We get the Locke comparison out of the way early – Wheelman stays almost entirely in the confines of Grillo’s car, which immediately draws a line to Steven Knight’s thriller featuring Tom Hardy as a contractor dealing with multiple problems as he makes an overnight drive. But the two films are ultimately very different.

“I didn’t want to tread on ground that’s already been tread so many times before,” Rush explains, “so the device of staying in or attached to the car for the entire POV of the film came to me. It was one of those struck by lightning occurrences.”

As a project, Wheelman was as fast off the starting line as Grillo’s character. The script’s perspective, and Rush’s taught, contained story, attracted producer Joe Carnahan to the project. Carnahan proposed Grillo for the lead. “We sent it to Frank,” Rush recalls, “and 24 hours later we were talking with CAA about how to put the film together. It came together very quickly, maybe a month after Frank came on we were ready to sell it.”

Then Netflix was on board, and locations were chosen in Boston, which Rush describes as “a perfect marriage as far as the style of the location we wanted, and logistics and crew and quality of life.”

I tell Frank Grillo this seems to have come together with astonishing speed. He agrees. “I’ve never seen something come together this fast. Even when I’ve had movies with established directors it doesn’t happen like this. Before we knew it we were in Boston, and it was like “how did we do this? It’s crazy!”

“We shot almost the entire film practically,” Rush says, “and shooting a driving film like that is a logistical nightmare. Boston was super cool; they allowed us to shut down quarter mile stretches of road, we could set up a course through the city on a loop of streets, and they’d shut it down for us.”

Despite having a name producer and star, and one of the biggest media companies in the world as a backer, Wheelman was still a relatively low-budget film. Rush & Co. set out to turn that limitation into a strength. So the production kept other cars on the road to a minimum. Grillo’s character “knows what streets to use where he’s not going to run into bystanders or law enforcement,” says Rush, and keeping things sparse “makes the movie feel more lonely, more claustrophobic. Not having other people and cars means the driver can’t just steal another car. That all helps create the style of the film.”

But then there’s the motorcyclist, who is monitoring Grillo’s progress after the robbery goes down, and clearly doesn’t have his best interests in mind.

Rush notes that the motorcycle chase was written to be about twice its current length, but “I knew part of the chase would probably be cut.” Then, however, came a moment of serendipity.

“We went though that tunnel while traveling from one location to another. I loved it, and our location manager mentioned we could shoot in the HOV portion of the tunnel. I realized I could set the motorcycle chase in there.”

Rush chopped the first bit of the chase, originally envisioned as “a cat and mouse thing through the streets of Boston.” With the tunnel location in mind, it mutated into “this slow start and stop thing as they look at each other. It turned into something that, for lack of a better term, is more like a horror movie. It’s like the bike’s headlight is a monster hanging back, watching.”

As Grillo watches the motorcycle, testing to see whether it really is following him, another unrelated driver in an SUV begins a confrontation with the wheelman, which ends quickly after Grillo brandishes a rifle. Rush notes “the stunt with the SUV was a device to put the biker in a position where he had to either stop or pull around and risk revealing himself. So the tunnel was a perfect inadvertent trap for the motorcyclist.”

Wheelman was shot in 19 days, meaning there was no time to linger on extra details. “We went so fast, it was crazy,” Grillo says. Two half-nights got the tunnel material in the can, then two more half nights captured the back half of the chase, after the SUV encounter provokes the cyclist into an undisguised chase.

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WATCH NOW: Made in Mass. NEW MUTANTS Teaser Trailer

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WATCH NOW: Made in Mass. Professor Marston & the Wonder Women Trailer – IN THEATERS OCT. 13TH!

PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN, was filmed in Arlington, Canton, Lowell, Milton, Norton, Tewksbury, and Waltham, Massachusetts in 2016.

IN THEATERS OCTOBER 13TH

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Castle Rock – First Look Teaser (Official)

By: Hulu
October 8, 2017

Enter the chilling world of Castle Rock, the new Hulu Original drama series from Executive Producer J.J. Abrams and the mind of Stephen King.

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2018 Fox Writers Lab Now Accepting Applications!

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Hulu Series Based On Stephen King Stories Shoots At Tewksbury State Hospital

By Dave Copeland
Patch.com
September 19, 2017

“Castle Rock” is the first television series with production based in Massachusetts since the mid-1980’s.

Photo of dining hall and kitchen at Tewksbury State Hospital by the Harvard Art Museum on Wikimedia Commons.

Photo of dining hall and kitchen at Tewksbury State Hospital by the Harvard Art Museum on Wikimedia Commons.

The first television series to be based in Massachusetts in more than three decades is reportedly shooting scenes at Tewksbury State Hospital this month. Hulu’s series “Castle Rock,” which is based on stories set in the fictitious Maine town of the same name that shows up in many Stephen King stories, have been shooting at sites throughout the state this summer.

While generous tax credits have made Massachusetts the site for several, high-profile movie productions in recent years, and the state has a long history of shows set in Massachusetts, production of those shows has usually occurred elsewhere. The production of “Castle Rock” is based at New England Studios in Devens, making it the first scripted television show to be produced in the state since “Spencer For Hire” in the mid-1980’s.

“Castle Rock” has a 10-show order from Hulu and is being produced by Bad Robot Productions, the production company for noted director J.J. Abrams. Representatives for Hulu, Bad Robot and the Massachusetts Film Office, which works to coordinate movie and television production in the state, were not available for comment on Tuesday morning.

But the Daily Times Chronicle reported this week that the Public Health Museum in Tewksbury, which is located on the 800-acre hospital campus, was closed from Sept. 7-20 and that it would be used as a backdrop for certain scenes in the show. It’s not the first star turn for the hospital, which opened in 1852; most recently it served as a set in the critically-acclaimed Casey Affleck film “Manchester By The Sea.”

Today, the state-run hospital offers mental health and critical care support for adults , as well as outpatient services for a variety of state health agencies.

Each episode of “Castle Rock” is built around a new story line. Sissy Spacek, who plays Ruth Devers in four episodes in the first season, is arguably the best-known actor. An early trailer for “Castle Rock” has the feel of “11/22/63,” another Hulu series based on a Stephen King book:

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Town of Orange getting into character as Castle Rock for TV series

Crews are expected to be done shooting in January

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Town of Orange getting into character as Castle Rock for TV series

By Mike Masciadrelli
Channel 22 News/WWLP.com
September 13, 2017

Crews are expected to be done shooting in January

ORANGE, Mass. (WWLP) – The cast and crew for the Hulu series Castle Rock has transformed downtown Orange into their own film set.

There’s Castle Rock Pizza Factory, Rock-It Video Rental, and the Castle Rock Call, the fictional newspaper in the TV series.

Some Orange businesses have been going along with the Castle Rock theme. Trail Head Outfitters on South Main Street is selling Castle Rock Coffee and Castle Rock postcards.

Co-owner Brenda Anderson told 22News “Its a lot of fun to have a small town like Orange recognized on a national level. We love our small town and its fun to think that people from other parts of life would enjoy it too.”

The Castle Rock cast and crew will be back next week to continue filming. Orange’s Community Development Director Kevin Kennedy said that they’ll be shooting episode 4 of the series from Monday to Wednesday.

Most of the filming for the series so far has been shot in the town of Devens.

Crews are expected to be done shooting in January.

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5 movies Bostonians should definitely check out this fall

By Matt Juul
Metro
September 12, 2017

Here’s your guide to this season’s must-see flicks.

Jake Gyllehaal as Jeff Bauman in 'Stronger.' (Photo by Lionsgate / Roadside Attractions)

Jake Gyllehaal as Jeff Bauman in ‘Stronger.’ (Photo by Lionsgate / Roadside Attractions)

As Hollywood transitions from summer blockbusters to award season contenders, expect to see a lot of Boston on the big screen as the year comes to a close. From flicks filmed in the Bay State to the latest offerings from Matt and Ben, there are plenty of movies that should pique the interest of locals. Here are five films you definitely have to check out this fall.

“Stronger” – Sept. 22

Jake Gyllenhaal brings the inspiring story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman to the silver screen in the upcoming film “Stronger.” The movie is a heart-wrenching drama about the Chelmsford native’s road to recovery, both personally and physically, after losing both his legs in the 2013 tragedy. “Stronger” filmed all over the Boston area during production, including Fenway Park and the TD Garden.

“Wheelman” – Oct. 20

Boston got a taste of some action movie fun when Netflix’s upcoming thriller “Wheelman” filmed in Fort Point last fall. “Captain America” and “Purge” actor Frank Grillo stars in the film, which tells the story of a getaway driver who’s on the hunt for the person who betrayed him after a bank robbery.

“Suburbicon” – Oct. 27
In a mini-“Ocean’s 11” reunion of sorts, Matt Damon once again teams up with George Clooney for the dark comedy-drama “Suburbicon.” Based on a screenplay written by Clooney and the Coen brothers, the film centers on an idyllic, ‘50s suburban community that quickly turns violent. The flick also stars Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac.

“Daddy’s Home 2” – Nov. 10

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell are back as dueling dads Dusty and Brad in the sequel to the hit 2015 comedy. This time around, fellow Bay State native and WWE star John Cena will give Wahlberg and company a few headaches. Mel Gibson and John Lithgow are also set to star in “Daddy’s Home 2,” which filmed around Massachusetts this spring.

“Justice League” – Nov. 17
Batfleck’s back! Well, for now at least. There has been plenty of speculation about Ben Affleck’s future as the Dark Knight in DC Comics’ ever-growing movie universe. Even his younger bro Casey has fueled the rumor mill. At least fans will get one more flick featuring the Patriots-loving, Oscar winner as Batman in the upcoming blockbuster “Justice League.”

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Locally filmed ‘Stronger,’ starring Jake Gyllenhaal, has Boston premiere

By Zane Razzaq
The Patriot Ledger
September 12, 2017

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The film about Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeffrey Bauman and starring Jake Gyllenhaal was filmed in Braintree, Weymouth, and Easton.

BOSTON – Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeffrey Bauman’s story came back home Tuesday night. “Stronger,” the new movie based on his 2014 memoir of the same name, had its US premiere last night at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, where Bauman and 31 other survivors were treated.

The South Shore plays a starring role in director David Gordon Green’s film, with much of the film shot in the area last spring. The marathon finish line was recreated on an unused runway at Union Point, the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station. Scenes were also shot in and around the Skyline Drive neighborhood in Braintree and at Buddy’s Union Villa, a bar and grill in Easton.

The cast and crew said filming in the area kept the film credible.

“You could not have shot this film anywhere but in Massachusetts to get that energy,” said writer John Pollono.

Executive producer Todd Lieberman agreed, saying it was “essential to us to shoot on location.”

“It really came down to authenticity for us,” said Lieberman.

In the film, Jake Gyllenhaal portrays Bauman, who lost both his legs in the 2013 bombing. On April 15, 2013, three people were killed in the Boston Marathon attacks, and more than 260 were injured. Sean Collier, an MIT police officer who once worked in Hull, was shot and killed by the bombers three days later.

Gyllenhaal and Bauman developed a close relationship while filming.

“Often times, when he (Bauman) talks, he’s so open, he’s so warm. He doesn’t say as much as I do, because I love to hear myself talk… it was a really interesting journey, learning all that about him,” said Gyllenhaal.

“Understanding what it felt like and trying to put myself in that mind set is close to impossible… there’s nothing I can ever do to figure that out,” said Gyllenhaal.

Bauman said the hospital, where he underwent months of grueling physical therapy, was an important space for him.

“For over a year and a half, I was here as an outpatient… it’s really cool that the premiere is here. I’m so proud to be here,” said Bauman.

Other recognizable faces at the premiere were Celtic players Gordon Hayward and Al Horford, former Miss Universe Amelia Vega, Lenny Clarke, who plays Bauman’s uncle in the movie, and hospital namesake Joe Spaulding.

Pollono, originally from Londonderry, NH, said Bauman’s tendency to avoid talking to his family members about his struggle is a quintessential New England quality.

“It was key to his character for me… ‘I’m going to be okay, don’t worry about it’. That’s a regional thing, that’s how a lot of us are. He’s protecting everybody else,” said Pollono.

Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) plays Erin Hurley, Bauman’s then-girlfriend, in the film. Hurley called watching the film for the first time emotional.

“It was very hard for me to relive certain moments during the past two years. But overall I’ve been very happy with the movie, I think they did a beautiful job,” said Hurley.

“Stronger” opens at theaters Friday, Sept. 22.

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The #HometownHeroes #crowdfunding rally is here!

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Great stories happen everywhere. And great film can be created anywhere. The Hometown Heroes Crowdfunding Rally champions the next generation of filmmakers making movies with their local community and resources: talent, locations, production houses and partners.

NOW’s your chance to fund a film (or two or three or ten) rooted in local stories and real communities: http://ow.ly/jLmZ30epnPo

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Across North Central region, more ‘lights, camera, ACTION!’

By Peter Jasinski
Sentinel & Enterprise
September 3, 2017

When the location scouts first approached Lancaster resident Hollis Petri, they said they were looking for a house with “masculine” features and that his Neck Road multifamily fit the bill.

Production lasted a only few days and Petri, as well as the three tenants who live in his building, were paid for their involvement, but as Petri explains, he didn’t let his house be used as a filming location just to make a quick buck.

“It’s more about the excitement,” he said. “I’m not complaining about the money, but really there are only so many unique experiences you have, and that was certainly one of them.”

Those unique experiences are becoming more and more common for local residents in recent months.

The Lancaster area has already seen the production of the horror film “Slenderman,” the Will Ferrell-fronted comedy “Daddy’s Home 2,” and the ongoing production of the short film “Lifted” in the past four months.
Perhaps most notable of these recent local productions is the shooting of the new Hulu series “Castle Rock,” which is based on the works of Stephen King and has been filming throughout the summer in Orange and Lancaster, using Petri’s house as one of its filming locations.

It’s all a sign of the state’s growing film industry and one of the new side-effects of that growth. Projects are moving farther west as New England becomes more popular with filmmakers.

“This has sort of been a concerted effort of mine and a few others,” said Chris Byers, director of marketing and operations for New England Studios in Devens. “It’s better if the work gets spread out through the state, and that’s what the past 18 months have been.”

Byers attributes the growth of the state’s film industry to a well-trained population of local film professionals and the state’s accommodating tax credit, but he said the recent push out of Boston has come as filmmakers realize the low costs and untapped backdrop potential of more rural areas.

As a result, smaller-budget productions are moving westward, and Byers said he only expects more to follow.

“I think what we will see is the expansion of filming around the state because of the smaller film potential people are becoming aware of,” he said. “I think we will see way more films being shot and at a smaller budget, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have the big budget productions either.”

The state’s film office reported 23 film and TV productions took place in Massachusetts last year, mainly in Boston and its surrounding communities. As of Sept. 1, 21 productions have taken place and have reached farther-flung communities such as Orange, Greenfield, Clinton and Ayer.

As the number of projects continues to rise, so does the amount of revenue the state is seeing.

For 2014, the most recent year reported by the Department of Revenue, film and TV productions generated $75.5 million in new net spending in the state’s economy, the most Massachusetts has seen thus far.

Lancaster Town Administrator Orlando Pacheco says a lot of his town’s popularity has to do with its proximity to New England Studios, but he also said it’s had a lot to do with the good relationships that town officials have started to form with filmmakers.

“I do think that once you develop a good rapport things tend to continue to develop,” he said, adding that he’s optimistic that Lancaster will continue to be used for future projects.

Though the town does get paid for volunteering its services and buildings for productions, Pacheco said the benefits of becoming a popular filming location go beyond that as the town gains more exposure to outsiders.

This was echoed by Petri.

“Lancaster is just a sleepy town, so we thought this was great,” he said. “I particularly liked seeing the process, seeing how it was all done. It was a massive crew of 150 people running around here, but they’re all experts at what they do.”

Rockland based filmmaker Evan Schneider is frequently among the crowds of trained professionals that can be found running around a film shoot. The 2011 Boston University film school graduate originally entered the industry looking for work as a cinematographer but has since gone on to establish his own production company, Hop Top Films, in 2016.

“There are literally tons of people who are either trying or currently doing the same exact thing right now. It’s a lot of competition, but friendly competition,” he said. “We’ve gone from nothing to having a crew of people who are now sought after in the film community.”

Crew members hired by Schneider usually all work for free, however the experience they gain from it has allowed many to move onto larger productions like the 2016 “Ghostbusters” reboot filmed in Boston and a new movie in the “X-Men” franchise currently filming in Medfield.

Schneider said he’s seen the number of job opportunities grow for Massachusetts’ film professionals in the past few years, as more and more productions are being scheduled.

“I think people are finding that New England is such a diverse area. We have the Cape, or we have inland, and then there’s always Boston. There are a lot of different atmospheres,” he said.

While the new interest has been a boon for up-and-coming talent, it’s also helped solidify larger businesses like New England Studios.

After opening in late 2013, the studio handled only a few small productions and several commercials during its first year, as the facility’s staff tried to “work all the bugs out,” Byers said.

Although the studios had anticipated more work in their second year, debate over the state’s film tax in the Legislature meant several productions that had been considering filming in Massachusetts moved elsewhere.

“We missed out on a couple opportunities in that second year, but our third year was great. We’ve hit our stride,” he said.

A big part of that stride was being chosen as the filming location for “Castle Rock,” the largest production to shoot at New England Studios so far. It’s a partnership that Byers said he hopes will continue for the next few years.

“We try not to bank on everything because tomorrow things could always change,” he said. “But we are fairly hopeful and the people at ‘Castle Rock’ are too, though I don’t speak for them, everyone is expecting a longer rather than shorter run with this.”

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Amy Schumer film remains in Boston as Hub once again stands in for New York

By Kaitlyn Locke
Boston Globe
August 22, 2017

Amy Schumer’s movie “< a href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/names/2017/06/05/amy-schumer-new-movie-feel-pretty-film-mass/CXaHdkzckBZUASbVix5oqL/story.html"target="_blank">I Feel Pretty” is still filming around Boston, but according to the film’s location manager, the city will stand in for New York in the comedy.

For the past two weeks, Schumer and the crew have visited locations around Massachusetts, including Chinatown, the South End, Salisbury Beach, a bar in Lynn, and a SoulCycle in Dedham, according to location manager Stephen Hartman.

The local spots were chosen because they can double as parts of the Big Apple. Salisbury Beach could represent Coney Island or a beach in New Jersey, Hartman said, and in the movie, Dedham’s SoulCycle will exist in SoHo. He added that when scouting locations they hunted for “urban-looking areas, but also just beautiful areas,” and that they will probably also film in the Financial District. It’s all about creating a visually beautiful world for the story to take place in, he said.

“Just the past few nights, we’ve been doing night work [in Chinatown], and the way the old signs are lit up and the set decoration that we added to it, it actually does have a very picturesque, romantic kind of look to it,” Hartman said.

Movie companies have flocked to Boston — even when stories don’t take place here — because of the state’s tax credit for films. Kathryn Bigelow’s recent release “Detroit” was shot in Massachusetts. Last year’s “Ghostbusters” reboot and 2013’s “American Hustle” were filmed around Boston but, like “I Feel Pretty,” were set in New York City. Thirty-three filming days were spent in Mass., and only two days were taken to shoot in New York City.

While most viewers will not be able to tell if a scene in “I Feel Pretty” was shot in New York or Boston, Hartman said, “to a local, you’ll definitely be able to recognize some specific places.”

He also said that August is a good time to film around Boston because college students have not yet returned for the fall semester and many families are on summer vacation.

“I Feel Pretty” is now nearly halfway done with all filming, Hartman said on Monday. The movie, which is about a woman who suffers a head injury and wakes up believing she is extremely beautiful, is scheduled for release on June 28, 2018.

Kaitlyn Locke can be reached at kaitlyn.locke@globe.com.

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Exclusive: First ‘Wheelman’ Image Reveals Frank Grillo as a Getaway Driver in Netflix Film

By Steve Weintraub
Collider
August 18, 2017
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When I sat down earlier this year with filmmaker Joe Carnahan and actor/producer Frank Grillo to talk about their remake of The Raid, when the cameras were both off and on, one of the things they kept bringing up was their upcoming Netflix original film Wheelman. Written and directed by Jeremy Rush, the film is an original actioner that stars Grillo as a getaway driver who quickly realizes he’s been double-crossed and tries to figure out what happened. Carnahan produced the film along with Grillo and Myles Nestel and from the way they were talking, the film immediately became something I needed to see.

Thankfully, we all won’t have to wait much longer to check it out, because I can exclusively reveal the film will be released on Netflix on October 20, 2017 and we’ve got the very first image from the film below!

Image via Netflix

Image via Netflix

When I found out we’d be premiering the first image, I emailed Joe Carnahan and asked what it was about the story that made him want to get involved. He replied:

What appealed to me about Wheelman was its brutal simplicity and the fact that it was a Father-Daughter story, disguised as an action film. There was and remains a very 70’s sensibility about the movie. It has it roots in films like Vanishing Point, Bullitt, and The Driver. There was a parsed down, spare, lean quality to the writing that reminded me of a Jim Thompson or Donald E. Westlake novel.

There was a pretty big diva on set though: Frank Grillo’s hair:

Frank’s hair was a constant source of both monolithic amazement and frustration. We eventually go it its own trainer and handler and things calmed down on set.”

Carnahan also had nothing but praise for his working relationship with Netflix as well as shooting in the city of Boston:-

joe-caranahanNetflix was brilliant, start to finish. Never an uncurated thought or a bad note. They were a superlative partner…Boston is a tremendous city with character to burn. It just felt right that WM was shot in Boston. In a list of hardcore, no-[BS] cities, Beantown is always in contention for the top spot.

For his part, writer-director Jeremy Rush was drawn to a gritty Boston-set story:

I would 100% echo Joe’s reply, especially about Boston being the perfect setting for this gritty story, and a killer town to shoot a film in. I’d also echo kudos and big thanks to Netflix for allowing us the opportunity to make exactly the film we wanted to make. This was a big part of our decision to make Netflix our home for this movie.”

Rush also singled out Carnahan as a major driving force behind Wheelman becoming a reality:

I would only add, that THE reason this film came to be, is because of Joe. (Joe would never mention this, so I will.) He was the one with the clout and the credibility and put himself on the line to get this film made. Joe took a huge risk on this screenplay and a first-time director, and championed the whole damn thing through the impossible process that resulted in this film.

With the film arriving on Netflix in about two months, I’d wager we’re going to get a trailer and more images pretty soon. I can’t wait to see more.

Here’s the official synopsis via Netflix:

Frank Grillo (Kingdom, Captain America: Civil War) stars as the wheelman, a getaway driver thrust into a high stakes race-to-survive after a bank robbery goes terribly wrong. With a car full of money and his family on the line, the clock is ticking to figure out who double-crossed him and the only person he can trust… his fourteen-year-old daughter. All reasons to think fast and drive faster.

Wheelman was written and directed by Jeremy Rush. Frank Grillo, Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team), and Myles Nestel (The November Man, Machete) serve as producers. J. Todd Harris, Chady Mattar, and Scott Silver serve as executive producers. The film will be released on Netflix on October 20, 2017
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WATCH NOW: Made in Mass. PROUD MARY Official Trailer

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