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August 2007

NEWS 8.31.07 Weekly Round Up

by Christine on August 31, 2007

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Movies filmed in the UK are now helping tourism. Variety published a story yesterday describing an increase in tourists to towns in England where films, specifically Harry Potter films, have been made. If you want to take your own trip to see Harry Potter filming locations check out our guide.  Also watch for our upcoming guide to locations used in Stardust which was also filmed in the UK and Scotland.

Part of the new film, The Express, about the life of Ernie Davis, was filmed on the campus of Syracuse University this week.

NBC’s series Friday Night Lights is having a hard time finding extras in Texas.

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Jennifer Aniston will be filming a movie in Central Oregon for three weeks in October.

Yesterday we reported that two major movies are filming in NJ right now. Here is an article from NJ.com explaining what makes the state so perfect for movies.

We also posted an article this week about Toronto and all the city offers visitors. Well here is another reason to visit, they will be filming scenes for the upcoming Incredible Hulk for three days next month in Toronto.

For all of you keeping tabs on Dane and Kate while they are filming Bachelor Number Two in Boston, here are some pictures of Kate on the set.

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New in theaters this week is Death Sentence, starring Kevin Bacon. The movie was made in South Carolina and here is a peak at some of the locations used.

Burn After Reading continues filming at Tower Records in Paramus, NJ today as it has been for the past few days. Though we have confirmed George Clooney is at the Venice International Film Fest, it looks like his co-star Brad Pitt is busy working on the movie. Below is a picture of Pitt on set yesterday.

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Burn After Reading Filming Update

Filming will resume today at the Tower Records location in Paramus, NJ. We have also confirmed they are filming a gym scene.

Though filming continues, it looks like George Clooney and Brad Pitt may not be a part of it, not for the next couple of weeks anyway. Both are scheduled to be at the Venice Film Festival which started yesterday and the Toronto Film Festival next week.

The Sophomore Filming in NJ Tomorrow

The Sophomore, starring Bruce Willis and Mischa Barton, will also be filming in NJ tomorrow at Bayonne High School. Bayonne High stands in for a Catholic school in this dark comedy. 

Bachelor No. 2 (My Best Friend’s Girl) on YouTube

Here is a 20 second video someone took of an outdoor set for Bachelor Number Two in Boston. You don’t see Kate or Dane but it is still pretty interesting.

What Happens in Vegas in NYC

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Yesterday, Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz continued filming What Happens in Vegas on Park Ave, about a block from Gramercy Park.  Above is a picture of Ashton on set. Here are more pictures of both Ashton and Cameron filming a scene in NYC from Spalsh News.

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 Burn After Reading in NJ today

Burn After Reading, starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt, will be filming today at the former Tower Records on Rte 17 South in Paramus, NJ. We had heard a few weeks ago that they were transforming the inside of the building to look like a gym for the movie!

Boston Casting Looking for a DJ

Boston Casting is looking for a DJ or someone to play a DJ for a prom scene in Bachelor Number 2, starring Dane Cook and Kate Hudson, currently filming in Boston. Filming will take place today, tomorrow, and Friday. For more information, check out their website.

On another note, a British paper is reporting that Kate Hudson broke down on the set of Bachelor Number 2 after hearing the news that her ex Owen Wilson tried to commit suicide.

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 Burn After Reading, starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney, is filming today at Heartland Brewery, 127 W 43rd St, according to Grant Wilfley Casting.  We are not sure if Brad or George will be on set but we know Brad was in town this weekend so the chances may be good!

Update: This is not the only movie filming in New York today. We are hearing rumors that What Happens in Vegas, starring Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz, is filming near Foley Square this afternoon!

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The Toronto Film Festival, beginning next week, is now in its 32nd year and has grown to be the premiere film festival in North America, second only to Cannes in the world. We attended TIFF in 2005 and had a great time. Toronto is an amazing city, there is always something happening! Here is our quick guide to Toronto and more information about the film festival.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6-15. There is a large variety of films being screened, from family films to shorts, there is something for everyone.  Among the celebrities scheduled to be at the festival are George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Jodie Foster. But the festival is not only about celebrity stalking, it is a great way to see big budget films that have not been released yet as well as smaller films that you may never hear of again. Here is the How To Guide  for TIFF. It a good start, since there are so many films and venues, be sure to do your research when picking films. Also,  be sure to get tickets early especially if you are planning on seeing one of the more popular films and plan on getting to the film early to get a good seat inside.  You will also want to  be sure you know where the venue is for your film. Films are screened all over the city and sometimes parking is a problem so you may have to take a cab, a bus, or the subway. Here is a useful website featuring subway maps and pricing.

If you are going to the film festival but are also looking for other events happening in the area, you are in luck, The Virgin Festival featuring Bjork, The Killers, The Smashing Pumpkins and more is Sept 8-9 and the family friendly  Junction Arts Festival is scheduled for 9/6-9/8.

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Toronto is located on Lake Ontario and is less than a 2 hour drive from Buffalo, NY.  The weather is still warm in the beginning of September making it an ideal time to visit.  Here is a guide to other attractions in Toronto. No matter what your interests there is something in Toronto that will suit you. If you want to relax and unwind, the Toronto Islands are only a ten minute ferry ride away, offering views of the city and relaxing parks. If you interested in  art galleries and museums, downtown is for you.  Toronto is even home to Canada’s largest amusement park if you are looking for a thrill.

Here is the official tourism guide to Toronto with suggestions for getting there, where to stay, and where to eat. You can also try the Canandan Hotel Guide or expedia.  If you are traveling from the U.S. you may want to keep in mind that you will need a passport or proof that you have applied for a passport. If you are traveling by land or sea, you will need a state issued photo id. Please review the guidelines on the Department of the State’s website. Also keep in mind, that you will need to exchange your U.S. currency for Canadian. Here is the current exchange rate. 

It is not too late to plan a trip to TIFF and take in a world class film festival in one our favorite cities.

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NEWS 8.27.07 Filming News

by Christine on August 27, 2007

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M. Night Shyamalan Filming in PA

Here is a link to a local story from PA about The Happening.

Filming News From the Next Harry Potter Movie

Here is a link to filming information for Half Blood Prince!

More Connecticut Filming News

CT Governor signs in film bill.

Chicago Downtown Street Closures

Here is an article that details street closures to film both Wanted and The Dark Knight this week. Though we are pretty certain Angelina Jolie has wrapped her portion of the filming it may still be interesting to check it out.

The Mummy Three Filming News

We are starting to get some information about The Mummy Three.  It looks like it is to be shot in China at the Museum of Qin Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses. These terra cotta figure are on our life list, if you don’t know about them, check this out, we are sure they be added to yours as well!

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Here are updates on a few of the films we have been following:

Old Dogs- Still filming, this week they are in New Cannan, CT.

Bachelor Number 2- Currently filming in Boston, last night they were on Commonwealth Ave.

College Road Trip- Continuing to film in Connecticut, this week they are filming at Ludlowe High School in Fairfield.

The Dark Knight- Here is an update on the demolition they are planning in Chicago.

Hawaii Filming Update

Here is a blog that tracks filming on the islands of aloha. Trying to catch a glimpse of Lost or Jurassic Park IV being filmed sounds like a great excuse for a Hawaiian getaway to us!  

Bond 22 Spoiler!

Here is a link to a video of Daniel Craig filming a scene for Bond 22 in Siena.

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