On Location Vacations

September 2007

NEWS 9.28.07 Boston Filming, Filming in NYC today

by Christine on September 28, 2007

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 Boston Filming Updates

We feel that we have been neglecting the three major films being made in Boston right now so here is a quick update. Pink Panther Deux, The Women, and Bachelor Number Two are all filming now.  Here is a blog where a few Beantown residents discuss the commonality of seeing film crews in the streets of Boston.

This blog offers a few pictures from the set of Bachelor Number Two (My Best Friend’s Girl). On Monday, two of the film’s stars took time to meet students and sign autographs at Emerson College.

Hollywood in the Hub features a report from the suburb Chelsea where Pink Panther Deux filmed this week. Spoiler: Tomorrow they begin filming a scene set in an upper class Mediterranean restaurant.

Last week, The Women filmed in Georgetown. We have heard that beginning this week they will be filming in Dover, MA. The ladies have been seen all over town including Meg Ryan and her daughter Daisy(above).

Filming Today in NYC…

Gossip Girl (our new obsession) is filming in Queens (in studio) today. Here is a map of locations that have already been used.

Sex and the City is filming in the meat packing district.  

Fighting is also filming in NYC, it is rumored they will be filming on 27 St today,  here are new pics and video from the shoot.

Burn After Reading continues in Brooklyn, here is an article from The Brooklyn Paper.

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The Office Comes to Utica, NY

by Christine on September 28, 2007

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Ok, so The Office isn’t actually coming to Utica, NY but they will be featuring the fictional Dunder Mifflin Utica Branch on the show this season. Why are we so excited? Utica just happens to be in our neck of the woods!

The producers are looking for props that scream “Utica” so if you are in the area or are from the area, get out your best Boilermaker tee, Riggies recipe, or even just a copy of the OD and send them to the address below.

“The NBC show “The Office,” which has its season premiere tonight, is putting the spotlight on Utica.

The fictional Utica branch of the show’s company, Dunder Mifflin, will make an appearance this season and the show’s production crew seeks local office items.

Examples of needed items: coffee mugs, mouse pads, plaques and calendars, as well as pictures and other props that scream “Utica.”

Send items by Oct. 4 to: The Office, c/o Chandler Valley Studios, 13927 Saticoy St., Van Nuys, Calif., 91402, attention: Philip Shea, property master.”

UPDATE: We are now exclusively offering Dunder Mifflin Utica Branch Tees! Get yours now.

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OLV’s Fall Movie Guide

by Christine on September 27, 2007

in Travel Inspiration

 by Christine Bord 

This season’s crop of new movies is surrounded by the usual Oscar buzz but we are more interested in creating some location buzz. Here is our Top 5 list of fall movies with the best locations:

1. Into The Wild

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 Hands down the movie with the most intriguing locations is Sean Penn’s Into The Wild. Based on the life of adventurer Chris McCandless, the movie was partially made  in Carthage, SD ,a town where Chris returned frequently, bragging to locals about his plan to live in the wild. Just look at this list of locations. This movie was not made on a sound stage or in the state with the best tax breaks.

Sean Penn wanted to capture Chris’ journey in the most authentic way, by living it. Chris eventually died of starvation in the Alaskan outback. To capture the isolation of this place, Penn brought the entire crew to this location, making a visually unique and stunning film.

For most people the most interesting location will be the bus in Alaska where Chris died. The bus is located about 25 miles west of Healy, Alaska. There has been concern in the surrounding community that the film will draw tourists trying to find the bus who aren’t equipped to handle the wilderness. Much of the film’s authenticity is from the help of these locals .

Here is tourist information if you are interested in visiting Healy or think you can make it out to the bus on our own. If you want to live vicariously through someone else’s adventure, take a look at the 2007 Live Wild Tour in support of the release of the film. If you are interested in taking a guided tour of one of the trails Chris traveled, there is an Into the Wild Tour which leave daily from Denali, Alaska.

2. The Assassination of Jesse James

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The next movie on our list is The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert F. Ford starring Brad Pitt. The movie was filmed in various locations throughout Alberta, Canada and promises to be visually stunning. One location, Fort Edmonton Park is offering wagon tours highlighting where key scenes were filmed throughout the park. Travel Alberta has excellent information about all of the locations used in the film. The site also has lodging, dining, and entertainment options in Alberta. For opinions on hotels and services in Alberta, check here.

3. The Kingdom

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The Kingdom was filmed in Mesa, Arizona, Washington D.C., and Abu Dhubi, Arab Emirates. The film is about an elite team of FBI agents who make a secret trip to Saudi Arabia in an attempt to find a terrorist bomber. Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner star. Foxx has been very open about what it was like filming in Abu Dhubi stating that they were “treated like royalty”. This does not mean the rest of us should start booking flights. The U.S. Department of the State has several travel advisories posted that all tourists to the region should be aware of. Here is the official guide to Abu Dhubi if you are going.  Lonely Planet and World 66 both offer great reviews and practical information for travel to U.A.E.  If you are looking for something closer to home there is plenty to do near the film’s other main location, Mesa, Arizona. Located in the center of the state, Mesa is a short drive from Phoenix, Tucson, and the Grand Canyon. For lodging, dining and entertainment options, check out the Arizona Travel Guide.

4. The Darjeeling Limited

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The Darjeeling Limited has gotten off on the wrong foot after a suicide attempt by the film’s star Owen Wilson but Wilson’s personal affairs can’t distract from the beauty of the movie’s Indian backdrop. The film is the story of three American brothers who take a trip across India in hopes of finding themselves and strengthening their relationship. Their trip is taken off course (due ironically to a suicide attempt) and a new journey begins.  Here are a few behind-the-scenes videos from the shoot.

The All India Travel Guide offers tours ranging from 5 to 18 days which include stops at the Taj Mahal, Darjeeling, Eastern India, and Nepal. If you want to recreate the movie’s train ride, here a beginner’s guide to train travel in India.

For something different, how about a volunteer vacation in India? Global Volunteers is just one organization that can help you make arrangements to do something good with your vacation. And again, before leaving for India you should check the U.S. Department of the State’s advisories

5. No Country for Old Men

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No Country for Old Men was filmed in Western Texas where the movie is set. This thriller, starring Tommy Lee Jones, is the story of a man who finds a pick up truck, a stash of heroin, and $2 million dollars, all surround by a group of dead bodies. After taking the money, he sets of a chain of violent events that not even the law can contain. The setting is desolate, working as the perfect backdrop for what many are calling the Coen brother’s best film.

If you want to travel to West Texas, here is a map and some basic resources to get you started. If you are traveling with kids, here is a site with ideas for tykes. Wikipedia also offers basic information to get started touring this region. If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, here is a blog that will inspire you as well.

For more fall movies check out Rotten Tomatoes Fall Movie Guide or this Top 15 Movie Guide.

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Today’s Filming Updates

Burn After Reading is in Brooklyn Heights again where they will continue shooting through the beginning of next week..

Righteous Kill continues filming in Bridgeport, CT.  

It looks like The Happening is continuing to film in Newton Square, PA.

And Old Dogs moves to Stratford, CT today.

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Today’s Filming Updates

Burn After Reading is filming in Brooklyn Heights.

Sex and the City is filming in SoHo

Six Wives of Henry Lefay & Old Dogs are both filming in Norwalk, CT.

Fighting is in NYC, the trailers are located at 48th and 6th and they will be there until 8 PM tonight. One of our readers, Cindy, was there yesterday and passed Terrence Howard on the street! Later, she watched Channing Tatum finish a scene and head into his trailer (surrounded by paps of course).

If you want to take an on location vacation to the New York area, check out Expedia’s 24 hour hotel sale!

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Body of Lies has been filming in MD/DC area, here is a report from a fan on set. Also, we have been hearing a lot of great things about Russell and Leo interacting with fans and being all around great guys. The picture above is from Murph’s Place.

Yesterday tragedy struck the set of The Dark Knight when one crew member was killed. We had been tracking the movie as it was filming in Chicago this summer. They are now filming in Surrey, England.

Kevin Costner and his band drew a large crowd when they played in Santa Fe, NM on Friday night. They were filming a scene for his new movie, Swing Vote.

This site, road trip nation, has become a huge source of travel inspiration for us, check it out!

Today’s filming locations are:

The Sophomore (New Jersey) is filming on JFK Blvd in Jersey City.

Righteous Kill (Connecticut) continues filming in Bridgeport.

Six Wives of Henry Lefay (Connecticut) is filming at the Stamford Hospital in Stamford.

Sex and the City (New York, NY) is filming on Astor Place at Lafayette St. Here are more pictures from the set.

The Happening (Pennsylvania) is in Newton Square, PA today.

The Women (Boston, MA) is filming on Beacon St in Brookline.

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On the season premiere of Oprah, her guest David Letterman, called spending time in Montana a “delightful experience” and Oprah agreed saying, “I love Montana, ever since Legends of the Fall“. Even Oprah has had an on location vacation!  Here is a link to the state’s movie tourism guide. Montana truly embraces its role in films and is not afraid to share it.

Mike Myers new film The Love Guru has been filming in Toronto this month. Last week they were filming scenes in the Air Canada Centre and it appears they will be back there this week. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Alba also star. This is the first character Mike has created since Austin Powers, we can’t wait!

If you are planning an on location vacation to New Zealand, here is a link to a list of books on New Zealand filming locations.

Terrence Howard and Channing Tatum will begin filming Fighting in New York this week.

Here is a report from the NJ set of The Sophomore. Two lucky fans met Mischa Barton while she was filming in their neighborhood.

Tim Allen’s The Six Wives of Henry Lefay is the latest in a long line of big budget productions to hit Connecticut. They are currently filming in Stamford.

Here is a short video someone took while touring the Star War’s set of Mos Espa. The location set still stands in Tunisia and brings in hundreds of tourists a year. Here is information on planning a tour.

Variety has created a list of the 50 must see film festivals

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Daily Mail has new pictures from the NYC set of SATC!! Check them out here.

This is an article from the LA Daily Journal explaining some of the issues that arise when filming outside of the U.S.

Finally, on Saturday, a couple of lucky fans met John Travolta on the set of Old Dogs in NYC. They were filming on 58th between 3rd and Lexington. Check out the pictures below. If you have pictures from an on location vacation or a movie set experience you want to share, send them to olv@onlocationvacations.com.

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