'Wichita' films all around Boston
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, The Hollywood superstars
created a flurry of excitement at the otherwise underutilized
airport when they breezed in to the terminal to shoot scenes
for the upcoming movie. Construction workers built sets in
the cavernous, almost empty terminal building at the
Worcester regional airport. "Wichita" a 20th Century Fox
action comedy in which Cruise plays a secret agent who
weaves in and out of the life of a single woman. Much of the
movie is set in Boston and shooting will took place there as
well as in Chelsea, Woburn, other Bay State locations and overseas, including Barcelona,
Spain. But Worcester was where the first scene were shot. Filming for the "Wichita" project
conrinued near the Blue Wave bar & lounge located in South Boston's Fort Point Channel
neighborhood on Monday, Sept. 28. The Boston Fire Museum served as the exterior scene's
backdrop which involved Diaz and a MBTA bus. Filming moved inside the museum as the
day progressed.

Plane wreck in Bridgewater corn field - It might be the sleepiest street in the quietest
corner of this low-key town 30 miles south of Boston. But Hollywood came to Curve Street,
setting up camp in a cornfield at the end of a dusty dirt road.I t was high-octane
Hollywood, too: Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, fake plane wreckage from a fictional jetliner
crash, and a staged explosion expected to shoot flames and a mushroom cloud of smoke
200 feet into the air. The early morning staged aircraft explosion attracted its share of
eager would-be spectators hoping for a show of Hollywood magic. But the stargazers who
hung around long enough to see a broken 727 fuselage go up in flames at 5:30 a.m. were a
die-hard few. Dozens of locals set up camp near Curve Street, where Tom Cruise and
Cameron Diaz were filming part of their new movie "The Untitled Wichita Project" (renamed
"Knight and Day")
Ben Affleck, Tom Cruise, Adam Sandler & Eliza Dushku aren't the only productions to
choose Boston for shooting. Now, some of America's biggest brands are choosing Boston
and Massachusetts to shoot national ad campaigns. With the Bay State offering a
generous 25% tax credit on all commercial production budgets, ad agencies and brands
are lining up to take advantage.

Gov. Deval Patrick won't cut films' tax credit
The state will keep its film-industry tax credit even as the Patrick administration eyes
tightening other tax laws to raise money for the cash-strapped state.

Film tax credit means business - A common misconception about the film tax credit, that
film companies are getting a "free ride on taxes" is completely false. Before a single tax
credit can be lawfully issued in Massachusetts, companies must not only spend their
money in our state, but also pay state taxes. These include income taxes, meals taxes,
gas taxes, and hotel taxes, just to name a few. These same film companies also pay
local taxes and fees. For evidence of the success of the program, one need only look to
the most recent report from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. DOR calculated
economic output generated by the film tax credit to be $870 million over just the first
three years. And the cost to taxpayers for all that economic activity - as of the end of FY
2008? Zero. That's right. During the first 3 years of the program (according to DOR), the
state actually collected $3.6 million dollars more in taxes than we paid out in redeemed
credits. Now that's real economic stimulus!

Moviemaking is a financial windfall to Massachusetts, thanks to legislation that allows
film producers to lessen costs through a 25 percent state tax credit and an exemption
from state sales tax signed into law in 2007. As a result, locally produced movie and
television business is booming. According to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue
at the end of fiscal year 2008 moviemakers spent $676 million. Direct employment of
state residents in film production rose by 537 percent (3,177 new jobs) since 2006.

Lights, camera - city props supplier has that and more
New England Demolition & Salvage, which buys and sells used building materials, has
been selling and renting antiques and materials for movie and television productions for
the past couple of years. "It's very exciting," said Jeanine James, who owns the Cove
Street business with her husband, Harry. Like a successful television series, this business
resulted in a spin-off several months ago: a separate prop-rental business. The new
venture is called That's a RAP - short for "rent-a-prop" - and it fills the third-floor of the
salvage business with a wide range of bric-a-brac, from a telephone booth and vintage
washing machines to children's bicycles and furniture.

Stoughton, Brockton businessmen go Hollywood
It isn't just a Bridgewater cornfield that's been transformed for the new movie starring
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. A garage in Chelsea, an elderly housing complex in Boston
and a kiosk in Woburn have been made over as well, thanks to businessmen Michael
Cohen of Stoughton and Steve Fishman of Brockton. Cohen, 48, owner of Signs by J in
Dorchester, and Fishman, 59, owner of Capeway Aluminum in Brockton, are teaming up to
make the exterior of the Chelsea Department of Public Works garage look like a garage
from the 1960s.The moviemakers wanted forest green aluminum awnings with an ivory
stripe to cover seven windows and a door at the garage. Fishman ordered the material
from a supplier in Ohio, assembled the awnings at his company in Brockton, then boxed
them for shipping to the site, where filming is expected to take place next week.
2009 - A review of movie news covered by Delta Films
by Roland Hansen
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with a local focus
Steve Carrell buys Massachusetts General Store
Steve Carell, who plays bumbling boss Michael
Scott on the NBC sitcom "The Office", recently bought the
Marshfield Hills General Store. The 45-year-old actor is a
part-time resident of the town on Massachusetts' south
shore, 25 miles south of Boston. He put sister-in-law Tish
Vivado in charge, but said customers should not be surprised
to see him working there on occasion. "I will be manning the
cash register, and stocking the shelves as time permits."
Carell wrote in an e-mail to The Boston Globe.
Plymouth Rock Studios get green light - pushes ahead -
then stops dead in it's tracks
Plymouth Rock Studios zoning approved by state Attorney
General Martha Coakley's office gave the green light to a
zoning overlay district needed for Plymouth Rock Studios,
a $500-million film and television studio based in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

After two years of plodding through the permitting process, the team of California film
executives who comprise Plymouth Rock Studios have achieved two major milestones in
the last few weeks that bring their dream of movie-making in Plymouth much closer to
reality. State Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles notified Plymouth Rock officials
yesterday their exhaustive Environmental Impact Report for the studio project - a required
permitting step - has been approved. Second Plynouth Rock obtained financing in a $550
loan deal with lender Prosperity International.

Plymouth Rock Studios groundbreaking put on hold. Plymouth Rock Studios will no longer
borrow $550 million dollars from Florida based lender Prosperity International, and will
seek a loan from another institution. The original deal was signed back in September. The
project's spokesman Kevin O'Reilly stated that the financial institution, Prosperity
International failed to meet certain milestones, missing deadlines for certain paperwork
and other guarantees. Consequently, PRS exercised its contractual right to cancel the
agreement. Senate President Therese Murray said the cancellation of a $550 million loan
that leaves the future of a planned movie studio complex in her hometown
"disappointing" but sounded a note of optimism that the project would draw new financing
.
Another movie studio in Massachusetts
SouthField Studios plan boasts Boston stand-inThe Los
Angeles-based group known as International Studio Group
(ISG) unveiled the plans for its new TV and film sound
stage complex tranforming the Weymouth Naval Air
Station into a $300 million project called SouthField
Studios. And, well, it looks a helluva lot like Boston.
According to a mock-up , the front-lot-set streets of
SouthField Studios will be sourced from historic Boston
City locales. In fact, the set is a dead ringer for any
brownstone-lined street in the South End or Back Bay neighborhoods. It's Beacon Hill ...
without the hill.

Weymouth's SouthField project still stuck on the runway - The agency in charge of the
former South Weymouth Naval Air Station has spent about $42 million in the past decade
to redevelop the land. But the only new building there is a marketing center where
potential tenants are pitched sites that the developer still can't access. More than a
decade after military use of the property ended, about two-thirds of the developable
acreage is still owned and controlled by the Navy.
Walt Disney World monorail crash kills 1
Train operator died after two trains collided; five guests
treated at scene. Two monorail trains crashed early
Sunday morning in the Magic Kingdom section of Walt
Disney World, killing one train's operator, emergency
officials said. A witness said one of the trains rammed
into the back of a stationary train about 2 a.m. at the
resort's Ticket and Transport Center.
Dorchester native Mark Wahlberg weds longtime girlfriend
Mark Wahlberg has finally made it official! The actor and his
longtime girlfriend, model Rhea Durham, tied the knot on
Saturday, August 1. The couple, who have three children (Ella
Rae, 5, Michael, 3, and 10-month-old Brendan Joseph) were
married Saturday in an intimate and romantic ceremony attended
by their children and about 12 close friends and family at Good
Shepherd Catholic Church in Beverly Hills.
Hermione gives up her Hogwarts robes for Ivy League in New
England
Emma Watson started college at Brown University on September 4
in Providence, Rhode Island. Watson started by getting to know her
fellow classmates at freshmen orientation. The actress reportedly
arrived at school in a helicopter, which is almost as efficient as the
Hogwarts Express. Watson was also spotted during the weekend
visiting a Starbucks and walking around with family. Just like your
average freshman, right? The Gryffindor beauty has said she plans
to major in literature.
'Twilight Saga: New Moon' event hit Natick mall
The "Twilight" madness continued on Thursday, Nov. 12 where
die-hard fans participated in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" event
at the Natick Collection's. Several hundred "Twilight" fans poured
into the Natick Collection to meet Kellan Lutz, who plays vampire
Emmett Cullen in the popular book and film series. Seventy-five
fans, who paid $75 at Nordstrom's junior department, had their
photographs taken with Lutz, who autographed the photos.
Another 500 fans who paid $30 for a Hot Topic T-shirt picked up
autographed posters from the 24-year-old actor.
Paul Giamatti could warm up to "Stooges" role
Would Paul Giamatti consider replacing Sean Penn as Larry Fine in the
Farrelly Brothers upcoming "Three Stooges" flick? Soitenly! The Emmy
Award-winning actor, who was at the Nantucket Film Festival with his
dark comedy "Cold Souls" revealed that, as a kid, he thought Moe, Larry
and Curly were scary and creepy. But he's come to appreciate their
comedy in middle age.
Just in case you haven't noticed, there's been a whole lot of filming going on in Boston.
Adam Sandler & Kevin James to make a return to the Hub for a
pair of films.
New England native Adam Sandler and his "Happy Madison
Productions" crew including Kevin James, David Spade and Chris
Rock have filmed a "Big Chill" style comedy, but with a lot of
laughs. The 66 days of filming kicked off in May. Filming took place
all around Massachusetts in  Essex, Marblehead, Soutborough &
Water Wizz in East Warreham. The movie had been tentatively
called "The Lakeside House" but was later renamed "Grown Ups".  
The flick centers around a group of guys who return to their
hometown over the forth of July weekend.
But not all is fun and games - Attempted murder charges filed against'Grown Ups' caterer.
Stabbing suspect tied to 'Growns Ups' film in EssexA Medford man charged with attempted
murder and held without bail reportedly served up sandwiches to the cast and crew on Adam
Sandler's "Grown Ups" movie set at Centennial Grove in Essex.
Kevin James also filmed 'The Zookeeper' this summer
Rosario Dawson and Leslie Bibb star opposite Kevin James in the
made-in-Massachusetts flick. In "The Zookeeper" Kevin James plays
a zoo caretaker who consults with the animals in an attempt to
learn their methods of dating and mating to help him win back the
woman of his dreams. Rosario Dawson has been cast as Kate, the
smart zoo veterinarian who works alongside James' character Griffin.
Leslie Bibb plays Stephanie, the ex who broke Griffin's heart. Adam
Sandler, Cher, Jon Favreau, Sylvester Stallone and Judd Apatow have
signed on as animal voices. The five  voice animals at the zoo
where keeper James longs for his female love interest played by
Dawson. Sandler will be the voice of a capuchin monkey while Cher
is slotted to be a giraffe. Favreau has been cast as a bear, Stallone
as a lion and Apatow as an elephant.

Zookeeper was plagued with problems of it's own :

Teen falls into "Zookeeper" movie set's lion pit
A teenage boy visiting a zoo on Wednesday fell into a lion pit that's part of a set for the
upcoming Kevin James and Adam Sandler movie "The Zookeeper" but he wasn't badly hurt.
No animals were in the area at the time of the accident at the Franklin Park Zoo,
spokeswoman Brooke Wardrop said, and the movie crew wasn't on the set.

Giraffe dies on Zookeeper movie set
Tweet, the beloved giraffe who rose to animal fame as a star in the classic Toys-R-Us
commercials, who provided laughs alongside Jim Carrey in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,";
died Friday after filming his latest movie at the Franklin Park Zoo. The 18-year-old giraffe
apparently collapsed in his enclosure at the zoo while feeding and in the care of his trainer,
according to a group that monitors animals on film sets.
"The Company Men" film heads to Boston in April
Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones joined Ben Affleck
in the Hub in a topical flick about the impact of corporate
downsizing on the masses. Based on the script by
director John Wells, "The Company Men"  started filming
in April in Boston and continued through the early
summer. The movie also shot in Burlington, Lynn, and
Marblehead.
Another Boston project for hometown Ben
Dorchester native Ben Affleck stuck around after finishing
up "The Company Men" to star in and direct "The Town" in
and around our town. Even as he wrapped filming the John
Wells downsizing drama, Ben Affleck was already scouting
locations for the Charlestown-based flick "The Town", an
adaptation of the blue-collar heist novel "Prince of Thieves"
by Chuck Hogan which was written for the big screen by
Peter Craig and Affleck. Affleck, playing Boston's most
wanted bank robber, is both directing and starring in the
film following a bizarre love triangle involving a crook, a bankteller and a FBI agent.

Filmed over the summer of '09 in Boston, Cambridge, Bunker Hill - Charlestown, Melrose,
Somervile, Mohegan Sun in CT and finished up with a bang at Fenway Park. While homeboy
Ben Affleck was busy filming scenes for his blue-collar heist flick in Harvard Square, crews
were busy hashing out the elaborate shoot 'em up scene slotted to hit Boston's Fenway Park
on Sept 18 and filming until Saturday, Sept. 26. An inside source says that we should
"expect gun fire and a few cars exploding" in and around Fenway during production.
Jackson Rathbone from 'Twilight' films in Boston
Rathbone, the bad-boy actor who plays Jasper Hale
from the "Twilight" franchise, filmed a dark, offbeat
feature flick called "Girlfriend" in Boston this
September. The feature is a "harsh, modern-day take on
the 'Beauty and the Beast' fable" set in Middle America
that thrusts Rathbone into a bizarre love triangle. He
plays a character who is both trustworthy and
potentially dangerous.
Brendan Fraser was in town filming 'Furry Vengeance'
Brendan Fraser, known for his work in "The Mummy" series, came
to the Boston area to film the family comedy called "Furry
Vengeance," a movie about a real estate developer who faces an
unlikely group of protesters: a crew of local woodland creatures
who don't want their homes disturbed. Also starring is Brooke
Sheilds as Fraser's wife Tammy, and Matt Prokop as his son Tyler
with newcomer Skyler Sammuels as Prokop's love interest.
"The Fighter" gets underway in Boston
"The Fighter", which filmed primarily in Lowell beginning in July,
tells the story of Boston fighter "Irish" Micky Ward (Mark
Wahlberg) and how he was helped to the world lightweight
championship by half-brother Dicky Eklund, played by Christian
Bale. This flick was also not without it's issues as Mark Wahlberg
was rushed to the hospital on Friday morning, Aug 14, after
suffering smoke inhalation on the set of "The Fighter".
Eliza Dushku filmed the flick 'Valediction' in Boston.
(Later renamed "Locked In")
Watertown native Eliza Dushku, star of Joss Whedon's
"Dollhouse" and an up-and-coming producer over at Boston Diva
Productions, came back home to film a movie called "Valediction"
at various locales around town including the posh Whiskey Park
at the Boston Park Plaza hotel on Arlington Street.
'The Social Network' scouts out locations in Boston
"The Social Network", a flick based on local author Ben Mezrich's
tell-all book about the founding of Facebook in a Harvard dorm,
were using locations in Cambridge and Boston armed with a script
crafted by Aaron Sorkin, the writer for such flicks as "Charlie
Wilson's War" and "A Few Good Men". Production kicked off in
October and is reportedly backed with a $47 million budget from
Columbia Pictures. Jesse Eisenberg will play Facebook CEO Mark
Zuckerberg; Justin Timberlake will play Sean Parker, the Napster
co-founder who became Facebook's founding president; and
Andrew Garfield will play Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook
co-founder who fell out with Zuckerberg over money. Set designers
set up shop at Wheelock College as a stand-in for a certain Ivy
League hot spot in Cambridge.
'OxyMorons' flick set up shop in Charlestown
Move over Ben Affleck a new film took over the oh-so-mean
streets of Charlestown this Fall called "OxyMorons", a low-budget
indie flick helmed by actor and North End restaurant owner
Damien DiPaola, director Robert Scali, screenwriter John Hickey
and starring UFC fighter Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia. The team
kicked off filming at the Barnstable County House of Correction in
Bourne September 2nd thru 11th and moved to the Boston area
mid-month. Production continued until September 21st.
Richard Dreyfuss filmed this summer on the Cape
Over thirty years ago Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and crew
cast their nets for a great white shark in the waters off Martha's
Vinyard. This summer the Delta Hall of Famer Dreyfuss returned
to Cape Cod Massachusetts, older, more seasoned, and with an
impressive resume that would do credit to any actor. Set in the
year 1912 on Cape Cod 'The Lightkeepers' tells the story of a
lighthouse keeper and his mysterious assistant who have sworn
off women but must confront two attractive females who move
into a nearby summer cottage.
'The Lightkeepers' screening on Cape Cod
The Cape Cod-shot film starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner, has an exclusive
two-week run beginning Christmas Day at the Cape Cinema located at 35 Hope Lane in
Dennis. Dreyfuss unveiled his new flick in person at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27.

"The Lightkeepers," the made-on-Cape Cod flick about a pair of women-hating old salts, is
a dark-horse candidate for Oscar bling. So says none other than the Hollywood Reporter,
which declares that Cape director Dan Adams' movie gives Richard Dreyfuss his "showiest
lead performance since 1995's "Mr. Holland's Opus." It also features strong performances
by Blythe Danner, Tom Wisdom and Mamie Gummer (Meryl Streep's daughter) in an
old-fashioned love story set on Cape Cod in 1912.
Mark Wahlberg attached to Boston-set "Prisoners"
It was reported that Mark Wahlberg, a Dorchester native who has
gone on to star in a slew of big-budget Hollywood flicks including
the recent "Max Payne" may return to his Boston roots with
previously unknown Aaron Guzikowski's greenlit script "Prisoners."
The project, generating major buzz on the Left Coast that has
piqued the interest of nearly every major studio in town according
to the Hollywood Reporter, centers around a Boston father whose
6-year-old daughter and her best friend are kidnapped. The film's
protagonist, a role reportedly being eyed by Wahlberg, takes
Not yet filming here but coming (we assume) in 2010
Whitey Bulger movie set for Boston filming
Michael Cerenzie, producer of the soon-to-be-made-in-Boston Whitey
Bulger flick based on the book "Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy
Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob" has raised more than $200
million in financing for his production group, according to the
International Herald Tribune.
matters into his own hands by kidnapping the man he suspects is responsible. However a
quick check on Internet Movie Data Base shows only Hugh Jackman connected with that
project. So I guess Wahlberg either didn't get the part or dropped out for some reason.
Lindsay Lohan slotted to film in Martha's Vineyard
Lohan has reportedly signed on to star in "The Other Side," a flick
following a graduate student sent to spend the summer working at
a scientific institute at an island off the coast of Massachusetts.
Lohan, in her first major movie since "I Know Who Killed Me" in
2007, is set to act alongside Woody Harrelson, Giovanni Ribisi,
Dave Matthews and Alanis Morisette. Her character discovers an
eccentric New England community hiding a few skeletons about a
horrific tragedy from the past. Shooting was set for October and
reports suggest filming is slotted for Martha's Vineyard. The movie
is currently in "pre-production" - filming has yet to get underway
and is currently slotted to begin sometime in 2010.
Previously filmed locally
'What Doesn't Kill You' debuts at Boston film fest
After a brief theatrical run in NYC and Los Angeles,
the made-in-Boston flick "What Doesn't Kill You"
made its hometown debut at the Boston International
Film Festival 6 p.m. on Friday, April 17.
Luis Tiant documentary had IFF Boston screening
Hollywood heavyweights and die-hard Red Sox fans Bobby and
Peter Farrelly, currently working on a modern adaptation of the
classic Three Stooges comedy act, unveiled their first
documentary project "The Lost Son of Havana" at Boston's
Independent Film Festival 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the
Somerville Theatre in Davis Square. A deeply personal film about
future Hall of Fame pitcher Luis Tiant's journey back to his native
homeland of Cuba for the first time in 46 years, "The Lost Son of
Havana" was written and directed by Jonathan Hock. Actor Chris
Cooper, narrator of the Luis Tiant documentary took a breather
outside of the packed theater. The actor signed autographs and
was genuinely a nice guy. The Farrelly brothers and Tiant were
also at the premiere.
Massachusetts film tax credits bring a lot of movie business to the Bay State
and generate a lot of news.