Tag Archives: Boston

Hanging with Mr. (Bradley) Cooper

14 Mar

Things I’m always up for:

  • Free things
  • Movies
  • Advanced screenings that make me feel “in the know”

So when I saw that the Boston Globe was hosting a free, advanced screening of “The Place Beyond the Pines” starring Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling, it seemed the stars had clearly aligned and I immediately roped by friend and frequent movie partner Kara in to see it.

photo (2)What made the screening extra cool was the scheduled post-movie Q&A with director and writer Derek Cianfrance!  But when it came time for the Q&A with Boston Globe movie editor Janice Page, the audience was in for a surprise when the film’s star and recent Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper joined him!

Cianfrance (who also directed Blue Valentine) was apparently having dinner with Bradley (yeah, that’s how tight we are now) nearby and asked him to tag along–which he did to the delight of the audience.

Derek and 2012’s sexiest man alive (who was dressed way down in a hoodie and baseball hat, but still managed to look super hot) answered questions about preparation for roles, project choices and lots of questions about the film: character development, where the inspiration for the plot came from, and what the name of the movie means (Schenectady, NY, where the film was filmed and set, is the Mohawk word meaning “beyond the pine plains”).

The Globe posted a bunch of way better pictures on Facebook; yes, I waited in that lo-o-o-ng line, but got in with the first group thanks to my spot (lucky 99!)


I’ll post my thoughts on the movie later, but first, an Oscartini tip: Always go to screenings. Sometimes one of the film’s stars will show up…and it will be awesome!


Filming in Boston: Ted!

4 May

**UPDATE 5/18** So I’m driving in to work today, and see a bunch of trucks, trailers and food service trucks. The next person I walk by has a Ted badge on; lucky for me, the cast and crew is shooting right down the street from where I work in South Boston at Lucky’s Lounge!

My friend Matt was lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time (with his handy iPhone!), and snagged these shots of Mila Kunis and Joel McHale!

Courtesy of Matt Giordano

Courtesy of Matt Giordano

And here are some shots from the set, minus the stars.

End update =)

One of Boston’s favorite sons is back in town to film a new movie! If you’ve been hanging around  Tremont Street and Columbus Avenue the last few days, you might’ve caught a glimpse of Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Joel McHale, Laura Vandervoort (my girl Lisa on V) and Seth MacFarlane!

They’re in town to film the MacFarlane-directed flick Ted, which, according to IMDB, is a “story centered on a man and his teddy bear, who comes to life as the result of a childhood wish.” Tentatively set to be released next July, I’m not 100% convinced this will be on the 2012 Oscar ballot, but hey, you never know!


Check out some photos from the “set” (aka the streets of Boston around the South End.):

Courtesy of Boston.com, taken by Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe

Courtesy of Zimbio, photo by Bauer Griffin

Watch Local: The Town and the BPL’s Made in MA Series

20 Sep

With Ben Affleck’s The Town taking this weekend’s box office with $23+ million grossed since Friday, I wanted to share another Boston movie connection—The Boston Public Library’s Made in Massachusetts Film Series.  As pretty much everyone living in Massachusetts knows, The Town takes place in Charlestown and was shot in and around the area, including Fenway Park and Harvard Square.  Honoring other MA-based films, the BPL has been hosting the Made in MA. Series this year, with each month since January having a different theme and featuring a different movie every week with a Boston connection.

From the BPL website:  Organized into monthly themes, the series highlights the local people and places that have lured Hollywood and independent filmmakers to Massachusetts over the years. Cool, right?  I love watching movies with local angles, as they give me the chance to go “OH, oh, I know where that is!” and it makes me feel cool and important at the same time, regardless of if either feeling is accurate.

Though it’s almost October (!), there ares till plenty of good movies left worth seeing, especially the “Slightly Scary” movies featured in October! Some Boston flavored movies I’m down to see include:

Image courtesy of the BPL

9/27/10: Mona Lisa Smile—scenes filmed at Wellesley College

9/28/10: Good Will Hunting—scenes were filmed at MIT and in Harvard Square in Cambridge, at Bunker Hill Community College, the Boston Public Garden, and in South Boston and Dorchester

10/4/10: The Witches of Eastwick—scenes were filmed in Marblehead, Milton and Cohasset

10/18/10: Hocus Pocus—scenes were filmed in Salem and Marblehead

I love that the BPL is hosting this series; it’s such a great local resource, it’s in a beautiful, old building and anything that incorporates (free!) movies is obvi my idea of a good time!  Plus, Hocus Pocus is by far my favorite Halloween movie, so I’ll definitely be checking that one out!

What’s your favorite movie that has a strong tie to where it was filmed?  Sleepless in Seattle or maybe Muppets Take Manhattan, perhaps?  Did The Town make anyone’s agenda for this past weekend?  I’m hearing good things so far, might try to see it this week! Leave your thoughts in the comments!