If you haven’t seen the Volvo Trucks commercial featuring actor Jean-Claude Van Damme this past week yet, you’re among the few who has missed it. As of today, the YouTube commercial has already wowed over 36 million viewers (posted online on November 13).
The clip leaves me breathless and in awe, as well as converting me into a bona fide Van Damme fan. Most importantly, should I ever need a commercial truck, there’s no question which one to buy.
This past weekend, I discovered another one of my favorite movies so far this summer ... The Spectacular Now, filmed in the charming locations of Athens, Georgia.
Based on Tim Tharp’s novel and directed by Athens native James Ponsoldt, The Spectacular Nowfeatures two young, talented stars Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley.
Another fun summer movie comes to the big screen today nationwide. The much-anticipated comedy We’re The Millers, starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis,Emma Roberts and Will Poulter, was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, last summer.
The plot centers around a stripper (Aniston) and a pot dealer (Sudeikis) who together portray a fake family to fool his supplier. Along the way, they recruited two teenage neighbors to join in on the adventure posing as their kids.
What do The Big Wedding, Everybody’s Fine, Revolutionary Road, The Town, All Good Things, Hope Springs, Righteous Kill, andWe Need to Talk About Kevin all have in common? They’re among many of the movies filmed in Connecticut in recent years.
Adding to the list this year is Diane Keaton‘s and Michael Douglas‘s first collaboration together, the Rob Reiner romantic comedy And So It Goes.
It looks like Missouri’s own Cape Girardeau has a good chance of standing in for the fictional town of North Carthage, Missouri, as the setting of Gone Girl. Last week, a location scout for 20th Century Fox reached out to homeowners in Cape Girardeau about using their homes in the movie.
A best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl will soon be adapted into a feature film directed by David Fincher(Fight Club, The Social Network, Se7en, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and produced by Reese Witherspoon(who obtained the screen rights to Gone Girl for a reported US$1.5 million).
You never know who may be knocking at your door asking if they could rent your home for a bit of filming.
In this case, it could be the young, talented director James Wan, fresh from the mega-success of his No. 1 box office film The Conjuring.
In an article published earlier this week, we wrote aboutThe Lone Ranger‘s Utah film locations. We also mentioned in the same article that Utah wasn’t the only state featured in the Disney blockbuster. The production also filmed for three months last year in New Mexico, in and around the Rio Puerco Valley.
Over the years, Utah’s Moab and Monument Valley area has hosted its impressive share of movies, from John Ford’s classics such asStagecoach (1939), to more current films within the last few decades including Thelma and Louise (1990),City Slickers II (1992), Mission Impossible II and Vertical Limit (both in 1999), and 127 Hours (2010).
Adding to the list this year is one of Walt Disney’s latest summer blockbusters The Lone Ranger. Directed by Gore Verbinski, The Lone Ranger filmed on location in Utah for 25 days last summer.
Ever wonder how a location scout would approach you if he or she was interested in renting your house to be used as a film location?
Last year, HBO location scout Laura Foley was in Marblehead, Massachusetts, in search of film locations for a production then known as the Untitled Larry David Project.
Ms. Foley scouted the idyllic New England town and dropped off the following letter at all the homes she was interested in using as film locations:
2012 was a busy year for Alabama’s film industry. 31 productions were filmed in the state. The impressive list includes feature films, documentaries, reality TV shows and commercials. Together, they created over 3,000 jobs for Alabama and spent a total of $33.5 million, an increase of $11.5 million since 2011.
This influx of filming activities has been spurred by the $10 million incentives approved by Alabama Legislature in 2009 when the state adopted the Entertainment Industry Incentive Act.
It has been a busy year for Memphis. For the fiscal year 2011-2012, over twenty productions have used Memphis as a film location or base while shooting in nearby regions. Among these are TLC’s What Not to Wear, the Food Network’sRestaurant: Impossible, Fox’s America’s Most Wanted and Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.
We wrote an article on this a while back, but have a quick update for you today.
Everybody Loves Whales, directed by Ken Kwapis, starring Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, and John Krasinski, is filming on location in Barrow, Alaska this weekend, October 29, 30 and 31.
The Casting Department for Everybody Loves Whales is looking for some of the local folks to “portray the many rescuers and reporters who went out to the ice to help free the whales or report on the story.”
The DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development (DC Film Office) launched its first podcast series, “Reel Talk with Film DC,” last week on August 27, 2012.
The Michigan Film Office recently announced in their press release that Michigan has approved the new television series Low Winter Sun for filming in the state.
Imagine ... a romantic church wedding set in the middle of an idyllic tree-lined suburb. Imagine ... a heart-stopping car chasing sequence on the winding roads of snow-capped mountains. Imagine ... a school of beautiful wild horses running through a vast open field.
On September 29, 2010, we blogged about a little movie filmed in Alaska called Everybody Loves Whales.It was later renamed Big Miracle. Earlier this month on February 3, 2012, Universal finally released this much-anticipated family movie to the delights of audiences of all ages.
Are you feeling a bit restless on this cold, blustery day in January? Wouldn’t it be nice to be somewhere warmer and sunnier - even if just for a few hours?
We’ve lined up three movies that guarantee to transport you to the tropics and keep you happy there for a while. All filmed on location in beautiful Hawaii, they’ll charm your winter socks off and make you forget the chill outside.
The three movies are 50 First Dates, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Blue Crush.If you’re a Netflix member,Blue Crushis currently on Instant Watch and you can stream it directly onto your television. For the other two flicks, a quick trip to your local video store will do.
It’s that time of the year again! The 2011 Oscar nominations were announced earlier this morning in Los Angeles. We’re thrilled to see a few of our favorite movies on the list: Winter’s Bone, Inception, Black Swan, The Social Network and 127 Hours. But topping it all is The King’s Speechwith 12 nominations, including for Best Picture and Director.
By now, you’ve probably heard all the buzz about the first feature film made entirely on an iPhone 4.
The movie is Paranmanjang or Night Fishing, made with a super-modest budget of under $135,000.
The director is Park Chan-Wook, one of South Korea’s most commercially successful young filmmakers. A few of his well-known movies are Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy (which won the Grand Prix award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival), and Thirst (which won the Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival).
We blogged about Perfectly Prudence filming on location in a private Michigan home earlier last month. Tonight, Saturday, January 8, 2011, this charming movie is premiering on the Hallmark Channel at 9/8c.