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That's A Wrap!

November 26, 2008 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

For the past two months we've been tracking movies filming in Michigan. And, oh, what we’ve seen: From Christina Ricci at the RennFest to Rob Schneider partying in Greektown, it’s been quite a ride.

But just because our column is ending, filming in Michigan continues. In fact, according to the movie's official website, “Intent” begins shooting in Novi tomorrow. The movie stars Andrew McCarthy, which is good for him since his day job on "Lipstick Jungle" seems to be coming to an end. Oh, and did we mention that "Twilight" phenom, Jackson Rathbone is also starring? You'll be able to check out set pictures on the movie's website once filming is underway.

If you have any suggestions for our next "Chasing" map, do send them our way at tips@jaunted.com.

Related Stories:
· Chasing Michigan [Jaunted]
· Intent [Official Site]
· It's Looking Bleak, Brooke [Perez Hilton]

[Photo: Slate]

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Whiner Wonderland

November 24, 2008 at 12:45 PM | by | ()

Since we started our Chasing Michigan series last month, we've touted all of the things that make Michigan a perfect filming location: Friendly people, tax breaks, a variety of locations. But we think the cast and crew of "High School" may have discovered the one downfall: The harsh winter weather.

One extra, who was on set during the first week of shooting, wrote in Joy to the Blog that the cold weather was her "own personal misery." Michael Chiklis filmed his first scene for the movie in the snow, and last week the cast and crew set up a car crash in Howell bundled up in puffy jackets, winter hats and heavy gloves. The irony of all this is that the film is actually set in southern California!

This may explain why Adrien Brody, who is also starring in "High School," is so cranky lately. Perez Hilton reports that in a very recent interview with The Advocate, Brody flat out refused to answer some of the interviewer’s questions. When the reporter told Brody he was trying to "show your sense of humor here," Brody responded, "I didn’t sign up for that." Ouch, someone might want to invest in a pair of long johns.

If you have any tips about movies or celebrities filming in Michigan, let us know at tips@jaunted.com.

Related Stories:
· Movie’s a Smash in Howell [Livingston Daily]
· High School-The Movie, Not The Musical & Kitchen Inspiration [Joy to the Blog]
· Adrien Brody Has No Sense Of Humor [Perez Hilton]

[Photo of a "High School" crew member: Livingston Daily]

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Adrien Brody Has A Craving

November 20, 2008 at 9:50 AM | by | ()

Since "High School" started shooting in Howell, Michigan last week, we’ve heard about a few local celebrity sightings. One tipster spotted Adrien Brody in the Northville Trader Joe’s on November 13. He must have had quite a craving for something in particular because Trader Joe’s is a more than 30 minute drive from the filming location in Howell!

If it’s a good meal he’s after, he might want to check out the Grand Rapids International Wine & Food Festival this weekend. Grand Rapids' finest restaurants will be providing "small plate" samples of their best cuisine. More importantly, there will be more than 500 different types of wine, beer and spirits from around the world to sample. That sounds like a festival Brody can get behind.

If you have any tips about movies or celebrities filming in Michigan, let us know at tips@jaunted.com.

Related Stories:
· Grand Rapids International Wine & Food Festival [Official Site]
· Crew Set to Converge on Howell to Film Movie [MLive]

[Photo: Wall Paper Base]

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Rob Schneider And Detroit, We Can Do It!

November 18, 2008 at 11:00 AM | by | ()

"Virgin on Bourbon Street" is filming yet another party scene in Greektown, Detroit tomorrow from 8 am to 8 pm. This marks the fourth time the production has been in Greektown in less than a month, which got us thinking, what exactly is Greektown?

Turns out, it's a small area of Downtown Detroit that features streets lined with neon signs, restaurants, bars, shops and a casino. That explains why they chose Greektown to stand in for Bourbon Street!

Of course, there are several Greek restaurants in the area, named for the population that settled in the nabe. Two of the most popular restaurants are the Astoria Bakery and the New Hellas Café which was once featured on Emeril Live; both are located on Monroe Street. The most notable structure in Greektown is the Second Baptist Church, at 441 Monroe Street. It was used as a stop on the Underground Railroad and is the home of Michigan's first African American congregation.

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Guess The Diva

November 11, 2008 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

Apparently, one of the stars of "Demoted" thought they were too good for a hotel gym while filming in Michigan last month. The manager of the Novi Sheraton, where the cast stayed for the duration of the shoot, told The Livingston Daily that the film’s stars had some unusual requests including treadmills in their rooms and specific kinds of water. Who do you think was being a diva? Our money’s on Sean Astin. If you want to live the life of a movie star, rooms at the Novi Sheraton start at $174, though you may have to bring your own treadmill.

Rob Schneider on the other hand has been acting like anything but a diva while filming "Virgin on Bourbon Street" in Detroit. The comedian told News Blaze that he doesn't mind the attention he has been getting since arriving in Michigan:

(In LA) they could yawn if they see Tom Cruise walking down the street, but here, people are really excited. They couldn't have been nicer.

We wouldn't expect any less from Rob; he seems like the type of guy who likes to be among the people.

If you've had a celebrity sighting in Michigan, let us know at tips@jaunted.com, especially if he or she was a diva!

Related Stories:
· Focus Is on Livingston County as Movie Shoot Approaches [Livingston Daily]
· Michigan Extras It's All About the Movies [News Blaze]
· Chasing Michigan: Sean Astin, Michael Vartan and David Cross are Still "Demoted" [Jaunted]

[Photo: Southfield Public Library]

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Rosie Finds Her Man In Detroit

November 7, 2008 at 1:30 PM | by | ()

Last week, Rosie O’Donnell was in Detroit on a scouting mission for her new film, "America." Rosie co-wrote, will star in and is producing the Lifetime movie about a teenager who is caught up in the foster care system. She was in town looking for a teenage boy to play the film’s lead--and found him at a small restaurant where he was having lunch with his family. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

While in town, Rosie checked out Kathy Griffin’s stand up act at Detroit’s Fox Theater and then took the time to write about the whole experience in her blog. According the Detroit Free Press, Rosie wrote:

I am in Detroit, Michigan / Where the recession is already the depression / Hard 2 believe -- unless u see it / We must save this city.

Way to uplift the community, Ro!

Don't forget, if you have any tips about movies filming in Michigan, let us know at tips@jaunted.com.

Related Stories:
· Rosie Cares About Detroit [Detroit News]
· Rosie O'Donnell's Incredible Search for "America" [ET]

[Photo: David Shankbone]

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Chasing Michigan: Rob Schneider Still in Detroit

November 5, 2008 at 1:30 PM | by | ()

We've learned even more about "Virgin on Bourbon Street," the new Rob Schneider movie filming in Detroit. Variety reports "It is a sex comedy that sees a night of debauchery threaten the university career of a sexually abstinent woman student." It also appears that Schneider is making a movie sans Adam Sandler for a change. If you want to see the man for yourself, they'll be filming at the bars at Greektown in Detroit tomorrow night.

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Brody And Chiklis Go Back To High School

November 3, 2008 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

A new month means a new project in Michigan. This week Adrien Brody and Michael Chiklis will land in Howell to begin filming "High School." Brody plays a drug dealer who sells to kids at the high school, and Chiklis plays the principal. Perfect casting, isn't it?

Shooting is scheduled to begin on November 10, and the town is already buzzing as a brand new stage is being built for the film and permits are being issued to close roads for filming.

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The Ultimate Halloween Party

Where: 84 E Ferry St. [map], Detroit, MI, United States
October 31, 2008 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

No plans for Halloween? How about hanging out at a frat party with Rob Schneider? As we mentioned last week, Rob is filming "Virgin on Bourbon Street" in Michigan and they are looking for extras for several scenes.

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Chasing Michigan: Sean Astin, Back On Our Radar

October 29, 2008 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

It's been more than a week since we had any Sean Astin sightings, and we were starting to worry. But now, all is right with the world. He was spotted over the weekend filming scenes for "Demoted" in Framington.

The cast was filming a scene in the bowling alley, Drakeshire Lanes. The alley's owner, Jerry Harris, and his staff even got in on the action as background actors. We've heard "Demoted" will be wrapping soon. Sean, what will we do without you?

If you have any tips about movies filming in Michigan, let us know at tips@jaunted.com!

Related Stories:
· Chasing Michigan: Sean Astin, Michael Vartan and David Cross Are Still "Demoted" [Jaunted]
· Hollywood Film Crew Visits Drakeshire Lanes [Hometown Life]

[Photo: KieferSutherland24]

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Is Cloris Leachman Intent on Livonia?

October 27, 2008 at 3:30 PM | by | ()

We've heard through the grapevine that Cloris Leachman might be sashaying into Michigan next month for the movie "Intent" which begins filming in Livonia on November 10. This, of course, all depends on how far she makes it on "Dancing with the Stars." At the rate she is going, she might actually make it to the end.

If you want a chance to share the screen with the Oscar winning actress, the movie's official site says they are still casting extras. Maybe you could even ask her to dance!

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Chasing Michigan: Rob Schneider Wants You

October 24, 2008 at 11:33 AM | by | ()

Another movie is filming in Michigan next week and you can be in it! The new film "Virgin on Bourbon Street," starring Rob Schneider and Jenna Dewan, begins filming Tuesday in Detroit and they need extras to fill three key scenes. Here are the details according to Newsradio 950:

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