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Connecticut: The Latest Filmmaking Hot Spot

I never knew Connecticut was so hip, but recently there has been a surge in movie news involving the Nutmeg State. What is it about the place that is attracting so many Hollywood types? Its idyllic fall foliage? The quaint colonial towns? The stately architecture of Yale? The many Dunkin' Donuts?


Most exciting — for those living in the greater New Haven area, that is — is today's post on SpielbergFilms about the open casting call for extras to star in the upcoming Indiana Jones 4 movie. The website post says:

The production is holding an open casting call for extras to appear in a sequence where Indy tears through campus on a motorcycle (along Chapel Street in New Haven). The call, organized by Billy Dowd Casting, will be held on Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12 at the Omni Hotel at Yale between 1 p.m.-9 p.m. both days.

So hop to it, citizens of Connecticut! You could be in an Indiana Jones movie!

What else is going on in quaint little CT? Check it out:

  • The marriage drama Revolutionary Road, based on the 1961 Richard Yates novel and starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, takes place in the peaceful-yet-suffocating Connecticut suburbia in the 1950s. According to IMDB, the movie is filming in three separate CT locations.
  • More Connecticutlicious goings-on if you read more

  • The very similarly titled Reservation Road, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo & Jennifer Connolly and based on the excellent book by John Burnham Schwartz, also takes place in CT. The movie centers around the aftermath of a hit-and-run which kills a child and was filmed in both Stamford and Bristol. Hopefully the makers of both Revolutionary and Reservations Roads will be able to do their respective books justice.
  • Virginia Madsen has been cast in the spooky-sounding supernatural thriller A Haunting in Connecticut, which "tells the true story of a family forced to relocate near a clinic where their teenage son is being treated for cancer. There, they discover that the home they have rented is a former mortuary with a dark history that might account for the extraordinary manifestations of the boy's illness and the supernatural events that threaten the family." True story: Yipes!
  • Laws of Motion, an indie comedy now starring Ginnifer Goodwin in addition to Hilary Swank, Matthew Perry and Ben Foster, will film in Connecticut. The story "centers on a husband (Perry) struggling with life in a repressive career and community and enduring headaches caused by his free-spirited brother (Foster) and sister (Goodwin). Swank will play a supporting role as the all-too-perfect neighbor of Perry's harried character."

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