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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

  • 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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moobie moobie 9 years
CT is great and all, but it's not b/c we're the hot spot for Hollywood. Its because Jodi rell, our state Govenor made a huge tax cut on any filming in the state. Now Hollywood is taking advantage and thus this the reason behind all these hollwood movies being made in CT.
itchyworm itchyworm 9 years
cool! i love CT, it's so peaceful there...
BShax BShax 9 years
Hey Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants TWO is shooting in CT, too.
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
My husband and I just honeymooned there the weekend for last, and we loved it :)
CatarinaBella521 CatarinaBella521 9 years
I work for a water company in Bridgeport, CT and we constantly get people coming in for hydrant rigs & stuff for the films, ah my brushes with fame lol! My co-worker always is asking if she can be an extra! One movie they didn't mention (and I can't imagine why ;)) Steven Seagal was filming in Bridgeport for a straight to DVD movie he's filming...go CT!!
t-and-co t-and-co 9 years
My parents live in Darien, and I had NO idea Revolutionary Road was filming there...I might have to make some trips back home. :)
malzie89 malzie89 9 years
haha..not me, and ive lived here all my lofe! lol
woodycakes woodycakes 9 years
who knew CT was so hip? :D
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Go CT! I love my state; love it even more now that it is getting the attention it deserves. There's like 8 films being filmed around the state. I wish that I could have meet Joaquin Phoenix however maybe he'll flm here again sometime!
JennaV JennaV 9 years
I say yay! It seems like almost all movies are filmed in Canada, so it is nice seeing things being filmed here in the US.
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