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WILMINGTON — It was a busy day for filming in downtown Wilmington. Special effects and big stars filled Front Street for the filming of “We’re the Millers,” but some business owners say the film traffic does not translate into traffic for their stores and restaurants.
There were some familiar and famous faces populating Front Street Monday afternoon.
Stars like Jason Sudeikis and Emma Roberts were on hand for some special effects scenes being shot downtown.
And while crowds came out to see the stars, some local business owners say Hollywood coming to Wilmington is more of a hindrance than a help.
“I’ve had some customers mention they’ve been stopped on the sidewalk, asked not to pass through, things like that, or divert to a secondary street. For some people that’s enough to make them turn around and go back,” said Paul Brown, owner of Java Dog Coffee House.
More than 600 residents and businesses downtown were warned they may lose water pressure while rain scenes were shot, but most said they didn’t notice a problem.
What Brown said he did notice Monday was a lack of business, even with signs that were put up by the movie’s crew informing people businesses were still open.
“A lot of people don’t see the signs, don’t read the signs, I’ve found in my experience,” Brown said.
But not everyone agrees. Some store employees said the cameras rolling outside actually bring film fans inside.
Assistant Manager at F.I.F.I., a downtown boutique, Cindy Stanforth said, “It’s just had people coming downtown who maybe wouldn’t have been. They stop in and ask lots of questions about what’s filming.”
When it comes down to it, Stanforth said any traffic downtown, whether people are shopping or not, is better than no traffic. And with tourists and locals alike swarming scene locations for a glimpse of their favorite actors, foot traffic won’t be a problem.
Some store owners also blame downtown road construction for periods of slower business.
Check out some fan photos from on set of We’re the Millers yesterday(August 13th) courtesy of Hannah Broders!
Below you can watch Emma’s appearance on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last night! Also captures have been added to the gallery!
Three clips were released today from Celeste and Jesse Forever, unfortunately the one involving Emma was used at Sundance Film Festival. The film is in select theaters on August 3rd! Check out HD captures plus video below!
Neutrogena brand ambassadors Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere kicked off the beauty company’s Wave for Change campaign, a philanthropic initiative that supports U.S. educational charities, and Teen Vogue got some insider advice straight from the girls. You can join in by watching Wave for Change videos on Neutrogena’s Facebook page and one dollar will automatically be donated to support educational programs or purchase the brand’s products that support the cause!
While on set for the campaign, the actresses admit a few of their past beauty no-nos (think spider lashes and loads of blush!) and say they’re now total advocates of the natural look. Outfits, on the other hand, are a whole other story—these girls love loads of color! Read on for more inside scoop and see behind-the-scenes pictures.
Emma Roberts filming Dito Montiel’s Empire State on the streets of Manhattan on July 8, 2012 in New York City. Check out the HQs and MQs below!
EDIT: Check out many more on set photos below! Check out another Neutrogena Wave for Change video and captures below!