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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!
Sony Pictures Classics could have a late-summer hit on its hands with Lee Toland Krieger’s “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” which scored a very strong debut in limited release. Its $28,003 per-theater-average blew away the much less impressive debuts of Millennium Entertainment’s “The Babymakers” and Magnolia’s “360.”
Notably, the weekend also saw Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” top the $40 million mark, inching toward replacing “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” as the highest grossing specialty release of 2012.
Check out the full rundown below.
“Celeste and Jesse Forever” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Sony Classics’ Sundance pickup “Celeste and Jesse Forever” was released on 4 screens this weekend to one of the year’s best limited debuts. The film — written by real-life best friends Rashida Jones (who also stars) and Will McCormack — grossed $112,011, averaging $28,003. That gave it the fifth best average of the year, behind “Moonrise Kingdom,” “To Rome With Love,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Bernie” — all of which are not bad company to be associated with.
“Celeste and Jesse” stars Jones, Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood, Emma Roberts and Ari Graynor. It follows a separated couple (Jones and Samberg) who try and remain best friends after breaking up. Sony Classics will expand the film significantly through August.
Happy it’s getting some great reviews! Check out more dates/theaters here! IF playing near you then go see it!
It’s not every day that you take a chainsaw to a $100,000 handbag, destroy a pair of designer shoes or direct actors to be bound to train tracks, chomp on raw meat and spontaneously sport a fresh black eye for fun.
But that can be a typical day for Tyler Shields, the controversial celebrity photographer (and now actor and director) notorious for accessorizing young Hollywood’s elite with guns, knives and murderous Barbies. In addition to appearing in two upcoming movies and making his feature directorial debut with the Nasser Entertainment and Prospect Park thriller Final Girl starring Abigail Breslin, set to begin shooting later this year, Shields will release his first photo book, The Dirty Side of Glamour. The book will debut with HarperCollins and IT Books publishing, available fall 2013.
“A big part of this book is about showing the freedom of yourself,” Shields told The Hollywood Reporter. “People get caught up in the idea of celebrity, fame, luxury, excess — but all they really are is an idea. I mean, every celebrity goes to the bathroom! They all eat; they’ve all had their heart broken! They’ve all done everything that every person has done, but they just live under a microscope.”
The cult of the celebrity is a theme Shields has explored with Hayden Panetierre, Alex Pettyfer, Demi Lovato, Josh Hutcherson and the casts of Glee and Revenge. Shields’ girlfriend Francesca Eastwood was captured pepper spraying a SWAT team, and Ashley Greene has voluntarily been gagged and roped to train tracks. Lindsay Lohan has alternated between blood, knives and a portrayal of Linda Lovelace. Emma Roberts — who Shields says “will text me five ideas in a day” — has posed alongside bloody and beheaded Barbie dolls and while biting a pile of hundred dollar bills.
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