As we all know, with the passing of Elizabeth Taylor yesterday we lost a true legend in Hollywood. Boston was truly blessed to not only watch her on our local movie screens but to see her grace Boston's theatre stage. This is just one early example of Boston's ties with Hollywood. But never before has the city been so highlighted in Hollywood then in recent years. The Town, The Fighter, The Departed, The Women, The Social Network, 21, Knight and Day, to name just a few. Take the good with the bad, the scenes in recent movies, haven't always been so favorable, but all in all movie goers have gained a wonderful appreciation for the architecture of Boston's Back Bay and South End classic brownstones and cafes, the sweeping views of the Charles River, of Cambridge and Harvard's famous campus, the charming streets of Charlestown and the bustling streets of South Boston. And of course, who can forget the insider sneak peaks at Fenway Park during The Town. If you have walked the Back Bay, South End, Cambridge, Downtown Boston, Charlestown, South Boston, the Waterfron and the Fenway, in the last few years, you were bound to run into the equipment, wardrobe and catering trucks as well as those non-sensical directional signs pointing the way to set. All creating quite the buzz in our small often underappreciated city.
Thanks to Hollywood's latest "IT" guy and Boston bad boy turned legend-in-the making, Mark Wahlberg, we have a new movie coming to Boston's South End. This movie, set to film here in May, is a Seth McFarlane creation about a man whose teddy bear comes alive due to a wish made during his childhood. Wahlberg and Black Swan star Mila Kunis star in this movie. The scenes will be shot in and around Chandler and St. Charles streets. Areas around Columbus Ave, Clarendon St/Appleton St/Berkeley St, will be blocked off for film equipment.
But don't worry residents...Hollywood is picking up your parking bill...just look for flyers to be passed out before filming. If only they would have supplied parking during the blizzards.