Fresh off his Emmy win, Kelsey Grammer is back in charge for a new season of the Starz production, "Boss."With the new season means more work for Chicago area folk looking to get in on the action. The second season's production is now underway.On March 21, Romeoville will be the town for the action. However, casting calls are out as well. Here is part of the item from their recent listing:Here is the casting notice from their Facebook page: At this time, we are currently looking for submissions from Extras who worked last season only. Submissions for everyone else will follow shortly.If you worked last season, please submit to email@example.com with the following information: Name, Contact Info (email and phone), attach a recent photo and your general availability starting March 19.AdvertisementIn the subject line, please include the character(s) you were cast as, for example, "Boss Submission" - Core (Mayor's Office), Security, Reporter, City Council, Stand-In (specify), Photo-Double (specify), etc.Additionally, if you have never formally registered with us - you need to do so. If you haven’t updated your registration within the last year, we ask that you send in an updated registration.Subject Line: Registration or Updated Registration to firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are wondering if you should send in an update, it probably means you should do so.
Another Chicago shoot is on the way: "Relanxious" will start filming in Chicago soon (likely this summer) and stars Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis. Fred Armisen and Brie Larson are two more announced in the cast. It is a comedy about a woman who suffers from anxiety. She falls for a guy who is an agoraphobic.
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With news that Rosie O'Donnell was taking her show from Chicago to New York, jobs were lost, too.Now, the announcement that Steve Harvey will be bring his show to Chicago, jobs will be gained. A little good news on that front came for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's office today. It has been learned that up to 100 jobs will be needed when this happens, according to NBCUniversal."Our commitment to the film industry is helping us bring new shows to Illinois and create jobs for our residents," Gov. Quinn said. "We are pleased to welcome Steve Harvey to the great state of Illinois, and look forward to a long-lasting relationship with the show, NBCUniversal and Endemol USA."The show will debut this fall and is expected to cover a variety of topics, ranging from relationships and parenting to navigating today’s workplace, while incorporating his comedy roots."I commend the state of Illinois - the Governor’s Office, the Film Office and Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity - in their proactive efforts to attract film and television production to their state, and in particular making it possible to bring the ‘Steve Harvey’ production to Chicago," said Barry Wallach, president, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution. "Chicago is an outstanding, multicultural city that offers access to talented production crews, the best audiences in the country and is the perfect home for ‘Steve Harvey’."The Illinois Film Office (IFO) actively pursues film projects by promoting Illinois. And with the Illinois Film Tax Credit has been instrumental in spurring growth of Illinois’ film industry.Besides the jobs, the governor's office also noted the potential for an influx of tourism as the show will have an audience.Meanwhile, NBCUniversal estimates that production will bring millions of dollars to Chicago-area merchants and businesses.
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We reported on the home page extensively about Zac Efron, Dennis Quaid filming here as well...my reports are all over the we, too...check Associated Content...
De Kalb casting call on EMMY DAY! the untitled Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron film will have a casting call in De Kalb, Il., this Sunday (Sept. 18)..now working under the title "Heartland" - - hope that doesn't stay...How about, "I Do Not Want To Be A Farmer." Or "Never NASCAR" or "In The Footsteps of My Father" -- more to come...and yes, "The Playboy Club" filmed in Sycamore and people hate it already...but "Mad Men" and "Pan Am" are along the same vein (yes, vein)...plus, "The Playboy Club" may suck on its own so just wait and see...
What: Open casting call for extras of all ages in an untitled Ramin Bahrani film
Where: Egyptian Theatre, 135 North Second St., DeKalb
When: 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18..
Oh, and Heather Graham (Austin Powers) has been added to the
cast...that may not help it because of her rep.
SUPER IN ILLINOIS, long before it happened: Most scenes in Plano. 10 weeks of shooting. Cast includes Kevin Costner, Diane Lane. Zack Snyder ("Sucker Punch") to direct. Plano to be used for "Smallville." Scouting (code) title of this film was "Autumn Frost," notes Production Weekly. Amy Adams announced as Lois Lane. British actor as Superman. Internal shots will be filmed in Canada. Will track for potential work. *** Illinois film Office refuses to confirm this yet. They do note that it is coming to Illinois. So, even if not Plano... In an effort to continue to look at business in Illinois silver linings, Rosie has announced that she will be taking over Harpo Studios after Oprah officially leaves (in May). Keep that studio buzzing with business. One more thing: I think it's about time for Johnny Depp to be seriously considered for an Oscar. Let's hope he nails his upcoming role in "Dark Shadows." Vampires have taken over Hollywood, now award one, right? Even though the Illinois Film Office has not (yet) confirmed it, the news that "Superman: Man of Steel" being shot in Illinois, is good news.
With the possibilities of the tax incentives ending, and the rumors that Caterpillar may leave the state because of high taxes, let the filming begin. And bring more, if possible, before those incentives run dry.
The production will no doubt bring an influx of cash and jobs to Illinois. It doesn’t matter if they are not to last, having a film company come to a nearby town (or state) is exciting and can be just the spark needed to jumpstart motivation and attitudes.
With a projected budget of $175 million, according to Crain’s Chicago Business, the cast is also being confirmed. Recently announced was Amy Adams taking the role of Lois Lane. Earlier announcements included Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as the Superman’s Earthly parents, the Kents. Meanwhile, the Man of Steel will be played by a British actor Henry Cavill. That may be a drawback for some with this reboot.
Look for the town of Plano, Il., to take over for "Smallville" as this production gets going - - with interior shots to be done in Canada.
Taking a look back at some pictures filmed in Illinois since 2003, it seems as if Hollywood successfully stopped in the Midwest and enjoyed its stay. Not counting 2009, where only three major motion pictures called Illinois home, last year saw "Transformers 3" and "Contagion," just to name a few. Oh, yes, there is that movie titled "Source Code," which opens this weekend, brought in bucks to the state.
The business of show is just as important, or more important, than the gossip that follows. Let’s hope Hollywood continues to look at Illinois as a backdrop.
Furthermore, Oprah Winfrey leaves the state in May, but Rosie O’Donnell will set up shop in Harpo Studios, so that will keep the business buzzing there. Oh, and "The Chicago Code" on Fox has been renewed.