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GARDNER — Breakout hit show “Castle Rock” has chosen Gardner as a place to film its upcoming second season, according to Joshua Cormier, the city’s assistant planning director.

“The city of Gardner has been chosen as one of the featured filming locations for ‘Castle Rock’ season two,” he said, describing the opportunity as a “chance for us to showcase the city.”

The web television show is an original series from the streaming service Hulu, and made local news last summer for using Orange as one of the main filming locations for its first season.

A psychological horror, the show is based off the storytelling of author Stephen King. The town of Orange, about 20 miles west of Gardner, was used as the filming location for the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine in the first season.

Other communities in Massachusetts, including Devens where New England Studios is located, were used for filming as well.

The show is an anthology series, with the second season to feature a different story line and cast.

According to multiple media reports, the second season will once again feature the setting of Castle Rock, Maine and also introduce the new setting of Jerusalem Lot’s, Maine – another fictional town that has appeared in King’s writing.

Cormier serves as Gardner’s contact person for companies that are interested in scouting the city for possible filming locations, explaining the Massachusetts Film Office will reach out to him about opportunities.

He helps facilitate the process, but ultimately when it comes to any filming on private property, an agreement on that is worked out between the filming company and property owner.

Cormier said he could not discuss the specifics of Gardner’s involvement in filming the second season of “Castle Rock,” only that he could confirm multiple commercial and residential properties in the city will be used.

Regarding timeline, he indicated filming could begin in the near future and continue at various points until October.

Cormier said scenes shot in Gardner will serve as “an adjacent city to Castle Rock” in the show.

“This will probably be the most significant film project we’ve had in the last two decades,” he said.

Cormier recalled that in the early 1990s, Gardner (specifically the Blue Moon diner) was used as a filming location for the movie “School Ties” starring actor Brendan Fraser, which was released in 1992.

He said the city has developed a “nice relationship” with the film and production crew from the show “Castle Rock,” saying that Gardner made a good first impression and proved to be an appealing option for them, among a number of areas they considered.

“We believe it will be beneficial to both sides and look forward to working with the ‘Castle Rock’ team for as long as they would like to film in Gardner,” he said.

According to the Greenfield Recorder, the town of Orange is scheduled to be used again for filming the show’s second season.

A premier date for the second season has yet to be announced.

Masters of Sex alumna Lizzy CaplanTim Robbins (Here and Now), Garrett Hedlund (Mosaic) and Eighth Grade star Elsie Fisher are set to lead the Season 2 cast of Hulu’s psychological horror series Castle Rock, from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King. Also set as series regulars are Yusra Warsama(Assassin’s Creed: Origins), Barkhad Abdi (Blade Runner 2049) and Matthew Alan (13 Reasons Why).

In Season 2, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes (Caplan), Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.

Caplan’s Annie Wilkes is a nurse and superfan battling to overcome mental health issues.

Robbins is Reginald “Pop” Merrill. The Patriarch of Stephen King’s iconic crime family, Pop is dying of cancer and at a reckoning with his family.

Hedlund plays John “Ace” Merril. Castle Rock’s legendary bully, Ace is taking over his uncle Pop’s businesses and threatening a fragile peace with nearby Jerusalem’s Lot.

Fisher is Joy. Annie’s home-schooled teenage daughter, Joy is starting to have questions about her mother’s sanity.

Warsam is Dr. Nadia Omar. The Harvard-trained Somali medical director of a rural hospital in Jerusalem’s Lot, Dr. Omar’s rational and scientific mind will be put to the test.

Abdi will portray Abdi Omar. The tough, older brother of Nadia, Abdi leads the charge to build a Somali community center that will deepen the roots of his people in Maine.

Alan plays Chris Merrill. Pop’s nephew and Ace’s brother, Chris struggles to keep peace between the Merrills and the Somali community.

Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson, Dustin Thomason, Vince Calandra, Sam Shaw, Stephen King and Liz Glotzer. Castle Rock hails from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Caplan starred as human sexuality research pioneer Virginia Johnson in Masters Of Sex, which ran on Showtime for four seasons. The role earned her an Emmy nomination. She’ll soon be seen opposite Octavia Spencer in Apple’s upcoming drama series Are You Sleeping? She is repped by WME, Rise Management and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

Robbins is coming off a starring role in HBO’s Alan Ball series Here and Now.He’s next set to star on the big screen alongside Anne Hathaway and Mark Ruffalo in Todd Haynes’ untitled drama about the DuPont pollution scandal.

Alan is best known for his recurring role on Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. He can next be seen on HBO’s upcoming Lovecraft Country and recurring on Season 3 of FX’s Snowfall. Alan is repped by AKA Talent and Main Title.

Hedlund is coming out in Triple Frontier and Dirt Music. He is repped by Brillstein, WME and Sloane Offer.

Garrett Hedlund (left) and Charlie Hunnam —PHOTOS BY RUBEN V. NEPALES

LOS ANGELES—It was interesting to watch Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund, buddies in real life and playing brothers in the movie “Triple Frontier,” seated together in our recent interview at the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown.

Paired together, the handsome actors often stroked their beards, clasped their hands or leaned forward at the same time.

“He was doing that to me yesterday,” Charlie, 38, said about Garrett, 34, playfully imitating his moves. Laughing, Charlie admitted, “It f***ed me up.”

But on that afternoon, the two seemed to be spontaneously in sync with their gestures.

Not surprisingly, Charlie (as William “Ironhead” Miller) and Garrett (Ben Miller) play brothers in director JC Chandor’s testosterone-heavy action-adventure for Netflix, “Triple Frontier.”

Add Ben Affleck (Tom “Redfly” Davis), Oscar Isaac (Santiago “Pope” Garcia) and Pedro Pascal (Francisco “Catfish” Morales) and you have five former US Special Forces operatives who reunite to stage a heist—rob a drug lord in South America.

Garrett Hedlund (left) and Charlie Hunnam —PHOTOS BY RUBEN V. NEPALES

For a change, these dudes go on a dangerous mission for themselves, not for their country. Of course, twists and surprises test their skills and loyalties to each other.

Asked if they have been mistaken for each other, the English Charlie answered, “Funny enough, no. But when we spend a lot of time together, people would always ask us if we were brothers. But I’ve never gotten like, ‘Are you that guy from ‘Friday Night Lights’?”

“No,” Garrett confirmed. With a smile, the American actor added, “And I just like that Charlie’s response is always, ‘Yes, we are brothers. Which one do you think is younger (laughs)?’”

“You know, these roles weren’t originally written as brothers,” Charlie stressed. Garrett finished Charlie’s answer: “Pope (Oscar Isaac) and Redfly (Ben Affleck) were meant to be brothers.”

Charlie shared, “JC (Chandor) was talking to both of us. But he felt that we looked so similar and have a similar sensibility that it would be distracting to have us onscreen together. Then, he had this eureka moment and that he could change the script, write us as brothers and hire us both.”

On their roles, Garrett described his as: “I play Ben Miller, the younger brother to Charlie’s character. We’re all with Special Forces with every ability that you’re taught within the Special Forces. We are able to accomplish any task that the military asks. And we’re brought together for this mission, which seems impossible.”

Garrett Hedlund (left) and Charlie Hunnam —PHOTOS BY RUBEN V. NEPALES

Charlie: “I portray William Miller, a guy who had a strong purpose and dedicated his life to developing an extraordinary skill set. And now, he’s still in the prime of his life and completely disillusioned because he has no outlet.”

Since the movie revolves around the guys’ daring plan to steal millions of dollars in a drug kingpin’s house, we asked what their relationship to moolah was, especially during their struggling years as an actor.

“Money is a huge motivating factor until the moment that it’s not,” Charlie replied first. “Then, you realize that a lot of what you attributed to your desire for should be attributed to some existential quandary that you have, trying to derive some sort of meaning from your existence.”

Garrett recounted, “The first time Charlie and I met was at a poker tournament in his backyard. So money has a lot to do with our relationship at the beginning of our careers together (laughs). Charlie said it first, that he realized he disliked me, then I realized that I also disliked him.”

Garrett continued, “When I first got to LA, I remember one film in particular that Randall Wallace was directing. They said they were interested in me, but they were particularly interested in this Charlie Hunnam because he’s so worldly.”

Garrett joked, “And I came from Newcastle, Minnesota. (He was born in Roseau, Minnesota.) Charlie is the one who is from Newcastle upon Tyne.”

“United Kingdom, Great Britain,” Charlie emphasized, laughing.

“Charlie just got back from Vietnam and he owned swords,” Garrett added. “I had a little apartment with some Ikea furniture, maybe just a futon. He had a house (laughs). I grew up in northern Minnesota in a very small town with two stoplights.

“To be able to get to do this job and work with friends in these particular films and the locations we got to work in—it’s quite incredible.”

Charlie pointed out, “The perception of how much happiness and stability money will give you and the reality of it is so disproportionate.

“I secretly felt that my character, Ironhead, is the only one who really understood why he was going on this mission, which was, he knew he was floundering without his brothers, and without a deep purpose. That mission gave him a sense of substance in his life.”

On what was the most expensive thing that he recently bought for himself, Charlie shared, “I don’t care about cars, but I got a nice car [three years ago]. It was an Audi A6 which is sort of midrange, but it’s still much nicer than anything I’ve ever driven.

“What money does is buy you the freedom to be able to spend your time the way you want to spend it and not be beholden to uncaring machinery. That is the way capitalistic society can enslave and rob you of your personal freedom.”

Garrett Hedlund (left) and Charlie Hunnam —PHOTOS BY RUBEN V. NEPALES

For his part, Garrett said, “I would buy an island just like Tim McGraw’s.”

Charlie asked, “Where is his island?”

Garrett answered, “I’m not supposed to disclose.” (It’s in the Bahamas, according to Architecture Digest, which featured this island home of Tim and his wife, Faith Hill.)

But for now, Garrett cited his “house in Los Angeles” as his biggest expense. “I’m happy settling down. I’ve lived so minimalist. I was always appreciative of living in very small spaces because I thought it made me feel bigger in a way, or made me go out and see the world more because … I didn’t want to stay in there because I felt confined.

“But when I bought a house, I’d wake up and do things all around the house. I found I wasn’t leaving my home for days and weeks.”

“It’s such a good point because you do become beholden to the things you own,” Charlie said. “And if you have a large house, you’re going have to look after that house.”

And with that, Garrett and Charlie again stroked their beards pensively. At the same time.

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The Tribeca Film Festival has set its full feature slate for 2019, selecting 103 titles including world premieres of films by Jared LetoChristoph Waltz, and Margot Robbie.

The 18th edition of the festival, which runs from April 24 to May 5, will include documentaries from Antoine Fuqua, Werner Herzog, and Abel Ferrara, and music-focused docs highlighting the lead singer of band INXS (“Mystify: Michael Hutchence”), Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman (“The Quiet One”), and musician Linda Ronstadt (“Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice”) with Sheryl Crow performing after the premiere.

Leto’s “A Day in the Life of America” is a crowd-sourced documentary featuring footage from all 50 states on July 4, 2017. Waltz is making his directorial debut with the crime drama “Georgetown,” starring himself, Annette Bening, and Vanessa Redgrave. Robbie stars in and produces “Dreamland,” a Depression-era drama set in the Oklahoma dustbowl.

Other notable titles include “Mad Men” producer Semi Chellas making her directorial debut with “American Woman,” a drama set amid the 1974 Patty Hearst kidnapping; “Only,” with Freida Pinto and Leslie Odom Jr.; Elijah Wood in “Come to Daddy”; Billy Crystal in “Standing Up, Falling Down”; and the documentary “Framing John DeLorean,” starring Alec Baldwin.

Half of the films selected in the three competition sections are directed by women and 40% of the feature films have one or more women directors, while 29% of the feature films are directed by people of color and 13% of the feature films are by individuals who identify as LGBTQIA. The 2019 festival was programmed from more than 9,295 total submissions.

“Our goal each year is to strike a balance between discovering new talent and showcasing new projects by notable filmmakers and storytellers,” said Paula Weinstein, executive VP of Tribeca Enterprises.

Festival director Cara Cusumano said, “Every festival is shaped by and reflective of its community, and we are fortunate that our hometown just happens to be the most diverse city on Earth.”

Tribeca has already announced that it will open on April 24 at New York’s Apollo Theater with the world premiere of Roger Ross Williams’ documentary “The Apollo.” The festival has not yet announced its Centerpiece and closing night films.

The world premiere of Netflix’s Triple Frontier was action-packed both on and off the screen. On the screen: Stars Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal served guests shootouts, fist fights, riddle-solving reconnaissance, and first-rate adrenaline rushes in the jungles of Colombia. Off the screen: Throngs of guests braved the impending snowstorm, waiting in a line that wrapped around Columbus Circle as New York City public school cancellations were coming in via phone and email.

When asked about the cast, director J.C. Chandor didn’t hesitate to gush about the powerhouse crew, which included actor-director Affleck. “This group of people was more than I could ever ask for, frankly. I got a handful!” Chandor said. “When Ben came on, it just felt like he had done the whole superhero world and had a lot of pressure coming from that side of the business, and I think he was excited to come back and play a person … he was just perfect for it.” Affleck plays a retired special ops veteran who gets offered a deal too good to pass up. He and some fellow veterans, played by Isaac, Hunnam, Hedlund, and Pascal, switch the war-hero narrative and utilize their cutthroat skills to steal cash from a Colombian drug lord. In keeping with the cash-hoarding theme, the red carpet was wallpapered with bundles of bills. Mesmerized, quite a few people (myself included) flipped through the bills to see whether the cash was real! (Alas, it was not.)

Despite the male-heavy theme, it wasn’t a complete boys’ club. The female lead, played by Adria Arjona (True Detective), held her own as Yovanna. Arjona told Vogue that it was refreshing to play the character. “We’re seeing a lot of Hispanics being portrayed as sexy mamasitas, and this is a reflection of a true Latin American, a humble woman. She’s only trying to find a better life for her and her brother, and I think it’s so relatable to the women in my country.” Half Puerto Rican and half Guatemalan, the actress spoke her native tongue in the film. (Arjona would tease Chandor about his shaky ability to roll his R’s.) “I love [being in Colombia] because it was my language. To speak Spanish and feel that Hispanic flavor, I feel very much at home.” For the event, Arjona wore an Oscar de la Renta gown. “I felt it was important to wear a Hispanic designer tonight.”

After the screening, guests made their way from the Jazz at Lincoln Center theater around the corner to the after-party. Dog tags granted partygoers top-secret access. Up above, a replica of the getaway helicopter in the film served as a chandelier; down below, guests found themselves in their own jungle adventure in the middle of New York City. Confronted with palms and banana trees, any thoughts of snow melted away.

The action packed Triple Frontier premieres in select theaters on March 6th and arrives on Netflix on March 13th.

There is a small mention in this article about Garrett getting an early offer, doesn’t say anything more about what for, but I’ve included the whole thing as it’s an interesting read:

With the bulk of broadcast pilots picked up, the networks and studios are already busy drawing up their casting wish lists and sending out offers to their top picks. As usual, there are a few names that keep cropping up.

Raking in early offers this year are The Leftovers, Fargo and The Sinner alumna Carrie Coon, former Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan, Billions‘ Malin Akerman & Salvation lead Santiago Cabrera.

Akerman co-stars on the Showtime drama series Billions as Lara, wife of Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis). The network confirmed to Deadline that her deal has been adjusted to enable her to pursue other series. She will no longer be a series regular but will continue to recur on Billions.

Also fielding multiple offers are Morena Baccarin, who is wrapping the final season of Gotham, The Walking Deadand Colony alumna Sarah Wayne Callies, former Lost star Matthew Fox, veteran Jimmy Smits, The Good Wife’s Josh Charles and Daredevil/The Punisher‘s Deborah Ann Woll.

It has now become regular practice for big-name actors to do sign one-year deals for broadcast series, making them available for pilots more frequently. That is currently the case with Sela Ward and Kelsey Grammer who both are fielding interest. They are one-season series regulars on freshman dramas FBI and Proven Innocent, respectively.

Also getting early offers are David Duchovny, Orange Is the New Black standout Uzo Aduba, It’s Always Sunny and The Mick’s Kaitlin Olson,Andy Garcia, former Suburgatory star Jane LevyKerry Bishe (Halt and Catch Fire), Allison Tolman (Fargo), How To Get Away with Murder‘s Alfred EnochRosemarie DeWittAri Graynor (I’m Dying Up Here), Rose Byrne, Josh GadRamon Rodriguez, Tron‘s Garrett Hedlund, Gotham’s Donal LogueJada Pinkett-Smith, Walton Goggins, Girls’ Allison Williams, Elementary star Lucy Liu and Topher Grace.

The leading ladies of several successful shows that recently ended their runs are being courted to return to series TV, The Americans‘ Keri Russell, Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, New Girl’s Zooey Deschanel and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Ellie Kemper.

With The Big Bang Theory coming to an end, co-star Melissa Rauch is being approached for pilots, with others, including Kaley Cuoco, also being talked about.

Meanwhile, three How I Met Your Mother alums are on pilot directors’ radar this year, Neil Patrick Harris, coming off Netflix’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events, Cobie Smulders and Cristin Milioti.

In another tradition, every pilot season, TV networks and studios go after movie stars, trying to lure them to do a broadcast series.

It usually is a long shot but here are some of the names getting attention this year: Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Kate Hudson, Crazy Rich Asiansbreakout Henry Golding, Hilary Swank perennial pilot casting directors’ favorite Kevin KlineAnne Hathaway, Rooney Mara and Michael Keaton.

Additionally, mentioned as possibilities this season are Jon Hamm, Bobby Cannavale, Josh Duhamel, Kylie Bunbury, Rosa Salazar Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Boyd Holbrook.

With his previous three films, J.C. Chandor announced himself as a sharp and talented director, crafting compelling dramas and drawing stellar performances from A-listers. Now he’s following up Margin CallAll Is Lost and A Most Violent Year with Netflix action-drama Triple Frontier, assembling a star-studded cast including Ben AffleckOscar IsaacPedro PascalCharlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund. They play a group of former special ops soldiers facing financial hardship, choosing to resolve their situation by pulling off a heist against a notorious Colombian cartel kingpin. Safe to say, it won’t be easy.

Speaking in the new issue of Empire, Chandor explained that Triple Frontier balances action spectacle with character drama and underlying social commentary, exploring the impact that military experience has on war veterans – and the wider US population. “In my mind, the film was a play on some of those action movies with a kind of moral or ethical dilemma at their core,” Chandor tells Empire, “as well as an idea of masculinity, and what makes you valuable to yourself, your family and society.”

Read more about Triple Frontier in the Captain Marvel issue of Empire, on sale from Thursday 24 January and available to order online here.

Don’t miss the audience award winner at Sundance 2018 at The ScreenWednesday, February 13th at 7:00 PM and meet director Andrew Heckler.

Starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and Oscar Nominees Tess Harper and Tom Wilkinson this inspiring true story deals with Mike Burden, a rising leader in Ku Klux Klan who attempts to break away from the Klan when the girl he falls in love with urges him to leave for the better life they can build together.

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