April 19, 2006
Lights, Camera, Action!
Hampton Bays Hosts Nicole Kidman Film
Nothing epitomizes the glitzy, glam feel of the Hamptons better than a film crew bustling into town, transforming a sleepy waterfront hamlet into a bonafide movie set complete with bright lights and a big-city feel.
|Hollywood heavyweight Nicole Kidman is currently shooting a film in Hampton Bays. (click for larger version)|
Hampton Bays residents should get out their binoculars: Local eateries and shops may soon be ripe for celeb sightings especially since a brand-new Paramount Pictures movie began filming in the area last week.
According to David Velasco, assistant locations manager on the project, an untitled film written and directed by Noah Baumeach, of The Squid and the Whale fame, is being filmed at a private residence in Hampton Bays.
The drama/comedy film stars Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Jack Black.
Basically, Kidman's character comes back to her childhood home for her sister's wedding. "It's about visiting family and reconnecting with them," Velasco said. The shoot is scheduled to last approximately four to five weeks, until sometime in May, and will be, for the most part, "confined to the main location" in Hampton Bays, though there is also the possibility that some shooting may take place at various other East End locations, yet to be determined, including areas on the North Fork, and possibly at the ferry in North Haven.
Eric Myers, the publicist for the film, said that although filming in Hampton Bays has already begun, he is "not entirely sure" about where, or if, filming will occur in other spots: "Locations are still being established." However, The Independent spotted trailers and film equipment in place at a home on Newtown Lane, near Peconic Bay, over the weekend.
Hamptons Bays was chosen as a locale, said Myers, because the area "was the correct location for what the script specified." He added that during the time when they're not shooting, actors would be traveling back and forth between Manhattan and Long Island.
East End residents have seen a plethora of films created on the Twin Forks, including The Devil's Own starring Harrison Ford, and of course, Woody Allen's Annie Hall.