L.A. filming increases 12% for week
Screen Gems’ reboot of “About Last Night” — with the setting moved from Chicago to downtown Los Angeles — is giving a boost to local filming.The new “Night” was the most active feature shooting offlot last week with 14 permitted days, according to figures released Tuesday by the FilmL.A. agency. The dramedy, starring Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Kevin Hart with Steve Pink directing, has been shooting since mid-September in a four-block area around Sixth and Main streets — except for the Sept. 15 Dodgers-Cardinals game at Dodger Stadium. Producers bought about 100 tickets for the game in Section 53 of the reserved level out near the left field foul pole, then returned two days later to shoot dialogue to go with the game scenes. The downtown scenes, which will be shooting through Oct. 28, are being shot in locations such as Casey’s Irish Pub. The 1986 orginal followed a pair of Chicago residents who meet through friends, move in together and then break up while fighting feelings of reconciliation. Based on David Mamet’s play “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” original 1986 pic was directed by Ed Zwick and starred Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins — and included a scene at a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Overall offlot filming in Hollywood increased 12% during the week following an 8% hike in the previous week. The weekly increases occurred after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation extending the incentive program for two years, approving the extension on Sept. 29 and ensuring another $100 million in annual tax credits for productions shot in California. Offlot shooting rose 36% in features with shooting on “Caveman,” “Body High,” “Bok of Esther Daniel,” “Trust Me” and “Another Stateside” totalling 126 days last week. The mainstay TV production category declined 16% to 351 days — still above the weekly average of 305 during the first nine months of the year. “The Next” and “Private Practice” were the most active shoots with 16 and 11 days, respectively. Other TV shoots included “Suburgatory,” “The Mindy Project,” “Rules of Engagement” and “The Neighbors.” Commercials filming was active with 195 days including 13 for a Toyota spot and 12 for a Samsung ad.