Monday, February 25, 2013
Inspired by the Oscars, we rounded up a list of films that were shot in Evanston. You probably know about 'Home Alone,' but some of the others (including 'Dennis the Menace') might surprise you.
Evanston has served as a filming location in more than a dozen movies, providing the setting for a mobster’s mansion, a booby-trapped home and a militarized park along the way. Here is a recap of a few memorable cameos the town has made over the years. 1. Road to Perdition Road to Perdition is set almost entirely in a Depression-era Chicagoland, and much of the film was shot throughout the city and suburban locations. Seven minutes into this 2002, Sam Mendes, crime drama based on Max Allan Collins’ graphic novel, a group of mobsters hold a wake for a slain associate on the ground floor of mob boss, John Rooney’s, Rock Island mansion. Though it is unclear what location was chosen to represent the interior of the home, mobsters can be seen …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Skip the handshake and stop the spread of germs.
A recent study by Stanford University biology professor, Dr. Nathan Wolfe (not to be confused with my eight-year-old son, Nathan Wolf) suggests cutting out the practice of shaking hands to ward off the spread of germs. Wolfe recommends bumping elbows. I’m intrigued. Think about it. Chicago has its own style of hot dog. Venezuela has the Macarena. Philadelphia has the Watusi. If Evanston wants to make its mark internationally, we should start the Evanston Elbow. Sound far fetched? Not so fast. Savvy Patch readers surely recall how Matt Damon rubbed elbows in Evanston while filming a scene for Contagion, his movie about an airborne virus that spreads into a worldwide pandemic. The Evanston Elbow seems like a natural “outbreak”, as it were, …
Friday, September 9, 2011
In Steven Soderbergh's latest movie, the North Shore and other area sites have big roles in thriller.
Local movie lovers who venture out to Steven Soderbergh’s new movie, Contagion, when it opens Friday are likely to experience a profound and eerie feeling of recognition. Contagion is a mournful and utterly realistic thriller about the devastating outbreak of a global viral epidemic. Starring Matt Damon, Academy Award-winning actresses Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Marion Cotillard, the story shuttles between a series of foreign and U.S. locations. Movies are the most illusory of arts. Even for large-budget Hollywood movies, it is financially untenable to move an army of actors, crew and technicians from city to city. Chicago was the production’s nexus that doubled for Atlanta and Minneapolis. Contagion was largely shot in the city, …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The film, out Friday, features Matt Damon and a number of north shore towns.
Chicagoland residents have long been familiar with "Contagion," as the pandemic thriller with an all-star cast filmed throughout the region all spring. (Read earlier: Residents catch "Contagion" fever.) In honor of the film coming out Friday, check out our photo gallery of screen shots. Do you recognize any of the locations? If you had any run-ins with the stars or worked as an extra on set, please share your story in the comments section!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Steven Soderbergh’s star-studded psychological thriller is headed to theaters on Sept. 9.
After nearly a year of mounting anticipation, Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller, Contagion, will be released nationwide in a mere four weeks. The film will screen out of competition at the Venice Film Festival, which begins Aug. 31, before premiering in theaters and IMAX screens Sept. 9. As evidenced in the film’s chilling trailer, Contagion takes the form of a globe-hopping ensemble piece featuring an all-star cast in a variety of locations such as Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, London and Chicago. Evanston was among the Illinois locations used by Soderbergh’s film crew last November. Residents gathered in a field where there was a helicopter drop of survival supplies. (Read earlier: Evanston Residents Catch 'Contagion' Fever) One of the …