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Friday, February 10, 2017

Almost Famous

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 12:20 PM

That's director Jim Hosking in the brimmed hat and down jacket. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • That's director Jim Hosking in the brimmed hat and down jacket.

No word yet on when that movie filming in Eureka will be in theaters but An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, — directed by Jim Hosking and starring Aubrey Plaza, Jemaine Clement, Craig Robinson and Emile Hirsch — is hitting quite a few Humboldt locations with vintage vibes. When we do finally get to see it, keep your eyes peeled for scenes at Gas 4 Less in Arcata, the Eureka Inn lobby, its exterior and one of the hotel's rooms, Roy's Club Italian Restaurant — where filming took place yesterday afternoon — and right outside the Journal's F Street office. The film crew was on the sidewalk around 5 p.m. Thursday shooting a brief scene in a white van, with prop flyers taped to our newspaper box. (It's like we were basically in a movie but we're not signing autographs, so please be cool about it.) Last night, the Cherry Blossom Bakery in Henderson Center was lit up for a shoot, too, during which an unidentified actress reportedly buys a cinnamon roll. (We're also getting a cinnamon roll later, which is basically like brunch with Aubrey Plaza.)


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Thursday, January 26, 2017

UPDATE: Shameless Paparazza Hounds Actors

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 6:08 PM

Robinson and Clement bending a bit to make the writer appear taller because that is what true gentlemen do. - KIM BERGEL
  • Kim Bergel
  • Robinson and Clement bending a bit to make the writer appear taller because that is what true gentlemen do.
UPDATE: Official confirmation has finally come from the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission regarding the famous folk we've been seeing around Eureka. In a press release this morning, Cassandra Hesseltine, who's kept contractually mum up until now, stated that Jemaine Clement, Craig Robinson, Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch, Matt Berry and Director Jim Hosking were all in town to film An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn. (This is not the title we previously reported after getting it from a source who shall remain nameless and whom we are not judging because Humboldt weed is strong, people, and out-of-towners need a little slack.) No word yet on when this comes out but we'll keep you posted.

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Shameless and a little lazy, honestly. Actors Craig Robinson (The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, What We Do in the Shadows) were right downstairs from the Journal offices at Because Coffee today, after all. The two are in town, along with Aubrey Plaza, filming an indie film directed by Jim Hosking (The Greasy Strangler) called Lena Left Lynn.

Rae Robison and Megan Johnson snap a selfie with Jemaine Clement at the Eureka Women's March on Saturday, Jan. 21. - RAE ROBISON
  • Rae Robison
  • Rae Robison and Megan Johnson snap a selfie with Jemaine Clement at the Eureka Women's March on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Both Robinson and Clement are enjoying our fair county — Robinson even snapped a sweet photo of an elk up at Prairie Creek — and say they're impressed by its arts scene. Clement, who hails from New Zealand finds our verdant coastal landscape familiar and other than the odd journalist (ahem), everybody's been pretty cool. Eureka City Councilmember Kim Bergel stopped by the coffee shop with her son, with whom Robinson posed for a photo. She also took the one above — which they insisted I had to be in.
Clement also joined the Women's March in Eureka this past weekend (Robinson had to work) and was impressed by the turnout.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Wrinkle in the Park

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 5:20 PM

The crew at work in Sequoia Park. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • The crew at work in Sequoia Park.

Past the convoy of trucks and catering tents, A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th, Queen Sugar) and her crew were set up in Sequoia Park running through an action scene today. People stopped to warm up by a glowing heater and chat quietly while the cameras and actors worked farther down the slope into the forest. "They're still running," one crewmember remarked.

The film, an adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's classic young adult sci-fi/fantasy novel (deep breaths, fellow nerds), boasts among its cast members Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kahling, Chris Pine and Zach Galifianakis. In the book, a trio of kids (Storm Reid, Levi Miller and Deric McCabe) zip around between worlds. You'll have to read up if you want to know where our county comes in.

Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commissioner Cassandra Hesseltine says the filming in our county, which also included Patrick's Point, is scheduled to wrap up tomorrow.

Nope, not a wedding. Craft services at the park. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Nope, not a wedding. Craft services at the park.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Minor Affair

Posted By on Sun, Sep 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The crowd beneath the lit marquee at the Minor's reopening. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • The crowd beneath the lit marquee at the Minor's reopening.

On Friday night, after a furious round of renovations, the Minor Theatre opened again in Arcata with a black-tie celebration and a night of local independent films. After a decade of corporate ownership, the movie house is in the hands of Josh Neff and partner Merrick McKinlay, who promise a steady schedule of independent, foreign and mainstream movies alike. The theater, first completed in 1914, is the oldest surviving multi-reel feature film theater in the U.S. And now you can get a beer there. Photographer Mark McKenna was cruising the lobby and photographing the swells in their finery. Put your tux on and enjoy his slideshow of the festivities.
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By Jennifer Fumiko Cahill and Mark McKenna

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Humboldt Style: Gala Glam

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 10:33 AM

Peter, Hazel and Shirley Santino bring vintage glamour to the vintage lobby of the Eureka Theater. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Peter, Hazel and Shirley Santino bring vintage glamour to the vintage lobby of the Eureka Theater.

While Leonardo DiCaprio was selling his soul to that goat from The Witch for his Oscar, the Eureka Theater was flush with its own parade of gowns and tuxes at the Red Carpet Gala co-hosted by the Humboldt Del Norte Film Commission and the theater, celebrating 100 years of filming on the North Coast. The 88th Academy Awards and clips from movies with familiar locales played on the big screen, local awards were bestowed and a lobby full of locals in their finest clinked glasses and chased after the woman carrying the plate of bacon-wrapped shrimp. And they looked good, too. The people. (And the shrimp, actually.) True to Humboldt's nature, there was a lot of vintage, especially in the way of tuxedos, hats and fur stoles, both real and faux. Plenty of women took a shine to sequins, and it appears trains are back, so watch your step. Check out the slideshow for some style highlights just off the red carpet. 
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Red Carpet Gala 2016

By Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Uncorking Wine of Summer

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 3:02 PM

FROM THE WINE OF SUMMER
  • From The Wine of Summer
Were you wondering if movie buffs at Portugal's 2013 Duoro Film Harvest and the crowd at the 2013 Humboldt premier were the only people who'd ever see the The Wine of Summer? Well, so was local filmmaker Maria Matteoli for a minute there. But come Oct. 6 the film, shot both in Spain and here in Old Town Eureka, will open at the Fine Arts Beverly Hills theater — the whole Hollywood red carpet treatment. In a phone interview, while wrangling her 2-year-old son, Matteoli says it's a big deal for such a small film.

"I'm so shocked that it even got theatrical release," she says with a laugh. The hunt for a distributor started in 2012, but Matteoli feels winning a prize at the film fest in Portugal helped the movie land the deal with New Films International. The Wine of Summer is slated for release in 10 cities with the possibility of wider distribution depending on ticket sales. 

Not that Matteoli has been sitting around waiting. "I already have financing and we've already started casting for my new film," she says. While she won't say who, she hints that an Academy Award-winning actress is interested in the lead role in Lady of the Canyon, about explorer/author Isabella Bird, who traveled in Colorado in 1874. Set to be shot in Colorado and England, the film spans Bird's life but is focused on her early 40s, if that helps you speculate on the actress any. 




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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Omigod is That... ?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 2:13 PM

If you see her, she will look exactly like this. - TWITTER
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  • If you see her, she will look exactly like this.
If you think you saw a Hollywood actress around town, you probably did. Rowdy Kelly, who is scouting locations for the production company Woodshock LLC, won't confirm or deny whether Kirsten Dunst is in Humboldt for pre-production visit (and neither will Cassandra Hesseltine of the Humboldt Del Norte Film Commission), but the film's IMDB page lists her as cast in the film Woodshock from Coda Films. (We had to check — remember that Jennifer Lawrence/Sean Penn hoax at the Peg House?) Kelly was able to tell the Journal that the film is a psychological drama to be filmed largely in Eureka and around Humboldt with a few scenes in Del Norte. Kelly has worked as a location scout on The Majestic, After Earth (go easy, he was a scout, not a writer) and several car commercials.

If you see Dunst around town, be cool, Humboldt. (She's had it rough, what with being stuck as a child vampire with blonde Tom Cruise and having Gwen Stacy steal Spiderman.) Kelly says selfies with the star are probably fine, "as long as you have her permission — or his." Very smooth. Send a snapshot our way if you get one — we want to Photoshop ourselves in there.
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Ready for Your Close Up?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 2:48 PM

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Have you always dreamed of being on the silver screen, your name splashed in bold letters in a dark theatre next to “Woman No. 3,” “Boy in Ice Cream Shop” or “Man Crossing Street”?

Well, your big break is here. On Sunday, June 28, several independent movies filming on the North Coast this summer are holding casting calls for a variety of extras and roles.

If you think you’ve got what it takes — as in you’re a male or female between the 18 and 50, a 50- to 75-year-old woman, a 5- to 9-year old boy or a five-foot-eleven redheaded fella between 22 and 30 — get to the Old Stewart School, 1125 16th St. in Arcata, at 11 a.m. Bring a headshot and resume if you’ve got 'em (of course you do, you’ve been waiting for this moment).

And while you’re waiting for your callback, cruise down to the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission offices at 1385 Eighth St. in Arcata for a “Good Practices of being an Extra or Production Assistant for Movies” workshop. You want to look like you know what you’re doing when you — wait! Rewind. There! In the gray shirt.

Made it!

From the commission:

Redwood Curtain Casting will be holding an open casting call this Sunday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 4p.m. at the Old Stewart School, 1125 16th Street in Arcata. The open call is for several SAG independent feature films filming in the redwood region this summer. Casting needs are males and females (extras) between the ages of 18 and 50; women between the ages of 50 and 75; boys between the ages of 5 to 9; and males between the ages of 22 to 30 with light colored hair (preferably red tones) and height approximately 5’11”. Redwood Curtain Casting asks that interested individuals bring headshots and resumes (if possible). For more information, email Laura at redwoodcurtaincasting@gmail.com.

Following the casting call, there will be a workshop on “Good Practices of being an Extra or Production Assistant for Movies.” The workshop will take place on Sunday, June 28 at 5 p.m. at the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission located at 1385 8th Street in Arcata. The workshop is a free public event held by Redwood Curtain Casting and the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission. For more information, email commissioner@filmhumboldtdelnorte.org.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Humboldt Style: Everybody Goes to Rick's

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 11:28 AM

Hardcore vintage collector Kate Newby brings foxy back. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Hardcore vintage collector Kate Newby brings foxy back.

The Eureka Theater was packed like a wartime visa office for the screening of Casablanca on Friday night. The upper and lower lobbies were transformed into Rick's Café Americain, the gin joint run by Bogie in the film, and more than a few patrons took the opportunity to work their 1940s vintage best. 

Donna Landry's costume closets are the stuff of legend. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Donna Landry's costume closets are the stuff of legend.
Michael Logan goes full Bogart in a white dinner jacket. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Michael Logan goes full Bogart in a white dinner jacket.
Mark Ritz and Charlie Jordan came period correct. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Mark Ritz and Charlie Jordan came period correct.
Upstairs, the second floor lobby with its newly silver-leafed ceiling, was decked out with a roulette table and a Champagne bar, where, as in the decidedly anti-Hitler 1942 film, patrons sipped and socialized under the watch of jack-booted Nazis. Yup. They went there. In fact, intermission was marked by the same black shirted thugs storming the theater with searchlights and dragging off the tuxedoed Joel Canzoneri, who made a run for it like the doomed Peter Lorre. 

Um. An actor made people uneasy as one of three black-shirted Nazi guards keeping folks from the unfinished balcony. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Um. An actor made people uneasy as one of three black-shirted Nazi guards keeping folks from the unfinished balcony.
Alyse Laverne is swing-shift swell in cat eye glasses and war-era dress. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Alyse Laverne is swing-shift swell in cat eye glasses and war-era dress.
Veronica Brooks and Celest Melosh in fascinating fascinators. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Veronica Brooks and Celest Melosh in fascinating fascinators.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mr. Spock to the Bridge

Posted By on Sat, Mar 14, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Too soon?
  • Too soon?

Need more Nimoy? Beam yourself to the Eureka Theater on Sunday, March 15 from 3-9:30 p.m. for Spock Day ($5). Doors open at 2:30 for Spocktails (yup, they went there) in the lobby and raise a glass and a razor sharp eyebrow to the half-Vulcan legend. At 5 p.m. prepare to go where, well, many of us have gone before: back to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). That's the original Spock and Kirk, for all you kiddies, and it would be illogical not to yell "Khaaaaaan!" when the moment comes. Then at 7 p.m. Leonard Nimoy is back as Spock in the 2009 reboot Star Trek alongside Zachary Quinto as ... um, Spock. It's actually kind of Spocked up.  

But wait, why are you showing up early, two hours before the first movie? Because like a routine scouting mission, anything can happen. Tribbles or Pon farr-mad Vulcans or Romulans or some radical Trekkie splinter group could take over the projection booth and do something awesome. Just be there. You are wondering whether to wear the ears — the answer is yes. And the uniform? If not now, when? But maybe not the red shirt if you want to make it to the sequel. 
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