Sunday, April 27, 2008

Throwing Us for a Loop.

Top of the mornin' to ya.

Public Enemies Filming POSTPONED

WBEV radio reports

4/27/08 - Filming of the movie “Public Enemies” in Beaver Dam and Columbus has been delayed. Location Scout Adam Boor says there was a “scheduling conflict.” A sign on the door of The Rogers tells residents “we have been told by Universal Studios that the filming on Monday has been postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience.” Boor says he will be in contact with city officials on Monday to address the issues surrounding the delay. Beaver Dam alderman last week approved the removal of traffic lights and signage around The Rogers until this Tuesday. Boor says Universal Pictures would be willing to erect everything during the interim, but he says “it would certainly be more cost-effective to leave them down.” Crews were busy Saturday in Columbus removing the rubber cobblestone covering the downtown streets, though stop signs will remain in place of traffic lights. Boor says there will be filming in Beaver Dam and Columbus, and it will likely take place the week of May 5th and 6th but nothing has been confirmed. The studio has been planning on wrapping up the Wisconsin portion of the shoot by May 8.


Columbus - disregard most of the below

Seems Universal and the weather are throwing us the ol' monkey wrench (an adjustable wrench, which is rarely used today) into the shooting schedule.

Here is what I know and THINK is happening.

Cobblestone was laid down and as of Friday 10:00pm all was on schedule. Saturday morning we were driving to Julie's Java House(JJH) to put my name on a 20x30 poster that I had donated (and will be selling prints) to JJH (but it had melted - different and funny story) and saw the cobblestone . . GONE. WHAT UP!! I say.

There were crew in JJH and I asked basically . . WHAT UP! I was told that there was a scheduling change. I asked when they were going to reschedule and they said they couldn't tell me. They didn't know.

I trust them because MOST of the people inside the circle of trust really do NOT know.

So here is my gut feeling.

Since it is a main highway being blocked - even if they move the date back one day it is a smart thing to take up the road. They can put it down in one day so taking it up Saturday gives leaves the highway open Sunday and Monday.

They can put it down again Monday night if they have too. So I FEEL this is not a critical delay.

With bad weather Monday (Rain showers likely...mixed with light snow at times.) I have a feeling Tuesday is STILL a filming date . . .somewhere. Monday's schedule is still a go at the Poser House in the afternoon and evening. Meaning MAYBE a meet and greet late Monday night!

Little Bohemia

an exclusive Big Bad Mama report

I drove to Manitowish Waters last evening(Friday?), arriving near Little Bohemia at approximately 8:30 pm. There were spectators across the road from the base camp/church, but I think they were inside their vehicles because I didn't see any individual or group of people. It was a little rainy with a 'God awful' (it was across from a church...) amount of fog! Traffic was slow here, mainly due to the fog, so travel was about 40 mph past Little Bo. A white van pulled into Little Bo just as I was driving past and the were ushered through. I assume that they were arriving for the last night of filming. As I drove past a squad car sitting near Little Bo turned its blue & red lights on, but they didn't come after me. I wondered if they did it so people coming in to work could find the driveway to Little Bo. Yes, the fog was that bad. Hopefully, they were filming inside. The only thing you could film outside would be a remake of 'The Fog.' About an hour later good size hail came through and then a thunder storm.

This morning I awoke at the cabin and it was raining, then started to snow. Supposed to snow all weekend. I am so sick of snow, I decide to go home and salvage the weekend. As I am driving past Little Bo the first thing I notice is a conspicuous lack of cops. Not a one was in sight. Then I noticed that a good portion of the vehicles and people are gone also. Wondered if this was just due to daytime, but think not because the police are gone. As I drive past base camp, I see that the church parking lot is about half empty now. There were some trailers left and the big tent, but I didn't even see a security guy. So, I assume that the movie/production crew has already started to move out of Manitowish Waters. The newspaper had said they would be out by Sunday, so this is no surprise.

then in report number two

Yep, the movie is definitely done in Manitowish Waters. My husband went past Little Bo about 1:45 pm today (Saturday) and he said it was empty. At base camp they were tearing down the tent and most of the trucks were gone. He also said when he went past Little Bo there was a big black SUV, he thought it was an Escalade, sitting in the driveway as though getting ready to leave. I just had to wonder if it was the vehicle Johnny Depp rides in and if he stayed at Little Bohemia during filming. I never heard any reputable rumors about where he was staying, and with all the security at Little Bo that would have been an excellent place to hide him.

Thanks BBM!!!!
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As for the weather here in Wisconsin.

I was asked if this weather is normal. Yesterday we had sustained winds of 35mph with gusts to 50. This was stronger then two Wednesdays ago in Oshkosh. That kind of wind is normal with that kind of weather system. Snow this late in April is NOT normal and it is rare. Accumulating snow the first two weeks of April is not uncommon.

Tornadoes are not uncommon either.

on a side NOTE - we here in the Kestrel Ridge area hear no tornado warning sirens at all. I think we're going to by a weather radio. My weather station has warning sounds but I have to remember to turn the speakers on.
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Sorry about the spam thing - lets hope it is not common or I'll have to have the tricky, aggravating wordy thing up more often in order to comment.
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Donations.

This was taken by JP and I have made a decision. I'm going to provide a link to his photos. I have gotten many requests for his email address and I feel we are letting the Auditorium down by not allowing him to sell his very good photos and obtain 10% of his proceeds to the CAC.

It is not like he is the only guy selling and if is trying to help our community we are letting the ol' girl down. I'll have more photos in coming days. He really is trying to help us and is part of your PE-C community.


I want to thank the following donors

carol from Pahrump, NV
Kristine from Marshall, WI

their donations bring the Paypal total to
$258.22 + $76 mail in's for
$334.22

BTW - so far the farthest donation is 1,104 miles from Winter Park Florida from Mary and NOT her husband John! :-) I gotta give credit where credit is due :-)

Christine the historian is 2nd farthest Mechanicsburg, PA at 1,054 miles.
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Have a great Sunday

Rod

40 comments:

  1. Rod
    can't believe no comments yet.....

    Thanks for the update please keep the info coming many thanks as usual :)

    As for the link to sell photos, even though many may not like it, it's YOUR blog and you should feel free to do as you see fit (I understand wanting to raise more $$ for the auditorium)

    Did anyone think taking donations in some form from all the tourists/PE watchers would work? Maybe just coins or a few bills-some kind of flyers (maybe collection jars-or a mention of your paypal button/website address on flyers?) just an idea but not much time to implement......

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  2. Darn, I thought I could get in the messages first! You're too fast deppfan.

    Great picture of the auditorium!
    Rod, does Columbus have a community theater group that could get invovled in the donation/renovation process and then use the theater (auditorium) to put on their performances? I think that would be cool.

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  3. Well, what's up with this article?


    http://www.wiscnews.com/bdc/news/283437

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  4. Rachel - Great find! So it looks like we'll have to wait another week :P. At least the weather might better then. I just called Rod to tell him the latest news, but he is out of town this afternoon visiting his mom, so he won't be able to post until later.

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  5. direct from article Rachel just quoted:
    Beaver Dam newspaper online:


    Local filming of the movie "Public Enemies" postponed
    Local filming of the movie "Public Enemies" has been postponed for at least a week.

    The cast and crew of "Public Enemies" was set to be in Beaver Dam at The Rogers on Monday morning and James Street in Columbus on Monday afternoon.

    "Public Enemies" location scout Adam Boor said the local shots were pushed back due to some of the actors' schedules.

    "It's been postponed to Monday or Tuesday next week (May 5 and 6) tentatively," Boor said.

    "Public Enemies" is a movie starring Johnny Depp as John Dillinger and costarring Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard.

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  6. Can't wait for the link to the photos.

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  7. DANG IT!!!!

    Guess I will have to see if my boss will let me "change and rearrange" my vacation days........

    everyone in columbus PLEASE let us know if you hear/read/see/smell (?)anything else

    man, I'm really NOT a psycho fan....just a bit too obcessed with trying to plan

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  8. I spoke to someone yesterday that would be in the "know" in Columbus, and he said because of the weather, they are going to postpone shooting in Columbus a week and shoot in Milwaukee first because those are inside shoots???

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  9. Hey glad to help out :)

    I kind of got a tip this was going on and when I saw the article it confirmed it. So, I'm glad share. It kind of makes sense to give them a week off with shooting in Madison and Milwaukee coming up right on the heels of Beaver Dam and Columbus

    Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend.

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  10. http://www.wbevradio.com/

    another source on filming delay

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  11. There is a picture of Mr. Depp and Mr. Mann and a lady on Columbus, Wi webb site. Does anyone know who the lady is...just wondering if she is the lady who owns the house were some of the filming will be or has been done.http://www.cityofcolumbuswi.com/also this site has an interesting slide show as well as updates on the filming.

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  12. Andy ~ I've tried to get in contact with you about Flickr pics. I sent you a message over there...

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  13. Andy... what pics are you looking for ? Let me know, I might be able to hook you up :)

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  14. Yeah, that lady is the owner of the Poser Mansion where they are filming.

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  15. Well... never a dull moment here!

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  16. Sorry JP!!
    Got carried away. I'm so glad Rod is providing you a link. Can't wait to see (buy) your art!

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  17. Following the logistics of Public Enemies has been quite an experience. The whole thing has been like watching a military campaign. How many full-time crew and support people are there in Mann's mobile army? (The expression "base camp" does sound appropriate.) Although, in general, weather has been a problem, I assume that some scenes are suppose to be "summer scenes." How do you do outdoor "summer scenes" in Wisconsin during early May?

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  18. I think they are taking the potential actors strike into effect and trying to get as much done as they possibly can. Even though it is hit and miss with the weather, it would be much more benefical to Mann to have this movie wrapped if there is a strike.

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  19. The lady in the picture with JD and MM is Mary Poser the owner of the Poser Mansion on the hill where filming has and will again take place.

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  20. I think you should change the title to "Throwing Up".....
    What if the shooting schedule change is because one of the stars got the flu and isn't up to filming this week? If that is the truth...then nothing would be filmed until that actor was fully recovered right? Putting every location on hold until further notice.....

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  21. There was a report of Mr. Depp buying cold medicine at a Walgrens near little bohemia. Seriously, though lets consider a few things. He was in Wisconsin in the middle of cold/flu season shaking hands with thousands of fans. Among those fans are his favorite fans A.K.A. the little kids, who carry more germs than we can count! With that said I hope Mr. Depp is feeling well again soon!

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  22. I am sorry to hear if Johnny is sick if that is the case....BUT I am very happy to hear filming is pushed off for a week we are going out of town this week and we got a new camera(thanks Michelle for the info on the camera)and my husband ordered me a new lens for far away shots for the filming,(btw he states I need to
    work on my skills to get to "Michelle and Rod
    quality" pics and this equipment is necessary......lol :)

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  23. Though he could have bought cold medicine near Little Bohemia, there is not a Walgreens near Little Bohemia. There is a Walgreens store in Woodruff, right next to Minocqua, which is a good 20 miles south of Little Bo.

    Hope if Johnny Depp is ill that he gets well quickly. Maybe they just all need a break from the last weeks' schedule.

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  24. Visited a friend in Milwaukee today (Go Brewers!) and happened to drive past the Historical Society building downtown (there's road construction and one of the nearby bridges is out)... and there was one of those big white trucks ("film crew" stickers and all) parked right in front of it.

    Has that been around for a while? Not sure if its presence indicates imminent filming activity... just wanted to share.

    Cheers,
    CT Extraordinaire,
    P.

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  25. ANyone have a pic of Poser Mansion? Is that what you guys refer to as "the house on the hill"?

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  26. Universal rented out The Pointe in Minocqua to house everyone during filming at Little Bo. No one knows whether JD stayed there or elsewhere. Minocqua wasn't very on the ball with the whole Public Enemies thing.

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  27. Could be that Johnny's kids are sick. Johnny does not film on days his kids are sick.

    Why doesn't someone start a petition to get Rod to attend the movie premiere in Hollywood? It worked for Brian Finkelstein for Snakes on a Blog (.com)?

    -Jess Bruckner
    WisLISjobs.com

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  28. Let's not start a petition and say we did.

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  29. Petition? Its just a blog and chat area.

    Let's not go overboard and inflate egos more.

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  30. Huh. Sorry about that. The comment software didn't do what I expected it to. Usually if you just delete the LAST message in a tree, most software doesn't bother to note it. Now I know.

    edited message:
    Witty Jacky said...

    garyandyvonne said somewhere up there:
    I assume that some scenes are suppose to be "summer scenes." How do you do outdoor "summer scenes" in Wisconsin during early May?

    There have been casting calls for southern California. I would assume they're planning to do at least some filming back here in CA. Probably on the studio lot, but maybe not, since there are still some areas with preserved depression-era buildings.

    To be honest, until about 5-6 years ago, parts of Berkeley looked a lot like the dressed-up Columbus downtown. Down to the signs and awnings. Then the building owners decided they should "go upscale" and remodeled a lot of the old buildings. I was getting deja vu the first time I looked at the Columbus set photos: it looked just like Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley when I was a student.

    As for delays, problems and monkey wrenches thrown into plans: meet my friend the F***-up Fairy.
    http://tinyurl.com/4ftocs
    They love to eat schedules.

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  31. Is the Little Bo stuff supposed to be in the summer? Not that far in the book? Is it shortly before the Chicago Biograph?

    Snow in Wisconsin could happen anytime.. May and June I believe have had snow :)

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  32. Rachel, you are correct-the Little Bo shootout happened 75 years ago last week, so no, its not supposed to be summertime--at least not there! :)

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  33. inflate ego?? ME???

    NEVER!

    well - maybe sometimes ;-)

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