Ever dreamed of joining ranks with the Avengers? Well, come this summer, a lucky few will get that chance.
The much anticipated, multi-million dollar blockbuster is filming just a few hours to our north, in Cleveland. The call for extras was posted recently on the Greater Cleveland Film Commission site:
MARVEL FEATURE FILM ‘THE AVENGERS’ OPEN CASTING CALL
ABSOLUTELY NO PHONE CALLS! !
WHEN: Friday, July 15
Noon – 4 pm
Saturday, July 16
10 am to 4 pm
WHERE: Holiday Inn – Independence
6001 Rockside Road
Independence, OH 44131
Coincidentally, the casting call falls on my wedding anniversary, so my husband and I are going to make a day of it and submit our applications in hopes of rubbing shoulders with Marvel’s biggest superheroes. Filming is set to begin in early August, so even if we’re not cast, I foresee at least a trip or two to Cleveland to see if we can spot some Hollywood A-listers.
I’ve never seen a movie being filmed, so I think seeing any part of it will be extremely exciting.
On the DC movie front, the Dark Knight Rises is filming some scenes in the Steel City. We have yet to see any confirmed casting calls. There were rumors that the Dark Knight was code named Magnus Rex, which cast a couple of weeks ago, but I’m not certain about this.
The Pittsburgh Film Office’s Facebook page has some chatter that the crew will be filming scenes for the Dark Knight at Heinz Field on August 6. I’ll be sure to update on the comments should I hear anything further.
Once again, the Maddys will be making the 3-hour trip in hopes of seeing more Hollywood magic.
Sure, the hopes of being cast in a major film is a long shot, but it’s fun to think about nonetheless. Plus, it makes for a fun and different date day. I’ll be sure to follow up on our success or failures
Let us know if anyone else plans to attend the casting calls or see superhero magic in person!
So far this year I have seen “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules,” “Thor,” “Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer” and “X-Men: First Class” at the local movie theater, which means I’m already, totally way ahead in my prep to cast my “Best Picture” vote.
These movies — excellent all — actually have a lot in common:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is about a kid named Greg who has to cope with middle school and his parents’ misguided attempts to make him and his big brother, Rodrick, bond. At one point, when their parents are out of town, Rodrick locks Greg and is goofy friend Rowley in the basement. Eventually, Greg and Rowley escape banishment and join the party, where they are a hit. Except… there’s a big mess so Greg and Rodrick bond over cleaning it up in record time and then keeping the secret as long as they can.
Thor is about a god named the Mighty Thor, a guy with not wimpy muscles and excellent golden locks who has to cope with his father Odin’s well-intentioned attempts to teach him humility by banishing him to the basement, also known as Earth. While Thor is there, he misses all the big parties with huge plates of meat and tankards of mead. Plus he misses all of his friends. But makes new friends! Especially Natalie Portman, if you know what I’m sayin’. Once he’s back at home, Thor has to clean up the mess made by his brother, Loki, the Norse god of mischief. Those guys really never bond.
Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer is about Judy Moody, a double RARE, way-not-boring third-grader with excellent-but-messy red locks who sets out to have the most thrilling summer of her life. Her friends go off to even more exciting places, though, like Circus Camp or Borneo. Oh, plus HER parents are going out of town so that leaves Judy to cope with a summer with her Aunt Opal, who is played by Heather Graham, if you know what I’m sayin’, although Judy does not handle this situation the way Thor likely would. Oh, and Judy has to deal with her little brother Stink and his obsession with Bigfoot.
X-Men: First Class is about a brilliant young academic, Charles Xavier, and the man he comes to know like a brother, Erik Lensherr. The trouble is, Erik spent his youth in a Nazi concentration camp, saw his mother shot right in front of his eyes and is out for nothing short of revenge. Oh, yeah, and they both have mutant powers. Charles has the ability to read minds and Erik has the power to control metal, so he takes the name Magneto. They spend their summer putting together a class of young mutants — who all feel like wimpy kids because they are so different from everybody else — to take on a big bad guy named Kevin Bacon. Eventually, Charles Xavier has no hair at all.
Of course, there are a lot of cool movies still to come, which means there’s really no reason to have a bummer summer. I bet the main characters in many upcoming movies have interesting hair, either do or don’t get along with siblings, are either separated from their friends or make new friends and either do or don’t feel like they fit in.
What’s the best movie you’ve seen so far this year?
Well, it’s happened again. When is the rest of the non-geek world going to realize that there really are fan girls who appreciate comic books, geeky TV shows and movies and are not necessarily just going to oogle the man candy on the screen?
While I am a geek girl, I do however, love painting on the latest shade of OPI nail polish and watching hair tutorials on YouTube. Plain and simple, I like looking cute. There’s no rule that says you can’t have manicured nails while searching through comic bins.
This is the reason that I skim Cosmopolitan every month for the latest in beauty news. While thumbing through the May 2011 issue in the What‘s Sexy Right Now section, I found this little diddy:
“Onscreen Sex Gods: In Thor, hottie Chris Hemsworth plays the god of thunder, forced to…who cares! All we know is that we want him to come to bed wearing that armor.”
Really, Cosmo? Really?
I know for a number of women going to the see this movie with their comic-loving significant other, this assumption may hold true.
I’m not opposed to having a good looking superhero. I certainly don’t want to see someone like Jack Black in spandex fighting the forces of evil, but that’s not the reason I will go see Thor.
I’ll be the first to admit Mr. Depp’s hotness, but he’s also an excellent actor who chooses challenging roles. It’s so frustrating that the media still assumes girls only want to see a movie or show because the leading man starts disrobing.
I’m thankful for my fellow fan girls hitting back at these stereotypes. One of my favorites is Team Unicorn’s “Geek and Gamer Girls.” It’s set to the tune of Katy Perry’s “California Girls.” The video also features cameos by Marvel legend Stan Lee and the geektastic Seth Green.