Category: Niagara Falls in the Movies

    Niagara USA recreates ‘Niagara’ in anniversary package

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    Niagara Frontier Publications has an article about celebrating the 60th anniversary of the movie “Niagara. Through May 2013, you have the opportunity to celebrate the movie, starring Marilyn Monroe, by experiencing some of the best Niagara Falls attractions from the film.

    The Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp has created a package that includes some of the best Niagara Falls attractions seen in the iconic movie.

    Actors Dillon, Russell on set in N.F., Ont.

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    “Healy” and “Snake Plissken” have been spotted along Clifton Hill.

    Actors Matt Dillon and Kurt Russell are filming several scenes around Clifton Hill and other sites in Niagara Falls, Ont., all of which serve as the backdrop for the movie “The Black Mark”, which is being made in the Southern Ontario city during the next few weeks.

    The movie, directed by Jonathan Sobol, is due to be released next year.

    Filming began earlier this week.

    Director Sobol brings it all back home, again

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    As tensions rise between the border guard and suspicious driver at the Rainbow Bridge, Jonathan Sobol can’t keep a straight face.

    He’s watching on a monitor ten feet away as the guard, played by Canadian comedian Mike Wilmott, asks the driver – actor Jay Baruchel – what’s in the trunk of his car. With every take, Baruchel changes his answer.

    “Smugglers,” he responds. “I am smuggling smugglers in my trunk.”

    It goes on for a half dozen takes, the crew smirking with each one, careful not to laugh and ruin the scene. Finally Sobol yells cut and everyone breaks for lunch. He asks Baruchel which take he liked best.

    “That’s up to you, dude,” he says.

    Sobol gives his star a hug, and all is well on the set of The Black Marks, the Niagara Falls director’s follow-up to his 2010 dark comedy A Beginner’s Guide to Endings, also filmed locally.

    Kurt Russell movie shooting in the Falls

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    As I tweeted yesterday, there is a movie shooting in Niagara Falls. It stars Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, and others. WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo and the Niagara Falls Review both reported on it.

    Parks bidding for revenue from filmmakers

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Two of Niagara’s historic hydro plants are ready for their close ups now the Niagara Parks Commission has calculated a formula for what it would cost to have one of its historic buildings play a role in a feature film.

    The Niagara Parks Commission voted Friday to charge film companies up to $4,000 a day to use Toronto Power or Canadian Niagara Power generating stations or the Toronto Power gate-house as part of a movie set.

    The parks commission felt the need to formalize a policy after being approached by filmmakers who believe the buildings ought to be in pictures, corporate services director Bob McIlveen said during a commission meeting in April.

    “There is interest on behalf of film companies to use the power plants. We would like to make some changes to the (commission’s) film policy to accommodate that,” McIlveen said.

    Filming a movie in Niagara Falls


    As you’ve heard, there is a movie filming in Niagara Falls that started today. The movie is called “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings” and apparently stars Dennis Hopper (even though he is currently undergoing treatment for prostate cancer).

    I saw some actual filming today (“Action!, Cut!”), but I didn’t recognize anyone. They were filming at the entrance to Dracula’s Haunted House.

    Here are some pictures of what I saw today:

    Pylons on Clifton Hill

    Sign at the Ripley’s driveway

    Trucks in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn Clifton Hill

    Equipment out on Clifton Hill


    Crew at Dracula’s Haunted House

    Movie looking for Niagara Falls extras

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A feature film shooting in Niagara Falls next week is looking for extras.

    And they’re giving you a chance to win a new TV just for showing up.

    Cast and crew for the comedic drama “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings” will be filming around the region for the next four weeks. The film stars Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”), JK Simmons (“Spider-man”) and Jason Jones (“the Daily Show”).

    Movie shoot news to city

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Published reports about plans to shoot another motion picture in the Falls came as news to Mayor Paul Dyster on Thursday.

    Although an article appearing in The Hollywood Reporter suggested the American side of the Falls would serve as the backdrop for an upcoming film featuring Dennis Hopper, Dyster said, at this point, the city has not been approached about the project.

    “As of right now, there have been no requests to film on the U.S. side,” Dyster said in reference to “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings,” a film The Hollywood Reporter described as a dark comedy penned by Jonathan Sobol, a writer with roots in the Western New York area.

    Dyster said it was his understanding that filming related to the project may be done nearby, but that the work would likely occur at locations in Niagara Falls, Ont.

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