The Call Sheet

MILEY AND DEMI IN MICHI: Seventeen-year-old Miley Cyrus and who-cares-how-old-she-is-she-looks-twenty-five Demi Moore are teaming up for the coming-of-age comedy “LOL: Laughing Out Loud,” which began shooting this month in the Detroit area.  Production will also include a few days of shooting externals in Chicago before heading off to Paris.  The feature is a remake of the 2008 French hit, which starred Sophie Marceau.  Both rounds of “LOL” have director and co-writer Lisa Azuelos at the helm.  Executive producers include Mandate Films president Nathan Kahane, who was in Michigan with Drew Barrymore to film “Whip It” in 2008.  Last but not least, congratulations to nine-year-old Chicago talent Trevor Fahnstrom for snagging the role of Miley’s little brother!

THEATRE PROS PREP FOR INDIE SHOOT:  A cast and production team loaded with Chicago theatre stalwarts, mostly from the award-winning company The Artistic Home (www.theartistichome.org), will be filming “In the Arms of an Orphan” through the end of September.  Director, co-writer (and Artistic Home co-founder) John Mossman will produce the film with Tim Miller and Amy Rising.  Cast includes Steppenwolf ensemble member Alana Arenas alongside Artistic Home ensemble members Miller, Kathy Scambiatterra, Jeff Christian and John LaFlamboy.  “Orphan” shoots in Chicago from August 29th-September 4th then heads to the scenic Baraboo bluffs and riverways of Wisconsin September 11th-24th.  A psychological thriller exploring themes of abandonment and revenge, the film follows Kyle McMillan, a man whose dark past is revealed when he is lured to the remote banks of his youth and back into a violent clan war.  Casting is not yet complete; actors (this is a SAG film) should visit the website www.dieselbrothersfilms.com to view available roles.  On the crew side, Mossman and friends are still seeking an audio mixer and costume designer; John can be reached at John@dieselbrothersfilms.com.

THE GREAT NAME “DILEMMA”: At first we were all content calling the Vince Vaughn/Ron Howard movie shooting in Chicago “Untitled Cheating Project.”  Then it was “Cheaters.”  Then “What You Don’t Know.”  And now it’s “The Dilemma.”  Well, whatever they decide to go with, you can definitely call the feature “wrapped” as of August 11th and “in theaters nationwide” on January 14, 2011.

THE BLACK ROAD TO WISCONSIN?  Post-apocalyptic feature “The Black Road to Megiddo” is currently in the early stages of pre-production, tentatively looking to shoot in Wisconsin in October.  Russ McCullough is slated to direct and Chicago cinematographer Justin Cameron is on board as DP… and he’s taking his RED camera with the Mysterium X sensor upgrade with him.  I’ll keep you posted as we head into fall!

NAPERVILLE SHAKE-UP: The charming canine comedy “Shakey” is filming in Naperville through the end of August.  Cast includes Steve Guttenberg (“Police Academy”), Beverly D’Angelo (who’s still roughing up Piven on “Entourage” every Sunday) and Second City’s Andy St. Clair.  The low budget 3-D feature film marks the directorial debut of Columbia College faculty and “Secondhand Lions” producer Kevin Cooper.

“TRANSFORMERS” UPDATE: Wraps at the end of August, lots of Illinois jobs being generated and thousands of cars being smashed by robots.  I think that about sums it up…

“RIDEALONG” UNDERWAY: Filming of the first season of “Ridealong” is in full swing in Chicago and will continue through the end of December.  As I’m sure you know by now if you’ve been reading this column, the Fox pilot stars Chicago native Jennifer Beals and is being scripted and executive produced by Rockford native and “The Shield” creator Shawn Ryan.  “Ridealong” is scheduled to premiere in February, Mondays at 8 pm on Fox.  Don’t worry, I’ll be reminding you regularly…

Is your film heading into production?  Please drop me a note at mac@midwestfilm.com and tell me all about it.  I’ll do my best to include it in “The Call Sheet.”

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org.  Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film.  More from Mac at www.findmac.com.