Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman filming DreamWorks pic in Chicago

Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman filming DreamWorks pic in Chicago

Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman are in Chicago this week to film the DreamWorks holiday comedy OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY. In lesser news, the production will be in Atlanta for all the other weeks, but nevertheless, it's a positive to at least get a piece of this big budget funnyflick. The crew was in town for pre-production over the past month and will wrap a week of shooting this weekend.

Aniston and Bateman are flanked by some notable comedic talents, including a familiar face to most Chicagoans. Comedian T.J. Miller's career has skyrocketed since starting out on the Chicago stand-up comedy scene plus stints at Second City and iO. Miller most recently shined in the Marvel box office king DEADPOOL and has been reeling in more than his fair share of big budget commercial campaigns. Joining Miller in a supporting role is Saturday Night Live favorite Kate McKinnon and X-MEN star Olivia Munn.

OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY centers on... you guessed it, an office holiday party gone horribly wrong. The comedy is directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, who also directed Aniston and Bateman in THE SWITCH.

As this one wraps up and heads to theaters later this year, I'll keep you posted.

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