Christmas came early this year in Park Slope, and we can thank Paul Rudd, Paul Giamatti and Sally Hawkins.
The three movie stars are filming the comedy “Lucky Dog,” or as it’s now being called “The Untitled Christmas Tree Project.”
The film is about two French Canadian ex-convicts, Rudd and Giamatti, who are trying to go straight by selling Christmas trees in New York City, according to a crew member on set Tuesday during the shoot on Eighth Avenue between Berkeley and Lincoln places.
The crew member, who wished to remain anonymous, told Patch that the duo’s characters had no luck in finding the jobs in Canada, so they decided to come to Brooklyn, specifically Williamsburg where they had been shooting for three weeks, to set up a Christmas tree stand and sell some big, freshly cut trees from the North Country to make an honest living.
But, some scenes are being shot this week in Park Slope (of course, for our neighborhood is a hot and ) in three brownstones on Eighth Avenue between Berkeley and Lincoln places.
There was no artificial snow blanketing the row house on Tuesday, but three brownstones they are filming in were decked out in Christmas decorations: wreaths on the doors, fake pine needles wrapped around the stoop railings, gingerbread men house decorations on the trash bins and a big, old Christmas tree tied on top of a Mercedes SUV.
The movie is expected to be released in 2013 and is being directed by Phil Morrison, who also directed “Junebug” (and an episode of the TV series "The Adventures of Pete and Pete").
The comedy is also starring Amy Landecker, Barbara Vincent, Liza Colón-Zayas, Darren Goldstein, Alex Fatovich and other actors.
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