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A (Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti) Christmas Story on Eighth Avenue in Park Slope

“Lucky Dog,” which is now being called “The Untitled Christmas Tree Project,” starring Paul Rudd, Paul Giamatti and Sally Hawkins is being filmed on Eighth Avenue this week.

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.

Did you snap any pictures of Rudd, Giamatti or Hawkins? If you did upload them to this article or Your Neighborhood Gallery here

Paulette Graf April 19, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Walked by last night. My umbrella got tangled in a bit of their set branches, and they were very apologetic and helpful. I really got a feeling of cooperation from them.
lxfan April 19, 2012 at 02:29 PM
"Meek's Cutoff" was directed by the great Kelly Reichardt.
Gary Hoopengardner April 19, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Ah, to live in a community that is so refreshing. Concerts in Prospect Park, movies and TV series being filmed, and the most talented actors, writers, musicians and business people as neighbors. I love Park Slope. HooP
Will Yakowicz April 19, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Ixfan, you're right Phil Morrison did not direct "Meek's Cutoff," he was only an executive producer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1518812/fullcredits#cast.


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