Scenes from the Set of “Dead Man Down”

The cast and crew of the crime thriller “Dead Man Down” worked all afternoon in the athletic courts of Seward Park High School along Essex Street at Grand Street. Star Colin Farrell is on the bench.

When the action movie Dead Man Down is released next April, Lower East Side residents will recognize plenty of the scenery. The film, starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, shot scenes along Essex Street and on the grounds of the Seward Park Co-op yesterday and today; more taping is set for other parts of the LES the rest of this week.

This afternoon, the basketball courts and track that belong to the Seward Park High School were the scene for a shot involving Farrell sitting on an imported park bench with a large box next to him while two little girls played nearby and two young boys kicked a soccer ball back and forth. Fabco Shoes of Delancey Street made an assist, when a member of the costume crew made a run for a new pair of pink tie-up sneakers for one of the girls to wear in the scene.

Costumers swapped out one extra’s slip-ons for a new pair of pink lace-ups from Fabco Shoes on Delancey Street; the script apparently called for her to tie her shoes during the scene.

Judging by the lights set up on the roof of commercial buildings owned by the Seward Park Co-op along Grand Street, it looks like filming will continue after dark tonight. Click through for more pictures.

Filming on the LES Today: “A Gifted Man”

The forecast for today's traffic on Clinton Street just north of Delancey: jammed.

The CBS drama “A Gifted Man” will take over several blocks around Clinton, East Houston, Attorney and Norfolk streets for a film shoot today. Parking notices appeared over the weekend, warning motorists to move their cars by 6 a.m. today to avoid towing.

The series, which debuted in the fall, stars Patrick Wilson, who plays a surgeon whose life is changed after his wife dies and begins guiding him from the hereafter.

“Blue Bloods” Tapes on Grand Street Wednesday

Could you see Tom Selleck at the Doughnut Plant, or perhaps noshing on a bialy this week? Who knows!  The CBS cop drama “Blue Bloods” will be filming on Grand Street Wednesday. The show uses Lower East Side and Chinatown venues quite frequently.  There are signs up along Grand, near Norfolk Street, today advising residents about the shoot, scheduled Wednesday from 6 a.m-11 p.m.

Kirsten Dunst Movie Shooting on Norfolk St. Monday

The building at 102 Norfolk St. is set for a starring role in a new film.

A new film by writer and director Leslye Headland starring Spider-Man leading lady Kirsten Dunst is scheduled to shoot at 102 Norfolk St. on Monday, according to notices posted along the block between Delancey and Rivington this morning.

The film is listed as “untitled” in the parking warnings, but calls it Bachelorette, and lists additional cast members that include James Marsden (Straw Dogs, X-Men) and Isla Fisher (Confessions of a Shopaholic).

Rape Trial to Jury, LES Movie Shoot, Gaga on MTV

  • Trial of NYPD officer accused of rape goes to the jury today. (ABC7)
  • Photos from Monday’s LES filming of “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” (DNAinfo)
  • An MTV special airing next week showcases Lady Gaga’s LES roots. (MTV)
  • An East Village dad takes the nightlife crackdown into his own hands. (EVGrieve, Gothamist)

“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” Filming Here Monday

The Lower East Side and Chinatown have a movie gig tomorrow: starring as the sets for scenes from the upcoming Warner Bros.’ feature film “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.”

For residents and visitors to the neighborhood, it may mean a chance to stargaze at members of the top-shelf cast (Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, John Goodman and James Gandolfini). But it also means some serious Monday parking headaches.

HBO and The Cooking Channel Visit Ludlow and Orchard

Fans of HBO’s How to Make it in America did double-takes on Ludlow Street this afternoon, where a van covered in advertisements for the fictional energy drink Rasta Monsta was parked for a shoot. The cable series, about a group of NYC twentysomething hipster types, features a subplot in which actor Luis Guzman portrays an uncle of one of the main characters and peddles the drink, which has recently inspired a song by Marky.

Ted Danson on the LES

Ted Danson at work, on the LES - photo courtesy of Gerry Visco,

Photojournalist extraordinaire Gerry Visco was kind enough to share this picture of Ted Danson on the Lower East Side with us.  Mr. Danson was hanging out yesterday, while shooting the HBO series, Bored to Death.  Gerry reports on her Flickr stream, “Ran into Ted Danson on the Lower East Side while he was filming Bored To Death. I walked up to him and said, “Hey Ted, looking good! Can I take a picture?” And he’s like, “Sure. Love your hair!” I’d just had it dyed pink an hour or so before.”