Filming of Transformers 3 To Snaggle Traffic

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray]” (Michael Bay)

Note to self: avoid these areas at these times. Even as a pedestrian.

Filming on Jefferson and Randolph

OEMC Executive Director Jose Santiago said the closures on LaSalle Street (8 p.m. July 9 to 5 a.m. July 12), the Michigan Avenue bridge (8 p.m. July 16 to 5 a.m. July 19) and Upper Wacker Drive (9 p.m. July 18 to 5 a.m. July 22) will have the most impact on traffic. He added that most of the movie’s filming in Chicago will take place during daylight.

“It’s an ambitious production … but we and the producers are committed to mitigating the disruptions and addressing community concerns,” said Chicago Film Office Director Rich Moskal.

What can Chicagoans expect from filming — besides traffic?

Moskal said recently a few “scenes they’re planning could match if not exceed the spectacular stuff ‘The Dark Knight’ production pulled off.”

Yes, he’s talking about the 2008 Batman film that featured an 18-wheeler getting flipped over on LaSalle Street and a massive explosion that leveled the old Brach’s Candy building on the West Side.

“Flying debris, flipping cars, stunts, that’s the kind of stuff you’ll probably be seeing here,” added Moskal.

During a news conference June 16, Mayor Richard Daley announced that the Michael Bay-directed action sequel would contribute $20 million to the local economy and create more than 200 jobs, including 10 internships for Chicago Public Schools students.

(click to continue reading Filming of ‘Transformers 3′ to blow up — downtown traffic – About Last Night.)

Watching a film being made is as close to watching paint dry as you’ll encounter. Lots of dudes standing around, milling about. I’d rather be somewhere else.

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If you are star-crazy, you might run into one of these people at the Japonais lounge, at Blackbird, or at the Penisula Hotel or somewhere like Gibson’s. Me? Could give a shit, except maybe would be fun to hang out with John Malkovich eating pork and beer at the Publican.

the cast is heavy on stars, including Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and franchise newcomers Frances McDormand and John Malkovich.

LeBeouf’s love interest in the first two films, Megan Fox, either was dropped from the third film or quit, depending on who you ask. In her place this time around will be Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

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