In 2008, the state of Michigan enacted a tax incentive program in hopes of luring movie studios and production companies into filming their movies in Michigan. This program hoped to bring a much-needed boost to the Michigan economy by creating more work in the state, including generating more business for hotels, caterers, and actors alike.
Thanks to these incentives, Michigan has welcomed some major star power the last three years.
Golden Globe Nominated drama Gran Torino was filmed in Detroit in 2008, as was George Clooney’s Up in the Air. Miss Miley Cyrus even graced the wolverine state with her presence last summer to film LOL, alongside castmates Ashley Greene and Demi Moore. Highly anticipated drama This Must Be The Place featuring Sean Penn as a retired rock star also shot in Detroit.
But what about Ann Arbor? Along with Detroit, Ann Arbor has also been a popular shooting destination for many movies filming in Michigan. In the fall of 2009, David Schwimmer directed the drama Trust filmed on campus featuring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener.
The biggest perk of these movies shooting so close to Ann Arbor? UM students get to be extras! Most recently, The Ides of March filmed in Ann Arbor in March 2011, and hundreds of UM students were featured as extras in the film, shooting alongside the likes of George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, and Evan Rachel Wood.
As classes were winding down this April, production was heating up for Five Year Engagement starring Emily Blunt and Jason Segel. Emily Blunt, hubby John Krasinski, and Jason Segel were spotted at local eateries Cafe Felix, Grizzly Peak, and Bar Louie. Filming for Five Year Engagement will continue into June, so if you’re still on campus, send “The Entertainment Buzz” a tweet if you spot any of the cast or crew!
Be sure to keep an eye out for your UM classmates and favorite campus hotspots when these movies hit theaters next year.
For a full list of movies filmed in Michigan, click here.
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