'Grown Ups' take their places in Mass.
Town will be filled with "Grown Ups" for an extra day, as filming for the Adam Sandler comedy continues today near Pilgrim Congregational Church.
Funeral scenes being filmed for the Columbia Pictures movie, "Grown Ups" were expected to wrap by now, but producers have asked for an extension on their contract with the town.
Filming for the movie, staring Sandler, Rob Schneider, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Norm MacDonald and Salma Hayek, began last Monday. The movie is about high school friends who return home for their basketball coach's funeral.
After Southborough, filming will move to Essex, a Cape Ann town near Gloucester, where the actors will be shooting scenes until mid-August.
Selectmen last night met to extend a license and location agreement with Lakefront Productions for use of St. Mark's Street, a portion of the Town House parking lot and the island at the intersection of St. Mark's and Common streets through today, with cleanup slated for Thursday.
The town will get an additional $1,330 for the extra day of filming, a pro-rated amount on top of the $20,000 agreed upon for the company's original contract from May 11 to 26, said Town Administrator Jean Kitchen.
The production company will be making a donation to the Woodward School for use of a portion of its facility and parking lot.
Superintendent Charles Gobron said the school is getting a $10,000 donation.
"On the whole, it's been a wonderful experience," Gobron said. "Lots of kids have seen the stars. They've been great."
Pilgrim Congregational Church, where scenes were shot outside and inside, is getting about $25,000, church officials said.
Tuesday, fans lined the stone wall on the eastern side of the Old Burial Ground cemetery, craning for views of the stars as scenes were shot outside the church.
Julie McHenry, 20, a Southborough resident who attends prep school in Newton, said she'd been coming to the set after school since filming started last Monday. She'd gotten a few pictures, but no autographs yet.
"I think it's cool they're filming at my church," she said. "It's my last week of school, so no homework - I have time to come down and hang out."
Dan McSweeney stopped with his daughter, Rylie, 3, to see if he could get a picture of some of the actors. McSweeney said he's driven past the area every day between his Framingham home and work at Verizon but had yet to stop until Tuesday.
"Having something like this is big for the town," he said. "Kevin James - he's probably the funniest out of all of them. If I get a picture, I get a picture."
Algonquin Regional High School sophomores Renee Roy and Alyssa Borelli, both 16, were hoping to get autographs. Borelli said she came to the set Wednesday through Friday last week and had gotten a picture of herself with Schneider.
"He was so nice," she said. "This is the best thing to happen to Southborough."
Roy said it was her first visit to the set and she came to see what it would be like. She also hoped to get an autograph.
"I don't care who as long as I get someone," she said. "It would be really cool if we could walk onto the set."
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