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October 8, 2013

Look who's filming now

John Travolta at movie shoot in Danvers

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The movie will feature two waitresses and a manager from Denny’s, Martin said.

Word of the filming spread fast, but there were few spectators lined up to see the shooting yesterday afternoon. However, throughout the day, crew members had to ask people to move because they were standing in the way of shots.

Martin said the restaurant remained closed as of 5 p.m., but crews were working to reset the eatery for business later in the evening.

“It seems to have gone well,” Martin said. She will not be in the film but said she cooked the lunch food featured in the scene.

She also said she talked with Travolta for several minutes about the filming and described him as “very nice” and “friendly.”

“I actually got a hug,” she said.

This isn’t the first time the Denny’s will have been featured on the big screen. Sandra Bullock filmed there last year for her movie “The Heat,” about an uptight FBI agent and a tough Boston cop who must overcome their mutual distrust to take down a drug lord.

Earlier this summer, Denzel Washington was seen filming scenes for “The Equalizer” at Groton House Farm in Hamilton and the Crane Estate in Ipswich.

The film, expected to be released in 2014, is a big-screen adaptation of the popular 1980s television series that starred Edward Woodward as a private detective with a mysterious past who doled out vigilante justice.

In April, scenes for “American Hustle” were filmed near the former District and Superior Court buildings in Salem. The film’s cast includes Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner.

The 1970s corruption movie is set to be released in December.

Rosenblatt said there no set release date for “The Forger.”

“It is going to take us awhile,” he said. “This was our first day.”

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