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August 8, 2013

Something about the North Shore?

Cameron Diaz film could be next one shot locally

First, Denzel Washington.

Now Cameron Diaz might be right behind.

A scout is expected to take a look at Gordon College on Grapevine Road in Wenham today as a possible filming location for an upcoming Diaz movie. The school’s quad is of specific interest, said Cyndi McMahon, director of marketing and communications.

“It is one of the most traditional campus quads in the area, with a sweeping green lawn bordered by New England brick buildings,” McMahon said. “That seems to be of interest.”

McMahon said the scout only told her that the movie “was about math,” and they were looking to start filming in the fall. Officials at the Massachusetts Film Office said they had no information on the film.

This could be next in the string of movies with scenes being shot locally, including the HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge,” which is set to be filmed in Beverly and surrounding North Shore cities and towns from September to November. The movie will star Frances McDormand in the title role, with Richard Jenkins playing her husband, Henry.

The miniseries is based on a novel of the same name by Elizabeth Strout, which is told in a series of short stories. Released in 2008, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book covers the life of Olive Kitteridge and the people in a small town on the coast of Maine.

Lisa Cholodenko will direct the miniseries.

Beverly Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Somes said he received a call from a representative of HBO saying that a crew of about 100 people is coming to the Beverly area to film for the cable television network. They were looking for information on tourist sites and restaurants, he said.

He said the crew is still scoping out possible filming locations, including area mansions and possibly the Beverly Golf and Tennis Club. Having a film shot locally for a few months is great for the local economy, he said.

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