Nicole Kidman, Lars Ulrich, Rodrigo Santoro, and Clive Owen
Nicole Kidman, Lars Ulrich, Rodrigo Santoro, and Clive Owen are spotted last week on the set of Hemingway & Gellhorn in Livermore, Calif., right across the bay from San Francisco (April 6).
Of course you Metallica fans recognize Lars as the drummer and founding member of the iconic band. He plays the Dutch documentarian and committed communist Joris Ivens in the new film about Ernest Hemingway and his third wife Martha Gellhorn. Ivens made the propaganda film The Spanish Earth during the Spanish Civil War, which was actually narrated by Hemingway in the English translation of the film.
Ivens, Hemingway, and Gellhorn screened the film at the White House on July 8, 1937 after having dinner with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor.
*24 Hemingway & Gellhorn pictures total in the gallery:
Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman
Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman are spotted filming Hemingway & Gellhorn on location in San Livermore, Calif. on Monday (April 4). The two were recreating a scene from the Spanish Civil War in a pasture at the corner of Manning Road and Morgan Territory in Livermore, which is in Alameda County (across the bay from San Francisco).
According to the Livermore Patch, Kidman has been exceedingly friendly with locals:
"During the first day of shooting, a few cars lined the country road, with curious folks taking a peek at the filming in this rural area just outside of town. One of the crew told a bystander who asked why they came to Livermore that it had everything they needed for the scene.
'We needed a running creek and some hills,' he said. 'This worked out just fine for us.'
"And for those who came to watch the action near the end of the day, there was a special treat. After shooting wrapped about 7:15 p.m., Kidman's car was exiting the pasture gate when she had her driver stop in front of six adults and five children. The affable actress hopped out of the cream-colored Cadillac and chatted briefly with a few families standing by the gate. The stylish actress and mother of four hugged the children and even posed for pictures with the shocked bystanders."
*21 Hemingway & Gellhorn pictures total in the gallery:
Nicole Kidman is spotted on the set of her new HBO film Hemingway & Gellhorn at the historic Herbst Theatre in San Francisco on Friday (April 1). Clive Owen was also seen on set - check out the pics in the gallery.
Making a surprise cameo, Metallica's Lars Ulrich was also spotted on the set of the Ernest Hemingway biopic a few weeks ago dressed as Dutch documentarian Joris Ivens. Talk about a change of pace for him!
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the cast and crew have definitely taken the old adage "the early bird gets the worm" to heart:
"And the movie moves on: Latest sighting of the Hemingway & Gellhorn gang was at St. Vincent's School for Boys in Marinwood. Darcy Lichter, who lives nearby, says the trucks and 'army of people yakking and yelling,' were on the scene just before 5 a.m. Wednesday, leaving her a bit sleep-deprived. No doubt, she'll see the movie anyway."
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Clive Owen is seen rocking a new mustache on the set of Hemingway & Gellhorn in San Francisco on Tuesday (Mar. 15). Owen plays iconic American novelist Ernest Hemingway in the film, which is being directed by Philip Kaufman. Also spotted on set Tuesday was Nicole Kidman. You can see all of her pictures in the gallery.
Variety is reporting that Robert Duvall was just added to the cast of Hemingway & Gellhorn. He'll play a Russian general.
Susannah Greason Robbins, executive director of the San Francisco Film Commission, says that when completed, the film will pump more than $40 million into the local economy:
"Considering that they started in late August, that's a good amount of money being poured into San Francisco in a little more than nine months."
*8 Clive Owen pictures total in the gallery:
Nicole Kidman is spotted in San Francisco on the set of Hemingway & Gellhorn yesterday (Mar. 2). Filming of the movie actually kicked off on Tuesday (pics here). Nicole's the only star who's been on set so far.
Nicole recently sat down for an interview with Australia's 60 Minutes and described her decision to have another baby via surrogate:
"Anyone who's been in the place of wanting another child or wanting a child knows the disappointment, the pain and the loss that you go through trying. We were in a place of desperately wanting another child. I couldn't get pregnant. [Our surrogate Faith] was the most wonderful woman to do this for us."
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Nicole Kidman is spotted on the set of Hemingway & Gellhorn during the first day of shooting yesterday in San Francisco (Mar. 1). The movie is being produced for HBO by Sopranos star James Gandolfini. Clive Owen also stars.
The film will tell the story of novelist Ernest Hemingway (Owen) and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn's (Kidman) tumultuous love affair and four-year marriage from 1940-1945. Gellhorn is often credited with being Hemingway's inspiration for his classic novel For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Gandolfini's keeping filming of Hemingway & Gellhorn in California with shoots scheduled for Berkeley, Oakland, and Los Angeles.
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