Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Crews for 'LOL: Laughing Out Loud' take over American Coney Island

'LOL' films at American Coney Island
Once known as great places to get an original coney island hotdog, American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island are fast earning a new reputation: great places to film scenes in which people eat coney island hotdogs.

'Hung', the HBO series about a high school basketball coach in Detroit, filmed at Lafayette last year. In recent months, the Food Network seems to have made regular visits to Detroit's famous coney island restaurants. And when the 'Red Dawn' folks were in town, the cast pretty much camped out in the tip of the American Coney Island, although I don't think any filming happened inside.

Now come the cast and crew from 'LOL', the Demi Moore/Miley Cyrus film that's been shooting around the city for much of the past month. Crew tents and equipment surrounded the place on Lafayette Boulevard and on Michigan Avenue earlier today, and trailers occupied much of the area where the Lafayette Building once stood. According to signs, the 'LOL' crews will be back tomorrow for more filming.

Around the corner on Griswold Street, Alicia Silverstone, Sigourney Weaver and the gang filming 'Vamps' were still busy earlier today. New York City cabs were brought in to shoot scenes, many of which took place in the dark alley between the Ford Building and the Penobscot Building. No  word on how long 'Vamps' will be around, but 'LOL' is scheduled to wrap up filming by the end of the week, according to a guy securing the coney island set.