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Another hot day in A2 and the ‘Five Year Engagement’ crew set up outside Jefferson Market and Cakery on W. Jefferson in Ann Arbor. I think it’s great that this movie is really about Ann Arbor and some of it’s quirky little landmarks. Oh yeah, and U of M.  I was almost an extra by accident yesterday. I must look like a student (ha!) because I walked right across the Diag, sat on the grass and then suddenly realized that people around me looked a little posed. Oops.

The shirt says, “Come Smell our Dairy Air.”


‘Five Year Engagement’ filmed today in the baking heat on the Diag at the University of Michigan. The crew from out of state must be wondering by now why anyone lives in Michigan where the temperatures fluctuate from the lower 40s to the upper 90s in a couple of weeks! I hope they’re done with the snow scenes as it would be hard to fake being cold in this heat.

Rhys Ifans and Jason Segel were on set today. A couple of pictures for now, more to come later this evening.

[Edit: I find myself gadget-challenged today and can’t upload any more photos until tonight. Shoulda brought the right cable… Paparazzi Fail.]

I’m too old to be hanging out at night shoots and I’ll pay for it tomorrow, but tonight it was all happening on a snowy street in Ypsilanti. After a day of setting up the snow and wrapping lights around the trees to make it look like a real Michigan Winter, filming finally started at around 10pm on Friday night. The first scene filmed was with Emily Blunt running down the street. Wash, rinse, repeat around a dozen times I guess.

I have to say that in the daylight the snow looked a little fake, but at night, the sidewalk and street washed down to look wet, the snow sprayed to look a delightful dirty grey, it could totally have been February. I’ll clean up some more photographs tomorrow. Just a few now to give the ambiance.

Filming is scheduled to start tomorrow for Five Year Engagement in Ypsilanti at the intersection of S Washington Ave and Pearl St. Again it looks like Winter has come early (or finished late!) in Michigan.  The question on everyone’s lips is the same. “Why the heck couldn’t they have filmed in February?”

The snow is  still there even though it’s approaching 90 degrees. Gotta feel sorry for the extras who have to dress up as if it’s the middle of Winter. Early this morning filming was happening in front of Grazi and the Chop House on Main St in Ann Arbor. Jason Segel was there, switching from T-shirt to winter clothes between takes which involved him waiting outside the Chop House and going into Grazi.

Touching up the snow a little. It’s melting fast!

I know the weather has sucked recently, but snow in Ann Arbor in May?

Or could it be that the Five Year Engagement is filming downtown today?

The Five Year Engagement is filming today at Zingerman’s Bakehouse,  3711 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor.  The Bakehouse and the Creamery are still open. Today I enjoyed Pecan bread and a raspberry gelato for dessert!

They’re filming in the baking area of the Bakehouse, and you can see the set through the glass window in the store although screens and reflection make it a little difficult! Jason Segel and Emily Blunt were on set, although I didn’t recognize either of them at first. No pictures of Emily today, but we did almost rub shoulders in the store. When someone called her Emily and started fixing her hair I finally realized. I think managing to not recognize the movie star lost me some serious Movie Stalker Points today. There are Movie Stalker Points, right?

Squint and you can see the cameras and screens through there. Really. Apparently Jason’s character is a baker at the real Zingerman’s. It’s very cool that Zingerman’s will get actual credit in the movie. See, Rick Snyder? How good is this for Michigan businesses? Very, of course. But no one reading this blog thinks otherwise, so I’m obviously preaching to the choir.

See that big guy in the woolly hat?

Yes, it’s Jason Segel with some interesting facial hair. There was more, but he peeled it off right in front of me. Looked like it hurt.

Add several Movie Stalker Points for this. Take off a couple because my flash was turned off. Also I think I may have lost one for not getting any pictures of Emily Blunt who was right behind me.

Jason says he is having a blast in Ann Arbor!

Five Year Engagement filmed all day today at the Salem-Walker Church, 7150 Angle Rd, Salem, MI. Crews moved in early and they were still filming a funeral scene in the church yard when I left at around 8:30 pm. Only a few locals were watching filming. Jason, Alison, Emily and Chris were all on set, but Jason had wrapped for the day when I arrived.

If anyone ever doubted that I am above all a movie stalker and not the real paparazzi, behold the blurry results of my point and shoot camera in dim lighting. I knew the minute my new Canon came out, I’d be quietly moved on, so I had to slum it today.

Thanks as always to On Location Vacations for the heads-up for the filming location. I had no idea I’d be heading out for an evening adventure.

Five Year Engagement filming today and tomorrow (May 6 and & 7) at Randy’s Roadhouse Bar-B-Que in Onsted, MI. It’s right on US-12. Base Camp is across the street. Security is tight and the road is kinda dangerous! Good luck, Michigan Movie Stalkers 🙂

Judd Apatow’s new movie, “Five Year Engagement” directed by Nicholas Stoller and starring Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Allison Brie, Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt and a host of other stars has begun filming in Michigan.  Some scenes were filmed earlier in the year in Ann Arbor, but filming starts in earnest now, this week at the MGM Casino in Detroit, and later in the week in Ann Arbor where the bulk of the movie is expected to be shot.

@justwitt was on the set today in Detroit and managed to get some shots of base-camp and one of Jason. We suspect that Emily is the hooded figure!  Thanks, M.

Filming is expected to be at the Cavern Club in Ann Arbor on Thursday and Friday of this week and I’ll do my best to be there since my Royal Wedding invitation seems to be  lost in the mail.

Also, you must follow @nicholasstoller on Twitter for some excellent tweets about the movie.  He’s a funny guy.