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By ERIN JULIUS | August 29, 2009
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- A SWAT team suited up Saturday afternoon in downtown Hedgesville, prepared to rush into a bank as a heist unfolded. What appeared to be several rifles were being passed around the group. Except only two of the SWAT members actually work in law enforcement. The rest were actors, appearing in an independent film whose crew used an old bank at the corner of North Mary and East Main streets in Hedgesville as a movie set this weekend. Two actual law enforcement officers, one from Morgan County, W.Va.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 1, 2011
A film crew from The Learning Channel has been following local multimillion-dollar lottery winner Randy Smith around for three days, filming a television episode. "They're filming for their 'How the Lottery Changed My Life' series," Smith said. Smith, 63, gained local notoriety last Aug. 23 when he bought a winning $79 million Power Ball ticket at ROCS Mountaineer Mart on Kelly Island Road. The film crew shepherding Smith around this week included a producer/director, cameraman and a soundman.
NEWS
August 31, 2009
Boy struck by car is in stable but critical condition Crabs, karaoke raise money for charity Ringers try to crash duck race Film crew steals show at W.Va. bank What's wrong with this picture?
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By DAVE McMILLION | July 26, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - There are many Civil War-era buildings across the country, but there is something special about the ones in East Coast towns such as Charles Town, film producer John Copeland said. "They don't have this kind of expansive look to them," said Copeland, comparing a property at 515 E. Washington St. to Civil War-era buildings in the West. It was the building's architecture that convinced a film crew working on a documentary about Abraham Lincoln and his Gettysburg Address to produce part of the film in Charles Town.
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June 6, 1997
By JULIE E. GREENE Staff Writer The Hagerstown area will be the focus of a one-hour ABC special designed to provide a view of America's families and communities, an ABC News producer said Thursday. The special will air this fall or next spring, said Producer Martin Smith. A news crew has been in town since May 20, shooting footage at National Little League games and filming some players at school and church. The Hagerstown area was selected mainly because of its rich Little League history, which includes a team that went to the World Series in 1968, Smith said.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | July 8, 2004
gregs@herald-mail.com The words "on set" have a more natural meaning for a film crew working in an area owned by the Town of Boonsboro. With a small group of actors, camera operators and assistants, Director Gary Hubb, 28, walked through the plot of land off Md. 34 Wednesday, going over which sites will work for different scenes of a World War II-era drama being shot this week. One patch of grass in the woods will be the backdrop for two soldiers to have a heart-to-heart.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | April 4, 2006
A documentary on the Battle of Antietam in 1862 will be part of a 10-part series on The History Channel next week. The series, called "10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America," will run Sunday through Thursday. The 60-minute Antietam segment will kick off the series on Sunday at 9 p.m. The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is co-hosting an invitation-only world premiere of the documentary Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Antietam National Battlefield visitor center.
NEWS
August 26, 1997
It's not what we usually think of as economic development, but the attempt to get Washington County's business community to rally behind a major movie-making venture here makes sense, because in exchange for a relatively small sum of money, the community stands to gain a great deal. The movie would be called "Gods and Generals" and would be what the Hollywood types called a "prequel. " Based on Jeff Shaara's book, it would follow the lives of several key historical figures in the years preceding the Battle of Gettsyburg.
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By DAN DEARTH | May 6, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- An Irish film crew began shooting a documentary in Washington County this week about the Civil War's famed Irish Brigade. Keith Farrell, writer/director of "Fg an Bealach," said battle scenes will be shot today and Saturday at the North American Rod and Gun Club and continue into next week at other locations. "Fg an Bealach," old Gaelic for "Clear the Way," was the Irish Brigade's battle cry. On Thursday, Farrell and a crew of about 20 actors and production assistants filmed in Hagerstown at The Maryland Theatre and The Miller House on West Washington Street to take advantage of the city's old-style architecture.
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by ERIN JULIUS | November 21, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - More than a year ago, Jim Sell encountered a difficult customer while working as a salesman at Criswell Automotive in Gaithersburg, Md. The customer, who allegedly was from a foreign country, offered $600, dried meat and his prostitute sister in exchange for a new $70,000 Hummer. Sell, of Hagerstown, was told that the man was filming a documentary. "I was thinking, 'This guy is either on drugs or trying to make me look stupid in his country,'" Sell said. That guy was comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, star of the hit movie "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit of Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
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By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | December 31, 2012
For the past few months, just about every movie I've seen has been preceded by a short documentary on the making of "Les Miserables. " The point most stressed in these previews is that every song in the movie is being sung live; that unprecedented steps have been taken to ensure that we do not have to put up with the phoniness of lip-synching. Needless to say, the task was a tremendous undertaking for everyone from the actors to the film crew to the musicians who recorded the score to match the actors' pace instead of the other way around.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | September 14, 2012
Jim Breuer knew in sixth-grade that he was meant to make people laugh. He was in a talent show and had written a sketch where his friend plays a security guard while Breuer's in the background stealing everything on stage. It ended with Breuer clocking his friend on the head, stuffing him in a bag and dragging him off  stage. "I realized I could make people laugh," he said during a telephone interview from his Jersey Shore, N.J., home. He didn't, however, win. "I lost to a bunch of hacks lipsynching to KISS," Breuer, 45, said with a his recognizable laugh.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 1, 2011
A film crew from The Learning Channel has been following local multimillion-dollar lottery winner Randy Smith around for three days, filming a television episode. "They're filming for their 'How the Lottery Changed My Life' series," Smith said. Smith, 63, gained local notoriety last Aug. 23 when he bought a winning $79 million Power Ball ticket at ROCS Mountaineer Mart on Kelly Island Road. The film crew shepherding Smith around this week included a producer/director, cameraman and a soundman.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | May 6, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- An Irish film crew began shooting a documentary in Washington County this week about the Civil War's famed Irish Brigade. Keith Farrell, writer/director of "Fg an Bealach," said battle scenes will be shot today and Saturday at the North American Rod and Gun Club and continue into next week at other locations. "Fg an Bealach," old Gaelic for "Clear the Way," was the Irish Brigade's battle cry. On Thursday, Farrell and a crew of about 20 actors and production assistants filmed in Hagerstown at The Maryland Theatre and The Miller House on West Washington Street to take advantage of the city's old-style architecture.
NEWS
August 31, 2009
Boy struck by car is in stable but critical condition Crabs, karaoke raise money for charity Ringers try to crash duck race Film crew steals show at W.Va. bank What's wrong with this picture?
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | August 29, 2009
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- A SWAT team suited up Saturday afternoon in downtown Hedgesville, prepared to rush into a bank as a heist unfolded. What appeared to be several rifles were being passed around the group. Except only two of the SWAT members actually work in law enforcement. The rest were actors, appearing in an independent film whose crew used an old bank at the corner of North Mary and East Main streets in Hedgesville as a movie set this weekend. Two actual law enforcement officers, one from Morgan County, W.Va.
NEWS
June 4, 2009
BANGKOK (AP) -- Actor David Carradine, a born seeker and cult idol who broke through as the willing student called "grasshopper" in the 1970s TV series "Kung Fu" and decades later as leader of an assassin squad in "Kill Bill," was found dead Thursday in Thailand. Police said he appeared to have hanged himself. The officer responsible for investigating the death, Teerapop Luanseng, said the 72-year-old actor was staying at a suite at the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel. "I can confirm that we found his body, naked, hanging in the closet," Teerapop said.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | July 26, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - There are many Civil War-era buildings across the country, but there is something special about the ones in East Coast towns such as Charles Town, film producer John Copeland said. "They don't have this kind of expansive look to them," said Copeland, comparing a property at 515 E. Washington St. to Civil War-era buildings in the West. It was the building's architecture that convinced a film crew working on a documentary about Abraham Lincoln and his Gettysburg Address to produce part of the film in Charles Town.
NEWS
by ERIN JULIUS | November 21, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - More than a year ago, Jim Sell encountered a difficult customer while working as a salesman at Criswell Automotive in Gaithersburg, Md. The customer, who allegedly was from a foreign country, offered $600, dried meat and his prostitute sister in exchange for a new $70,000 Hummer. Sell, of Hagerstown, was told that the man was filming a documentary. "I was thinking, 'This guy is either on drugs or trying to make me look stupid in his country,'" Sell said. That guy was comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, star of the hit movie "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit of Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | April 4, 2006
A documentary on the Battle of Antietam in 1862 will be part of a 10-part series on The History Channel next week. The series, called "10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America," will run Sunday through Thursday. The 60-minute Antietam segment will kick off the series on Sunday at 9 p.m. The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is co-hosting an invitation-only world premiere of the documentary Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Antietam National Battlefield visitor center.
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