Ambyr is to be in yet another new movie called "Setup" and is included in the main cast. Filming starts at the end of the month. Here is the info on the movie so far...
"Setup," starring Bruce Willis and 50 Cent, will begin production Nov. 28, a news conference announced Friday.
Willis will play a mob boss. Other main cast members include Randy Couture, Ambyr Childers, Jerry Ferrara and Will Yun Lee.
The film is about a diamond heist. One of the people involved dies, and is left for dead -- leading to a revenge plot.
The movie's director is planning a lot of action scenes for downtown Grand Rapids.
"We're going to shut down a major intersection downtown and wreck some cars and shoot some windows out and chase, and then a whole footchase happens across one block -- into a building, out the building, across another set of moving cars, into the back of the restaurant, out the front of that; so, it's pretty involved," director Mike Gunther said.
"Setup" marks the fourth film in Grand Rapids for 50 Cent and his producing partner, Randall Emmett. The pair has made three movies in the area: "Caught in the Crossfire," "Gun" and "Things Fall Apart."
Emmett also was involved with "Touchback," which filmed a portion of the movie at Coopersville High School and starred Kurt Russell.
"Setup" will be Emmett's biggest-budget movie so far, as it has around $20 million to work with.
"I think this movie is similar to 'The Gun' but bigger," Emmett said. "You'll see us a lot more over the city versus, other movies are a lot more intimate -- a lot more controlled. This movie will be a much bigger-looking film."
Producers will start looking for extras over the next few weeks.
Here is an interview with Christian Slater on filming "Playback". Ambyr also has a small line in there...
"I feel like I might cry."
Actress Jennifer Missoni looks uneasy. She's sitting in the back of a police cruiser, between takes on the set of "Playback." Her character, a high-schooler named Dee Dee, is being questioned by Christian Slater's sleazy policeman, who's taking it a step beyond typical procedure.
Soon after, Missoni laughs it off. "Damn you, Slater, you're creeping me out!" she quips.
The camera's rolling again. "You got a boyfriend?" Slater asks, his eyes squinting.
"That's hard to believe," he oozes.
It's a moment that, in Slater's own words to director Michael A. Nickles, is "awkward, weird, creepy." It exudes an icky-funny vibe, and the two performers show plenty of predator-prey chemistry.
"He's not the nicest of characters, I guess," Slater says after the set breaks for lunch. "He started with the right intentions, but over time, some lines were crossed. Now, in this particular moment, he's making a fatal decision to act on something -- or not."
The actor is playing coy. The buzz on the set of "Playback" is that it hides a nifty twist, and everyone keeps tight lips. Missoni is among a group of young actors -- Toby Hemingway, Ambyr Childers, Johnny Pacar -- playing teenagers who unearth an evil, supernatural force that possesses its victims via a video they make for a school project. Slater's cop is investigating the case, and certainly carries ulterior motives.
"It's not necessarily a horror movie," said Pacar, who's originally from Dearborn, and currently stars in ABC Family TV series "Make It or Break It." "It's a supernatural thriller with horror elements, and some drama and comedy, too. I think it's pretty darn scary."
"When I read the script, I thought it was a brilliant idea. It has a great twist," said Childers, who also had a role in "Things Fall Apart," the film starring rapper/actor 50 Cent, which shot in Grand Rapids earlier this year.
Tuesday afternoon, the smell of barbecue, catered by Wyoming's Dallas Deli, wafted through the air, in the parking lot of a nondescript office complex on Kenmoor Avenue SE in Cascade Township, where "Playback" filmed for the day. The complex houses the film's production office, but right now, it's passing for the parking lot of a school; a Forest Hills Schools bus sits opposite the cop car, and extras toss a football to provide background action for the scene.
"We didn't want to go back out to Lowell High School, where we filmed before, and cause a scene," producer John M. Bennett said.
"Playback" also shot in East Grand Rapids, at music store Beat Goes On on E. Fulton Street and at the studio of WZZM-TV Channel 13. WZZM's "Take Five and Co." co-host Stephanie Webb has a bit part as a news reporter in the movie. Principal photography will continue through the end of September.
Slater's film credits include "Pump Up the Volume," "Gleaming the Cube," "Heathers" and "Young Guns II." He starred in TV detective drama "The Forgotten," which ran for 17 episodes and was canceled in the spring. He recently finished wrapping the action movie "Soldiers of Fortune" in the Ukraine, and "Guns, Girls and Gambling" in Utah, which, like Michigan, provides a tax incentive for film production.
The actor, who will be in town all this week to film "Playback," was drawn to the project by Nickles.
"I met him 26 years ago on his first job (as an actor), an episode of 'The Equalizer,'" Slater said. "We go way back."
"Playback" isn't Slater's first film in the state -- 1993's "True Romance" shot in Detroit -- but this is his first time visiting Grand Rapids.
"I'm staying in the hotel along the (Grand River), watching fly fishermen out there," he said, laughing. "I've been picking up (work) here and there, meeting new crews, going to states that are refund-friendly."
Bennett and producing partner Lawrence Robbins are based in New York City. They watched numerous productions pick up and leave New York after the state axed its film incentive programs -- thus, why they have nothing but good things to say about shooting in Michigan, which provides up to a 42 percent refund to filmmakers.
"The community here is so supportive, and everyone gets behind you," Bennett said. "This is the first film we've shot in the state, and it won't be the last."
Ambyr is really starting to make use of her twitter, sharing pics of her baby girl and now posting on set candids from her new movie "Playback" (due out in 2011)! There are two and they are now added to the image gallery :)