Imagine wandering around your city and spotting your favorite actor or actress, media personality or rapper. You can also see a movie being shot at your neighbor’s or your hometown movie theater or gift shop.
In recent months, celebrities have been spotted all over North Jersey shooting movies, in restaurants and at American Dream. Some of Hollywood’s biggest names have been among the stars to visit the area.
If you missed any of the celebrity sightings or films and TV shows filmed so far in 2022, here’s a recap of some of the stars and sets in North Jersey.
Films and TV shows filmed in North Jersey
In October 2021, New Jersey native and Oscar winner Anne Hathaway returned to the film “Armageddon Time” directed by James Gray and produced by Focus Features. Two-time Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins also stars in the film.
Scenes were shot in a house on Vandelinda Avenue in Teaneck Township and the entire residential block between Palmer Avenue and Palisades Avenue was lined with production trucks. One resident described the experience as “rather exciting”.
Teaneck Township manager Dean Kazinci said scenes for another “Bros” movie were shot earlier that month at Teaneck Cinemas, and two more movies were scheduled for November.
In March and June, Montclair hosted celebrity after celebrity and was the setting for a Paramount and HBO film.
Montclair hosted co-stars William H. Macy and Diane Keaton as well as Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, Emma Roberts and Luke Bracy as they filmed scenes for the Paramount film “Maybe I Do” in March.
The film was shot in a 6,500 square foot colonial house owned by Jennifer and Andrew Snyder that faced Edgemont Park. According to a permit from the township, the crew was to film at the MC Hotel, the George Hotel and the homes on South Mountain Avenue.
The stars visited local eateries such as Tierney’s Tavern and Fascino Restaurant.
In June, it was reported that an HBO movie tentatively titled “Girl Haunts Boy” was being filmed at a Montclair White Rabbit Black Heart gift shop.
According to a flyer posted on the site, the film is about a boy who moves into a new house and develops a friendship with a 1920s girl who haunts the house. The stars have not been identified.
The horror film “The Home” starring Pete Davidson was filmed in the St. Francis residential community in Denville. Davidson plays Max who works at the nursing home and discovers the secrets of the residents and caretakers.
The film is directed by James DeMonaco, who also directed “The Purge.”
Celebrities at American Dream
On June 20, Cardi B, Offset and their kids made an appearance at American Dream’s DreamWorks Water Park.
Offset has been reported to ride Thrillagascar, Jungle Jammer and Shrek’s Sinkhole. Offset and their daughter, Kulture, danced together after sliding down a less intimidating waterslide.
Cardi B “ran down” the water parks gift shop and got herself a green sarong.
Earlier that month, Cardi B made an appearance at the Hot 97 Summer Jam Festival outside Metlife Stadium performing “Shake It,” a new single featuring Dougie B and Kay Flocka.
Kim Kardashian was spotted days later enjoying the Nickelodeon Universe theme park rides and water park with her child.
She took to her Instagram Story and posted a series of videos with the caption, “Yesterday at the coolest mall ever! American dream in Jersey.”
She marveled at all of the mall’s extraordinary features and documented her enthusiasm for Big Snow skiing and “the world’s greatest candy store.”
Celebrities in North Jersey Restaurants
Among the list of celebs to visit North Jersey recently, rapper Megan Thee Stallion and her boyfriend Pardi, a Grammy-nominated rapper and songwriter, made a special appearance at the Oceanos Oyster Bar & Grill in May. This is an upscale seafood restaurant in Fair Lawn.
According to co-owner Nikolaos Panteleakis, Paramus resident Pardi and Megan Thee Stallion wanted to visit the restaurant for a private dinner.
The restaurant has not used its wine cellar for special events since the COVID-19 pandemic hit and has instead used it as a storage room for wines. Panteleakis said it took two days to clean the restaurant’s second-floor wine cellar and prepare it for the couple.
“She was beautifully dressed and she was a gentleman,” he said. “They were very nice. Very cool. I’ve served a lot of people who aren’t cool. They’re cool.”
They were the first celebrities to visit the restaurant and the staff were delighted to meet them. Instead of wine, the couple drank tequila: Dos Artes, extra anejo, which costs $50/shot and they enjoyed appetizers with a healthy Mediterranean meal.
Lassoni, a traditional North Arlington Italian restaurant, hosted Samuel L. Jackson for lunch.
Lassoni’s manager, who wouldn’t give his name, said staff didn’t know who Jackson was until he got up to leave.
The restaurant posted a photo of Jackson on its Facebook page with the caption, “What a nice surprise!!! Look who had lunch with us today!! Thank you so much.”
Davaughnia Wilson is a trainee journalist for Northjersey.com. Contact Davaughnia at [email protected]