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Basket Shop owner Reed Hotch-kiss, right, chats with a member of the film crew during Tuesday’s filming for “All Good Things” in the Gay-lordsville section of New Milford. Norm Cummings/ Staff photographer
NEW MILFORD -- The little hamlet of Gaylordsville, a mile wide and 4 miles long, was the site for some big Hollywood movie making Tuesday.
The quaint country community will be a setting in the new murder/mystery romance movie "All Good Things," featuring "Spider-Man" star Kirsten Dunst.
At the Basket Shop on Route 7, across from the Gaylordsville Fire Department, a movie crew was rolling cameras and assorted lighting and other equipment around to film scenes starring Dunst and Ryan Gosling.
Spectators were banned from the set because it was a closed filming, despite its visibility on the heavily traveled highway.
"I think it's pretty cool," said Mark Darinzo as he sipped a cup of coffee on the steps of Gaylordsville Country Store and watched some of the production activity.
He said he was on his way home from work on Monday and spotted the "commotion." He likes that this small town is getting some notice from bigwigs in Tinseltown.
Indeed, New Milford has been a popular filming site this past year. It will be featured in "The Six Wives of Henry Lefay," "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" and Wes Craven's horror production "25/8."
"It brings something to Gaylordsville. It's good publicity," said Darinzo, who four years ago made the village a permanent home after more than 40 years as a weekender.
"It's kind of cool," said Tracey Campbell as she picked up a sandwich and coffee at the store.
Campbell said the sleepy hamlet deserves attention because it has
some unique buildings and a few "creepy places" perfect for a murder mystery.
The traffic detours were a bit cumbersome, but she said the inconvenience is worth it if the production pumps money into the local economy.
"Hopefully, it'll be good for the businesses and helps out the local people. If it benefits them, then it's awesome," Campbell said.
Movie publicist Amy Cohn said the Basket Shop was the perfect location for what will be a health food store in the movie. She added that most of "All Good Things," is being shot in Connecticut, a state that has recently offered tax incentives to the film industry. It is scheduled to premier sometime next year.
"All the people, the neighbors, have been great. It's so cute to see them come and check it out, sitting out on their lawns," Cohn said as she picked up an iced coffee at the store. "Everyone has been very respectful."
Cohn perked up when she overheard store customers talking about a mother bear and two cubs that have been making the rounds around town. For a Manhattan girl, she said, seeing them would be a rare treat, and she hopes locals do what they can to protect the animals.
"If I was ever producing a movie, I'd want to do it here," Cohn said. "Look how great this is!"
Store owner Rusty Roache is not star-struck, but he appreciates the extra business and exposure the production will bring.
"I think it's wonderful to give the community such visibility," Roache said. "It's a good idea for these people to come into the small towns and do their thing. It's a win/win for everybody."
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