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SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE

Eastward Ho
After the completion of West Coast filming, Meyers and Company packed up their crates and headed east, disembarking at that blessed tip of eastern Long Island known as The Hamptons, where much of the action of Something's Gotta Give takes place. Meyers proceeded to film three weeks of exterior sequences with Nicholson, Keaton, Reeves, McDormand and Peet on locations of natural beauty and privileged chic, taking full advantage of both.

Much of the shooting took place on Flying Point Beach, where the beautiful communities of Southampton and Water Mill practically converge, as beautiful a stretch of sand as one is likely to find in the continental United States, dotted with classic beach houses, and tall grass waving atop sand dunes. But it was no vacation for the film's company, as they battled the challenge of moving heavy equipment around on mounds of sand, as well as New York's wildly unpredictable late spring weather, which saw broiling sun one minute to be followed in short order by all manner of natural permutations, including rain, wind and fog - often on the same day. What was determined to be the worst May weather in longer than anyone could remember bedeviled Meyers and company, as they literally shot between the raindrops. Exteriors were also filmed at the lovely Southampton beach house, which served as the original inspiration for Jon Hutman's amazing interior set 3000 miles to the west.

Hollywood came to the picture-perfect village of East Hampton, perhaps the most famous of the area's tony hamlets, when Nicholson, Keaton, McDormand and Peet filmed a sequence on the famed Newtown Lane shopping street, culminating in their entering the actual Barefoot Contessa. Although the residents of the Hamptons are hardly starstruck - considering the fact that so many stars and other luminaries actually live there, either full or part time - there was still a considerable crowd of suitably impressed locals patiently watching the film's stars at work. Due to the rain, filming also took place inside of East Hampton Studios, a fully equipped facility nestled in a forest just a few miles from the famed village.

Traveling from the tip of "the Island" to the more crowded and turbulent environs of New York City, Meyers, along with her cast and crew, shot at a bewildering assortment of locations in just a week's time, beginning on lower Broadway and then heading to the East side, West side and all around the town. A 19th century townhouse with contemporary interior design on East 78th Street provided the location for Harry Sanborn's domicile, Central Park played itself magnificently, as it always does, and for a montage establishing the New York high life, Meyers actually shot in some of the city's chicest establishments, including Mark't in the meat packing district, the Tribeca Grand Hotel and the uber-hip Aureole restaurant on East 61st Street.

And then there was the day when the company was filming outside of Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre, better known as the day ‘When Jack Met Bill.' Arriving at a speaking engagement across the street from the theatre on West 47th Street, former President Clinton learned that his friend Nicholson was shooting just a few steps away. The exuberant and boisterous New York crowd that had already assembled to catch a glimpse of Jack Nicholson went crazy as they saw these two glowing examples of American royalty embracing in the middle of 47th Street, as did the paparazzi photographers who couldn't believe their good fortune. With the company still shooting that evening, the former President returned to the set after hi

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