LAURA BROWN: So here you are, in Burlington, Mass.
MICHELLE DOCKERY: I am.
LB: You’re shooting Defending Jacob, one of the new series for Apple TV+, with Chris Evans. It’s a thriller?
MD: Yes, and I am physically defending Jacob, my son. This show is based on William Landay’s novel Defending Jacob. It’s a really different genre for me.
LB: Do you have a Boston accent?
MD: I don’t. But I’m hearing a lot of Boston accents, which is a hard accent. I’m glad I don’t have to do one. Lately I seem to be playing Americans all the time.
LB: How has it been working with Captain America?
MD: Chris is one of my favorite people. The content of the show is very intense. We are playing the parents of a boy who has been accused of this awful murder of a boy his age in his school. But Chris is a laugh, and we share the same sense of humor, so it’s so brilliant to work with him.
In exchange for allowing them to film in Belmont on three separate occasions, Paramount Television donated $20,000 to the town, according to Town Administrator Patrice Garvin.
Garvin announced the donation at the Aug. 12 Select Board meeting and said the amount would be earmarked to offset the cost of the police station renovations.
Paramount Television chose 16 Ivy Road in Belmont as the home of the main character played by actor Chris Evans in the film series for Apple Television, “Defending Jacob,” based on the New York Times bestseller by Newton author William Landay. Evans, best known for his role as Captain America, plays the father of a 14-year-old boy accused of murder. The mother is played by actress Michelle Dockery, famous for her role as Mary in “Downton Abbey.”
To show their appreciation to the town, Paramount Television presented a monetary donation in a sealed envelope to the Selectmen at the April 8 meeting when the filming in Belmont was approved. The envelope remained sealed and the amount of the donation unknown until the filming of “Defending Jacob” in Belmont was completed. Originally, the crew was only supposed to be in town the week of April 29. However, due to an illness of one of the actors, they had to return May 22, 23 and 24. They returned a third time on July 19 due to bad weather during the filming when they returned a second time in May.
PATRICK DEMPSEY ON THE POWER OF FAME, GIVING BACK TO NEW ENGLAND
The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston rolled out the red carpet for "McDreamy," aka New England native Patrick Dempsey, who brought a special screening of The Art of Racing in the Rain to the museum on Tuesday night.
The former Grey's Anatomy star, who served as a producer on the film, was joined by The Art of Racing in the Rain director Simon Curtis and screenwriter Mark Bomback. Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain follows the story of a dog named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner) and his heartwarming relationship with his human family, played by Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried. While it's been a long journey getting this adaptation to the big screen, Dempsey tells Boston Common that he's thrilled to finally show the movie to audiences in Boston after nearly a decade in development.
"It’s really special. It’s nice to come back home," says Dempsey. "Hopefully people enjoy it. I think the messaging is really important right now."
Despite the years of waiting and multiple studio changes, Bomback had a wonderful time on The Art of Racing in the Rain. Having primarily worked on action-oriented projects in the past, the screenwriter—who's currently filming the Apple TV+ series Defending Jacob around Massachusetts with Bay State native Chris Evans—was excited to dive into a more family-focused story after reading Stein's novel. The experience even inspired Bomback to change his petless ways and become a proud pup papa.
“I kind of just fell in love with [the story] in a way that I didn’t expect,” says Bomback. “And now I have two dogs.”
And while the film boasts a ton of A-list stars, the adorable golden retriever Enzo will definitely be a scene stealer for fans.
“I will say, the dogs in this film were easy to work with than some of the actors I’ve worked with in the past on other films,” jokes Curtis.
Tuesday's event also served as a benefit for the actor's nonprofit The Dempsey Center, which provides free wellness services to patients receiving cancer treatment. Dempsey was inspired to start the center in 2008 following his mother's experiences with multiple bouts of cancer.
Based out of his home state of Maine, The Dempsey Center currently has two locations in Lewiston and South Portland. Dempsey admits that he feels truly blessed to be able to use his star power in order to give back to his community.
"I think it’s what life is about, ultimately," says Dempsey. "You’re not doing something for yourself, but for the person next to you. It’s hard to put into words what that means."
"Fame in itself is really quite empty," he adds. "But if you can use it in a positive way and you’re making an impact on people’s lives—that’s what it’s about."
Bomback had a wonderful time on The Art of Racing in the Rain. Having primarily worked on action-oriented projects in the past, the screenwriter—who's currently filming the Apple TV+ series Defending Jacob around Massachusetts with Bay State native Chris Evans—was excited to dive into a more family-focused story after reading Stein's novel. The experience even inspired Bomback to change his petless ways and become a proud pup papa.
Demsey's not in DJ. It's the screenwriter Bomback who's working on DJ.
Apple TV+ launches November 1, featuring originals from the world’s greatest storytellers
Available on the Apple TV App Worldwide, Apple TV+ Will Be $4.99 per Month
Cupertino, California — Apple today announced Apple TV+, the first all-original video subscription service and home for today’s most imaginative storytellers, will launch November 1 in over 100 countries and regions. Apple TV+ will offer a powerful and inspiring lineup of original shows, movies and documentaries, including “The Morning Show,” “Dickinson,” “See,” “For All Mankind” and “The Elephant Queen.” The service will be available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac and other platforms, including online at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. Starting today, customers who purchase any iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch or Mac can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share one Apple TV+ subscription.
Subscribers can watch Apple TV+ originals both online and offline, ad-free and on demand, on the Apple TV app, which comes pre-installed on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and iPod touch and will soon be on Mac with macOS Catalina. The Apple TV app is also available on select Samsung smart TVs, and will come to Amazon Fire TV, LG, Roku, Sony and VIZIO platforms in the future. Customers can also sign up and watch Apple TV+ originals on the web at tv.apple.com.
Starting today, viewers can watch trailers and add Apple TV+ series and movies to Up Next on the Apple TV app, so they can be notified when the first episodes become available. At launch, most Apple TV+ series will premiere with three episodes, with one new episode to roll out each week, while full seasons of some series will be available all at once. Audiences worldwide can enjoy Apple TV+ originals subtitled and/or dubbed in nearly 40 languages, including Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (SDH) or closed captions. Apple TV+ series and movies will also be available with audio descriptions in eight languages.
Pricing and Availability
Apple TV+ will be available on the Apple TV app for $4.99 (US) per month with a seven-day free trial starting November 1 on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV 4K, Apple TV HD, Apple TV (3rd generation), iPod touch and Mac. To subscribe to Apple TV+, customers must update to iOS 12.3 or later, tvOS 12.3 or later and macOS Catalina. The subscription will automatically renew at $4.99 per month at the end of the seven-day free trial.
Apple TV+ will also be available on the Apple TV app on select 2018, 2019 and newer Samsung smart TVs, and on Amazon Fire TV, LG, Roku, Sony and VIZIO platforms in the future.
Customers can also subscribe to and watch Apple TV+ at tv.apple.com in Safari, Chrome and Firefox.
Customers with AirPlay 2-enabled Samsung, LG and VIZIO smart TVs must update to iOS 12.3 or later or macOS Catalina to play or mirror Apple TV+ originals from the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac directly to their smart TVs. Customers with eligible Sony smart TVs will be able to enjoy AirPlay 2 support later this year.
Customers who purchase any new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch starting September 10 can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. Beginning November 1, customers can initiate the one-year free offer in the Apple TV app on the device running the latest software. Customers have three months after device activation to claim the offer, or if the device was purchased and activated before the launch of Apple TV+, they will have three months starting November 1. The subscription will automatically renew at $4.99 per month after one year. Customers can cancel at any time in Settings at least one day before each renewal date. Customers who cancel during the offer period will forfeit the remainder of their offer. This limited time offer applies to both new and refurbished models, including devices from the iPhone Upgrade Program, is not restricted to any specific sales channel (e.g., Apple Store, resellers) and will be available in all countries where Apple TV+ will launch. Up to six family members can share one Apple TV+ subscription and watch using their own Apple ID and password. Only one one-year offer is available per family, regardless of the number of devices purchased.
So either you own an apple device, have a newer TV that might have the apple ap or you can watch it online at tv.apple.com in Safari, Chrome and Firefox.