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Powder Springs Neighborhoods on Watch for Movie Stars

"Neighborhood Watch," starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, is being filmed in three subdivisions around the city, while Trinity Chapel is serving as the "base camp."

Cobb County has set the scene for many movies in recent years, and now another is being filmed in Powder Springs.

Neighborhood Watch, starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, is being shot in three subdivisions around the city: Echo Mill, Amberton and Oakleigh. On Wednesday, a crew was shooting at a home in Echo Mill, and a group of residents gathered at the police barricade to watch from a distance.

Echo Mill resident Michael Baker said he never thought a movie would be filmed in his subdivision.

“I think it’s awesome,” he said. “It’s cool that they’re coming into small-town Powder Springs.”

Some locals also might find themselves in the film. Emails were sent to residents of the subdivisions regarding casting calls for extras in the movie. Baker said he signed up and hopes to be used in the movie.

“I know that the crew has been real nice to the residents,” he said. “It’s interesting to see how this all comes together.”

Extras are also asked to fill 's stadium in Smyrna on Nov. 2-3 from 4 p.m. ‘til midnight both days, according to The Bert Show website. From the site, you can sign up to attend and find out more information, including what to wear.

on Macland Road is serving as the "base camp" for filming, said Albert LaBoy, 's headmaster.

"All of the folks involved have been really nice," he told Patch. "Both Stiller and Vaughn have been spotted on campus. Their trailers are part of base camp. Nothing hugely exciting to report, but it has definitely been the buzz of the school and church."

LaBoy added that filming has also been done at .

OMFG Atlanta, an entertainment blog, says Stiller was recently spotted getting his shoes repaired in Midtown.

Other stars in Neighborhood Watch include Rosemarie DeWitt, Jonah Hill, Will Forte and Richard Ayoade.

Movie Insider has the film coming out in theaters on July 27, 2012. The website’s synopsis of the movie: “A city-guy moves to a suburban community, joins the neighborhood watch and uncovers a large conspiracy.”

Cobb 'Camera-Ready'

In March, Cobb County , which is a state designation saying that an area is prepared for TV and movies to be filmed.

“We are ready, able, willing and want the TV and movie industry to come to Cobb,” said Holly Bass, CEO of the Cobb County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Bass said movies being filmed in Cobb has been good for the area because of the exposure and additional revenues.

“It just kind of a boosts everything,” she said.

A “fair” amount of movies have been filmed in Cobb County, Bass said, such as Remember the Titans, , Necessary Roughness, The Walking Dead and A Joyful Noise.

"We’ve been very fortunate because we have a lot of activity,” Bass said.

Bass said Cobb County is a location chosen for TV and movies because of what it has to offer.

“You can have a lake. You can have something more rural. You have a downtown," she said. "There are just lots of looks and opportunities for TV magic.”

Michael Stone (Editor) October 14, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Has anyone spotted any of the movie's stars yet? Feel free to send any pictures you have of the filming to michael.stone@patch.com.
I Get It. October 14, 2011 at 06:24 PM
They should consider renaming the movie, "Invasion of the Echo Boomers" or "Millennialville".
Jeanell Swan October 14, 2011 at 09:27 PM
I saw the black Cadillac Escillades they are in. The police escorted them from one culdesac to the culdesac where they are filming today. Kind of exciting.
Pam J October 15, 2011 at 01:10 AM
Wow. First the filming of A&E's "Walking Dead" in the Cumberland area (got to see some of that - scary), the movie filming at the old Home Depot in Austell, and now they are in Powder Springs. But I'm not starstruck, so I won't go hunting them down.
Valerie October 16, 2011 at 10:55 PM
They filmed 2 movies at the Kmart in Mableton.

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