You could count on at least one high-profile Hollywood film shooting in the Chicago area the last few summers, from “Public Enemies” in 2008 and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in 2009 to “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “The Dilemma” in 2010 and “Man of Steel” in 2011.
It had been reported in March that the Chicago-set comedy “Relanxious” — which revolves around an agoraphobic man (Jason Sudeikis) and a woman with an anxiety disorder (Olivia Wilde) who talk over the phone about dates they would go on if not for their fears — would film in the city this summer. Chicago Film Office director Rich Moskal also saw the report but said he has yet to speak with anyone from the film.
Reached by email Friday, “Relanxious” director and Park Ridge native Christopher Storer wrote that he still planned to shoot the film in Chicago, just not this summer. “(We’re) just in the process of locking down exact dates,” he wrote.
The movie also is set to star “Saturday Night Live” cast member Fred Armisen and “21 Jump Street” actress Brie Larson.
Wilde and Larson were recently cast in the indie comedy “Squirrel to the Nuts,” which could begin shooting in the fall. Sudeikis, who it is rumored will not return to “Saturday Night Live” next season, is set to play a pot dealer in “We’re the Millers,” which is scheduled to begin filming this month in North Carolina.
Welcome back: “Relanxious” won’t film in Chicago this summer, but Showtime’s “Shameless” will. The dysfunctional family series starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum will return in late August to film exterior scenes for the show’s third season (interior scenes are filmed in the Los Angeles area). Expect to see the cast and crew in the Lawndale neighborhood, which is where the Gallagher house is located.
Big ups: Corri McFadden — star of the Chicago-based VH1 reality show “House of Consignment” and owner of Lincoln Park’s eDrop-Off — is now engaged. Centaur construction company CEO Spiro Tsaparas popped the question last week during the couple’s trip to Italy. “Spiro proposed to me at our dear friend Faraone Mennella’s store opening party in Capri, Italy, with an original designed Faraone Mennella triple eternity band ring,” McFadden wrote by email. “It couldn't have been more perfect.”
Kitchen makeover: DIY Network’s “Kitchen Crashers” visits Chicago residents Justin and Kristi Bruno in Thursday’s episode to renovate their outdated kitchen from the 1950s. Kristi said she believes their home in the Sauganash neighborhood was chosen because she had something none of the other many applicants on hand at Lowe’s in Lincolnwood had. “I was the only person in the entire crowd with a carpeted kitchen,” Bruno wrote by email. “I think it might have sealed the deal.”
On the record: "25 years ago today was the first ever Smashing Pumpkins show, and yes I played bass+sang. It's been a crazy ride ever since. Thank you." - Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan, via Twitter.
Filming in Wicker Park: If you're wondering what was shooting on Sunday on Milwaukee Ave. and Honore St. in Wicker Park, I'm told it was a Chevy commercial and notMTV's "Underemployed" ("Underemployed" filmed at Milwaukee Ave. and Paulina Street June 26).
About this week: “Let it Rock” singer Kevin Rudolf will perform Wednesday at Six Flags Great America. … “Jersey Shore” star Pauly D will promote his Remix cocktail line at Binny's in the South Loop Saturday before DJing at V Live in Logan Square.
Sightings: The Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan dined at Tavernita in River North Saturday while in town to face the Fire. … Michael Jordan hung out Saturday with his former Bulls teammate Charles Oakley at Paris Club’s upstairs lounge, Studio Paris. … Actress Jenny McCarthy and the Bears’ Brian Urlacher dined Thursday at Mastro’s Steakhouse. … The Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald attended The Donovan McNabb Fund’s 1st Annual All-Star Celebrity Softball Game Fundraiser June 30 at Livingston Field. … The Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews dined July 4 at Mercadito. ... Following their wrap party Saturday, “Boss” cast members, including Troy Garrity and Sanaa Lathan, celebrated at The Underground. … “Titanic” actor Billy Zane had dinner with family July 2 on Tavern on Rush’s patio. … “Pretty Little Liars” actor Brant Daugherty stopped by Rockit Bar & Grill July 1. … The Texas Rangers’ Ian Kinsler, Mike Napoli, Adrian Beltre, Matt Harrison and Joe Nathan dined at Japonais July 3.