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Crew shoots 'Christmas' movie in Uptown [Whittier Daily News (CA)]

June 24, 2013

YellowBrix

Gallery: Christmas movie filmed in Uptown

Candy canes, nutcrackers, wreaths, red ribbons and Christmas shoppers magically appeared on Greenleaf Avenue on Monday as a filming continued for the movie "Christmas in the City."

The movie is a story about saving Christmas from department store that tries to change the traditional holiday with a "hunky" Santa. The movie crew filmed at Central Park on Friday and Sunday. More filming is being done at the Herald Examiner building in Los Angeles. "Christmas in the City" is directed by Marita Grabiak and stars Ashley Williams, Kylie Price, Beverly Leech and singer Ashanti.

However, not everyone had the "Christmas in the City" spirit. Allan Nakken, executive director of the Whittier Uptown Association, said the film scout under represented how much time and space the film would take.

They paid $1,800 the association, with $300 going to Pour Le Bain, to compensate for business disruption and other considerations. But the film crews blocked the sidewalks on both sides of the street, filmed most of the day rather than two hours as had been stated, and generally had a much larger footprint than originally agreed to, according to Nakken.

"I feel like I was lied to," he said. Uh-oh, sounds like coal in the stocking for a naughty producer.

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