It was a glorious morning to shoot a scene for a movie called "Morning Glory." But by the time Rachel McAdams arrived at Mineola's Kiss the Chef diner yesterday, the skies had clouded over. No matter. The Silver Bullet floodlights hauled in for the brief shoot - it took about as long as a lunch hour - made the converted 1940s railroad dining car shine like, well, a silver bullet.
McAdams is co-starring with Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum and Patrick Wilson in this story about an old-school morning talk show anchor who quits in disgust over the gossip-heavy direction of TV news. He tangles frequently with the show's young producer.
McAdams was the only boldface name in Wednesday's shoot. "Morning Glory," a Paramount film scheduled for a July 2010 release, is described as a romantic comedy. Early buzz about the movie suggests that there may be a May-November romance between McAdams and Ford. In the film, that is.
Crew members said the diner, in an industrial part of Mineola at Second and Hudson streets, was among several Long Island sites filmed for "Morning Glory," including a traffic scene shot just after McAdams was whisked away in a silver sport utility vehicle, and a brief scene at a nearby Staples. The rest is being filmed in Manhattan, where the anchors work, and in New Jersey. Long Island played the role of Jersey in Wednesday's shoot.
"Morning Glory" is directed by Roger Michell ("Notting Hill") with a script by Aline Brosh McKenna ("The Devil Wears Prada").