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The Toronto Star
June 12, 2005 Sunday
When good photo-ops go bad

Steve Martin dined with his Cheaper By the Dozen 2 co-star Eugene Levy at Sotto Sotto on Tuesday and Martin lunched at Sassafraz on Wednesday.

Martin, Levy and their director Adam Shankman dropped by Lobby restaurant for drinks on Tuesday. Cast from Corner Gas partied at Lobby the night before.


Guelph Mercury (Ontario, Canada)
June 8, 2005 Wednesday Final Edition
Stars Hilary Duff, Steve Martin may be coming to Rockwood; Filming for Cheaper by the Dozen sequel on for a week at conservation area's lake


Steve Martin and Eugene Levy could be butting heads on the shores of Rockwood Lake next week.

A film crew has descended on the Rockwood Conservation Area to prepare for roughly a week's worth of filming for Cheaper by the Dozen 2, an all-star comedy that pits Martin's 12-sibling family against an all-blond brood led by Levy and Carmen Electra during a summer vacation.

Rockwood Lake will substitute for Wisconsin's serene Lake Winnetka in the film, a sequel to the 2003 hit that starred Martin, Bonnie Hunt and Hilary Duff.

The beach will be closed from Monday to Wednesday and again after June 20, said Grand River Conservation Authority spokesman Dave Schultz.

"The beach will be closed but the park will remain open," he said. "So if someone wants to see how a movie is filmed, this would be a good opportunity."

At this point, it's not clear who in the cast will be present for the film shoot, Schultz said.

Officials from Dozen Canada Productions Ltd., the Toronto company overseeing the Canadian side of the production, would not offer details about the movie yesterday. But the all-knowing Internet Movie Database has it listed for a 2006 release.

Martin, Hunt and Duff will be returning for the movie, while Levy and Electra will play corporate A-types who oversee a clan of perfectly coifed children.

The film is a sequel to the 2003 hit, which was itself a remake of a popular 1950 comedy starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy.

How much of a presence Rockwood will have in the film is unclear, said Schultz. But the GRCA has played host to a number of film crews in the past few years, both in Rockwood and Elora.

"We've had quite a few," Schultz said. "You can get the northern Ontario feel an hour away from Toronto."

Rockwood Lake was a backdrop for a scene in the 2002 Canadian curling comedy Men With Brooms.

The entrance to the conservation area subbed as a border crossing for the folks from Possum Lodge in 2002's Duct Tape Forever, the film version of The Red Green Show.

And the forestry wilds of the conservation area has been used for beer, chocolate bar and Purolator commercials in recent years.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez was apparently spotted in Elora a few years back while filming her megabomb thriller Angel Eyes, which had a few scenes that took place in a quarry.

And a fictional prime minister drowned somewhere near the Elora Gorge as part of the Canadian TV political mini-series H20.

"We charge reasonable rates for film companies," Schultz said. "I don't know the exact details about the deals. But it's been a nice way of building revenue for our organization."

And the Township of Centre Wellington could soon be taking a more active role in attracting film crews to the area, said deputy clerk Cheryl McCarroll.

The township is set to hire a manager of economic development, whose duties may include convincing production companies to film in the area.

"We get the (location) scouts in here all the time," she said. "They are attracted to the historic buildings."

The Cheaper by the Dozen 2 film crew is currently on location at Rockwood preparing for the shooting. Dates may change depending on weather conditions, but for now filming is expected to end June 24.

Any changes in the film schedule will be posted on the the GRCA website at

Rockwood Conservation Authority customers can also call 856-9543.

June 06, 2005
Film shoot at Rockwood Conservation will affect beach area

Rockwood Conservation Area will be playing the role of Lake Winnetka, Wisconsin in the new film “Cheaper by the Dozen 2.”

As a result, film crews will be working in the beach area of the park during the next three weeks, and the beach itself will be closed for several days of filming. Crews arrived Monday June 6 to set up equipment, a process that should last the rest of the week.

Here is the current schedule:

* Friday June 10 to Sunday June 12: Beach open, though space is restricted
* Monday June 13 to Wednesday June 15: Beach closed
* Thursday June 16: Status will be posted later
* Friday June 17: Status will be posted later
* Saturday June 18 to Sunday June 19: Beach open, though space is restricted
* Monday June 20 to Friday June 24: Status will be posted later.

Any changes in the film schedule will be posted here. Park customers can also call (519) 856-9543 for updates.

The park itself will remain open throughout the filming. Camping, hiking and other activities will not be affected.

“Cheaper by the Dozen 2” is a sequel to the 2003 film which starred Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt and Hilary Duff.

The new film is set four years after the original and takes place at Lake Winnetka where the family has gathered for a final family summer vacation. The family competes in a competition with another big family in the annual Lake Winnetka Labour Day Cup.

Rockwood Conservation Area will be Lake Winnetka and many of the competition events will be filmed at the GRCA park.


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