Gary to be transformed into the Ukraine

GARY, INDIANA WILL DOUBLE for the Urkaine in “Transformers 3,” which is a welcome twist as all too many times European cities are passed off as U.S. locales, in pre-shoots April 12-13 at the Majestic Star Casino at Buffington Harbor. In this scene, robotic vehicles will approach industrial property near the Casino.

Joan Philo is casting for Ukrainian/Eastern European types as extras, which indicates that it’s likely that “T3” will roll down Mag Mile for pre-shoots lthough there’s no official word, it’s likely that “T3″ will roll down Michigan Avenue after the Gary shoot. Philo says she needs photos ASAP, sent as an attachment. It’s helpful if the 6′ to 6’3” guy knows how to handle a gun. See the posting on Craigslist.

The mega-budget movie is being directed by Michael Bay, produced by DreamWorks and distributed by Paramount. It stars Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich, Megan Fox and Frances McDormand.

The sci-fi thriller’s principal photography will takes place in five U.S. cities and in Russia, China and Africa. It will shoot in Chicago for a good chunk of time, as construction is being called for, before heading for shoot days in Milwaukee and Detroit.

THE CITY IS GOING ALL OUT to accommodate the TV pilots still shooting here. For Fox’s police drama, “Ride Along,” and the most likely show to shoot a series here, the city on Tuesday closed down a portion of busy Lincoln Ave. and Wellington and the streets around it.

Meanwhile, three days of principal photography on another sci-fi drama, “Source Code,” shoots here Thursday through Friday. Jake Gyllenhaal and Vera Farmiga star.

“WE BELIEVE,” the feature-length doc about hope, faith and Cubs fans, will have a one-night only screening at the Music Box this Sunday, April 11. Then, on April 13, the DVD will be released by Virgil Films, following the Cubs’ Opening Day at Wrigley Field.

The highly-acclaimed doc was written and directed by John Scheinfeld and produced by Cutters’ Chris Claeys and Tim McGuire, with Richard Christian of Sedgwick Productions. Claeys and Betty Jo Moore edited. Gary Sinise narrates. The all-star cast includes Cubs fans Bob Costas, Billy Corgan, Francis Cardinal George, Bonnie Hunt, Hugh Hefner, Joe Mantegna, George Will and so many more.

You can buy tickets for $10 in advance by calling 773/871-6607 or

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