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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

On the scene: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Google shut down 25th Street

Atop a hill behind 25th Street, looking on at filming of The Internship.
  • Courtesy Cecilia Muzik
  • Atop a hill behind 25th Street, looking on at filming of "The Internship."

I met sad news when I showed up on the impromptu set of “The Internship,” starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, earlier today: I had just missed them both.

The production, which has shut down 25th Street between Peachtree Street and Alden Avenue for most of today, spread up and down the road from its base at the Studios at 25th — which looked more like a bungalow-y apartment building — with a road closed on one end and a parking lot of 10-or-so trucks at the other.

That’s what I was told when I showed up, anyway, by Cecilia and Rex, who live down the street and who’d been popping over to the set off and on all day. The pair had been timely enough to catch the stars coming and going from the set earlier — Vince even waved at Cecilia; Owen, Rex said, looked about nine years old — and crafty enough to walk up a hill behind the building so they could snap a few pictures of the cast and crew.

The day’s proceedings had been surprisingly quiet, Rex said, with no more than a handful of people stopping by at any one time to star gaze.

As it turns out, I showed up as the crew was beginning prep on an outdoor sequence across the street from the Studios, which would include both a fire hydrant specially painted red and a Google bus.

The scenes indoors probably had a Google connection, too, Cecilia and Rex told me: a Coke machine had been installed on a top floor with a Google banner across it, covering the logo.

Maybe Owen and Vince — who play out-of-work salesmen reinventing themselves with a tech firm internship — were meant to be at Google? No one would confirm, but the very humid, very Atlanta weather didn’t feel much like California.

By the time I left, a larger group had formed, with two others joining Cecilia and Rex — one of whom said a police officer directing traffic told him that this was already his 22nd shoot of the year.

All of this plus friends had told Cecilia and Rex that Tyler Perry used to live in the building when he first moved to Atlanta.

A lot of information and still no stars. But filming continues until 11 p.m. Stop by on foot — see if you can grab a look.

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