Hollywood on Long Island

Everyone remembers the classic movie “Annie,” about a young orphan that is temporarily adopted by a rich tycoon. Annie ends up impacting the tycoon’s life possibly even more than he impacts hers.
Over the years the 1982 film was adapted into musicals, plays and even a made-for-television film by Disney. Now the movie is being remade with some of filming happening on Long Island.

Sony first announced the remake in 2011 began production in August 2013 and started filming last September. Filming just wrapped up a few weeks ago in New York City,but a large amount of the shooting was conducted at Grumman Studios in Bethpage, here in Long Island.

Grumman Studios takes up a nice size of property in Long Island and is known for being the set of many films and productions.

“I purchased the studios in 2007,” Parviz Farahzad, who owns Grumman Studios and whom I had the pleasure of speaking with said. “The property used to be the location of an airplane manufacturer.”

He claims that the construction was the most difficult task he has ever completed, converting an airplane manufacturer into several huge studios. “The first major motion picture that we completed was Salt starring Angelina Jolie and it was a terrific project. We also film tons of commercials at Grumman, not only major motion pictures like Annie which was our most recent project.”

Other popular films completed at Grumman Studios include “The Avengers” starring Robert Downey Jr. and “The Amazing Spiderman 2” starring Emma Stone.

Long Island is known as one of the most desired places to live by many so it only makes sense that tons of movies are filmed here.

Annie, which is set to be released on December 19, 2014 stars Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne.

jovanni ortiz

Jovanni Ortiz was born, raised and still resides in Long Island. Passionate about the entertainment industry he works as an actor in his free time. He is a frequent contributor for TMZ, Contact Jovanni at Jovannijortiz@gmail.com.