Before shooting the independent film “Drinking Buddies” at Revolution Brewing's Kedzie Brewery Thursday, Oscar-nominated actress Anna Kendrick ate lunch at Hot Doug's in the Avondale neighborhood. Specifically, the 26-year-old “Up in the Air” and “Twilight” star ordered — what else? — The Anna Kendrick.
“Just had a hot dog called the ‘Anna Kendrick' at Hot Doug's in Chicago,” Kendrick tweeted about the spicy sausage (which has been named after various attractive celebrities over the years because, as the website says, it's “Mighty hot!”). “My mouth is still burning. Awesome awesome awesome!!”
(Hot Doug's owner Doug Sohn said Cubs player Dave Kingman is the only other celebrity to order a sausage named after himself at the restaurant.)
“Drinking Buddies” also stars “Cowboys & Aliens” actress Olivia Wilde, “Office Space” actor Ron Livingston and “The New Girl” actor and Evanston native Jake Johnson. The film, directed by Southern Illinois University alum Joe Swanberg, began filming in Chicago July 9 and was scheduled to wrap this past Saturday, according to Chicago Film Office Director Richard Moskal. The entire shoot took place on location.
Wilde was supposed to film “Relanxious” with rumored boyfriend Jason Sudeikis in Chicago this summer, but the comedy has since been pushed back. She dined with Sudeikis at the bar at Lula Cafe in Logan Square a few weeks ago and hung out at the Empty Bottle in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood July 19.
“Later Chicago,” Wilde tweeted Saturday. “It's been real. And hot. I like your food (Lula's), beer (Revolution Brewery), fun (Empty Bottle), and your funny (2nd City).”
Making “Babymakers”: Jay Chandrasekhar likes to think of his upcoming comedy, “The Babymakers,” in theaters Friday, as his “transition film.” The Hinsdale native and Lake Forest Academy alum feels the movie, which revolves around a couple that can't have a baby, is more realistic than the Broken Lizard comedy troupe films he has directed in the past, including “Super Troopers,” “Club Dread” and “Beerfest.”
(Sure, the husband in “Babymakers” tries to rob a sperm bank with his friends and a former Indian mobster, played by Chandrasekhar — but everything else, for the most part, is plausible.)
“I'd like to do more stuff grounded in reality,” Chandrasekhar said while promoting “Babymakers” with actor and long-time collaborator Kevin Heffernan Friday at the Four Seasons hotel. “This movie is somewhere in between what I've done and where I might be going. I still want to make Broken Lizard movies that are wild and always feel you should give the audience what they want. But I don't think you can jump from a Broken Lizard movie to ‘Terms of Endearment.'”
Like most of his past films, “Babymakers” was shot on a small budget. Chandrasekhar didn't seem to mind. He enjoyed directing the big-budget “Dukes of Hazzard” film adaptation, but he feels some of the luxuries that come with those sorts of projects are unnecessary.
“It was a lot of fun doing a big-budget movie,“ Chandrasekhar said. “But there was all this stuff with paparazzi. I was hanging out with Jessica Simpson at this house and had to chase off this guy who was in the bushes. … And you get more time (for filming), but I don't know that you need more time. It's not like anything in (‘Babymakers') felt rushed. You also fly around on private jets and do (stuff) like that, which is fun, but it has nothing to do with the movie.”
No hard feelings: Brian Merel's run on "Hell's Kitchen" came to an end during Tuesday's episode of the Fox cooking competition. The Deerfield native — who I worked with at Hidden Creek AquaPark in Highland Park when we were teenagers — finished in seventh place on the Gordon Ramsay-hosted show. Was Ramsay as mean in person as he comes off on TV?
“Ramsay is one of the most amazing humans I've ever met,” wrote Merel by email Friday. “He wastes no energy, and watching him is inspiring. The man knows what he wants and drives you to give it to him at all times.”
About this week: Rapper/singer Wyclef Jean will perform Friday at The Underground's Lollapalooza after-party. … Passion Pit will DJ Filter Magazine's Lolla after-party Thursday at Logan Square Auditorium. ... Latin pop star Gloria Estefan will sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at Monday's Cubs game at Wrigley Field.
Sightings: Singer, rapper and “The Voice” coach Cee Lo Green hosted a reception Thursday for his TY KU sake line at Sunda. “Parks and Recreation” actress Rashida Jones had dinner at Sunda Tuesday. … R&B singer R. Kelly partied Saturday at The Underground. He was celebrating a friend's birthday. … Fox Sports personality and “Dancing with the Stars” alum Erin Andrews dined Wednesday at Joe's Stone Crab. … Actor John Cusack was spotted Thursday at Tavernita and Friday at Tavern on Rush with retired NHL star Chris Chelios and “Cutting Edge” actor D.B. Sweeney. … Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer had dinner Thursday at Chicago Cut Steakhouse. … The White Sox's Kevin Youkilis ordered small plates at Homestead Wednesday before heading downstairs to Roots Handmade Pizza for a taco pizza. … Former Heisman Trophy winner and Wisconsin alum Ron Dayne ran the Big Ten Network's Big10K race Saturday at Soldier Field.