100% Fresh • 2018
Check out the Prudential Hall inside Newark’s very own New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in scenes from Adam Sandler’s Netflix special 100% Fresh. Sandler, the successful actor who has starred in iconic movies such as The Waterboy, Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, and Grown Ups, decided to return to his stand-up comedy roots by performing at different venues around the country in major cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Newark, and others. Produced by Irwin Entertainment and directed by Steven Brill, 100% Fresh showcases different acts of his nationwide stand-up tour.
Black Girls Rock • Annually
Filmed in NJPAC since 2015, Black Girls Rock is an annual awards show that celebrates Black women in fields ranging from technology to music. Last year’s show was hosted by Newark native Queen Latifah. Be sure to keep an eye out for 2019’s awards show.
Gimme Shelter • October 2013
With scenes shot in downtown Newark, Gimme Shelter is a Roadside Attractions film directed by Ronald Krauss. The movie stars Vanessa Hudgens as the protagonist Agnes “Apple” who plays a teen living on the street. James Earl Jones also stars in the film.
The Dark Knight Rises • July 2012
This Batman sequel was shot in several locations around the world with a few notable scenes shot at Newark’s City Hall. This predecessor to the Joker movie was the first to transform Newark into Gotham City. The Dark Knight Rises was directed by Christopher Nolan and starred Christian Bale as the ever-brooding Batman.
The Sopranos • January 1999 – June 2007
The Sopranos is an American crime drama that revolves around fictional New Jersey mobster Tony Soprano. The series had six strong seasons and earned a Primetime Emmy Award and a Peabody Award, and several of the cast members won Emmys for their acting. Several of the series’ episodes featured shots of Newark.
War of The Worlds • July 2005
With shots that feature the intersection of Ferry Street, Merchant Street and Wilson Avenue in the Ironbound section of Newark, War of the Worlds is a Steven Spielberg sci-fi movie starring Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, and Justin Chatwin, with narration by Morgan Freeman. It is loosely based on the 1898 novel of the same title by H.G. Wells and tells the story of a dockworker living in New Jersey, attempting to get his kids back to their mother during an alien invasion.
Ink Master • 2012-Present
Filmed in the Ironbound section of Newark at the Ironbound Studios, Ink Master is a reality tattoo competition that airs on Paramount Network. It’s a show where contestants compete for a $100,000 prize in head-to-head competition to see who can produce the best tattoo.