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Movie filming shuts down parts of Marietta Square

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -

The Marietta square is getting a taste of Hollywood Friday for the filming of scenes from a Ben Stiller comedy.

Film crew members were setting up props on the square Friday morning and changing the sign on the Australian Bakery's awning to give the cafe a fictional name.

Filming is set to begin Friday afternoon and will last throughout the night.

"If you do come down and it's dark, don't let that alarm you and think that businesses aren't open," said Rich Buss, director of Marietta Parks and Recreation. "We're actually going to be turning off all of the street lights and silhouette lighting in order to give the night time scene that they need."

Buss said only a few businesses will be closed during filming of the scenes.  Marietta Pizza Company will shut down for the evening, as well as Hemingway's Bar and Grill and the Australian Bakery.

Other businesses will remain open.

"Well we're going to be open, and we look forward to it," said Gerald Alvarez of Jeweler on the Square. "We're going to be running out to see what's going on. We wish them luck, and we hope more movies are made in Marietta and in Georgia."

CBS Atlanta News has also learned there will be some traffic delays starting around 4 o'clock Friday afternoon.  So what areas should you avoid?

"I would say to avoid South Park and Whit lock and also to avoid thinking that you'll be able to go through West Park Square and Powder Springs to get back out of town on Atlanta Street," said Buss.

The movie, which also stars Vince Vaughn, is called 'Neighborhood Watch.' In the movie, Stiller's character tries to save a town and the world from an alien invasion.

Some Marietta residents hope to catch a glimpse of the action.

"I think it's going to be a good movie, and I would absolutely love to meet Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller," said Tanya Aviles.

"Unfortunately, Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller are not going to be here," CBS Atlanta reporter Adam Murphy informed Aviles. 

"Oh, that's devastating," she said laughingly.

Other Marietta residents told CBS Atlanta's Rebekka Schramm that they can't wait to see the movie and its scenes showing Marietta's town square.

"It's a beautiful town. I love it," said Marietta resident Brenda Jones. "Since I've been here, I've explored a lot of places. It's very neat."

Matt Chafin of Marietta said he's proud that movie makers are drawn to his town.

"Maybe because it's 200 years old and there's a lot of history here," Chafin said. 

The film shoot will be over by 6 a.m. Saturday.

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