Sofia Coppola’s new movie is off to a “Rock”-y start with downtown residents.
After The Post reported that a Soho florist was waging war against Coppola’s in-production film, “On the Rocks” — because the movie was allegedly diverting customers from the shop’s doors — Page Six has learned that the same film pissed off another neighborhood by posting “No parking” signs for blocks, then never showed up to shoot after residents gave up their prized parking spots.
Seething sources said the production company for the film — starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones — plastered some three blocks on the West Side with the dreaded signs banishing parked cars for Saturday and Sunday.
While neighborhood movie shoots can always make parking a pain, this production found a way to amplify the ire of locals.
“Not a soul showed up [to film],” said a flustered West Village person. “Everyone in the neighborhood was pissed, because people moved their cars.”
The source added, “Multiple people — including [me] — called the telephone number on the signs, but no one answered.”
When Page Six called the same number Monday, a person who picked up confirmed that they were with a production company but declined to comment or say whether they were working on “On the Rocks.”
A rep didn’t get back to us.
“You could hear people on the street asking why they had to move their cars if there was no movie,” said our source. “It’s a busy area on the weekend because of the High Line and Hudson Yards, so finding parking was a nightmare since they roped off so many streets Saturday and Sunday.”
Earlier this month, Soho florist Julia Testa claimed that the movie’s set was threatening to disrupt her business. She put up a giant pink sign that read, “Movie shoots kill small business. Come in, we’re open!” plus a message to shoppers who were allegedly diverted around the shoot: “Don’t let them bully you — you’re allowed to walk past.”
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