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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Pittsburgh at the Movies - Films now starring…Western Pennsylvania

September 7, 2010, 2010
Posted By - Emma Venezie
Source Credits - Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Staff Blogs by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It seems Pittsburgh is becoming the new "it" place to make movies as more and more actors/actresses invade the city to film movies and turn our recognizable streets and sights into movie sets. Take Love & Other Drugs for example, starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal. Filmed in Pittsburgh and slated to open November 24, the film is already receiving awards buzz.

Pittsburgh skyline movies being filmed in Pittsburgh

The Next Three Days, filmed in Pittsburgh in the fall of 2009, is directed by Oscar and Emmy winner Paul Haggis and stars Hollywood heavyweight Russell Crowe. The movie is slated to open November 19. Unstoppable, starring Denzel Washington, filmed in Western Pennsylvania in 2009 is slated for release November 12, 2009. And who could escape the buzz about Taylor Lautner invading Mt. Lebanon and the surrounding areas during the summer to film Abduction? Not to mention past movies such as The Road, She's Out Of My League, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and Adventureland (utilizing Kennywood).

So why Pittsburgh? The Tribune Review notes that "under Pennsylvania's $75 million annual tax credit, approved productions are eligible to receive a credit of up to 25 percent of film expenses if at least 60 percent of the qualified production expenses occur here." It's said that this is one of the major reasons Unstoppable chose Pittsburgh as one of its filming destinations. But let's not forget the unforgettable qualities that Pittsburgh possesses: its atmosphere, its history, its people. As the director of The Next Three Days says, "That's what I love about Pittsburgh. It's developed but it's kept its roots, and it hasn't fallen prey to what's happened to many cities, which is just chain stores everywhere and they've lost the character. There are chain stores, but neighborhoods have maintained their integrity." Pittsburgh has a feeling all its own, and it's residents aren't the only ones who seem to notice…

Read more about Love and Other Drugs here: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read more about The Next Three Days here: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read more about Unstoppable here: Tribune-Review

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