November 25, 2013 |
Boardwalk Empire , the hit HBO series about Prohibition-era Atlantic City, was filmed not at the Jersey Shore, but on a boardwalk built in Brooklyn. Silver Linings Playbook , the Oscar-winning feature film adapted from a book set in South Jersey, was shot over the river in Philadelphia. Though Silver Linings director David O. Russell and actor Bradley Cooper - a Philadelphia native - had wanted to film in Philadelphia, "certainly things set in Jersey would tend not to go there right now," said the film's coproducer, Mark Kamine.
June 8, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Bring on the lights, the cameras, and the action. So says Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware), who Thursday announced he was introducing a bill to uncap the tax credit for production companies that film in Pennsylvania. The Film Production Tax Credit program is capped at $60 million annually, but its supporters have argued for years that the cap limits production in Philadelphia and the state, let alone do anything to encourage growth. Pileggi and others argue that uncapping the credit could create jobs in the state.
January 8, 2013 |
M ARK WAHLBERG and director Allen Hughes will be in town Tuesday to attend a red-carpet screening of their new film, "Broken City," at 7 p.m. at the Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut). Mayor Nutter and Greater Philadelphia Film Office chief Sharon Pinkenson will introduce the pair and make a special presentation to Wahlberg, who has shot several films in the area, including "Invincible," "The Lovely Bones" and "Shooter. If you'd like to attend, email your name and phone number to Philly@43KIX.com . A limited amount of free tickets remain.
November 19, 2012 |
Michael McGonigle, 53, of South Philadelphia, a filmmaker and film lecturer, died Friday, Nov. 9, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after suffering a heart attack and strokes. He had struggled with heart disease for several years. "I'm absolutely in love with movies. It's a passion," Mr. McGonigle told Examiner.com in 2010. Growing up in Mount Airy, he and his older brother, John, made movies in which G.I. Joe action figures parachuted out of second-story windows and toy soldiers blew up on the front lawn.
September 18, 2012 |
"McCANICK," a cop/crime drama starring Cory Monteith of "Glee," Brandon Routh of "Superman Returns" and Chestnut Hill's David Morse , has begun shooting in town. Irish actor Ciaran Hinds , who recently worked here on USA's "Political Animals," and Morse worked on scenes Wednesday and Thursday at City Hall. Morse plays a detective named Eugene "Mack" McCanick who, along with his partner, played by Routh, hunt down a young criminal (Monteith) who was just released from prison, according to Variety . Morse is also a producer on the film.
August 17, 2012 |
THE PRODUCTION COMPANY behind "Dead Man Down," the mob drama that Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard recently shot in town, owes money to hundreds of vendors that provided services to the production, and now wants to pay them 40 cents on the dollar to settle its accounts. One local vendor whose company provides services to nearly every major TV or film production in the area and who is owed about $50,000 by DMD Productions LLC, says the company should be taken to task for stiffing its vendors while benefitting from the state's film-tax-credit incentives that lure productions to Philadelphia.
June 15, 2011 |
Don't expect staggering, flesh-eating, virus-revived corpses to add millions to Philadelphia's economy this summer. Blame uncertainties about state tax credits for filmmakers, says the head of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. World War Z , about the aftermath of a zombie armageddon, may be set in Philadelphia, but star Brad Pitt will be shooting his action scenes this August in Glasgow, Scotland. This week, crews reportedly began preliminary work there, prepping for fake storefronts, planning for importing U.S. cars.
March 10, 2011 |
Gov. Corbett's proposed state budget might be cutting back in such areas as education, but it should help four major movies to shoot in Philly - two by M. Night Shyamalan and still hush-hush projects from Universal and Paramount - plus a bevy of indie films. Observers expressed pleasant surprise that Corbett this week offered $60 million in incentives to woo filmmakers who can employ local crews and spend money in the state. "We're overjoyed that [he] clearly understands that film tax credits generate jobs," said Sharon Pinkenson , executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office.
February 25, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - After a week in an unnerving limbo - with thousands of jobs and multimillion-dollar movie productions at stake - the state's film industry is rolling again. Film industry officials were notified last week that tax credit applications approved by former Gov. Ed Rendell were being held up for review by Gov. Corbett's administration. On Thursday, Corbett spokeswoman Kelli Roberts told The Inquirer that roughly $49 million in tax credits for 60 film, television, and commercial productions will be granted.
February 10, 2011 |
Everybody into the pool! Sister stations CBS3 and CW57 recently joined NBC10 and Fox29 in a deal by which they share routine video. The arrangement, known as Local News Service, saves money because each station does not have to send a camera crew to mundane news conferences and ribbon-cuttings. News execs optimistically also point out that it frees crews for enterprise work. There's another side effect: CBS3's blue-and-yellow chopper now serves all three stations. NBC10 and Fox29 were the first in-market competitors to test the arrangement in summer 2008.