Hollywood brings its biggest stars to Connecticut

By Steve Mathie
Staff Writer
FilmingLocations.com


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - It’s not too often that you see Al Pacino and Robert De Niro together in a brand new film.

Now is your chance.

Director Jon Avnet has brought the two together on the same screen in Righteous Kill, a crime/drama that pits Pacino and DeNiro as two seasoned NYPD hunting down a serial killer that has taken it upon himself to clean-up the city’s criminals a la Batman.

The movie hit the theatres this past weekend and came in third at the weekend box office grossing over $16 million. Next weekend it will look to unseat the Cohen brothers’ Burn After Reading starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney, which brought in $19 million.

The star studded cast includes Curtis Jackson, who is better known for his role in the music world as rapper 50 cent. But Jackson is no stranger to the film industry having worked on feature films and documentaries in recent years. Brian Dennehy, Carla Gugino, John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg also have roles in film.

Righteous Kill stars two of Hollywood’s biggest names but the film itself was not shot in Hollywood. It was shot on location in New York, Louisiana and Connecticut. Millennium Films shot in New York City, Brooklyn, Harlem and Queens, as well as the populous Bridgeport, Connecticut.

According to Producer Rob Cowan Connecticut was selected as a filming location because of its rich economical incentives to shoot productions within its borders. Connecticut offers a 30% tax credit, one of the better tax incentives that has popped up around the country, driving filmmakers to the east coast state that is easily accessible to the talent-rich Big Apple.

Filminglocations.com has filming locations for Hollywood available across the state of Connecticut, including Bridgeport, which has a tradition in architecture and possesses an urban ambiance that takes the place of New York. Here the production crew meticulously selected filming locations such as a retired linen factory and a small café.

Connecticut has established itself as great place for filming all types of productions. Leonardo DiCaprio recently completed filming for Revolutionary Road, a movie in which director and producer Sam Mendes used numerous cities across Connecticut and New York as filming locations.

Walt Disney, Universal Pictures and Miramax films are only a few of the production companies that are currently filming in Connecticut. It appears as though the state of Connecticut has turned itself into a mini east coast Hollywood that provides wonderful incentives and prime filming locations for movies, television, commercials and music videos.

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