When it comes to N.Y. locations, there is no substitute as some of these recently shot features will no doubt prove.
BURN AFTER READING
Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen
Talent: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton
Synopsis: A CIA official’s memoir inadvertently falls into the hands of two Washington, D.C., gym employees.
Shooting dates: 8/27/08-10/23/08
Locations: Manhattan and outer areas including Brooklyn Heights, Riverside Drive and Westchester County were used to re-create Washington, D.C., and its suburbs.
Key Gotham scene: A short chase including a small car crash was shot in a section of Riverside Drive and 122nd Street.
Director: Tony Gilroy
Talent: Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Tom Wilkinson
Synopsis: Roberts and Owen play two spies-turned-corporate operatives who work on opposite sides but are having a clandestine love affair.
Shooting dates: 3/29/08-5/28/08
Locations: the Seagram’s Building, Grand Central Station, Chase Manhattan Plaza, Greenwich Village, Central Park.
Key Gotham scene: Grand Central Station where Ray (Owen) spots Claire (Roberts).
Director: Dito Montiel
Talent: Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard
Synopsis: Shawn MacArthur (Tatum) is struggling to survive hawking fake merchandise on the streets of New York when he is discovered by a veteran street hustler, Harvey Borden (Howard), and lured into a dangerous world of underground street fighting.
Shooting dates: 9/20/07-11/17/07
Locations: Times Square, Wall Street district, Sixth Avenue across from Radio City Music Hall, Seventh Avenue across from Carnegie Deli.
Key Gotham scene: Final fight took place in a penthouse apartment in the Wall Street district, with views of the original Woolworth Building, Empire State Building and all East Side bridges.
THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123
Director: Tony Scott
Talent: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, James Gandolfini
Synopsis: Pic, a remake of the 1974 film, is about a packed New York subway car that is ransomed by a baddie (Travolta) and his gang. Washington plays the chief detective of security for the subway, and Gandolfini plays the Gotham mayor.
Shooting dates: 3/3/08-early June 2008
Locations: Real subway tunnels, Times Square, Manhattan streets near the Brooklyn Bridge and on the Queensboro Bridge.
Key Gotham scene: Exterior and a subway platform within Grand Central Station.
JULIE AND JULIA
Director: Nora Ephron
Talent: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina
Synopsis: Based on Julie Powell’s book “Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen,” about a temp who embarks on a yearlong culinary quest to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in her New York kitchen. Her trials and tribulations catch on with foodies via her blog.
Shooting dates: 3/13/08-5/28/08
Locations: Cortland Street Station, Strand Bookstore, Bryant Park Restaurant, Le Pain Quotidien, Astoria/Korean Fish Market.
Key Gotham scene: When the character Julie Powell (Adams) walks by the Pepsi sign in Long Island City.
Director: Lee Daniels
Talent: Lenny Kravitz, Mo’nique, Paula Patton, Gabourey “Gabbie” Sidibe
Synopsis: Adaptation of the book by Sapphire (Ramona Lofton) about an overweight, illiterate, pregnant African-American teen in Harlem who is accepted into an alternative school, where a teacher helps her find a different path for her life.
Shooting dates: Late 11/07-mid-1/08
Locations: Harlem, the Bronx, Brooklyn soundstages.
Key Gotham scene: The film opens on 135th and Broadway.
CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC
Director: P.J. Hogan
Talent: Isla Fisher, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter
Synopsis: Based on the bestselling Sophie Kinsella novel about a woman who must deal with mounting credit-card debt while trying to navigate the New York magazine world.
Shooting dates: 2/4/08-early 5/08
Locations: Numerous Manhattan locales including outside of Rockefeller Center, Henri Bendel on Fifth, Houston and Broadway in Soho, Barneys on Madison, the former Immigrant Savings Bank in the Wall Street area.
Key Gotham scene: Film’s finale was shot on Lexington Avenue between 70th and 71st streets.