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'American Hustle' had started shooting political thriller in Bean Town

Production has been halted on David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” in Boston amid the manhunt for the alleged marathon bomber.

A spokesman for Sony, which is distributing the film in December, confirmed the suspension of production. He added that the studio expects production to resume Monday, which is the project’s next scheduled day.

Local movie theaters have also shut down in the wake of the ongoing manhunt. AMC Loews 19 and Regal Fenway, the two largest movie theaters in Boston, are both closed. One of the region’s biggest exhibs, National Amusements, has several theaters outside the city but its Showcase Cinemas remain open for business, as of 2:53 p.m.  ET.

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Authorities requested Friday that people in metropolitan Boston stay in their homes with the doors locked while officials looked for the suspect. Police warned residents the suspect was armed and dangerous.

“American Hustle” had been shooting in the Boston area this week. The film centers on the FBI’s Abscam sting operation in the late 1970s and stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper.

Bloomberg reported that the Big Apple Circus net to Boston’s City Hall was among businesses that were being significantly impacted by the city’s near shutdown.

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