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Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Inherent Vice’ Starting to Boost L.A. Production

Warner Bros. title due to shoot through Aug. 2

Paul Thomas Anderson‘s crime drama “Inherent Vice” has started to boost location production in Los Angeles, which has seen its typical scarcity of high-profile titles so far this year.

The Warner Bros. title, starring Joaquin Phoenix, has totalled 13 days of permitted production last week, according to the FilmL.A. agency, and is set to continue shooting in Los Angeles until Aug. 2. “Vice,” based on the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name, is set in Los Angeles in the late 1960s.

Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon and Martin Short also star in pic.

Permits for “Inherent Vice”  thus far have covered a San Fernando Valley warehouse, a storefront on Slauson Boulevard, driving shots in the Canoga Park area, driving shots in canyon roads above Malibu and a warehouse in Chinatown.

The Zac Efron-Seth Rogen comedy “Townies” was one of the most active Los Angeles film productions this year with 74 days in the four weeks before it wrapped last month.

Other recent shoots in Los Angeles the year are an eclectic mix — “Bukowski,” “Captain America: Winter Solider,” “10 Things I Hate About Life,” “Dark Skies” and “Walk of Shame” — with the total paling in comparison to the activity level in the mid 1990s before lucrative incentives began luring production elsewhere. The latter three films received the California California’s Film and Television Tax Credit, which is smaller than those of rival states with a maximum of 25% of the budget.

At the Producers Guild of America’s Produced By conference on Sunday, Film Finance exec John Dellaverson said only 87 of the 586 features films bonded by Film Finance over the past six years have been shot in California. Georgia, Louisiana and New York are the top locations for independently financed films, he added.

“Purge 2” has received the California tax credit conditionally last week for Blumhouse Prods. Universal came on board to develop the horror-thriller on Monday.

Overall off-lot production in Los Angeles last week totalled 658 days, up 11% over the same week in 2012, according to FilmL.A.  Feature films totalled 135 days.

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