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'Fighter' to cost $100 million?
  • A Fighter location filming update from the Boston Globe.

    'Fighter' trying to catch a break

    Could "The Fighter" -- the big-budget movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon and based on the life of Lowell boxing champ "Irish" Micky Ward -- be shot entirely in Massachusetts? It could if some adjustments are made to a particular tax incentive law, says state film czar Nick Paleologos.

    There's evidence that state incentives, created to lure film and TV production here, are working. Three major movies have been shot in Boston in the past 15 months, compared to four big-budget flicks in the previous seven years. The problem is, tax credits are limited, Paleologos says, making it less attractive to produce big-ticket blockbusters in the Bay State.

    "I met with some studio executives who said of our [tax credit] cap" that filmmakers are better off if they make "four $25 million movies in Massachusetts, but not one $100 million film," Paleologos said. The buzz is that "The Fighter," helmed by director Darren Aronofsky, could cost as much as $100 million to make. "If you could save $3 million and make New Haven, Conn., or a location in Rhode Island look like Lowell, wouldn't you?" Paleologos mused. "I think if we work out a few technical issues [on the tax incentive law], the flood gates could open."

  • The Bourne Ultimatum is currently back filming at Waterloo Station in London.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 18th, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Waterloo filming

    The filming at Waterloo is keeping us entertained during our lunch hours. I had to fight my way through the hundreds of extras today just to get something to eat. Spotted Matt again - but only from behind this time. Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 18th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 19th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC) (Link)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for the picture links, i like the ones of him "picking his nose," gosh lol, poor matt, but i love seeing pictures of him signing autographs and interacting with fans, i dont think he ever likes to turn them down.

    jjthomas10 From: jjthomas10 Date: April 19th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)
    I looked at a couple of those related links to the justjared link, especially the Matt in drag link, and whoo-wee, does he make an ugglee woman! Thank goodness.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)


    Great news! Yahoo News reports TGS has been the top DVD rental for two weeks and earned 26% of its theatrical take. Here's the link:


    Island Boy
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