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The folks in the movie business aren’t kidding when they refer to Boston and its environs as Hollywood East. But this is hardly a new phenomenon. As pointed out in Paul Sherman’s new book “Big Screen Boston”.

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Plymouth Rock Studios intends to build a major movie and television production studio at the site of the Waverly Oaks Golf Club, but the plan hinges on town meeting’s approval of a zoning change in October. Studio founder David Kirkpatrick said. “We’d like to start construction next spring and be open for business in September of 2010.”

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Leading stars Mel Gibson and Robert De Niro have some new cast members to welcome on board in their upcoming thriller Edge of Darkness.

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Tuesday night the restaurant, which opened this past April, played host to the cast and crew of Bjort Productions’ new feature film “The Joneses,” which wrapped shooting with one of the movie’s most climactic scenes set in The River Merrimac’s second-floor dining room.

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Eight movies already have been at least partly filmed here in 2008. So maybe now, instead of simply charting celebs’ every move in the entertainment news, you want a firsthand peek at them.

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A Hollywood-type movie studio in Stoneham? It’s possible, says Gary DeCicco, a Nahant-based developer who says he wants to buy the dormant Boston Regional Medical Center in Stoneham and convert the 40-plus-acre property into a studio and soundstage for movie productions.

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Welcome to Southie-wood. Developer Tim Pappas is floating plans to build an L.A.-style movie production complex on a vacant lot he owns at the corner of West First and E streets.

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August 3, 2008 NECN’s “This Week in Business” hosts Paul Guzzi and Nick Nikitas discuss the impact of the film tax credits with Massachusetts Film Office Executive Director Nick Paleologos.

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Boston has been home to more than 400 movies and television shows. Add to that the seven major movies that have been shot in Massachusetts just this year alone — and suddenly it doesn’t seem so crazy that Boston fancies itself Hollywood East.


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“It’s been wonderful for the city and it’s great for us,” said Lisse Grullemans, who, as assistant to the vice president at Barneys, has coordinated pulls for about eight costume designers for everything from Ricky Gervais’ “This Side of the Truth” to the Kate Hudson/Anne Hathaway comedy “Bride Wars.”

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With the region’s talent, low costs and natural beauty, the Berkshires should be attractive to directors, producers and studios, and it is encouraging that a concerted effort is in place to make them welcome here.

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Gov. Deval Patrick said he believes Hollywood East will help boost Massachusetts’ place in the national spotlight.

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The Berkshire Film and Media Arts Commission, a nonprofit coalition seeking to connect the Berkshires to the Hollywood film community, is looking to market the Berkshires–in part by creating a Berkshire Production Guide.

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Plymouth Rock Studios has picked a golf course in Plymouth as the site of its $300 million “Hollywood East” project.

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At the halfway mark in 2008, business for the Massachusetts film industry is, in a word, booming.

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Scorsese and the film’s star, Leonardo DiCaprio, arrived at Pemberton Point early Monday morning to prepare for filming on Peddocks Island, which has been transformed into the set of “Ashecliffe,” a movie based on Lehane’s 2003 novel “Shutter Island.”

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(YouTube) Cathleen Jeffrey posts this video of Leonardo DiCaprio in Hull on June 23, 2008 as he departs for a day of shooting on Peddock’s Island. Martin Scorsese directs this …

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Massachusetts is fast assuming a new image as a place where Hollywood-style motion pictures are made.

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Hollywood has invaded Walpole’s neighbors over the last few months as Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese begins to wrap up shooting for his new movie “Ashecliffe.”

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After escaping fallout from the three-month writers’ strike that ended in February, Massachusetts’ growing motion picture economy faces another potential setback in a looming strike by the Screen Actors Guild.

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