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Is Boston the New Hollywood?

By Shannon Clark

Boston’s natural beauty and historical architecture has provided a backdrop for many feature films. But recently, Boston has been host to a string of feature films and celebrity actors... to the delight of the gossip columnists and groupies alike. Recently, actor Ben Affleck has held a series of casting calls in and around Boston for his new film “The Town”; looking for hundreds of people of all types, but specifically with Boston accents. Currently in production are “Wichita”, starring Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise, “Grown Ups” (being filmed outside of Boston in Framingham, Essex, and Southborough) starring David Spade, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Kevin James and Salma Hayek, and “The Company Men” starring Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Craig Nelson.

If you want to watch a film shot in Boston, check out one of these:

 “Field of Dreams” (1989) Kevin Costner

“Good Will Hunting” (1997) Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

“A Civil Action” (1998) John Travolta & Robert Duvall

“Legally Blonde” (2001) Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Luke Wilson

“Mystic River” (2003) Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon

“Fever Pitch” (2005) Drew Barrymore & Jimmy Fallon

“The Departed” (2006), Leonardo DiCaprio & Matt Damon 

“21” (2008) Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth

“My Best Friend’s Girl” (2008) Dane Cook, Kate Hudson, Alec Baldwin

“The Pink Panther 2” (2009) Steve Martin