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Kate Hudson, who costars in the romantic comedy, kept shady in lower Manhattan June 30. "We ail want to pretend to be jaded New Yorkers," said Village resident Mark DeMaio as he watched a scene from his apartment's fire escape. "But to see movie stars at work is still a charge."
Long Island-raised Billy Crystal (in Brooklyn June 17) and New York City native Robert De Niro ganged up again for the sequel to '99's Mob hit Analyze This—and drew out the unabashed fans in New Yorkers. Says director Harold Ramis: "I went to a basketball game with Billy, and 23,000 people had to say hello to him personally."
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Sandra Bullock (in midtown Manhattan April 11) "insisted" on shooting on location, says executive producer Mary McLagen, who calls the romantic comedy "a valentine to New York." Costar Hugh Grant appreciated the crew. "They're real people," he says, "which is not always the case in California."
Brooklyn-born Woody Allen's latest comedy costars Christina Ricci and Jason Biggs (with Allen near Times Square June 7). The director can be picky: On a recent film his location manager requested "five different locations every day," says Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting commissioner Patricia Reed Scott. "I said, 'Look, the West Side is ready to stone me already!' "
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Steven Spielberg's crime caper, starring Leonardo DiCaprio (on Park Avenue April 1), brought 1960s cars and fashions to city streets. "This is so cool," said passerby Kim Martin, 37. "When they say 'roll,' New York from 40 years ago comes alive."
"She's so pretty!" gasped Gabrielle Hernandez, 12, who joined a crowd clamoring for autographs from Bronx native Jennifer Lopez (in midtown Manhattan June 25). She plays a hotel maid wooed by a wealthy political candidate (Ralph Fiennes) in the Cinderella romance.