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These are the most-used movie filming locations in the world




Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in the 1989 classic, "When Harry Met Sally".
Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in the 1989 classic, “When Harry Met Sally”.
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Take that, Hollywood.

The US location that’s been used in the most movies isn’t in California. It’s right here in New York City.

Just above midtown between the east and west sides, to be exact.

A new study from NetCredit found that Central Park is the US’s most popular filming location, with the famous green space having racked up 532 credits between 1900 and 2020.

Central Park was where Will Ferrell had a snowball fight in 2003’s “Elf,” where Macaulay Culkin wandered in 1992’s “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York” and where Thor beamed Loki back to Asgard at the end of 2012’s “The Avengers.” (That last scene — shot at Bethesda Terrace — is among the most asked about by park visitors, according to the Central Park Conservancy.)

The data crunchers at NetCredit also looked at what was the most popular location in each country around the world.

And while the survey uses information from IMDB and may not be exactly scientific, it’s still a fun yardstick for determining where directors like to set up their cameras.

Take a look at the three most popular locations in America, as well as 10 others from countries around the globe.

Central Park

532 films
Likely the first film to be shot in the park was a 1908 silent production of “Romeo and Juliet” by prolific Brooklyn-based studio Vitagraph. Since then, countless movies have made use of the park’s green spaces and unique geography. The park hosts 300-400 shoots a year, including movies, news pieces, print photo shoots and student films. The two most popular areas for filming are the Mall, with its line of elm trees used in 1989’s “When Harry Met Sally,” and the iconic fountain at Bethesda Terrace, home to Amy Adams’ fairytale song and dance in “Enchanted.”

Central Park Angel of the Waters fountain in Bethesda Terrace where "Enchanted" was filmed, starring Amy Adams.
Central Park Angel of the Waters fountain in Bethesda Terrace “Enchanted” was filmed, starring Amy Adams.
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Bronson Canyon, Los Angeles

285 films
The parkland features a barren landscape and a set of caves that have served as the backdrop to hundreds of films, including 1956’s “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and the 1956 John Wayne Western “The Searchers.” (It also doubled for the Batcave’s entrance in the 1960s TV series.)

The Batcave located in Bronson Canyon/Caves; section of Griffith Park; location for many movie and TV shows, including "The Batmobile" with Adam West.
“The Batmobile” is right at home at the Bronson Canyon/Caves; section of Griffith Park ,
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Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, Agua Dulce, California

253 films
Several “Star Trek” episodes and films have been shot amid the park’s jutting rocks and rocky cliffs. It was also used for the climactic scene in 1997’s “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,” in which the hero flees Dr. Evil’s lair.

The dramatic tilted rocks in the Vasquez Rocks County Park in Agua Dulce, California have been used in movies and television for the past 100 years. such as this scene in 1997 film, "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" with Mike Myers.
The dramatic tilted rocks in the Vasquez Rocks County Park have been used in movies and television for the past 100 years. including 1997’s “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” (left).
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Cabo de Gata, Almería, Andalusia, Spain

99 films
“Europe’s only desert,” with its rocky hills and dusty flats, provided a good stand-in for the American West in the Spaghetti Westerns of the ’60s and ’70s, including Sergio Leone’s 1966 classic “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” The region’s beaches were also popular with the cameras. “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” from 1989 shot here.

Dirt road in Cabo de Gata National Park, Andalusia, Spain that was used in a scene from the 1966 film, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly starring Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach.
Cabo de Gata National Park, Andalusia, Spain hosted scenes from the 1966 film, ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ starring Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach.
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St. Mark’s Square, Venice, Veneto, Italy

54 films
The town’s bustling main square was recently used in 2019’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home” as the location for a battle between the hero and a water monster.

"Spider-Man: Far From Home " was filmed by St Mark's Square in Venice, Italy.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home ” was filmed by St Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy.
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Atacama Desert, Chile

50 films
This barren stretch — reportedly the driest place on Earth — has served as a substitute for arid planet Mars, and was also used in 2004’s Che Guevara biopic “The Motorcycle Diaries.”

Laguna Miscanti in Atacama Desert, Chile where "The Motorcycle Diaries", with Gael Garcia Bernal, were filmed.
“The Motorcycle Diaries”, with Gael Garcia Bernal is among the films shot at the otherworldly Laguna Miscanti in Atacama Desert, Chile.
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Alexanderplatz, Mitte, Berlin

38 films
In 2004’s “The Bourne Supremacy,” Matt Damon’s superspy meets Julia Stiles beneath the square’s sculptural world clock, before disappearing into a crowd.

Matt Damon and Julia Stiles in the espionage thriller, "The Bourne Supremacy" which was mostly filmed in Berlin.
The railway station Alexanderplatz in Berlin is a popular spot to film, and “The Bourne Supremacy” is among the blockbusters shot there.
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Praha Hlavni Nadrazi, Wilsonova, Prague

35 films
Prague’s main railway station was used in the climax of 2006’s “The Illusionist,” when Ed Norton’s character evades his police pursuer, Inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti). It was also used in 2006’s “Casino Royale” as a stand-in for the Trieste train depot.

Wilson Main railway station, Prague, Czech republic and where "Casino Royale" starring Daniel Craig was filmed.
“Casino Royale” starring Daniel Craig is one of 21 films that feature the Praha Hlavni Nadrazi.
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Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt

29 films
In 1977’s “The Spy Who Loved Me,” James Bond (Roger Moore) tries to track down metal-toothed villain Jaws (Richard Kiel) amid the stone columns.

"The Spy Who Loved Me" , 1977, with Barbara Bach and Roger Moore.
“The Spy Who Loved Me” , 1977, with Barbara Bach and Roger Moore set at the Karnak Temple.
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Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland

26 films
This lush, green estate with a picturesque waterfall is featured in 1981’s “Excalibur,” as well as 1992’s “Far and Away,” starring then-married Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise.

A view to Powerscourt Estate mansion grounds and gardens, where "Far and Away" was filmed.
Among the more than 50 TV shows and movies filmed at the Powerscourt Estate mansion grounds is “Far and Away” with Tom Cruise (left).
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Iguazu Waterfalls, Misiones, Argentina

25 films
This massive waterfall system stands in for the Warrior Falls in 2018’s “Black Panther” (though the actual fight scenes at the base of the falls were filmed in a studio) and also turns up in 2008’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” when the heroes go over the falls in a Jeep.

Chadwick Boseman in "Black Panther", some of it filmed at Iguazú Falls in Argentina.
Though the fight scenes themselves got the studio treatment, the Iguazo Waterfalls were the main backdrop for the Warrior Falls in “Black Panther.”
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Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

21 films
Angelina Jolie’s 2001 flick “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” was reportedly the first feature to be shot in Cambodia since the ’60s. It turned this sacred temple into a tourist attraction.

A massive tree grows from the walls of Ta Prohm temple amid the massive Angkor Wat complex.. Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft, Tomb Raider.
Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft turned the temple at Angkor Wat into a tourist destination.
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Ait Benhaddou, Morocco

21 films
This fortified clay village is where Russell Crowe shouts “Are you not entertained?” in 2000’s “Gladiator.” A handful of scenes from 1962’s “Lawrence of Arabia” were also shot here.

Ait Benhaddou, the ancient city in Morocco where some of the scenes of the 2000 film "Gladiator" starring Russell Crowe was filmed.
Ait Benhaddou, the ancient city in Morocco played host to some key scenes in the 2000 film “Gladiator.”
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‘Brokeback Mountain’ screenwriter Larry McMurtry dead at 84





Larry McMurtry, the prolific novelist and screenwriter who won a Pulitzer Prize and an Academy Award for his work, died Thursday at 84.

Amanda Lundberg, a spokesperson for the family, confirmed McMurtry’s death in an obituary published Friday by the New York Times. Lundberg did not respond to The Post’s request for confirmation.

Neither the cause of death, nor where McMurtry passed away, are known.

McMurtry was best known for his anti-Western work, or stories that focused on demythologizing the romanticism of the American West.

“I’m a critic of the myth of the cowboy,’’ the native Texan said in an 1988 interview. “I don’t feel that it’s a myth that pertains, and since it’s a part of my heritage I feel it’s a legitimate task to criticize it.’’

Often cited as his most memorable work, his coming-of-age book “The Last Picture Show” sold over 9 million copies and was adapted into a film starring Cybill Shepherd, Jeff Bridges and Cloris Leachman.

McMurtry was not only respected for his 843-page novel “Lonesome Dove,” which won him the Pulitzer and was made into a mini-series for television, but also for the screenplay for “Brokeback Mountain,” a 2005 romantic drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger. Co-written with his housemate and collaborator Diana Ossana, the pair won the Academy Award in 2006 for that film, which focused on the romantic relationship between the two men, one a ranch hand and the other a cowboy.

McMurtry co-wrote the screenplay for "Brokeback Mountain," which won him an Academy Award in 2006.
McMurtry co-wrote the screenplay for “Brokeback Mountain,” which won him an Academy Award in 2006.
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Over the course of more than 50 years, McMurtry wrote more than 30 novels, more than 30 screenplays — and published other works of memoir, history and essays. One book, “Horseman, Pass By,” was made into the film “Hud,” starring Paul Newman. The film version of his novel “Terms of Endearment” won the Best Picture Oscar in 1984.

McMurtry was born the son of a rancher in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1936. He studied at North Texas State, Rice and Stanford universities. He taught English at the university level, but ditched teaching in his younger years. For about a half-century, McMurtry was also a bookseller. His store Booked Up, in Archer City, Texas, is one of the largest in the nation, according to the Times.

Archer City, where he was raised, served as a model for the town of Thalia, which appeared in his works of fiction.

It’s not clear who survives McMurtry, but he most recently married the widow of his friend Ken Kesey, Faye, in 2011.


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Truth of Pink, Christina Aguilera ‘Lady Marmalade’ feud revealed





Gitchie-gitchie yourself a load of this juicy drama. 

Sex, divas and shade, honey! Those were the makings of music producer Missy Elliott’s masterful 2001 “Lady Marmalade” remix — which celebrates its 20th anniversary next month. 

While the Grammy Award-winning track — with lusty vocal contributions from pop powerhouse Christina Aguilera, rock ‘n’ roll fireball Pink, R&B dynamo Mya and hip-hop heroine Lil’ Kim — starts off with a sultry salute to “all the soul sistas,” the vibe between the singers was anything but sisterly. 

“I think it’s pretty public knowledge that there was tension between Christina and Pink,” Tina Landon, who served as lead choreographer on the music video for the chart-topping jam, told Cosmopolitan.  

Landon, Missy, Mya and Aguilera all recently revisited the sweet beats and sour notes of working together on the colorful collaborative piece that had almost every millennial sing-screaming “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?” with the radio volume on full blast. 

“It got a little hairy at one point,” the choreographer said of the unharmonious energy between Aguilera and Pink. 

Their bad blood boiled over on March 17, 2001, during the two-day video shoot in Los Angeles. 

“They were all sitting there watching each other work. Paul Hunter, the director, was trying to give Christina direction and she couldn’t hear him,” Landon said. 

“She said, ‘What did you say?’ And Pink reiterated what Paul had said. Christina did the thing: ‘I was talking to Paul.’ I just sank down in my chair going, ‘Oh, God, please don’t let this get worse.’ And it didn’t!”

Although the dance pro remembers the on-set edginess, Pink, 41, said the beef between her and XTina ignited well before a single “Lady Marmalade” lyric was ever sung. 

“[Aguilera’s label executive] Ron Fair walked in and didn’t say hello to any of us,” Pink said of one of the formative meetings she had with her would-be collaborators. She recounted the incident during her feature on VH1’s “Behind the Music” in 2009. 

“He said, ‘What’s the high part? What’s the most singing part? Christina’s going to take that part,’ ” she recalled. 

“And I stood up and said, ‘Hi. How are you? So nice of you to introduce yourself. I’m Pink. She will not be taking that part. I think that’s what the f – – king meeting is about.”

From there, “I just became the a – – hole,” Pink added. 

Pink, Christina Aguilera and Mya celebrate their Grammy win.
Pink, Christina Aguilera and Mya celebrate their Grammy win.

But after years of exchanging thinly veiled barbs, unmistakable side-eye glares and nearly resorting to fisticuffs during a heated exchange at a club, the “So What” superstar said she’s made amends with her “Fighter” singing rival. 

“She’s so talented and, deep down, I’ve had bad days, too. She’s a really sweet person. We made up on ‘The Voice,’ ” Pink told Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live” in 2017. 

Aguilera, 40, echoed Pink’s illustration of their newfound friendship to Cosmo. 

“She’s such a powerhouse and definitely paved the way, setting the precedent of pushing back if something didn’t feel right,” she said. 

‘She’s so talented and, deep down, I’ve had bad days, too.’


Decades-old shadiness aside, Mya, 41, praised “Lady Marmalade” — a remake of Patti LaBelle’s 1974 tune — as the women’s empowerment anthem of the day. 

“It was truly about coming together, being women, being slightly over the top, expressing ourselves, and exuding our bold approach to being sexual beings,” the singer insisted. 

Producer Elliott, 49, reimagined LaBelle’s original version of the song to be used as a seductive hymn for director Baz Luhrmann’s blockbuster “Moulin Rouge!” The ornate film earned Oscar and Golden Globe accolades in 2002. 

Although La Belle, 76, gladly belted out the hit alongside Pink, Mya, Aguilera and Lil’ Kim — all of whom she lovingly refers to as her “little girls” — at the 2002 Grammys, the music legend still demands the world’s respect as the “Lady Marmalade” originator. 

“People loved it and still do today,” the Philadelphia native told Cosmo. 

“When I do it onstage, I have to say to the audience, ‘I did this 100 years ago. These little heifers, they did it 20 years ago and it’s a hit.’ I have to remind them that I did it first. Isn’t that something?”

Pink, Mya, Lil' Kim and Christina Aguilera perform with Patti LaBelle at the 2002 Grammy Awards.
Pink, Mya, Lil’ Kim and Christina Aguilera perform with Patti LaBelle at the 2002 Grammy Awards.
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Jay Baruchel on his starring role in sitcom ‘The Moodys’





When Jay Baruchel took his starring role in Fox sitcom “The Moodys,” he enlisted his wife’s help. 

“I got sent the script about a month before I was about to get married. If I took the gig, it would mean starting a day or two after our wedding . So of course I had to ask my — at that time — fiancee what she thought,” he said, referring to Canadian model Rebecca-Jo Dunham Baruchel, who he married in 2019. 

“We each cracked open our laptops and sat on either side of the kitchen table and read them simultaneously and were both laughing a whole bunch. That made it easy.”

Season 2 of “The Moodys” premieres Thursday, April 1 (9 p.m.). Baruchael returns as Sean Moody Jr., one of the three adult Moody children. Other members of the close yet dysfunctional family include his brother Dan (Francois Arnaud), sister Bridget (Chelsea Frei) and his cantankerous parents, Ann (Elizabeth Perkins) and Sean Sr (Denis Leary).

“We all get on like a house on fire,” he said. “[Perkins and Leary] are both just so good at what they do, it makes me better, being around them. It’s been wonderful getting to be their fake son.”

Jay Baruchel and Rebecca-Jo Dunham Baruchel at the 2020 Oscars.
Jay Baruchel and Rebecca-Jo Dunham Baruchel at the 2020 Oscars.
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Season 1 revolved around the Moody family reuniting at Christmas when each had their own struggles and self-destructive behaviors: Dan got into a messy love triangle with his cousin’s girlfriend while Sean Jr. was still living with his parents and working at an ice rink. Bridget, meanwhile, was a high-powered lawyer who had recently cheated on her husband. 

Season 2 sees Dan continuing to have love troubles, Bridget getting divorced, parents Ann and Sean Sr. contemplating a road trip, and Sean Jr. chasing “get rich quick” schemes such as a funeral business involving fireworks (to “revolutionize the grieving industry”).

“I am incredibly fortunate that I found a career in acting, because basically if I didn’t get on TV and movies, there’s a very good chance that I am Sean Jr,” said Baruchel. “We’re wired very similarly in that we’re chronic daydreamers — as passionate about the stuff we dig as we are absolutely incapable of doing anything else, to our respective detriments. There’s a lot of me in him and vice versa. But the biggest thing is that I was lucky enough to trick people into giving me a career in movies and stuff.”

Baruchel, who grew up in Montreal and is now based in Toronto, is known for a slew of movie and TV roles, including “Knocked Up,” “Tropic Thunder,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” and “Undeclared.” As high-profile as many of his projects are, fans often approach him about one that’s much more obscure. 

Jay Baruchael returns as Sean Moody Jr. for Season 2 of “The Moodys.”
Jay Baruchael returns as Sean Moody Jr. for Season 2 of “The Moodys.”

“Actually I think the one I get recognized for the most is one a lot of people in the States have no idea was a thing. When I was 15, I co-hosted an educational show called ‘Popular Mechanics for Kids.’ It was on all the time up here [in Canada], so it’s like a whole generation of kids that ate cereal every day watching me teach them about centrifugal force. That’s probably the one I get the most love for still, to this day.”

While he was tight-lipped about Season 2 of “The Moodys,” he had a cryptic teaser. 

“It’s pretty crazy. Sean is a very ambitious lad, and he maybe doesn’t always think everything through as well as he should, so I’ll say this: there are monks involved. What would make people interested that wouldn’t give anything away? Monks.”


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