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Locations, Sets & Costumes
In February 2002, Lawrence, Bullock, Grant and company began filming Two Weeks Notice in Manhattan's Financial District.  "We always saw this film as a love letter to New York,” Bullock says.  "I love architecture, and we wanted to infuse the story with as much of New York and its unique structural design as possible, but we also wanted to depict these elements in a fresh way.  So we chose to shoot the City at a level where you're peeking over the buildings and seeing rooftops and details that you don't normally see.”

Audiences will get a spectacular view of New York's architectural treasures during a helicopter sequence in which George and Lucy discuss the history of the Chrysler Building as they fly over the beloved landmark.  "I get really emotional watching that scene,” Bullock reveals.  "It makes you think, ‘Wow, after everything this City has been through, it's still so strong and so breathtaking and so inspiring.'”

Under the guidance of production designer Peter Larkin, the Two Weeks Notice art department created a backdrop for the film that reflects New York's vitality and diverse landscape.  Larkin selected the Lucent Building in the Financial District to serve as the exterior for the Wade Corporation headquarters, punctuating the sidewalk in front of the impressive structure with an enormous ‘W' fashioned after the Wade company logo.

"The Wade Corporation is a very powerful Trump-like organization with a major presence throughout the City,” Larkin says.  "George and Howard Wade own a great deal of real estate and they put their ‘W' logo everywhere, from the front of their building to the wrecking ball used to demolish old properties and make way for their modern developments.”

The interior of George's sprawling penthouse apartment was filmed at Sky Studio, a 3-story Greenwich Village loft complete with rooftop pool and garden.  "George Wade is lazy, but he's very smart and has great taste, and his home should reflect this,” says Larkin of his design concept for the ultimate New York bachelor pad.  "Hugh suggested we look into a group of English artists known as the Sensationals, and we got permission from a few of the artists to hang their artwork in George's apartment.”

For Lucy Kelson's more modest digs, Larkin and his team utilized an apartment in Brighton Beach, a district adjacent to the Coney Island neighborhood in which Lucy and her parents live.  "At first, we thought of Lucy's home as messy, and we cluttered the apartment as if she was so busy at work that she hadn't gotten around to organizing her own life,” Larkin explains.  "But Sandra felt Lucy was more orderly than that and so we neatened it up considerably.”

"I wanted Lucy's apartment to convey her manic quality; she's the kind of person who makes ‘To Do' lists even when she's sleeping,” says Bullock.  "I asked Peter to build a mobile bedside table that functions as a tray to hold Lucy's various electronic and communication devices like her laptop, Blackberry, Palm Pilot and cell phone.  I wanted to show that nothing in her home is about living – the bathroom, the kitchen and her desk are one step away from George.  Everything in her apartment is about his life rather than hers.”

Perhaps the film's most intricate set piece, the Brooklyn Heights locale known as Fulton's Landing served as the site of the gala circus-themed party that marks a turning point in Lucy's relationship with George.  Built on a pier under the Brooklyn Bridge and imbued with the romantic ambience of the adjacent River Café‚ Fulton's Landing was transformed by Larkin and his team into an elegant circus with stylish white tents exquisitely illuminated by thousands of tiny lights.

In addition, Larkin hand-drew dozens of colorful illustrations featuring sideshow circus perfo


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