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HITCH

About The Production
Director Andy Tennant says he's always wanted to shoot a film entirely in New York, after having shot portions of Fools Rush In and Sweet Home Alabama in Manhattan. "New York is the perfect place to film a movie about dating, being on your game and in your 30s,” he says.

"New York is where people go to become successful, to be rich and make their lives better,” says Smith. "At the center of all that energy is love, but it's often overlooked.”

Production on Hitch began last spring in the trendy Soho bistro Balthazar. Tennant chose to shoot much of the film downtown, in areas rarely seen in movies.

The story's nexus is Manhattan's meatpacking district near 14th Street, which contains many of the city's hippest and most lively nightspots. Several key scenes were shot at the "Amp Lounge,” which is loosely based on the exclusive real-life Soho House.

"What's most exciting about Andy's movies is the way they look,” says producer Lassiter. "He has shot the city in a way that we haven't seen before, which is very refreshing and exciting.”

"There are about 74 different locations in this movie,” according to executive producer Michael Tadross, whose is no stranger to New York films, having worked on Die Hard with a Vengeance and The Thomas Crown Affair. "That's more than I have ever had in 24 years of doing this.”

The film's production designer Jane Musky worked closely with the locations department to find the trendiest locales in Manhattan where young people congregate. "Jane is amazing,” says executive producer Mordaunt. "She totally has her finger on the pulse of the city.”

"I went through every fashionable New York magazine that I could find,” says Musky. "I must have bought 40 alternative or upscale design magazines, and I just kept flipping through them to find out where people were going.”

Among her discoveries were the ultra-modern rice pudding restaurant Rice to Riches, which is located in the fashionable Nolita section of Manhattan's lower east side. "It's really the very latest in snack bar chic,” she claims. Other chic up-to- the-minute locations were Pop Burger and Little Pie Company in the meatpacking district. For some of the more romantic scenes that Hitch recommends to his clients, the filmmakers shot in Central Park and Ellis Island the historic entry point for immigrants to the United States, which has unparalleled views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. It is on Ellis Island that Tennant shot Hitch and Sara's first date. Now part of the National Park Service, Ellis Island is where immigrants from all over the world first stepped on American soil from 1892 until 1954.

One of the few changes the production was allowed to make to the Ellis Island museum was the addition of some set dressing in the main hall — display cases containing ship manifests that were part of the scene. The production put up signs indicating that the manifests were movie props of no historic value, but still, tourists (the museum remained open during filming) were fascinated, taking pictures of them anyway. The display cases were then donated to the museum. The fake manifests were not.

Another sequence that brought the new and old of New York together was shot at the Fulton Fish Market in Lower Manhattan, when Sara brings Hitch to a cooking class held in a corner of the fabled market. "Sara's a gossip columnist, so she always knows what's happening and where to go,” explains Musky. "Sara brings Hitch to this place, which is very special in that not a lot of people know about it, which impresses him because it means she actually knows more about the social scene than he does.”

Not that Hitch is a slouch. Far from it. He lives in his "command center,” a decorator-designed apartment located in a real Tribeca loft. It is here t

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