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"Three Seconds" Shuts Down Filming

26 August 2015 1:09 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The upcoming Luke Evans and Josh Brolin-led action thriller "Three Seconds" appears to have shut down production indefinitely right as it was about to begin filming.

Heery Casting, the extras casting director for the film says that the project shut down production and will not be continuing. The production was ready to go in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the actors like Evans, Brolin, David Oyelowo, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Olivia Munn in town and ready to go.

However, with the state budget not yet passed the state could not guarantee them tax credits they needed as part of Pa's tax credit program. They waited on it, but in the process lost one of the main actors and so have shut down.

There was a rumor that the project could move to the Pittsburgh area, but Greater Philadelphia Film Office Executive Director Sharon Pinkenson tells Philly Mag that the project has been »

- Garth Franklin

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'I Broke My Boy!’: 'Better Call Saul' writer on his Emmy-nominated script

16 July 2015 2:02 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In show business, it's often better to be lucky than good. "Better Call Saul" writer Gordon Smith has been both. Vince Gilligan's assistant for the latter half of "Breaking Bad" — a job he got in part because a friend of a friend was on the "Bb" writing staff — Smith was promoted to full-time writer when Gilligan, Peter Gould and company moved on to "Saul," then wound up with the best possible assignment for the prequel's first season: "Five-o," the episode that detailed the tragic story of how Mike Ehrmantraut came to leave his job as a Philly cop and move to Albuquerque. It got Smith the show's lone Emmy nomination for writing for its first season, and could well get Jonathan Banks the acting Emmy he never won on "Breaking Bad." I spoke with Smith a few minutes ago about the experience of being a first-time nominee, making the »

- Alan Sepinwall

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