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Get ready for another Hollywood invasion!
Cinematic candy Sarah Jessica Parker and sort-of-hunky Greg Kinnear will lens the big-screen version of “I Don’t Know How She Does It” next week in Brooklyn Heights — and drivers will soon surrender a swath of street parking to fancy production trailers.
The cast and crew will take over at least eight blocks near Atlantic Avenue and Henry Street from 6 am to 11 pm on Feb. 16.
Filmmakers will shoot an indoor scene at a townhouse on Willow Street and “walk-and-talk” sidewalk shot on Garden Place, location managers for the movie said.
“It’s a relationship comedy, so there won’t be any car chases or explosions,” said Eric Myers, a publicist for the film. “Just a few interior shots.”
Bright yellow signs in the area of the filming warn that “vehicles will be towed” if they are not moved by Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7 pm.
Locals offered a mixed reaction.
“Parking is a premium here,” said Judy Stanton, of the Brooklyn Heights Association. “But there’s still an element of excitement from people who think movies are fun.”
And Brooklyn Heights has long been Hollywood’s leading lady. Fabled for its gorgeous apartments, scenic streets and killer views of Manhattan, America’s first suburb has been a backlot for Hollywood’s great moments — think Cher kicking a can down Cranberry Street in “Moonstruck,” the period street scenes in Martin Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence,” and Jack Nicholson entering 57 Montague St. in “Prizzi’s Honor.”
Over the years, reactions to film crews have certainly been mixed. In 2007, some Heights drivers griped when the crew of “Burn After Reading,” a Coen Brothers film, took over an area near Cadman Plaza and Hicks Street. Non-drivers were too star-struck to care.
From time to time, neighborhoods are granted hiatus from the earpiece-wearing Hollywood types who tend to take over whole areas at a time, demanding, “Quiet on the set” and preventing pedestrians from making their rounds.
In 2009, Williamsburg received a film permit moratorium, and DUMBO has also been periodically placed off-limits to producers.
The new film, which is based on a book by Allison Pearson, follows a female finance executive — played by “Sex and the City” star Parker — while she finds a balance between home and work.
The movie is directed by Douglas “Emma” McGrath and features “Mad Men” bombshell Christina Hendricks, “SNL” funnyman Seth Meyers, and Pierce “007” Brosnan.
Exact locations of the film shooting are not known, as filmmakers are still filing paperwork, a city spokeswoman said.
“They might hold up traffic for a moment,” said Marybeth Ihle of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting. “But emergency lanes will stay open.”
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