Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Hard-hit Michigan lures Hollywood

By Andrea Billups | The Washington Times | January 14, 2009

LANSING, Mich. | Lights, cameras, Michigan? Some are wondering whether the economically beleaguered state could well become the Tinseltown of the Midwest.

While Michigan may be bleeding automotive jobs amid the U.S. industry's financial meltdown, some of those positions could be replaced by skilled work in a newly flourishing film industry, which has been quickly building steam over the past 10 months.

The state is offering one of the nation's top tax incentives for movie and television projects shooting within its borders, and they're off to a jackrabbit start. Clint Eastwood's critically praised "Gran Torino," - a likely Oscar contender - shot to No. 1 at the box office with a $29 million haul over the weekend, its first weekend of full release.

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