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Last week Will Smith started gearing up for his next role and now that movie’s casting directors are getting ready to start shooting, too.

The production is holding an Open Casting Call next weekend for football players in the Pittsburgh area, where the movie will begin shooting in October.

Game Brain, aka Concussion, is based on an October 2009 GQ story by Jeanne Marie Laskas, which followed Dr. Bennet Omalu’s work on concussions and brain damage in football players.

Here is the complete press release:

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Will Smith surprised guests at the Towne House Restaurant in Lodi, Ca last week when he dropped by for lunch.

The visit wasn’t as random a it seemed though. Will was actually preparing for an upcoming role as Lodi resident Dr. Bennet Omalu, known for his research on concussions and brain damage in football players.

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OPA Casting has put out two casting calls for the upcoming movie The Last Witch Hunter which will be filming in the Pittsburgh area from September 5th-December 5th.

1. Background extras, men and women over 18 who can portray an edgy, hipster look.

Date and time: Friday, August 15th from 5pm-11pm. Don’t call in advance or line up early, and the last person must be in line by 10PM or they will not be seen.

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Here’s a look at what’s filming on 4/12 & 4/13/14:

State of Affairs (pilot) is filming around Reade and W Broadway in NYC AND 45th St and Madison Ave on Saturday.

Law and Order: SVU is filming in studio at Chelsea Piers in NYC on Saturday.

Blue Bloods is filming at 3rd Ave and E 35th – 39th St in NYC.

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Here’s a look at what’s filming on location on 3/22 & 3/23:

The Flash (TV pilot) us filming at Howe and Dunsmuir in Vancouver, BC on Saturday. (Thanks ‏@Natalie_WithanH, @YVRShoots)

Proof (TV pilot) is filming at the Vancouver Public Library in Vancouver, BC on Saturday and Sunday. (Thanks @yvrshoots)

Coercion (TV pilot) is filming on Lafayette, from Walker to Worth in NYC on Saturday and Sunday. (Thanks Laurie, @Lestrange28)

How To Get Away (TV pilot) is filming at 201 West Front St in Media, PA on Saturday and Sunday.

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According to an exclusive report in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Russell Crowe‘s next movie, Fathers and Daughters, will start filming in the Pennsylvania city in April and will be there for three months.

Fathers and Daughters is described as being about a woman who struggles with relationship issues as she reflects on her troubled past with her famous novelist father. The movie also stars Aaron Paul and Amanda Seyfried.

If you have news on or photos from Fathers and Daughters, let us know at olv@onlocationvacations.com!

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After a slow winter, the film industry in Pittsburgh, PA is once again heating up as two high profile projects begin filming in the area.

Last week, Out of the Furnace, which was also known as Dust to Dust but now seems to be Out of the Furnace once again, has just started filming in Braddock, PA.

Out of the Furnace stars Christian Bale as an ex-convict attempting to return to society. Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Robert Duvall and Zoe Saldana also star.

Mosser Casting is handling extras casting, check out their Facebook Page for more info.

On Monday, April 23, another A-List project, Promised Land, also begins filming near Pittsburgh through June 4.

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