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The summer of 2003 brought a wealth of film and television production to New Jersey according to Joseph Friedman, Executive Director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission. Hundreds of projects were shot throughout the state during the past several months, in what is shaping up to be one of New Jersey=s busiest production years ever.

Heading the list of features made in the Garden State recently is "The Stepford Wives," a remake of the Ira Levin thriller starring Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Christopher Walken, Glenn Close and Faith Hill. Producer Scott Rudin and director Frank Oz, who previously teamed up on the New Jersey-made comedy "In And Out," filmed on location in Bedminster and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

Celebrated filmmaker Bill Condon chose Plainfield, Bloomfield, Chester, West Milford and Andover locations for "Kinsey." This American Zoetrope production concerns educator Alfred Kinsey, who became famous for his pioneering studies of human sexuality in the 1940s and 1950s. Liam Neeson is playing the title role, with a supporting cast that includes Laura Linney, Ian McKellen, Chris O'Donnell and Bobby Rock.

The final film from Danny DeVito's and Michael Shamberg's production company Jersey Films was, fittingly enough, shot here in the Garden State. "Large's Ark" is the story of a young man who had been estranged from his family but must return home upon the death of his mother. Zach Braff ("Scrubs") makes his directorial debut in this drama that also stars Natalie Portman, Ian Holm and Peter Sarsgaard. Shooting took place in South Orange, Mahwah, Dumont, and Cranford.

Sigourney Weaver, Emile Hirsch and Jeff Daniels head the cast of "Imaginary Heroes," filmed in Glen Ridge, Moonachie, Newark, Wayne and Jersey City. Dan Harris is directing this Signature Films production, about a family coming to terms with the suicide of their eldest son.

"Tony 'N' Tina's Wedding," the long-running interactive theatrical show, is now a movie. This comedy-romance, about the quirky friends and family who gather for a young Italian couple's wedding, was filmed partly on location in Bloomfield, Clifton and Passaic. Roger Paradiso wrote the screen adaptation and directs, Joey McIntyre, Mila Kunis and Daisy Eagan star.

Tom Fontana, creator of the acclaimed prison drama "Oz," returned to the former Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne for his latest project. "Strip Search" examines how crime and punishment have changed since the attack on the World Trade Center. Glenn Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daniel Serafini-Sauli, Oliver Platt and Ellen Barkin appear in this two-part television mini-series, under the direction of the venerable Sidney Lumet.

New episodes for the fifth season of HBO's most popular original series ever, "The Sopranos," have been filmed during the spring and summer, and NBC's "Ed" has just begun production on its fourth season.

New Jersey's busy shooting schedule continues well into the fall and winter. Currently shooting is "Cookout," a comedy about the family problems of an NBA number one draft choice. Queen Latifah is co-writing, co-producing and will appear in this Lions Gate Films release, co-starring Danny Glover and Farrah Fawcett, and directed by Lance Rivera. Most of the filming will take place in Bernards Twp., East Orange and Jersey City.

Queen Latifah also heads the cast of "Taxi," a remake of Luc Besson's action comedy about a pizza delivery boy turned cab driver who has the innate ability to get places quickly. He is assigned to chauffeur a police officer who is trying to thwart a group of bank robbers. Locations in the Newark vicinity have been chosen by director Tim Story for this 20th Century Fox production, also starring Jimmy Fallon.

In the late fall, New Jersey will host a number of other big productions including a remake of "The Manchurian Candidate" for Paramount Pictures. And the hit NBC series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" is now gearing up for a fifth season of production in its North Bergen studio.