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Los Angelenos, Londoners and Manhattanites are used to seeing movie and television shoots in their neighbourhoods and workplaces.

From the iconic Santa Monica Pier, which has featured thousands of times on screen, through to the financial district – where Pacino and De Niro blazed up West 5th St in heist movie Heat's classic final gun battle – location filming is part of Los Angeles' historic fabric.

The city's Department of Transportation and Department of Public Works recently further streamlined the process to approve road closures for filming, indicating the priority the local authority puts on the tens of billions

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