Bosses behind action movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have agreed to adjust the film’s production during an upcoming Jewish holiday.
Executives at Columbia Pictures responded to pressure from Orthodox Jewish leaders, who urged them to reschedule filming in Williamsburg, New York, during the festival of Passover.
The shoot, featuring Andrew Garfield in the title role, had planned to shut down several streets in the area from March 22-27 but elected officials were concerned this would cause parking problems for Jewish residents, as driving is restricted during the eight-day period.
City Councilman Stephen Levin announced on his blog on Tuesday that chiefs at Columbia Pictures have agreed to curtail production in the area over Passover.
He writes, “We expressed the importance for Spider-Man to pass-over filming during Passover and they have answered our call. Reducing the amount of parking the production uses will avoid the parking struggle that had been anticipated and will allow everyone celebrating the opportunity to safely enjoy the holiday with friends and family.
“I want to thank Columbia Pictures, Spider-Man, and the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting for working together with my office, Community Board 1, and local leaders and considering the needs of my constituents. Thank you for letting my people park.”
The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards(R) ceremony will be simulcast live coast-to-coast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT) from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. An encore presentation will air on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET) 9 p.m. (CT), 8 p.m. (MT) and 7 p.m. (PT). Prior to the televised ceremony, the SAG Honors for television and film stunt ensembles will be announced during the live tnt.tv and tbs.com webcasts from the red carpet which begin at 6 p.m. (ET)/3 p.m. (PT).