UBC is sole Canadian entry on list of top 20 most filmed locations around the world

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      While Vancouver is known to be one of the top filming centres in North America, an analysis of shooting locations from around the world offers a global perspective on the city's usage for screen productions.

      British financial services website GoCompare analyzed data from the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) to determine which locations around the world are the most frequently used for films and TV shows.  

      New York City's Central Park (231 times) topped the list of the most used filming locations. That was one of nine spots in the top 20 that were based in New York.

      Coming in second was California's Venice Beach (161 times), which was one of four Californian locations on the list.

      Five locations were in London, U.K. for films such as About a Boy, Bridget Jones' Diary, The Dark Knight, and Les Misérables.

      Only one Canadian location, and the only one that was not in the U.S. or the U.K., made it onto the list: the University of British Columbia. Coming in ninth place, UBC has been a location for 91 films, including Fifty Shades of Grey, X-Men 2, Fantastic Four, She's the Man, and The Butterfly Effect.

      1. Central Park, New York (The Devil's Advocate, Spider-Man 3)
      2. Venice Beach, California (The Big Lebowski, He's Just Not That Into You)
      3. Greenwich Village, New York (13 Going On 30, Julie & Julia)
      4. Astoria, New York (Arthur, Private Parts)
      5. Williamsburg, New York (Don't Say A Word, Sherlock Holmes)
      6. UCLA, California (Scream 2, Hancock)
      7. Coney Island, New York (Brooklyn, The Other Guys)
      8. Times Square, New York (The Devil Wears Prada, Burn After Reading)
      9. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. (Fifty Shades of Grey, She's The Man)
      10. Harlem, New York (Get Him To The Greek, Limitless)
      11. South Bank, London (About A Boy, Austin Powers: Goldmember)
      12. Greenpoint, New York (The Yards, The Visitor)
      13. Hollywood Boulevard, California (Borat, Mulholland Drive)
      14. Canary Wharf, London (Casino Royale, Batman Begins)
      15. Piccadilly Circus, London (Bridget Jones' Diary, The Dark Knight)
      16. Trafalgar Square, London (Children Of Men, 28 Days Later)
      17. Griffith Observatory, California (La La Land, Transformers)
      18. Old Royal Naval College, London (Les Misérables, The Iron Lady)
      19. East Village, New York (Donnie Brasco, We Own The Night)
      20. Big Bear Lake, California (City of Angels, Magnolia)

      The list of the most filmed countries is led by the U.S. (139,506 times), followed by the U.K. (25,768) and Canada (21,088).

      When it comes to the most filmed cities or areas, Manhattan topped the list (3,630 times), surpassing Hollywood (3,262) which followed behind it. Vancouver was number 14 on the list (442 times), followed by Toronto (389).

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