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'American Hustle': Boston Production Stopped For Time Being In Wake Of Manhunt

04/19/2013 02:16 pm ET | Updated Apr 19, 2013
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Production on the David O. Russell drama "American Hustle" has been stopped for the time being, this according to Deadline.com. The film -- which is based on the ABSCAM sting operation on the East Coast that happened during the late 1970s and early 1980s -- stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.

Sony, the studio behind "American Hustle," is releasing Russell's latest in the fourth quarter of 2013; it's expected to be another Oscar contender for the director, following in the footsteps of "The Fighter" and "Silver Linings Playbook."

"American Hustle" was filming in Worcester, Mass. on Monday when bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 170. The city is located 46 miles west of Boston. According to EW.com, production on "American Hustle" returned to the Boston city limits on Wednesday. With a manhunt underway, however, for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (the 19-year-old bombing suspect who evaded police after a shootout early on Friday morning), "American Hustle" filming has been put on hold for now.

Earlier on Friday, a photo of "American Hustle" star Cooper and New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman visiting bombing victim Jeff Bauman circulated on social media and news sites (including The Huffington Post). Bauman helped authorities identify Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, who died earlier on Friday during the same police shootout.

For more on "American Hustle," including what Sony had to say about the delay, head over to Deadline.com.

For up-to-the-minute updates on the Boston bombing suspect and the police manhunt to find him, click here.

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