CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- State Assemblywoman Christina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) called Friday for state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) to resign after a cable TV network reported allegations that he accepted $40,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent as part of a sting operation. The allegations were contained in what Al Jazeera America reported was a sealed FBI affidavit it obtained. “It is with mixed feelings, but with strong conviction that today I ask Sen. Calderon to step down from his office to allow this black cloud to be removed from over the Capitol and over the state of California,” Garcia said in a statement.
April 24, 2014 |
It's the question on the minds of many in Los Angeles' film community: Does Gov. Jerry Brown get how badly the state's film and TV industry has been squeezed by runaway production? Kish Rajan, director of the Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development, offered some reassuring words to film commissioners and industry executives who gathered in Hollywood on Thursday for an annual breakfast hosted by the California Film Commission. Rajan stopped short of saying whether Brown would rally behind a bill winding through the Assembly that would significantly expand California's film and TV tax credit program, which allocates $100 million annually but is due to run out of funds next year.
June 5, 2012 |
Producer Andrew Lazar was all set to shoot an adult romantic comedy in Hermosa Beach, where the story is set. But now, he's forced to have the $10-million movie rewritten with Miami Beach as the backdrop so he can take advantage of Florida's film tax credit. The reason: His film didn't make the cut of 28 projects approved last week for California's state film tax credits. “I'll just have to change the location and the script because these tax credits are so important for making movies," said Lazar.
November 13, 2013 |
At least one prominent state senator is throwing cold water on the idea of expanding California's film tax credit. “I'm not a fan of tax credits in general," Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis), chair of the Senate committee on governance and finance, said in a statement. "In fact, I'm a real skeptic of all of them and have done everything possible to limit their size and duration and to build in as much accountability as possible. " Industry advocates and city officials, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, have called on state lawmakers to strengthen and expand California's film tax credit, contending it is not doing enough to keep productions from fleeing Southern California.
November 15, 1987 |
Hooray for Canada. And Texas, North Carolina, Arkansas, Wyoming, Florida, Illinois and all the other places that want to be the next Hollywood. The names may not sound glamorous and there are no "Hooray for Hollywood" songs penned for them yet. But these and other areas where it is cheaper to make films and television shows are increasingly siphoning off movie and television business from Southern California to the tune of about $1 billion a year, according to state officials.
September 22, 2010 |
Along with sunny weather and world-class crews, California offers something else sought by filmmakers: an abundance of state parks with diverse landscapes, from the redwood forests in Northern California to the desert of Anza-Borrego and the vast beaches and rocky coves of Point Dume. Not surprisingly, the beauty and variety of the state's 278 parks have provided countless backdrops for movies, TV shows and commercials for a century. In 2009 alone, nearly 500 permits were issued for nearly 1,000 days of filming in state parks for various productions, including "Iron Man 2" (Point Dume State Beach)
July 12, 2009 |
In an industrial yard behind Burbank's Bob Hope Airport, dozens of orange forklifts and 135-foot-high booms stand idle, gleaming in the afternoon sunlight. As recently as two years ago, the yard was largely empty because the equipment was busy being used to hoist cameras, rig lights and build sets for "Iron Man," "Get Smart," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and other movies shooting throughout Southern California.
April 14, 2010 |
Some Hollywood star power is lighting up local film production. Topping the list is Tom Hanks, whose production company, Playtone Productions, is about to begin shooting "Larry Crowne" next week in various locations around Los Angeles. Hanks directs and stars in the comedic drama opposite Julia Roberts, with whom he paired in the 2007 Universal Pictures film "Charlie Wilson's War." Adam Sandler also is starring in and producing a romantic comedy with Jennifer Aniston called "Just Go With It" that has been filming for several weeks around town, including scenes last week at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
August 16, 2011 |
At the height of the Iranian hostage crisis, artist-turned CIA technical officer Tony Mendez pulled off a stunning ploy when he helped six American diplomats in the Canadian embassy in Tehran escape by disguising them as members of a Hollywood film crew. Thirty-two years later, Mendez's daring plan has been turned into a movie called "Argo" that will begin filming next week on the streets of Los Angeles. The movie, starring and directed by Ben Affleck and produced by George Clooney, is one of several high-profile studio feature films shooting in L.A. this summer and fall, including "The Gangster Squad," a star-packed crime drama starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone in a story about the Los Angeles Police Department's efforts to keep the mafia out of L.A. in the 1940s and 1950s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO --Two Los Angeles legislators announced this week they'll be pushing a new plan for tax breaks for film and TV production when the Legislature comes back to work in January. California has had incentives for the entertainment industry since 2009, in an effort to fend off other states trying to lure film and TV shoots with generous tax breaks. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the latest round of tax credits last year, which authorize $100 million in credits annually until July 1, 2017.