December 1, 1989 |
ATV movie about Rock Hudson needed barren terrain to resemble the Texas oil country in Hudson's classic film "Giant." The NBC series "Quantum Leap" needed a military setting in which to re-create the exploits of the 1950s test pilots immortalized in "The Right Stuff." A science fiction movie titled "Circuitry Man," needed two dozen motorcyclists to portray marauding villains in a futuristic wasteland.
June 5, 2013 |
The hit series "Teen Wolf" is a top-ranked cable show among young viewers. It also ranks at the top of the list when it comes to receiving California film tax breaks. On Tuesday, the MTV series was approved for an estimated $11-million tax credit for its fourth season -- by far the highest among 31 projects that won a piece of the $100 million the state awards annually to film and TV projects, state records reviewed by the Los Angeles Times show. TV shows are eligible to receive a tax credit equivalent to 20% of qualified production costs.
July 18, 2009
Re "Getting quieter on the Hollywood sets," July 12 I do not know whether it is the mayor, City Council, Board of Supervisors or the governor, but whoever it is, they need to do whatever it takes to keep film production in Los Angeles. My neighbor, along with a crew of almost 50 people, left recently for 90 days for a Disney film shoot in Toronto. Need I write more? Andrew E. Woodward Los Angeles -- The Times reports that we have lost a huge percentage of businesses related to movie and television production, one of the crown jewels of the state's history, culture and economy.
February 24, 2010 |
Hollywood has never been shy about self-promotion, except when it comes to touting its own backyard. New York touts a "Made in N.Y." program featuring local film and TV production crew members who share their work experience in the city. Los Angeles, however, has been low key -- some would say complacent -- when it comes to singing the praises of filming close to home at a time when rivals beyond California's borders are grabbing a bigger share of the production pie. Now, a coalition of industry, labor and city officials wants to remedy the situation by launching a broad-based public education campaign that would herald the economic benefits of the film industry to Los Angeles -- while thanking local residents for putting up with the occasional inconvenience of crews in their neighborhoods.
July 16, 2013 |
The life of Beach Boys co-founder and California native Brian Wilson gets the hometown treatment in “Love & Mercy,” a feature film produced by television veteran John Wells (“ER,” “The West Wing,” “Southland”), Bill Pohlad (who is also the director) and Claire Rudnick Polstein. The biographical drama is shooting in the Hollywood area as well as in various locations around Southern California. John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti co-star in the story of the legendary musician, songwriter and producer who helped create the iconic California sound that made the group famous in the 1960s -- before mental health battles sidelined him. Other feature films scheduled to shoot locally include Jon Favreau's food truck comedy “Chef,” filming in Hancock Park, and the thriller “The Vatican Tapes,” filming in Eagle Rock, according to FilmL.A.
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.
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April 11, 2008 |
Norman Thaddeus Vane was just four minutes into his speed-dating matchup when he fell in love . . . with Palmdale. "I'm going to use an old gas station and cafe there that I just found out about," the veteran filmmaker said. "Eighty percent of the movie can be shot at that location." Vane and 75 other studio and TV production executives, independent producers and location scouts were learning Thursday about movie-making opportunities in cities and counties across California.
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)
December 16, 1997 |
For the most part, Hollywood's Christmas wish list in Sacramento amounts to nothing. And that's exactly the point. Despite an extraordinary production boom for the last five years, and successful efforts lately by California to fend off other states seeking to steal movie, TV and commercial production, industry and state film officials warned during an Assembly hearing Monday that disincentives could be lurking.
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.