CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2012 |
It's time for a retake after 100 years in downtown Los Angeles. The historic Tower movie theater at the corner of South Broadway and 8th Street is poised to get a dramatic new lease on life - this time as a concert venue with an indoor-outdoor bar and coffee house along 8th Street and a plush basement nightclub-style bar on the Broadway side. The renovation will cost several million dollars and will take about a year and half, said Shahram Delijani, whose family owns the Tower and three other South Broadway theaters.
August 28, 2012 |
Over several days last week, actors Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin donned fedoras and 1940s-era LAPD badges to re-shoot scenes for the Warner Bros. crime drama “Gangster Squad” in Los Angeles' historic Chinatown. During nighttime shoots, filmmakers staged car chases and a gunfight on Gin Ling Way with blazing machine guns, and set off a truck explosion. “It's been many years since we've had a full-scale feature film of this scope in Chinatown,” said George Yu, executive director of the Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council.
July 11, 2012 |
Bob Hope Airport in Burbank has reopened its gates to Hollywood for the first time in more than a decade, after prohibiting film shoots there since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The tragedy put the nation's entire air transportation system on high alert. In the weeks and months after the attacks on New York and the Pentagon, security requirements put a heavy demand on the regional airport's staff. With safety the top priority, one of the restrictions that Burbank put into place at the time was a ban on all film production activity.
June 26, 2012 |
The Facebook page for the upcoming movie “People Like Us” contains the expected highlights -- photos of stars Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks, video interviews, information on advance ticket sales, and a trailer. Then there is something else -- an interactive “People Like Us Locations Map” displaying locations of the various restaurants and businesses featured in the DreamWorks Pictures/Reliance Entertainment film. Visitors can see photos of houses and neighborhoods where the characters lived, ate tacos, watched the sunset, bought groceries and even did their laundry.
June 18, 2012
Film buffs are eager to see where famed Hollywood stars lived and visit the locations of classic films. But few want to haggle with vendors who stand by the road selling star maps. But thanks to Turner Classic Movies, cumbersome maps are history. The Hollywood Homes & Classic Film Locations app available for iPhone and iPod Touch offers a look at 100 Hollywood locations including the homes of the rich and famous, movie studios, celebrity hangouts and film locations. TCM host Robert Osborne is on hand to introduce the app's features.
June 16, 2012 |
Film commissioners from Indonesia to Uruguay to New Orleans converged on the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday for the 27th annual Locations Show. About 500 exhibitors from 40 countries are attending the two-day event, which is expected to draw 2,500 film industry executives, producers and location scouts eager to find the latest information about where to shoot their projects and what kind of incentives they can fetch. Hosted by the Assn. of Film Commissioners International, this year's event marks the trade group's inaugural offering of speakers and panels on production trends, tax credits, film financing and other topics.