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March 25, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Proposed legislation aimed at providing more tax credits to attract so-called runaway movie and television productions back to the industry's birthplace in California won initial approval from a legislative committee Tuesday. The proposal would renew and increase a state tax credit - amounting to as much as $400 million a year - to better compete with generous tax subsidies available in more than 40 states, including New York, Louisiana, New York and Michigan, as well as studios in Canada and Britain.
March 25, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
A bisexual, biracial Yale grad goes to Africa and falls in love with a Kenyan Muslim. That's the premise of "Ade: A Love Story," the novel by Rebecca Walker that Madonna plans to make into a film. Deadline reports that Madonna plans to direct and has lined up Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen; a screenwriter has not yet been attached. "Ade" is Walker's first novel. The daughter of Alice Walker is the author of the acclaimed memoirs "Black White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self" and "Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence.
March 25, 2014
Re "Spotlight on film safety," March 22 The father of Sarah Jones, who was killed last month after being struck by a train during a film shoot in Georgia, told me he prays that his daughter's death will not be in vain. He said no film or TV show is worth the risk she faced. I write these words on a Saturday morning while many film workers are driving home after another 14- or 15-hour shift. We call this "Fraturday," a Friday film shoot that often extends into the wee hours of Saturday.
March 25, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Legislation aimed at extending California's film production tax credit won unanimous bipartisan support from its first committee. The bill is urgently needed to give California an incentive to lure movie and television production back to its birthplace and combat generous tax subsidies now available in more than 40 states, such as Louisiana, New York and Michigan, supporters said. The state's current film tax credit, $100 million a year, is set to expire this year.
March 25, 2014 | By Diana Marcum
FRESNO -- More than 1,000 farm workers are expected in Delano on Tuesday night to watch the first feature film about Cesar Chavez. The film, directed by Diego Luna and starring Michael Pena as Chavez, is set in the 10 years surrounding the grape boycotts that began in the Kern County farm town in the 1960s. The film will screen outdoors at the Forty Acres , a parcel of land on Delano's outskirts that is now a National Historic Monument. It was here that Chavez's 1968 fast drew national attention to harsh working conditions in the fields.
March 24, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
When promoting a big-budget summer film, there are plenty of stops at which movie stars are expected to shill their product. Actors hole up in fancy hotels for press junkets, trade banter with David Letterman and fly overseas to walk red carpets. But many also appear at a less talked-about event: CinemaCon, a Las Vegas conference attended by about 3,000 movie theater owners, studio executives and concession distributors. This week, some of Hollywood's biggest names - Clint Eastwood, Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Dwayne Johnson, Adam Sandler - will head to Caesars Palace to show off footage from their coming movies and mingle with exhibitors.
March 24, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
This post has been updated. See below for details. Last week, news that a live-action film version of "Jem and the Holograms" was in the works sent fans of the cartoon series and Hasbro's line of dolls into an online frenzy. But one person not so excited about the reboot? The creator and head writer of the original series. Christy Marx, creator of the “Jem” series, said that she was not only shut out of the reboot but also learned about the film's development a few days before its YouTube announcement.
March 23, 2014
ANTARCTICA Slide show Distant Lands staffer Julia Hagie will share stories and photos of her trip to South Georgia Island, the South Shetlands and the Antarctic Peninsula. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. ICELAND Presentation Shane Berry and Rick Flores will discuss their journey, "Iceland Odyssey: Exploring, Hiking and Photography in a Starkly Beautiful Land.
March 23, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Two New York entertainment-world fixtures are teaming, as Madison Square Garden has announced that it has taken a 50% stake in Tribeca Enterprises, the company that runs the Tribeca Film Festival. The move gives Tribeca a financial foundation as well as presumed access to a number of high-profile venues. For MSG, the deal offers a toehold in the film-festival world as it looks to expand its live-event business beyond sports and music. Specific financial terms were not disclosed, though Tribeca said the deal "values Tribeca Enterprises at $45 million.
March 23, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
(This article has been updated since its original posting. See note below.) Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is going strong at the box office as the film's slow expansion - now 304 theaters in its third weekend of release - brought in $7 million for a strong per screen average of around $23,000. "Grand Budapest" rose to No. 7 at the box office and raised its total ticket sales to about $13.2 million. It's a rollout that in its first week brought in $800,000 from four theaters, two each in Los Angeles and New York, for an astonishing per-screen average of $200,000.
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