March 14, 2011
This TV and movie star, who turns 56 on Saturday, was born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany. Who is he? Bruce Willis
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December 25, 2013 |
On one of the busiest film nights of the year, hundreds of people at a Los Angeles movie theater complex were evacuated after fire alarms interrupted their Christmas movie viewings. The alarms went off at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard about 5:30 p.m., an employee said. By 6:20, guests were being allowed back into the theaters. “Looks like it was a false alarm,” said employee Eric Corbin. “We're still accepting purchases, and more than likely we'll be up and running in the next half hour.” Christmas Day is one of the busiest of the year for the ArcLight, where 14 theaters can seat several thousand movie-goers.
April 24, 2009 |
There was a time when Hollywood thought of Africa as a kind of exotic backlot, but these days it's the venue for many of the causes about which activist members of the industry feel most deeply. Over the next two weeks, in fact, the continent is getting top billing on the town's social to-do list.
September 5, 2012 |
Hollywood loves a good crime saga, so it's little wonder that studios are rumored to be hot for the life story of Griselda Blanco, the infamous female Colombian drug lord who was shot dead in her hometown of Medellín on Monday. Gunned down by an assassin on a motorcycle (in a style of execution she reportedly perfected) outside of a butcher shop, Blanco lived a life as large as a Corleone and was known as the "Godmother" of cocaine. According to an obituary in the Miami Herald , "At least three feature films and an HBO series featuring Blanco were in the works at the time of her death.
March 14, 2014 |
In Hollywood, a 1920s hotel-turned-apartment-building called the Whitley House has been sold for nearly $15 million. The six-story building at 1963 N. Cahuenga Blvd. has 100 apartments, most of which are considered "micro-units" because they are about 250 square feet in size. The Whitley House was sold by Vista Investment Group, which acquired it in a lender-facilitated sale in 2010. The property had been in the early stages of a major renovation that stalled during the recent economic downturn and was in a general state of disrepair, the seller said . The building's location in the midst of Hollywood and its original design as a hotel made it a candidate to be turned into a micro-unit property, according to Vista President Jonathan Barach.
April 6, 2014 |
Melvin Mar's entrée to Hollywood was far from glamorous. As an unpaid intern for "Platoon" producer Arnold Kopelson, Mar was responsible for fetching his boss' lunch of matzo ball soup every day. Mar calculated to the minute how long it would take to walk from the production company's Century City offices to the Stage Deli nearby, buy the soup and decant it into a bowl on Kopelson's desk, still piping hot, at precisely 1 p.m. Mar parlayed...
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May 8, 2011 |
Hollywood films in the early 1930s were wild in ways that might surprise theatergoers today. Films featuring gangsters, violence and illegal substances packed the movie houses, even as the nation was suffering through a brutal crime wave. The belief that certain actors were ne'er-do-wells off camera as well only heightened their popularity. One such rumor, for example, was that George Raft was an actual mobster. So it was no surprise then when actor Paul Kelly emerged from San Quentin State Prison after serving time for homicide, he was able to stage a successful Hollywood comeback.
February 24, 2013 |
It's been nearly a generation since Quentin Tarantino burst on the scene with his raucous indie film "Pulp Fiction" in 1994, and Hollywood is a very different place. The once-vibrant independent film scene that Tarantino helped shape has shrunk to a handful of players who have honed their survival skills in a harsh distribution landscape. But Tarantino is back at the Oscars this year, this time with another wonderfully incendiary piece of entertainment, "Django Unchained. " And so, as it happens, are a group of other directors from his generation of outsiders - only now they are the new Hollywood establishment.
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August 14, 2013
Join Times reporters Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin II for an important discussion about the Hollywood fault on Thursday morning's L.A. Now Live chat at 9 a.m. Xia, Lin and Times staff writer Doug Smith have been researching the fault and found that at least two developments were approved by city officials without requiring a detailed fault investigation. "The community activists who appealed ... said it's troubling that the city didn't require any detailed earthquake fault studies," they wrote.