CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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 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.
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.
May 30, 2013 |
The historic former Hollywood home of Eastman Kodak Co. has been purchased by developers who plan to turn it into one of the city's increasingly popular office sites for creative businesses. The two-building complex on Santa Monica Boulevard at Las Palmas Avenue dates to the early days of the movie industry. In the late 1920s, Eastman Kodak scientists working there helped develop the company's first film designed for sound motion pictures. Lincoln Property Co., one of Southern California's largest commercial landlords, bought the 100,000-square-foot complex for $24.5 million from Thompson National Properties of Irvine.
January 8, 2014 |
When Nic Pizzolatto was 5, he had an epiphany. It wasn't the usual childhood one about finger-painting or bike-riding or other regular kid stuff. It was that one day he would die. "You know how people say that young people feel immortal? I don't know what they're talking about," he said. "I was planning for how I would deal with my death in good conscience well before I even hit puberty. " The moment captures Pizzolatto, one of the more colorful creative types to emerge in Hollywood in recent years and the force behind HBO's "True Detective," the Louisiana-set, time-jumping Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson noir series that premieres Sunday.
July 25, 2013 |
After toiling for years in a series of unsatisfying jobs, Robert Rossil finally hit on an idea that he believed could turn everything around: He would become a Hollywood screenwriter. "I had some downfalls. I thought I had to do something big," said Rossil, 41, of Palmdale, who has delivered flowers, worked as a care-giver and sold homes. "I always wanted to grow up to be rich. " Having played soccer as a teen, Rossil thought a script about Uruguay's stunning upset of Brazil in the 1950 World Cup could be his ticket.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
March 1, 2013 |
As legendary actor Richard Burton was honored this week with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his native Wales took full advantage of the occasion to shine a spotlight on itself. “Richard Burton is part of a proud history of the Welsh in Hollywood,” Edwina Hart, business minister for the Welsh government, said in a statement. “He has inspired a new generation of actors, performers and filmmakers from Wales, who are now benefiting from our world class infrastructure and government support.” Following the unveiling of Burton's star Friday, the Welsh government and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama hosted a reception at the Roosevelt Hotel to highlight the country's potential as a location for television and drama production.