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April 23, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Clint Eastwood's latest movie, "American Sniper," kicked off with a bang in Los Angeles County this week. The Warner Bros. film, which stars Bradley Cooper as a Navy SEAL who recounts his military exploits, began 10 days of filming Monday in an Afghan village set at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in the Santa Clarita area. The scenes involved "simulated warfare sequences with full load automatic gunfire, explosions, squibs, bullet hits, smoke, burning debris," according to a county film permit.
March 6, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
"Under the Dome," a novel about a small town suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by a huge transparent dome, is set in Maine, like nearly all of Stephen King's novels. But filming a television adaptation in King's home state of Maine was out of the question. Aside from the inhospitable winter season, Maine does not provide the kind of competitive film tax credit that is increasingly vital to producing television dramas. Producers considered Texas and Louisiana, but decided to base the CBS series in Wilmington, N.C., which offered the right mix of locations and tax breaks.
July 31, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Filming outside of studio lots in Los Angeles jumped sharply in the second quarter, another sign studios may be stockpiling projects in the wake of increased labor tensions. FilmL.A. Inc., the nonprofit group that issues permits for shooting for most of Los Angeles County, said the number of shooting days rose 21.4% from a year earlier to 9,534. That included a 29.2% increase in shooting days for feature films, to 2,514 days. Each day marks a single day of filming on a project.
July 8, 1990
The acquittal of Mrs. Marcos from four counts of bank fraud and racketeering charges under the criminal RICO federal statute was limited only to her participation in the purchase of four buildings in New York. It does not absolve her from the systematic and callous plunder of the Philippine treasury. In fact, the civil RICO racketeering suit is still pending with U.S. District Courts here in Los Angeles, New York and Switzerland for the recovery of ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses.
October 4, 2003 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Responding to an audit that found groups using the Los Angeles Convention Center have been given excessive discounts on rental fees, the City Council approved new rules Friday to limit fee waivers and reductions. The new policy provides more detailed procedures for approving discounts, including written approval from the city administrative officer. It also requires organizers of conventions to reimburse the city when discounts exceed the amount of hotel bed-tax revenue generated by the events.
May 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday that California must boost tax incentives to movie and TV studios to help keep productions from moving out of state. He said incentive offerings by other states were luring studios away and costing California tens of thousands of jobs. Spokesmen for the Legislature expressed support for the idea but worried about the effect of lost taxes when California is struggling with a budget deficit the governor said could reach $20 billion next year.
April 24, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
On the fourth floor of a vacant wing of St. Vincent Medical Center near downtown Los Angeles, some 150 crew members crowded the hallways, joining actors Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson as they prepared to film a scene for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier. " The hospital wing is often used for filming television crime dramas such as "CSI" and "Private Practice," but Tuesday's shoot was among the largest St. Vincent has accommodated in 20 years of renting out its facilities to Hollywood.
April 17, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The star trotted toward a small pad in the middle of the 80-foot stage and stopped on his mark. "Look at the camera!" veteran animal trainer Steve Martin commanded. Like a true pro, Shadow, a gray wolf who has made appearances on HBO's "True Blood" series, turned his head and fixed his piercing yellow eyes at the camera operator. "Good boy," another trainer said, tossing him a morsel of meat. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The shot was among several animal scenes filmed on the giant green-screen stage at Hollywood Center Studios last week, where a leopard, a lion, a monkey, an elephant and even two grizzly bears from Frasier Park performed simple tasks on the empty stage as a film crew captured their movements, snarls, roars and grunts.
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