March 28, 2012 |
With tourism on the rise in downtown Los Angeles, construction is set to begin on a $172-million Marriott hotel complex that has even bigger aspirations than when it was announced almost a year ago. Downtown's thriving hotel market can be seen in the long-anticipated development near the L.A. Live entertainment complex and Staples Center, which has grown by a floor and 15 additional rooms from the original plan. Now set to be 23 stories, the tower on Olympic Boulevard will house a 174-room Courtyard by Marriott and a 218-room Residence Inn by Marriott under one roof when it opens in summer 2014.
July 12, 2009 |
In an industrial yard behind Burbank's Bob Hope Airport, dozens of orange forklifts and 135-foot-high booms stand idle, gleaming in the afternoon sunlight. As recently as two years ago, the yard was largely empty because the equipment was busy being used to hoist cameras, rig lights and build sets for "Iron Man," "Get Smart," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and other movies shooting throughout Southern California.
July 9, 2013 |
Jon Favreau is cooking up a new movie in Los Angeles and it has nothing to do with superheroes. Favreau, executive producer of the "Iron Man" movies and "The Avengers," has begun filming his latest project, an indie comedy called "Chef," set to shoot this week in Brentwood, according to a film permit. The story revolves around a chef, played by Favreau, who loses his job and starts a food truck business while attempting to restore relations with his family. Favreau directs and stars in the movie, which is based on a screenplay he wrote.
April 2, 2007 |
The sign inside the airport terminal here proclaims a dusty mesa a few miles away to be "Hollywood's Newest Home," a reference to a plot of land where four vanilla-colored soundstages recently sprouted. There, in the shadow of the snow-capped Sandia Mountains, the aircraft-hangar-like buildings at Albuquerque Studios house part of a budding film industry that one local newspaper dubbed Tamalewood.
July 30, 2013 |
The zombie comedy "Life After Beth" has come to life. The independent film, which stars Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly and Anna Kendrick, among others, began filming earlier this year month in Los Angeles, according to film permits. "Life After Beth" has already filmed in Griffith Park, a handful of private residences and a church in Encino, an apartment building near USC and Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena. PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 On Friday, the film and its 55 crew members shot scenes at a private residence in Northridge, according to a permit filed with FilmL.A.
February 12, 2013 |
A helicopter crash in northern Los Angeles County that killed three people was one of the worst film set accidents in recent years and is likely to further fuel debate over whether working conditions on reality TV programs are unsafe. Three people, including the pilot and a cast member, were killed in a helicopter crash early Sunday morning at the Polsa Rosa Ranch in a remote area near Soledad Canyon Road in Acton, authorities said. The 730-acre ranch, which straddles the Santa Clara River and borders the Angeles National Forest, is a popular spot for filming.
July 31, 2007 |
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.