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May 29, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Michael Mann's international cyber thriller has quietly begun filming in Los Angeles. Raja Productions US recently pulled various permits for "camera tests" at various locations around Los Angeles for the untitled Michael Mann movie known as "Cyber. "  Mann, a director and producer on "Cyber,"  previously filmed in the area with HBO's racetrack drama "Luck," which shut down last year in the wake of three horse fatalities. This week a small crew from "Cyber" was set to film at the JW Marriott Los Angeles hotel at L.A. Live.
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BUSINESS
March 27, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
In offices that once housed Google, four computer geeks pursue their quest for a killer mobile app. Their technology incubator, with its angular, modern furniture and shared kitchen and conference rooms, would be recognizable to any Silicon Valley entrepreneur. But this start-up space was found in Silicon Beach. The Santa Monica offices provided the backdrop for "Betas," one of 14 series pilots put into production by Amazon Studios, the production arm of Amazon.com. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The show, which will also film at a house in Encino and other locations around L.A., is the latest in a wave of digital productions that have taken off in recent years, as YouTube, Yahoo, AOL, Hulu and others have invested millions of dollars in developing original programming for the Web. Most of the new digital shows are produced locally.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
On the second floor of a hospital, a criminal profiler is strolling down a hallway with a colleague when an alarm goes off. Several doctors and nurses sprint past him to an intensive-care unit where a child, a potential witness to a crime, is being treated. The scene, for an upcoming episode of the CBS crime drama "Criminal Minds," actually unfolded last week on the former Sherman Way campus of Northridge Hospital Medical Center, which serves solely as a location backdrop for shows that have included several crime dramas such as TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles" and "Hawthorne.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
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.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Movies starring Vanessa Hudgens, Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner have begun filming in Los Angeles, adding some celebrity sizzle to brisk feature film activity this quarter. Sony's Columbia Pictures has started production on "The Kitchen Sink," a movie starring Hudgens ("Sucker Punch" and "High School Musical") about teens who face an army of aliens with help from a group of vampires and zombies. The 37-day shoot already has included several nights at Van Nuys High School, a warehouse in the city of Bell, Temple City's City Hall building and an old armory in Santa Clarita that was converted into a "zombie town," location manager Wes Hagan said Tuesday.
BUSINESS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
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