June 19, 2003
Your June 12 obituary of L.A. Inc. President George Kirkland understated the impact that the late Convention and Visitors Bureau chief had on our city. As the man entrusted with the stewardship of this city's hospitality industry, Kirkland transformed the Los Angeles landscape, bringing our industry into common public discourse and weaving such separate elements as LAX, Staples Center and must-see visitor destinations into an infrastructure capable of hosting major events on the world stage with great distinction.
June 29, 1989
L.A. Gear Inc.: The Los Angeles shoe and sportswear maker said net income rose 200% to $16 million in the second quarter. Sales for the quarter rose 207% to $169.6 million. Both net income and sales figures set quarterly records for the company. The company also announced plans to file an offering of 1 million common shares by the end of the year. Tables, Page 13
May 1, 2013 |
Hollywood North is going south. That's the fear among many in the once-booming production community in Vancouver, Canada. Although Vancouver still attracts high-profile movies and television shows, including A&E's recently launched "Bates Motel," the city is rapidly losing its perch as one of the industry's busiest production hubs as it faces rising competition from cities in eastern Canada and south of the border. The city that pioneered the use of film incentives now finds itself struggling to compete with emerging rivals offering stronger tax credits and rebates.
May 21, 2013 |
The Human Centipede is back. After some delays in filming last year, the third installment of the controversial cult horror franchise in which human victims are sewn together is starting up production in Los Angeles. Six Entertainment Co. is scheduled to shoot a scene for "The Human Centipede III" on Friday in the Monterey Park area, according to a permit filed with FilmL.A. Inc., which handles film permits for the city and the county. The production of the movie, to be distributed by IFC Films, had been held up last year by a dispute over script issues between Six Entertainment Co. and German actor Dieter Laser, who played the evil Dr. Heiter in the original 2009 film.
May 29, 2013 |
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.
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.