September 25, 2013 |
Location manager Brian O'Neill needed a location to film a wedding scene for the upcoming move "The Wedding Ringer," and he knew just the place: Hollywood United Methodist Church at the corner of Franklin and North Highland avenues. With its Gothic Revival cathedral, stained-glass windows, breezy courtyards and lush gardens, the church would be an ideal setting for the Screen Gems movie, in which comedian Kevin Hart runs a wedding consulting business. But there was another reason to select the church for the upcoming wedding scene.
September 17, 2013 |
A historic West Hollywood sound-editing facility - the place where "West Side Story," "The Godfather" and "Top Gun" were mixed - is being given new life as an audio postproduction start-up. The new company, called Formosa Group, has been quietly hiring sound industry veterans to compete with the biggest Hollywood studios. The famed landmark Hollywood compound, which Formosa shares with its sister company Audio Head, has mixing rooms that replicate movie theaters in which directors and sound engineers watch films scene by scene to make sure that the dialogue levels, sound effects and music cues are correct.
September 9, 2013 |
What follows are a few highlights from the history of one of the most famous streets in the world. 1906: Burton E. Grant and other investors buy land on the former Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas. The land will become Beverly Hills, and the city's main street is named ... Rodeo Drive. It eventually develops into and remains a fairly quiet suburban street with beauty shops, hardware stores, gas stations and bookstores for several decades. 1949: Former Warner Bros. publicist Richard Carroll decides there's no good place for a man to buy a suit in West Los Angeles.
September 8, 2013 |
There is an opinion abroad in the land that the right to bear arms is unlimited, an absolute right, like the right to vote or the right to a fair trial. This heartfelt conviction has surfaced lately in state legislation that attempts to nullify federal gun regulations. For the nullifiers, and many others, the broadest possible right to bear arms is purportedly enshrined in the 2nd Amendment and recognized in the Supreme Court case Heller vs. District of Columbia. And yet, no matter how prevalent or fervently held, the opinion that the Bill of Rights supports and the high court acknowledges an absolute right to gun ownership is just plain wrong.
August 30, 2013 |
The news traveled quickly, by way of phone calls and text messages, spreading throughout the sport of figure skating. The Ice Castle was closing down. The small rink, nestled amid pines beside Lake Arrowhead, had served as an unlikely mecca for skaters from around the world, turning out champions for the better part of three decades. Michelle Kwan trained there, as did Robin Cousins, Nicole Bobek, Chen Lu and Surya Bonaly. Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, the gold medal pair from the 2010 Winter Olympics, made it their home base.
August 12, 2013 |
Do you want to win a bet? Find someone under age 40 and bet that you can take him to the site of Wrigley Field without setting foot in Chicago. Then go to the corner of 42nd Place and Avalon Boulevard and show him the commemorative plaque that marks the location of L.A.'s Wrigley Field, the first home of the Angels. Wrigley Field in Los Angeles was built in 1925 and was home to the Los Angeles Angels and Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League, and was the first home of the current Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who played there in 1961.
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August 10, 2013 |
Advocates working on ways to commemorate the World War II detention of Japanese immigrants in La Tuna Canyon learned this week that a developer is taking legal action to reverse the city's historic-landmark designation of a one-acre plot at the former camp. "We were stunned," said Lloyd Hitt, a retired Sunland pharmacist and major driver of the city's historic designation in late June. "Everything had been going so well. It was a sad moment. " From 1941 to 1943, the camp held more than 2,000 "enemy aliens," primarily Japanese, detained there before being sent to internment camps in other locations in California and the West.
August 7, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- In a sign of how difficult his task is, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Wednesday that he has postponed presentation of a landmark bill that would open Mexico's energy sector to private investment. The president said on his Twitter account that he would submit the legislation to Congress next week, adding that he was continuing to prepare it amid reports of last-minute hitches, tweaks and complaints from opponents. The much-anticipated reform would require changes in the Mexican Constitution and, in its most important elements, would end the state monopoly that Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, has had on virtually all oil and gas exploration and production in the country for 75 years.
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August 1, 2013 |
Natalie de Blois' pioneering path through the male-dominated world of architecture was laden with sexist barriers. Despite her status as an associate partner at the Chicago powerhouse Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in the 1960s, de Blois invariably was left behind when meetings broke up. "Natalie used to tell stories abut how they would break for lunch and then the male partners would take the clients to an all-male club and she couldn't attend....
July 27, 2013 |
Albuquerque may not be L.A., but New Mexico's largest city is home to "Breaking Bad," the AMC series that is both shot and set here. It returns to the small screen Aug. 11. Plus Albuquerque Studios, where parts of "The Lone Ranger" were filmed recently and "The Avengers" was filmed a couple of years ago, is among the nation's biggest production facilities (not open to the public), so visitors can immerse themselves in this high-desert Hollywood. The tab: Airfare excluded, a two-night getaway will cost about $500, including lodging at Hotel Parq Central, a trolley tour for two and a meal at the restaurant that "Bad" fans know as Los Pollos Hermanos.