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ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 1998 | MELINDA FULMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Financing has been secured for Los Angeles Center Studios, a long-awaited sound stage complex to be built on the site of Unocal Corp.'s former downtown headquarters, a local developer said Wednesday. Construction on the 10-acre facility, which had been stalled in the planning stage for about a year and a half, should begin in the coming weeks with the demolition of several small buildings, said the development's architect, Gary Bastien of Irvine. Developer Smith & Hricik Development Co.
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BUSINESS
December 6, 2001 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Film and TV workers told state lawmakers Wednesday that they must pass meaningful tax incentives and cut bureaucratic red tape if California is to thwart competition from Canada and other low-cost countries that are siphoning off production. But while sympathizing with their plight, state officials repeatedly warned that the climate in Sacramento for Hollywood tax breaks increasingly is cloudy because of the state's worsening financial picture.
OPINION
July 26, 1998
Competing visions of the future of downtown Los Angeles have become a fixation among developers and policymakers. Should we, can we, have a "real" downtown again that attracts upscale shoppers and an after-hours dinner and theater crowd? Or because Los Angeles is so different from other cities, so widespread and diverse, must we settle for a smaller vision, one that sees a downtown of cultural attractions but not the thriving commerce and night life of other cities?
NEWS
February 23, 2001 | LOUISE ROUG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the Grammy parties, which lasted into the wee hours Thursday, Eminem played the part that a skimpy Versace dress did last year: He was on everyone's lips. From the EMI party at the Hotel Figueroa across from Staples Center to the BMG bash next to the Conga Room on Wilshire Boulevard--and everywhere in between--the topic of conversation at the rock 'n' roll water cooler (the bar) was the controversial rapper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2010 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Proposition 19, the California initiative that would legalize marijuana, got a boost Thursday from several Hollywood celebrities who announced they were throwing their support behind the measure. Rock singer Melissa Etheridge joined actors Danny Glover and Hal Sparks, former LAPD Deputy Chief Steve Downing, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and activist Sarah Lovering at a news conference at Cafe Was in Hollywood to announce their support for Proposition 19. The ballot measure would allow adults 21 and older to grow and possess marijuana and would authorize cities and counties to approve the cultivation, sale and taxation of pot. Etheridge said she was not a regular user of cannabis until she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2005 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles' film permit coordinator is getting a Hollywood-style makeover. Seeking to jazz up its image to filmmakers, the Entertainment Industry Development Corp. is scheduled to announce today that it is shedding its lengthy bureaucratic name for the punchier Film L.A. Inc. "Now, you actually know what they do," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2007 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
What better place to launch a cable channel with the lofty ambition of being the authority on movies than in the industry's own backyard? From its headquarters at the bustling Los Angeles Center Studios downtown, the new ReelzChannel resides in a complex where countless commercials, TV shows and movies are shot every year.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2008 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
In ITS first season, "Mad Men," AMC's glossy series about a group of guys on Madison Avenue, received critical raves for its finely drawn portraits of the employees of Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency. Set in 1960, it focused on Don Draper, a glamorous up-and-comer with a double life and a secret past, and the smart, politically incorrect men around him. But watching from a different perspective, there's a whole other story going on. And it's all about the women: Peggy, Betty and Joan.
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