December 14, 2011 |
The crew of "NCIS: Los Angeles" was in the middle of filming a scene on the Venice boardwalk when a man wearing only his underwear and a cape rode by on his bicycle shouting obscenities. On another occasion, a stranger wielding a plastic light saber showed up on the set and challenged one of the actors to a duel, temporarily halting production. "Those kind of things continually go on in Venice, but we love going down there because it's so colorful and captures the essence of what people think Southern California is — the beaches, the sunshine, the palms and the craziness," said Tony Salome, location manager for the crime drama starring Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J. Venice Beach, a storied cinematic backdrop since the silent film era, continues to play a starring role in Hollywood.
July 2, 1998 |
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.
December 6, 2001 |
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.
December 9, 2005 |
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.
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?
February 23, 2001 |
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.
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October 22, 2010 |
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.
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February 14, 2010 |
Alerted by Facebook, Twitter and plain old word of salivating mouth, foodies by the thousands descended Saturday on downtown Los Angeles for the "first annual" LA Street Food Fest. By midday, the line of eager epicures extended for blocks along South Beaudry Avenue, outside the grounds of Los Angeles Center Studios, and the wait to buy a $5 entry ticket was two hours. Once inside, the hordes queued up again to grab tidbits for a dollar or two or three from about 30 of the city's most popular food trucks, among them Flying Pig, Fishlips Sushi, Komodo, Frysmith and Coolhaus.