September 15, 2006 |
An arrangement to finance movies shot in Louisiana and to help boost the state's Hurricane Katrina-ravaged industry has been established by Los Angeles-based Element Films and New Orleans-based LIFT Films, the companies announced Thursday. Under the deal, which is potentially worth $200 million, filmmakers can utilize tax credits and other incentives facilitated by the state. It will cover as many as 15 theatrically distributed movies over three years.
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May 27, 2006 |
It was the stuff of Hollywood legend -- a happenstance discovery leading to a film career. True, this career doesn't equal that of movie goddess Lana Turner -- famously discovered while still in high school -- but that's fine with the Church of the Epiphany. In its own way, the church has made it in the movies. A location scout was driving through Lincoln Heights three years ago when he spotted the English Gothic Revival structure. Soon the Rev.
March 12, 2006 |
YOU may well have seen Walt Disney Concert Hall as a background for car commercials and fashion photographs as well as for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Now it's going to be part of an action movie due out in the fall and starring Anthony Hopkins. Directed by Gregory Hoblit, "Fracture" casts Hopkins as a man who tries to shoot his wife and, in a cat-and-mouse game with an assistant D.A. (Ryan Gosling), is set free on a series of technicalities.
March 10, 2006 |
Dallas city officials say there's no substitute for the original when it comes to producing a movie version of the long-running "Dallas" television series. The Dallas Film Commission has launched the "Shoot J.R. in Dallas" campaign in hopes of luring the film's producers to North Texas. Dallas officials have said they hope to attract 20th Century Fox by getting the private sector involved to offer incentives.
February 5, 2006 |
THERE is no Brokeback Mountain. But that doesn't mean people won't pay to see it. The mountain, like the Annie Proulx short story in the New Yorker (now in a book) that spawned the much-honored motion picture bearing the name, is fictional. Proulx placed it somewhere in northern Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains. Because it was cheaper, director Ang Lee shot the film in Alberta, Canada, in the Rockies, primarily in the Kananaskis Country, near Banff National Park.
January 31, 2006 |
Fans of "Brokeback Mountain" don't seem to care that the movie was filmed in Canada. They want the Wyoming experience. The Wyoming Business Council's travel and tourism department has received hundreds of calls asking about scenery in the movie, which is about two gay Wyoming cowboys. "When we tell them it was shot in Canada, they're still interested in Wyoming," said Michell Howard, manager of the council's film, arts and entertainment office. "They don't hang up and call Alberta.
January 27, 2006 |
With little hoopla, the United Nations has hosted its second-ever film production, serving as a backdrop for parts of a movie about Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara starring Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro. Scenes for the film "Che," expected to be released this year, were filmed at the world body's New York headquarters last weekend, making it only the second movie to be shot inside the U.N. compound since it was built in 1952, U.N. chief spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Thursday.
January 9, 2006 |
One of the main characters in the new Queen Latifah comedy, "Last Holiday," isn't a person but a hotel -- the 300-year-old Grandhotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic. In the movie, which opens Friday, Queen Latifah plays a shy, plain New Orleans department store employee who learns she has three weeks to live. Deciding to throw caution to the wind, she liquidates her assets and travels to the Grandhotel Pupp.
July 24, 2005 |
Lights, camera ... rolling! On a movie tour, that is. By bus or on foot, visits to spots where films and TV shows were shot get top billing from many tourist bureaus. Travelers can gawk at the lagoon where Elvis Presley crooned in "Blue Hawaii," get lost in the Monterey, Calif., fog of Clint Eastwood's thriller "Play Misty for Me" and shop where "Sex and the City's" Carrie Bradshaw exercised her credit cards. It's a growth business.
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July 13, 2005 |
Malibu has offered a carrot to the movie makers who made the city famous, but it's also waving a big stick. The City Council approved new rules that for the first time allow film shooting after 10 p.m. -- but only with the unanimous approval of nearby residents. That and other rules were passed Monday night after a roiling feud over filming that pitted neighbor against neighbor and threatened to blow the cool of this legendary beach community.