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April 14, 2007 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
Ken Wales, a producer of the film "Amazing Grace," passed by Idaho, Washington state and the Kingdom of Jordan before stopping at Iceland. He was at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, looking for a place to film a World War II movie called "Sea of Glory," when a giant poster of Clint Eastwood on the black-sand Icelandic beach where "Flags of Our Fathers" was shot caught his attention.
March 30, 2007 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
When a Hollywood production team began scouting locations for a film about poker star Phil Hellmuth, one of the first stops they made was to the land of Cheeseheads. Hellmuth, a 10-time world poker champion known equally for his success at the card tables as for his mouthy arrogance, is a Madison native. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for three years and then dropped out to play poker full time.
February 11, 2007 | Susan King
John Armstrong Location manager Current job: CBS' FBI thriller, "Numb3rs" Job description: "We have two teams. My team does the odd episodes and my associate's team does the even episodes. On each team we have one location manager, one assistant location manager and a utility player who goes back and forth. "The location manager has two functions -- to scout for locations and to manage the locations once they are found.
January 21, 2007 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
Fans of the television series "M*A*S*H" would recognize this rugged terrain. In the show's standard opening, two helicopters swooped over craggy peaks to land on a dusty plateau, where military doctors rushed to save the wounded soldiers aboard. A magnificent backdrop -- but not in South Korea. The popular CBS-TV series, which ran from 1972 to 1983, was filmed in a remote area of the Santa Monica Mountains that is now part of Malibu Creek State Park, near Agoura Hills.
November 20, 2006 | Susan King
The action thriller "Deja Vu" is set in New Orleans -- now. The original locale was to have been New York's far less exotic Long Island. "It felt like the wrong backdrop," says director Tony Scott. "It didn't have the same mystery or the same romanticism [of the script]." Denzel Washington -- in his third collaboration with the director -- stars in "Deja Vu," which opens Wednesday.
November 18, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Indian police arrested three British bodyguards working for Angelina Jolie after they allegedly roughed up parents and students at a Mumbai school where the actress had been filming scenes for "A Mighty Heart," about slain journalist Daniel Pearl. The fracas took place Thursday afternoon when the gates of the Anjuman-e-Islam school, which had been locked during filming, were opened to let parents pick up their children.
October 27, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Once again, "An Officer and a Gentleman" is drawing a movie crew to this picturesque town at the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula. In 1982, Port Townsend served as the backdrop for the classic film, and today actor Louis Gossett Jr. is returning to Fort Worden State Park to record interviews for a 25th anniversary special edition DVD to be released next year, said Tim King, owner of King Media Services in Manhattan Beach.
October 16, 2006 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
"Ugly Betty" is helping the Los Angeles entertainment economy look good. The hit ABC comedy about a young woman who works at a fashion magazine is one of several dozen TV shows shot locally, including Showtime's "Weeds" and a batch of reality programs such as "Celebrity Duets." These productions are helping to power an overall increase in local television, movie and commercial work.
September 15, 2006 | From a Times staff writer
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.
June 2, 2006 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
The number of television pilots shot in the Los Angeles area dropped 23% this year compared with 2005 as New York, Canada and other rivals continued to lure productions away with lucrative tax incentives, according to a survey by FilmL.A. Inc. In a study to be released today, FilmL.A.
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