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March 12, 2006 | Chris Pasles
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 | From the Associated Press
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 | Alan Solomon, Chicago Tribune
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 27, 2006 | From Reuters
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 | Susan King
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 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
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.
July 13, 2005 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
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.
June 1, 2005 | From Reuters
Producers of the upcoming movie based on the blockbuster novel "The Da Vinci Code" have been denied permission to film in England's famed Westminster Abbey by church officials who denounced the book as "theologically unsound." The 940-year-old London Abbey, where British monarchs are crowned, is featured in the murder mystery by Dan Brown. The film version will star Tom Hanks.
May 12, 2005 | James Verini, Special to The Times
Among lovers of early American cinema, there is one indispensable question: Buster or Chaplin? That is, do you prefer the elaborate sight gags and implacable frown of Buster Keaton or the intimate bumbling and sentimentality of the Little Tramp, Charlie Chaplin? Silent film buffs tend to believe you can peer into someone's soul based on the answer.
March 18, 2005 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
Mayor James K. Hahn on Thursday announced a plan he hopes will keep Hollywood in Hollywood -- by paying film production companies to shoot in Los Angeles. Hahn's proposal, which was inspired by a program that New York City adopted in December, would use as much as $15 million in public funds to reimburse companies that make a movie in Los Angeles, paying them 5% of their production costs or up to $625,000.
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