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July 21, 2007 | Richard Verrier and Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writers
Hollywood's hopes for a tax break rose and fell in the space of about 12 hours Friday as California lawmakers rushed to pass a belated state budget. At 4 a.m., the Assembly passed a $900-million-plus package of tax cuts that included more than $145 million over three years for film, television and commercial producers in an effort to stem so-called runaway production.
July 20, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Academy Award-nominated actor Jude Law traveled and filmed in treacherous areas of eastern Afghanistan to help promote the United Nations' annual day of worldwide cease-fire and nonviolence in September. Accompanied by British director Jeremy Gilley and a film crew, the 34-year-old actor interviewed children, government ministers and community leaders for a movie to mark the U.N.'s Peace Day on Sept. 21.
July 2, 2007 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
For Benjamin Pezzillo and his wife, Erica, the flashpoint came one Sunday night in March, when the noise from the black chopper was so deafening that it made the couple's glass dining room table vibrate. Hovering about 300 feet above their building at 6th and Spring streets in downtown Los Angeles, the helicopter's incessant roar had Pezzillo convinced he was in the middle of a police chase.
June 26, 2007 | From Reuters
Germany has barred the makers of a movie about a plot to kill Adolf Hitler from filming at German military sites because its star, Tom Cruise, is a Scientologist, the Defense Ministry said on Monday. Cruise, also one of the film's producers, is a member of the Church of Scientology, which the German government does not recognize as a church. Berlin says it masquerades as a religion to make money, a charge Scientology leaders reject. The U.S. actor has been cast as Col.
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.
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