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January 21, 2007 |
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 |
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 |
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.
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.
June 2, 2006 |
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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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.
April 23, 2006 |
SURFACES and facades are important in "Big Love," HBO's tale of a polygamous family tucked into a pristine Salt Lake City suburb. So settling on a location to represent the surreally perfect manicured neighborhood in which the action takes place was a particularly sensitive task. "It was something of a major discussion between us and HBO between the pilot and the first episode," says co-creator Mark V. Olsen. "I thought it was too Southern California stucco. HBO thought it was too upscale.
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.