October 21, 2012 |
The gig: Veronika Kwan Vandenberg is president of international distribution for Warner Bros., Hollywood's largest film and television studio. She manages the release of more than 20 movies a year in more than 120 countries around the world, selecting release dates, dealing with cinema owners and collecting ticket sales revenue. In addition, as a senior executive in the studio's motion picture group, she helps select which movies Warner makes, with an eye toward potential worldwide popularity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2012 |
Voters told public health officials to begin monitoring the filming of sex scenes in pornographic movies. On Wednesday, the county was trying to figure out how. The new law requires porn actors to wear condoms and establishes a permitting system similar in some ways to how Los Angeles County inspects restaurants. Porn producers are required to purchase health permits from the county, which will do spot inspections on porn sets to make sure condoms are being used. The inspectors can close production if the filmmakers don't comply with the rules.
May 6, 2007 |
UNDER a high, hot September sky, Disney Studios has clearly surrendered. Deep in the heart of the back lot, all those striding, BlackBerry-monitoring employees give way to denizens of a different sort. Pirates of every hue, hair configuration and state of personal hygiene. Pirates in velvet, silk and leather. Chinese pirates and African pirates, French pirates and Arab pirates, 150 of them all told, some rock star, some scurvy dog.
February 6, 2005 |
Attention, well-heeled amateur actors: Remember the best and worst times you ever spent as part of a theater audience -- and prepare to emote. The producers of the new movie "The Producers," based on Mel Brooks' Tony-winning Broadway musical, are looking for several hundred people willing to pay big bucks to charity for the possibility of a smidgen of screen time.
August 1, 2004 |
On a temperamental morning at the Epsom Downs Racecourse 20 miles south of London, Stephen Fry stands wrapped in all-weather gear. The actor, novelist, screenwriter and first-time director is shooting a windblown picnic scene from "Bright Young Things," his adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's 1930 satirical novel "Vile Bodies."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2005 |
Those glancing from their office windows may have figured that Los Angeles' homelessness problem was growing faster than anyone thought. Overnight, a vast homeless encampment popped up at one of downtown's busiest intersections. There were tents, plastic tarps and old shopping carts stuffed with clothing, bottles and cans. They lined all four sides of the intersection of Hill and 4th streets, next to the city's high-rise district.
August 16, 2006 |
An assistant prop master was killed on the Arizona set of "The Kingdom" when the cart he was driving collided with a sport utility vehicle carrying the film's director, Pete Berg. Nick Papac, 25, died Saturday night at the Scottsdale-Osborn Medical Center from head injuries suffered in the crash earlier that evening. The accident occurred after filming on the Middle Eastern thriller had wrapped for the day. Two other people riding with Papac, who lived in Los Angeles, were not injured.
December 14, 2003 |
A movie set is like an intense yet boring summer camp. There's a camaraderie that arises from a cast and crew working and practically living together intimately for a few months. Friendships, rivalries and yes, even affairs unfold. But at the same time, there's the endless, stultifying waiting for the lights to be right, the sound, the set and the myriad other elements that must all come together to get a shot on film.
February 1, 2009 |
If you were going to be held against your will in an underground asylum, where beautiful people would pamper you, erase your memory and imprint you with different personalities, you'd probably want your captor to be Joss Whedon. The TV scribe-producer-director and filmmaker, known for his keen ability to draw female characters, has created a sanctuary on Stage 19 of the Fox lot that is so impressive in scope and detail that it hardly seems like a set for his new Fox series, "Dollhouse."