September 22, 2004 |
The scene unfolds before a film crew shooting footage from a balcony overlooking a street in Kabul, Afghanistan's dusty capital. Suddenly, gunfire rings out below. Women scream. Men duck and run. The camera jerks to take in a darkly clad gunman opening fire on two cars, and the grim aftermath: One dead body is sprawled in a pool of blood; another is slumped behind the steering wheel. "Where are the armed forces?" asks a shaken film crew member. "Where's the news? Where's CNN? I don't see them."
October 3, 2003 |
When Arnold Schwarzenegger found himself facing accusations that he had touched women's bodies without their consent, he apologized, saying he had been on "rowdy movie sets." But his explanation set off a furor in Hollywood on Thursday, where a wide variety of filmmakers, executives and crew members disputed his implication that this sort of behavior is common.
October 5, 2003
Re "Schwarzenegger Tells Backers He 'Behaved Badly,' " Oct. 3: "Rowdy" movie sets? I don't know where Schwarzenegger makes his movies, but we have been on our respective movie sets for 40-plus years and never -- never -- have we ever seen any rowdy behavior on our sets, or anyone else's. Movie sets are made up of hard-working, talented, dedicated, caring people who go about their jobs diligently and purposefully. It's a serious business with occasional breaks and occasional laughs -- but "rowdy"?
April 3, 2005 |
Filming "Sahara," the opening salvo in the Dirk Pitt adventures based on the bestselling novels by Clive Cussler, would have been daunting for the most veteran director. Consider a budget topping $100 million; a demanding, world-famous author with strict script and cast approval who wound up suing the producers; remote locations in Morocco, eight hours from the nearest airport, where the temperature tops out at 130 degrees (you have to carry around water to fight off instant dehydration).
October 16, 2005 |
Remember when Krystle and Alexis fell fully clothed into the fish pond during a catfight? Yup, this is the place. TV's infamously feuding Carringtons "lived" here in the 1980s, scheming and conniving their way through weekly episodes of the then-popular TV series "Dynasty." Linda Evans and Joan Collins were the present and ex-wives of oil tycoon Blake Carrington, portrayed by John Forsythe against the backdrop of what has been forever after dubbed "The Dynasty House."
January 7, 2013 |
Many industry pundits underestimated the prospects of "Texas Chainsaw 3D," the horror tale that finally knocked "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" from the top spot at the box office. Expected to gross about $16 million in its debut, the Leatherface sequel fared much better than predicted , selling an estimated $23 million of tickets. The film's commercial appeal wasn't the only part of "Texas Chainsaw" that people sold short. Producer Christa Campbell, a former pin-up girl and B-movie actress, said that Hollywood executives also assumed someone best known for her body couldn't have any moviemaking brains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1997 |
A colleague reports from Denver that a visiting Van Nuys woman went looking for a post office and decided to try the Denver federal building. She was unaware that it was the site of the Terry Nichols-Oklahoma bombing trial. The woman maneuvered around TV trucks, cameras and equipment and scaled a barrier to get inside. There, police stopped her. Didn't she notice all the commotion outside? She explained that she was from L.A., where it's no big deal to walk through movie sets.
July 3, 2009 |
A funny thing happens during the ostensibly fizzy French import "The Girl From Monaco": It stops being funny. And fizzy. But that's not such a bad thing since, once this lightweight romantic farce seems to realize it has nowhere particularly unique to go, it digs deeper and turns into a more darkly interesting morality tale.
July 2, 2006 |
Karen Higgins Construction coordinator Credits: Currently working on the comedy "Brothers Solomon"; just wrapped "Nancy Drew." Other films include "Anger Management," "50 First Dates" and "Good Night, and Good Luck." Job description: "The short definition is that I am head of the construction department, and the construction department is basically responsible for building the sets for a film or for TV or for commercials -- I do primarily film.
HOME & GARDEN
May 13, 2004 |
It's a plot worthy of a movie: An eleventh-hour rescue, persevering parents, an against-the-odds victory over skeptics and bureaucrats. And, indeed, it started as a movie. A Craftsman-style house that sprang up as a film set on a picturesque ocean bluff has ended up reincarnated as a state-of-the-art school library in leafy Brentwood. Flash back to February 2001.