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.
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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.
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."
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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."