March 29, 1998
The article on Jack Valenti's ShoWest speech ["High Costs Could Torpedo Films, Valenti Warns," March 11] about runaway costs was quite interesting. Mr. Valenti warned about escalating movie costs spiraling out of control and stressed that to "curb costs, studio chiefs must figure out a way to rein in creative talent." It should be added that people on both sides of the coin here are escalating costs. Yes, there have been excessive salaries on movie sets, but witness the disaster at Sony a few years back and at other studios where management leaders went financially wild on themselves, their offices and their cohorts, resulting in incredible spending sprees far beyond the movie "Titanic's" budget.
February 7, 1988
Johnny Stompanato always has been surrounded by a sort of magic la-la land mystique in his romantic ties with the Hollywood Goddess Lana Turner. Through the years no one ever admitted that Johnny had a job on a decorating swing-gang crew at 20th Century Fox Studios schleping furniture from the prop house to the movie sets. His fellow swing-gang members had a daily morning assignment to drive by the Turner mansion in Beverly Hills and pick him up and bring him into the studio in spite of his condition.
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"?
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."
September 26, 2004 |
Director Jay Russell's edict on "Ladder 49," his 9/11-inflected tribute to the workaday lives of firefighters, was to keep the blazes as furiously lifelike as possible. Visceral, pulsating and intensely smoky, the fires in "Ladder," which stars John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix, were choreographed over many months, with Russell aiming for the gritty realism of Ridley Scott's 2001 war film, "Black Hawk Down."
March 20, 2005 |
Before there were X Games, before there were skate parks on every corner, miniature Tony Hawk figures in every Happy Meal, there was the myth of the Dogbowl -- an expanse of curved and flowing concrete that drew skateboarders like a mythical Siren. It was small, tight and dangerous -- an empty, kidney-shaped swimming pool at the back of a Santa Monica mansion.
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.
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.
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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.