October 30, 2012 |
Adam Sandler has made 15 of his last 18 movies with the backing of Sony Pictures. The studio has maintained a production deal with the comedy star since 2002 and stuck with him through hits like “50 First Dates” and “Grown Ups” and flops like “Spanglish” and “Jack and Jill.” That's why many were surprised recently to learn that Sandler is making his upcoming comedic western “Ridiculous 6” with Paramount Pictures. In gossip-fueled Hollywood, where schadenfreude is more popular than the Super Bowl, the news became fuel for an increasingly common refrain heard from agents, producers and executives at rival studios: “Sony is out of money.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by the Times In reality, the studio is still spending, having recently bought several high-profile scripts and preparing to start production soon on a big-budget sequel to “The Amazing Spider-Man.” But there is some fire beneath the smoke above Sony's Culver City lot. The studio long known as one of Hollywood's most deep-pocketed is cutting back on the number of movies it makes.
July 27, 2012 |
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill which triples that state's post-production tax credit, a punch in the gut to Southern California's own film and TV community already struggling to keep business in the Golden State. The law increases the credit to 30% (35% for upstate New York), from 10%, on post-production costs and is the first of its kind in the country, said the Post New York Alliance, an association of film and television post-production facilities and labor unions operating in New York.
August 7, 2012 |
The day has finally arrived! After years of fans begging and months of promises, "Arrested Development" is back in production. To prove it to fans, star Jason Bateman (a.k.a. Michael Bluth) tweeted a decidedly non-spoilery photo from the set. "First day. Away we go...," he wrote. The cult favorite is beginning production of 10 new episodes that will be released simultaneously on Netflix early next year. Each episode of the new season is expected to focus on one of the many characters in the cast, which includes Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Cera, Portia De Rossi, Will Arnett and David Cross.
July 11, 2012 |
Amazon could start producing its own smartphone as soon as this year, according to a second report that claims the online retailer is working on a smartphone. The Seattle-based company along with suppliers in Asia are testing a smartphone, the report says, citing "people familiar with the situation. " The report also says Amazon might start production either this year or early 2013. Details are sketchy, but the new report, by the Wall Street Journal , says the device is expected to have a screen somewhere in the 4- to 5-inch range.
December 11, 2012 |
These days, there's a lot of discussion of carbon footprints. A new study by the Pacific Institute focuses on another footprint, that of water. The report , released Tuesday by the Oakland-based think tank, takes a look at the amount of water required to produce the goods Californians consume, whether it's the food we eat or the things we buy; whether they are produced in state or imported from other states or foreign countries. California's total water footprint is about 64 million acre-feet, or 20 trillion gallons of water, per year, according to the study.
August 21, 2012 |
A young couple is about to celebrate their one-year anniversary, but the girlfriend doesn't know it yet. When she shows up to see her boyfriend at work, under the guise that she's going to be an extra on a film set, he surprises her with a marriage proposal. The couple then watch their own private fireworks show. The scene, filmed recently on Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey, was for an upcoming episode for the third season of “Ultimate Surprises," a Web series for Yahoo that has filmed in such locations as the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and Seabridge Park in Huntington Beach.