July 30, 2012 |
On a typical day, Kun Lee, owner of Bake It Again Sam, prepares 360 bagels and 240 muffins for his famous customer across the street. And that's not counting the scrambled eggs, sandwiches, quesadillas, cookies and specialty order birthday cakes he often serves up to the crews of such television shows as"Pretty Little Liars" and"Shameless. " "They're a big chunk of my business," Lee said. "If it wasn't for them, I would have gone under a long time ago. " Bake It Again Sam is among 1,200 vendors and suppliers in Burbank that provide more than $550 million worth of goods and services each year to one of the city's A-list residents: Warner Bros.Entertainment, the studio behind such movie franchises as "Harry Potter" and "The Dark Knight" and popular TV shows "The Big Bang Theory" and"2 Broke Girls" on CBS. PHOTOS: Hollywood back lot moments In 2010, the studio spent a total of $1.58 billion on products and services from companies across Los Angeles County and paid $2.5 billion in wages and residuals to county residents.
September 30, 2006 |
These days, conspiracies gather behind every headline like storm clouds over the Pacific. Whether it's the theory that there was government foreknowledge of the Sept. 11 attacks or an alleged cover-up in Princess Diana's death, so much suspicion clogs the media that it is increasingly difficult to read something fictional that will shake us.
July 31, 2010
"Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf is ready to move on. Wolf expressed regret that "Law & Order," the landmark legal-police drama, was canceled after tying the record for the longest-running series in TV history, but said he is excited about his new NBC spinoff, "Law & Order: Los Angeles." "Obviously, [executive producer Rene Balcer] and I are extremely disappointed that 'Law & Order' isn't returning for a 21st season," Wolf told TV critics Friday. "But that's business, that's life.
August 11, 2010 |
Warrior princesses, in comic book folklore, films and TV series, slay armies singlehandedly, wielding their swords and their brains, riding their fabulous horses (or racing on foot) and occasionally allowing themselves a romantic turn. But never does sex, romance or girlie frailty get in the way of the mission: Kill the enemy, stand and conquer. And so it is today, in this summer of female action heroes. I am talking about Angelina Jolie as the protean CIA undercover agent Evelyn Salt in the film "Salt," and Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander, the enigmatic bisexual computer genius in the fiction monster hit of our young decade, Stieg Larsson's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and its sequels, "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
August 6, 2011
The "Jersey Shore" gang took its act to Italy on Thursday night and delivered ratings that MTV was describing Friday as stupendo and fantastico. The fourth season premiere of the reality show about housemates Ronnie, Sammi, Snooki & Co. attracted 8.8 million viewers, the network said, describing it as the largest audience ever for an MTV season premiere and the third-highest MTV series telecast ever (bested only by two other "Jersey Shore" episodes last season). The audience was 4% higher than for the show's first episode last season, MTV said.
July 3, 2011
Words & Ideas Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. TUESDAY Robert Ben Garant & Thomas Lennon : The comedian-actors ("Reno 911!") will present and sign their new book, "Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!" Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. New Short Fiction Series: Writings on Independence : Lorraine Michaels, Sally Shore and Robert Standley will read stories by Ron Burch, Andrew Roe and A.R. Taylor.
October 2, 2012 |
After two consecutive quarters of growth, feature film shoots on the streets of Los Angeles plunged in the third quarter. On-location filming fell 21% in the three-month period ending Sept. 30, generating only 1,640 production days compared with the same period a year ago, according to a report from FilmL.A. Inc., the nonprofit group that handles film permits for the city. (One production day represents a crew's permission to film a single location in a 24-hour period.) The slide in feature activity marks a stark turnaround from the first and second quarters, when film production rose 16% and 9%, respectively.
September 9, 2012 |
Although it took almost two seasons of "American Idol" for Ryan Seacrest to select a buyer, the singing competition show host has sold his gated Hollywood Hills West estate for $11 million. He bought the property from two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker and actor Kevin Costner in 2006 for $11.5 million. Remodeled during Seacrest's ownership, the 1974 Mediterranean belonged to Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss before Costner purchased it in 1995 for $2.7 million. The 10,000-square-foot villa, which sits on nearly an acre of hilltop with canyon and city views, features a gym, a wine cellar and a screening room, as well as a tennis court and a swimming pool.
October 16, 2011 |
In television, the reality is reality works. Even so, the ever profitable genre is often regarded as the uncouth and self-involved relative who should never be invited to mingle with respectable company. But that's exactly what a handful of prestige basic cable networks are finally poised to do. After years of mostly defying the siren call of reality, networks like USA, TNT and AMC plan to launch a slate of reality programming in the coming months. Don Draper and Brenda Leigh Johnson, meet your new neighbors: Comic book geeks, treasure hunters and the U.S. Coast Guard, among others.
July 3, 2012 |
Television production in and around Los Angeles has continued to slide, keeping overall production numbers flat in the most recent quarter, according to a report released Tuesday from FilmL.A. Inc. The nonprofit organization, which issues permits for Los Angeles and parts of L.A. County, reported that on-location production was down 0.4% for the three months ending June 30 (11,209 permitted production days) compared with the same period in 2011 (11,260 days). Television shoots, which accounted for 30% of all production days in the quarter, showed the most worrisome decline.