June 13, 2012 |
In his newest Hollywood role, Sid Ganis has gone from promoting the Oscars to pitching a sprawling film studio complex in China. In an interview, the former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences predicted that Wuxi Studio outside of Shanghai will become a magnet for Hollywood productions within a few years. "It took 100 years for our industry to evolve and our studios to be working at full capacity," said Ganis, a consultant and honorary chairman for Wuxi.
May 22, 2012 |
A half-century ago, Walt Disney leased a horse ranch in Placerita Canyon to shoot episodes of “The Adventures of Spin and Marty” from the classic ABC series “The Mickey Mouse Club.” Disney liked the property, with its rich variety of meadows, oak groves and mountains, so much that he began buying up land, eventually accumulating 890 acres. Over the decades, the storied Golden Oak Ranch, located in an unincorporated area of northeast Los Angeles County, has been used as backdrop for countless Disney TV shows and movies, including “Old Yeller” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.” Now Walt Disney Co. is moving closer to transforming part of the historic movie ranch into one of the largest high-tech production developments in the last decade - and the public will soon get its first say on the project.
September 20, 2011 |
Paramount Pictures Corp. unveiled plans Tuesday for $700 million in improvements including new sound stages and offices for its storied Hollywood lot. About 1.4 million square feet of development would take place over the next two decades at Paramount's Melrose Avenue headquarters and some adjacent properties owned by the company, if city officials approve. "We have run out of options for creating more production space," said Frederick Huntsberry, Paramount's chief operating officer.
April 19, 2011 |
Two years ago Paul Simon traveled to Kenya with his wife, the singer Edie Brickell, and their three children. The trip wasn't strictly musical: "We went to see the migration of the animals," Simon says. But fans of this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer have known about his interest in African sounds since 1986, when he set a new benchmark for globally oriented pop with the Grammy-winning "Graceland. " No surprise, then, that Brickell used a small digital recorder to make a sort of audio diary of their journey.
March 14, 2011
"M-G-M: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot," a new coffee-table book from Steven Bingen, Stephen X. Sylvester and Michael Troyan, offers a nostalgic look at the sound stages and expansive outdoor sets of the famed Culver City studio that boasted of having more stars than are in the heavens. Besides interviews with folks who worked there ? including a foreword by Debbie Reynolds ? the book features hundreds of rare photographs that illustrate MGM's status as the dream factory. According to the authors, it's been estimated that one-fifth of the films made in Hollywood before 1970 were at least partly shot at the studio.
October 13, 2010 |
On-location filming in Los Angeles was flat in the third quarter, remaining virtually unchanged from the same period a year ago. The stagnant performance was widely anticipated and largely blamed on the waning effect of the state's film tax credits on local production. After a 16% jump in activity in the second quarter, on-location production rose just 0.3% during the three months that ended Sept. 30, according to data released by FilmL.A., the nonprofit group that handles film permits for the city and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.