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May 13, 1990
While watching "The Earth Day Special" on ABC, I wondered how many trees they used to construct the set? I think such a special should have shown the beautiful things that we should preserve instead of preaching to us from a soundstage. Melissa Malone, North Hollywood
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April 6, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
It's not so much that Jim Jarmusch has edged toward the mainstream but rather that the mainstream has moved closer to him. Over the years the gravitational pull of his slant, laconic sensibility in films such as "Mystery Train," "Dead Man" and "Broken Flowers" has brought him in contact with a classic gallery of performers including Tom Waits, Joe Strummer, Gena Rowlands, Johnny Depp, Bill Murray and many more. Though he first emerged from the outcast environs of the late '70s/early '80s post-punk scene of New York, he has recently received retrospectives from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles and the Film Society of Lincoln Center . At 61 he is no longer a punk outsider but part of the pantheon.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2007 | Ron Magid
Designing the world's greatest toy store is hard enough, but when the movie is called "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," the set better feel, well, magical. "No pressure there," quips production designer Therese DePrez ("Happiness," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"). "I'll never forget walking into the empty soundstage and saying to myself, 'Two months from now, there'll be a world here . . .
BUSINESS
May 29, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar, Los Angeles Times
Silent slapstick filmmaker Mack Sennett moved to Los Angeles in 1913, setting up shop in what is now Echo Park, and began to make short movies starring an upstart comedian named Charlie Chaplin. Three years later, he built a set of soundstages to make movies with his movie star girlfriend, Mabel Normand. Now those Silver Lake soundstages, which became part of the Mack Sennett Studios, are getting a face-lift under new owners. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Jesse Rogg, a Grammy-nominated music producer, bought the production space for about $3.3 million this year from Stephen Collins, a former photographer who owned the property for nearly three decades.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 1994 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year ago, director Michael Arabian made an old play seem new with his dynamic interpretation of "Romeo and Juliet" at CBS Studio Center. Now Arabian has returned to the same studio to stage "A History of Shadows," about four gay men's experiences inside the closet. This time, a new play seems old. Unlike last year's production, "Shadows" stays inside a soundstage; there aren't any outdoor scenes. And even the soundstage isn't used nearly as inventively as Arabian used it last year.
NEWS
May 24, 2009 | Brady MacDonald; August Brown; Shari Roan; Leslie Anne Wiggins
TRAVEL & DEALS King Kong set for return For all those fans who mourned the fiery death of the "King Kong" attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, take heart: The big ape will rise again in 2010. The new "King Kong" attraction will derive its storyline from the 2005 Peter Jackson blockbuster, with visitors traveling through Skull Island, dodging a swarm of giant bats and bearing witness to an ape versus dinosaur finale. Tram riders will don 3-D glasses just before entering the new "King Kong" soundstage for a digital 4-D multisensory experience that includes rolling, jolting and shuddering special effects.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Over the din of buzz saws and beeping forklifts, producer Jon Landau can barely contain his excitement as he strides into a 45-foot-tall soundstage that is barren except for workers building sets for a commercial shoot. "We're taking over these two buildings here. We'll have 200-plus people working down here. This is going to be the heart of the next two 'Avatars,' " he says, referring to the planned sequels to the highest-grossing film of all time. MBS Media Campus, formerly known as Manhattan Beach Studios, has just landed A-list tenant Lightstorm Entertainment, the production company led by "Avatar" director James Cameron and his longtime business partner Landau.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 1987 | JANICE ARKATOV
Doing "The Mahabharata" is, as expected, an experience quite unlike any other. There's the time involved (the Saturday marathons at the Raleigh Studios soundstage run just over 10 hours), the expense ($90 per ticket), the music, the spectacle, the beauty, the bleachers (more on those later), the boxed dinners (ditto) and the Porta Potties. Even with all those variables, the people who attended a recent marathon happily adjusted to the demands of the occasion.
NEWS
March 31, 2003 | Howard Rosenberg
Baghdad. The ruler there is ruthless and sadistic, using fear and torture to keep his subjects in line. Smiling and appearing full of confidence, he greets his advisors and generals. Meanwhile, the forces for good assemble outside the city, preparing to assault the enemy and overthrow the evil tyrant. The Baghdad of "Operation Iraqi Freedom" in 2003? Hardly.
BUSINESS
June 22, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
A clutch of city officials and film industry promoters gathered on the same lot in east Hollywood where Mary Pickford once worked to celebrate a rare occurrence: the opening of a new soundstage in Los Angeles. Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, the Hollywood owner of a dozen local soundstages and other entertainment businesses, unveiled a 14,000-square-foot, 54-foot-high soundstage Monday on the historic lot, along with 6,000 square feet of office space and hair, makeup and dressing rooms.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2012 | Richard Verrier
Half a 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 so much, with its rich variety of meadows, oak groves and mountains, that his production company 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 Los Angeles in the last decade -- and the public will soon get its first say on the project.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
A robber dressed in drag ambles toward a window at Norms Restaurant in Burbank and whips out a gun. Within a few seconds, the burly looking guy behind the cash register yanks the gunman through the window, slams him against a countertop and repeatedly pummels him as he crumbles onto the ground. The scene, based on surveillance video of an actual robbery, was recently filmed on Magnolia Boulevard for Fuel TV's "Punk Payback. " The aptly named reality TV series, starring former UFC heavyweight champion Bas Rutten, showcases moves that help viewers avoid being "punked" on the street.
BUSINESS
June 22, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
A clutch of city officials and film industry promoters gathered on the same lot in east Hollywood where Mary Pickford once worked to celebrate a rare occurrence: the opening of a new soundstage in Los Angeles. Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, the Hollywood owner of a dozen local soundstages and other entertainment businesses, unveiled a 14,000-square-foot, 54-foot-high soundstage Monday on the historic lot, along with 6,000 square feet of office space and hair, makeup and dressing rooms.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Over the din of buzz saws and beeping forklifts, producer Jon Landau can barely contain his excitement as he strides into a 45-foot-tall soundstage that is barren except for workers building sets for a commercial shoot. "We're taking over these two buildings here. We'll have 200-plus people working down here. This is going to be the heart of the next two 'Avatars,' " he says, referring to the planned sequels to the highest-grossing film of all time. MBS Media Campus, formerly known as Manhattan Beach Studios, has just landed A-list tenant Lightstorm Entertainment, the production company led by "Avatar" director James Cameron and his longtime business partner Landau.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
When producers of the ABC game show "Downfall" needed a building from which to hurl dishwashers, gumball machines and other "prizes," they settled on a warehouse on the east side of downtown Los Angeles. The six-story building on Terminal Street, near the corner of 7th and Alameda streets, was among the most popular on-location filming sites in the region in 2010, along with a long-closed hospital in Boyle Heights and a faux Route 66 pit stop on the edge of the Mojave Desert, according to a recent survey by the nonprofit group FilmL.
BUSINESS
August 17, 2010 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Santa Monica developer Hal Katersky is an unlikely candidate to play the role of Hollywood booster. His company, Pacifica Ventures, specializes in developing soundstages in other states and is best known for its sprawling studio in Albuquerque, N.M., which has lured business away from Southern California. Yet Katersky is now proposing to develop an eight-story, $57-million office building at the corner of Vine Street and Selma Avenue that would cater to the entertainment industry.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar, Los Angeles Times
Silent slapstick filmmaker Mack Sennett moved to Los Angeles in 1913, setting up shop in what is now Echo Park, and began to make short movies starring an upstart comedian named Charlie Chaplin. Three years later, he built a set of soundstages to make movies with his movie star girlfriend, Mabel Normand. Now those Silver Lake soundstages, which became part of the Mack Sennett Studios, are getting a face-lift under new owners. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Jesse Rogg, a Grammy-nominated music producer, bought the production space for about $3.3 million this year from Stephen Collins, a former photographer who owned the property for nearly three decades.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 1990 | DAVID GRITTEN
"My agent would like me to be working on a big movie for a major studio," Andie MacDowell said, the hint of an ironic smile on her lips. "But here I am instead." "Here" is Ealing Studios, which emphatically does not qualify as major, and where big movies are simply not made. The lot tells its own story; offices and corridors are painted in drab, institutional colors which recall the decor of Victorian English schools.
BUSINESS
October 29, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and Richard Verrier
The Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday that it would build a 56-acre production facility in northern Los Angeles County, casting a ray of light on an otherwise gloomy film economy that has hemorrhaged thousands of jobs in the last decade. The Burbank company said the proposed Disney/ABC Studios at the Ranch would occupy a corner of the Golden Oak Ranch, a sprawling 890-acre parcel off California 14 that has been the setting of such classic films as "Old Yeller." Plans call for 12 soundstages, production offices, a commissary and other facilities that could be used for film, television, commercial and new media projects.
NEWS
May 24, 2009 | Brady MacDonald; August Brown; Shari Roan; Leslie Anne Wiggins
TRAVEL & DEALS King Kong set for return For all those fans who mourned the fiery death of the "King Kong" attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, take heart: The big ape will rise again in 2010. The new "King Kong" attraction will derive its storyline from the 2005 Peter Jackson blockbuster, with visitors traveling through Skull Island, dodging a swarm of giant bats and bearing witness to an ape versus dinosaur finale. Tram riders will don 3-D glasses just before entering the new "King Kong" soundstage for a digital 4-D multisensory experience that includes rolling, jolting and shuddering special effects.
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