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March 31, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Hard-core Harry Potter fans who devoured the books, camped out for the movies and trekked through the theme park now have a new way to relive the boy wizard's adventures. PHOTOS: Making of Harry Potter studio tour Debuting Saturday, the Making of Harry Potter behind-the-scenes tour at theWarner Bros.studios in England will let wizards, mudbloods and muggles pull back the curtain on the movie-making secrets of the most successful film series of all time. Located 20 miles outside of London, the three-hour self-guided tour will take visitors past sets, props, costumes, models and special effects exhibits from the eight "Harry Potter" movies.
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BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
The latest piece in Universal Studios Hollywood's $1.6-billion expansion debuted Friday with dancing, music, speeches by dignitaries and swarms of minions. The theme park's newest attraction, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, was unveiled to the members of the news media and special guests; it opens to the public Saturday. The opening is set to take advantage of the crowds of school-age children and college students vacationing in Southern California during spring break. The ride is based on the characters of the two "Despicable Me" movies, which have grossed about $1.5 billion.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1996 | JASON TERADA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ross Waldberg fastens on his goggles, fires his blowtorch and begins the delicate process of shaping art from neon's electric glow. A sign maker by trade, Waldberg, 37, also crafts and sells works of art--wall sculptures of neon, etched glass and textured metal sheetings that add Hollywood glimmer to Danny DeVito's personal theater and embellish the Studio City home of Patrick Leonard, Madonna's first producer.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Universal Studios Hollywood is putting the pedal to the metal on a new attraction based on the popular "Fast and Furious" movie series. The theme park announced Tuesday plans to add a high-definition, 3-D feature to the park's long-running Studio Tour tram ride by the summer of 2015. The addition is part of a larger $1.6-billion, 25-year expansion that will include a highly anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction in the next two years and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, set to open Saturday.
BUSINESS
November 17, 1989 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an attempt to duplicate the success of its Florida studio tour, Walt Disney Co. will open a French entertainment production facility and tour next to Euro Disneyland in 1996, the Burbank company announced Thursday. Disney MGM Studios-Europe will, like the Disney MGM Studios Theme Park that opened in May at Florida's Walt Disney World, be a combination working studio and theme park. Located 18 miles east of Paris, the $2.5-billion, 4,800-acre Euro Disneyland is scheduled to open in 1992.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 1990 | FROM TIMES WIRE SERVICES
Universal Studios Florida has sued the designer of "Jaws" and "Earthquake--The Big One," two highly touted thrill rides that have been shut down except for brief periods since the park's June 7 opening. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Orange County (Fla.) Circuit Court against Ride & Show Engineering Inc. of San Dimas, Calif., claims the company used poor design and workmanship on the rides and failed to have them operating by the grand opening of the $630-million studio tour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1995 | DAVID R. BAKER
For one day this fall, area residents will be able to tour the studios of local artists from Camarillo to Calabasas, sometimes watching the artists at work. The Thousand Oaks Arts Commission is looking for artists to participate in the Open Studio Tour, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5. Organizers hope to feature a wide range of art, including photography, sculpture, ceramics and painting.
TRAVEL
April 25, 1999
NBC's longest-lived show-its studio tour at New York's Rockefeller Center, run since the station's founding in 1926--is being rocketed into the high-tech age. Starting Tuesday, it becomes the "NBC Experience," spread out over two floors and 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibits.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 1991 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As part of a new cost-cutting plan, NBC is eliminating tours of its studios in Burbank, which the network has been conducting for much of the past 50 years. Walk-in tours of the facility already had been suspended last month because of security concerns related to the war with Iraq. Prearranged group tours, which serve tens of thousands of people each year, will be eliminated as of April 1.
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March 1, 1987 | ANDREW C. REVKIN, Times Staff Writer
There was a different kind of tour at Universal Studios on Saturday. About 120 people gawked at a 20-foot fiberglass mold that gave birth to the great white shark in "Jaws." They saw a lineup of 1950s-vintage cars being painted for a police drama. But they were not there for the fun of it.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Two of America's favorite British things -- the royals and Harry Potter -- converged over the weekend. Nothing like that wee bit of magic to knock us off our broomsticks! Prince William, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (the former Kate Middleton) and his brother, Prince Harry, last Friday toured the Warner Bros. Studio Leavesden, where the blockbuster "Harry Potter" films, James Bond movie "Goldeneye" and the first "Star Wars" prequel were shot. The studio last year launched the Making of "Harry Potter" studio tour, which is devoted to J.K. Rowling's beloved tale about a boy wizard.
NEWS
March 31, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Hard-core Harry Potter fans who devoured the books, camped out for the movies and trekked through the theme park now have a new way to relive the boy wizard's adventures. PHOTOS: Making of Harry Potter studio tour Debuting Saturday, the Making of Harry Potter behind-the-scenes tour at theWarner Bros.studios in England will let wizards, mudbloods and muggles pull back the curtain on the movie-making secrets of the most successful film series of all time. Located 20 miles outside of London, the three-hour self-guided tour will take visitors past sets, props, costumes, models and special effects exhibits from the eight "Harry Potter" movies.
NEWS
January 23, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times staff writer
For most of the last 20 years, it's been my job to leave Los Angeles and bring home tips on travel elsewhere. But let's face it: Elsewhere can get expensive. And there's a lot of elsewhere here already. So a year ago, I turned my tourism inside-out. Since then, I've roamed the cities, beaches, valleys and hills of Los Angeles and Orange counties, assembling more than 120 Southern California itineraries , favoring independent enterprises over national brands. (As will become clear pretty quickly, these tips are one man's opinions, entirely unscientific but informed by firsthand experience.
TRAVEL
June 5, 2011
SANTA FE, N.M. Santa Fe Studio Tour When, where: June 18 and 19, throughout Santa Fe Highlights: Delve into Santa Fe's art scene by touring the studios of more than 40 artists. A preview party takes place June 17. Cost: Free Info: (505) 983-6021, http://www.santafestudiotour.com VENTURA, CALIF. Johnny Cash Music Festival When, where: June 18,Ventura County Fairgrounds Highlights: Cover bands play Johnny Cash tunes, women compete in a pinup contest and more than 100 vendors sell crafts and memorabilia.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 2010 | By Noelene Clark, Los Angeles Times
For more than 45 years, the defining experience for Universal Studios Hollywood has been the venerable tram tour through the production facilities and backlot. Now the ride is being brought to the 21st century by filmmaker Peter Jackson and the world's most famous gorilla. Beginning Thursday, the tram will take a detour that transports guests to Jackson's version of Skull Island, where they will be attacked by dinosaurs and rescued by the three-story-tall silverback gorilla. The new attraction, "King Kong 360 3-D," replaces the original, which burned in a June 2008 fire that also destroyed several famous backlot sets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2009 | Alejandro Lazo
Karen Sikie spotted a woman standing at the doorway of a storefront art studio in Inglewood and introduced herself, hand outstretched. "Are you Renee Fox?" Sikie asked. "I am also an artist in Inglewood." Fox, a painter, shook Sikie's hand and smiled. As organizer of the Inglewood Open Studios art tour over the weekend, she had hoped for just this kind of exchange. "I didn't know how to participate," Sikie told Fox. "Well, this is how you do it," Fox replied. "I'll take your card."
NEWS
February 23, 1995 | ALICIA DOYLE
The NBC Television Studio Tour gives adults and children a behind-the-scenes look at programs aired locally on Channel 4. Participants can expect a 70-minute walk through the broadcasting complex in Burbank, where they will witness a typical day on various NBC sets. A tour guide takes guests backstage at "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," where they walk through the wardrobe room and later watch a video demonstration of how makeup is applied to on-camera personalities.
BUSINESS
February 12, 1987 | KATHRYN HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
Walt Disney Co. Chairman Michael Eisner said Wednesday that the Burbank-based studio is considering the construction of a studio tour attraction in Southern California, possibly on a 40-acre vacant site in Burbank. "We are pretty well committed in the Los Angeles area--Orange County, the Valley, Burbank and so forth--to creating a second attraction," Eisner said, alluding to Disneyland as the company's premiere Southern California attraction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2001 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It may be the hardest-to-get minimum wage job in town. Steve Dawson found that out when he began reading his script under the intense gaze of two executives at Universal Studios Hollywood. Right away, his voice sputtered. "Stop," the first executive interrupted. "A little more enthusiasm." Dawson, 25, shifted, took a deep breath and tried again. This time, his voice soared an octave. "Lose the DJ voice," the second executive said. Dawson lost the voice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The out-of-town visitors who lined up Tuesday for one movie studio tour weren't looking for the newest show business attraction in Los Angeles. They were looking for one of the oldest ones. That's why they took a sightseeing bus to the film production lot in Century City instead of the one at Universal City.
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