September 10, 2012 |
When "Parenthood" returns on Sept. 11 for its fourth season, Ray Romano joins the cast as Hank Rizzoli, a curmudgeonly photographer who hires Sarah (Lauren Graham) as his assistant. When it came to designing a photography studio for Rizzoli, production designer Steven Jordan chose to transform an empty firehouse set on the Universal lot into a relaxed but elegant space complete with a darkroom, framing area and an alcove for hanging backdrops. “I wanted to create a space that was a little clunky,” said Jordan.
December 4, 2013 |
Whimsic Alley, the Miracle Mile shop that sells "Harry Potter" merchandise and was sued by Warner Bros. for trademark infringement, has reached a settlement with the studio that will allow the store to remain open, owner Stanley Goldin told The Times in an email. In March, Warner Bros., the distributor of the "Harry Potter" movies and since 1998 the owner of the bulk of the "Potter" trademarks, targeted the shop with a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that some fans feared would force the store to close.
November 29, 2013 |
China's box office through the first three quarters was up 35% from last year, with contemporary-themed Chinese films drawing particularly large audiences. Yu Dong, chief executive of Nasdaq-listed Chinese movie studio and distributor Bona Film Group, was in Los Angeles this month for the Asia Society's U.S.-China Film Summit and meetings with Hollywood partners, including Fox International Productions. We caught up with him to talk about the state of the market and his studio's plans for 2014.
October 23, 2012 |
Zynga Inc. has laid off about 150 employees, shut down 13 games and is closing a production studio in a cost-cutting move for the troubled social-gaming giant. The cutbacks Tuesday come almost three weeks after the San Francisco firm reduced its financial projections amid a weakening market for Facebook games and a day before it was scheduled to release third-quarter earnings. Zynga is shutting down a studio in Boston that made its “Indiana Jones Adventure World” game. The company has proposed closing facilities in Japan and Britain as well, and is laying off staff at an Austin, Texas, studio that made “The Ville.” Chief Executive Mark Pincus said in an email to staffers that Zynga is “parting ways” with about 5% of its workforce.
November 7, 2013 |
A new perspective on L.A. country-rock band Lone Justice arrives Jan. 14 with the release of “This Is Lone Justice-The Vaught Tapes, 1983,” a collection of live-in-the-studio recordings the band made as its career was heating up. The band, fronted by singer Maria McKee, entered a Van Nuys recording studio in December 1983 with engineer David Vaught and recorded versions of a dozen of the songs that were a core part of the group's set at the...
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March 17, 2011 |
Producer-engineer Stan Ross, who co-founded Hollywood's Gold Star Recording Studio, which has a storied place in rock history as the home of Phil Spector's innovative "Wall of Sound" technique, has died. He was 82. Ross died Friday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank of complications following surgery for aneurysms, his family said. "Stan was born with a musical ear," said David Gold, an engineer who co-founded Gold Star with Ross in 1950 when both were barely out of their teens.
August 27, 2000
Hooray for Alan Horn and his wife, Cindy ["Studio Chief Is DNC's Secret Weapon," The Biz, Aug. 16]. It's unusual for a studio chief to take a stand against gratuitous sex and violence. He speaks for many parents of young children. LEE LEVEY Los Angeles
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February 24, 2012 |
Mike Melvoin, a pianist/composer/arranger whose credits reach from Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson and the Beach Boys, and who was the first active musician to serve as national president of the Recording Academy, has died. He was 74. A first-call pianist and keyboardist since the early 1960s, Melvoin died Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, said his daughter Wendy. He had cancer. In addition to his studio work, Melvoin remained strongly linked to jazz, his first musical love, performing on a regular basis in local clubs, frequently touring internationally and releasing numerous recordings of his own groups.
November 7, 1992
I got a good laugh from your article about Brandon Tartikoff resigning from Paramount Pictures after so short a time ("Tartikoff: A 'Nice Guy' Who Didn't Finish," Nov. 2). I have good reason to believe that if he ran the studio like he did his own office, it's amazing he lasted those 15 months. I sent him a short letter urging him to have someone on his staff read a novel because it has a part that is just right for Eddie Murphy. Back came a letter from a lawyer informing me that the studio needed no help from the likes of me in getting material for Murphy.
May 23, 2012 |
Motel 6 and Studio 6, the no-frills budget hotel chains that once offered rooms for $6 a night, are being sold by French parent Accor for $1.9 billion. The new owner, an affiliate of private equity firm Blackstone Group, already owns Hilton Worldwide. Blackstone said it plans to "accelerate the expansion of the franchise base" for Motel 6 and Studio 6. Accor will use proceeds from the sale to slash its debt and grow its luxury Sofitel and Novotel hotels in Asia, Latin America and Europe.