April 11, 2004 |
Twenty-five years ago, Sony Corp. invented a device that allowed people to take high-quality audio with them anywhere they went. It was the Walkman, and it changed consumer electronics forever. This year, Sony will bring to the U.S. a device that allows people to take high-quality video with them just about anywhere. It's called Location Free, and its saga illustrates how incredibly difficult it has become to invent, sell and sustain a new concept in personal electronics.
August 3, 2001 |
Film and television production on the streets of Los Angeles dropped 13.4% in July from a year ago, a drop stemming from earlier uncertainties over Hollywood labor outlook. Although studios settled union contracts with actors in July and writers in May, production is expected to take months to return to normal levels. That's because studios initially accelerated production as a hedge against possible strikes, then cut back after those projects were finished.
August 2, 2001 |
For Pasadena, a Rose City by any other name not only doesn't smell as sweet, it stinks. That's the growing reaction to a cost-saving decision by producers of the new prime-time soap opera "Pasadena" to substitute Canada's Vancouver as a stand-in when production starts Monday on the Fox network show. "It's very ironic and unfortunate," said Ariel Penn, Pasadena's filming and special events chief.
April 29, 2001 |
Across the road from the brand-new opera, a historic building on the banks of the Danube River has been converted into an unusual spectacle: a four-story replica of a portion of the Warsaw ghetto. It is late February and workers are finishing putting in a plaza and street of real, inches-thick cobblestones, the kind of detail that is affordable in such low-production-cost locales. The story of the Warsaw ghetto uprising is a difficult one, at best.
April 15, 2001 |
This must be hell. That's what it looks like in Red Hook, amid the abandoned industrial buildings and brick warehouses: the dumping ground for old mattresses, rusted oil drums, a stripped and burned Mercedes-Benz and whatever useless trash that's been tossed vicariously out a car window. It's Brooklyn's junkyard district, a place God has forsaken, where the Manhattan chic wouldn't be caught dead. Nothing grows here, especially not in the winter, except maybe a few weeds.
March 2, 2001 |
Much of the CBS drama "The Fugitive" is shot in Seattle and nearby towns, and Wednesday morning the production got a jolt--a 6.8-magnitude jolt, to be exact--as the Pacific Northwest was rattled by an earthquake that as of Thursday had caused an estimated 250 injuries, one death and billions of dollars in damages. Many said the toll could have been worse had the quake's epicenter not been buried in solid rock 30 miles beneath ground.