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September 19, 1993 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, Steve Weinstein is a regular contributor to Calendar. and
A year ago, Beth Stolarczyk was just another young woman chasing the Hollywood dream in Los Angeles. The Ohio State graduate scraped by doing grunt work on music videos, dreaming of some day stepping in front of the camera as a celebrated actress. Today, she is still grabbing work as a production assistant when she can get it and still yearns for her big acting break--only now she can't go grocery shopping without strangers yelling out her name across the frozen food bins. "It happens every day.
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March 23, 2007 | Ann Donahue, Special to The Times
Between the tantrums, the brawls and the tidal waves of mascara spawned by uncontrolled sobbing, MTV's "The Real World" has rarely been a program that showcases the complexity of humanity. However, the last two episodes -- during the show's 18th iteration, this time taking place in Denver -- did address the shades of gray in a volatile relationship: What's the line between a couple having a big-time "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" tussle and an outburst that's actually domestic violence?
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November 26, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Police are investigating the alleged rape of a 22-year-old woman in the bathroom of a house being used to film MTV's "The Real World," officials said Tuesday. The woman told police she believes that a man she met at a nearby nightspot slipped a drug into her drink, took her to the house and raped her, possibly while the assault was filmed.
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December 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
Dude! MTV's "The Real World" is headed to Austin, Texas. "We've been thinking about Austin for a long time," co-creator and executive producer Jon Murray said. "It's a great college town. It's a great music town. It's just a really young place. People go to college there and just don't want to leave." The show brings together seven strangers between the ages of 18 and 24 to live in a swanky loft or house and films them around the clock, at home and on the town.
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March 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
Philadelphia is back in "The Real World." Producers for the MTV reality show and labor leaders negotiated a deal Tuesday to bring "The Real World" back to the city, one week after Bunim/Murray Productions bolted amid a clash with the city's powerful unions. The parties had been negotiating since Friday in Mayor John Street's City Hall office. Details of the agreement weren't immediately released.
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March 19, 2004 | From Associated Press
Real-world labor issues apparently were too much for the producers of a popular MTV reality show. Bunim/Murray Productions says it has given up plans to tape the 15th season of "The Real World" in Philadelphia. Taping had been set to begin in three weeks. The production company had angered labor unions by hiring a nonunion company to renovate the former Seamen's Church Institute in Old City, where it planned to have seven strangers live together and have their lives videotaped.
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July 23, 2004 | From Associated Press
No charges will be filed in the case of a woman who claimed she was raped on the set of MTV's "The Real World," the San Diego County district attorney's office said. A 22-year-old woman, who was not a cast or crew member on the popular reality show, told police in November 2003 that she believed she was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance of a cast member. Paul Levikow, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, said Wednesday there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.
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December 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
Dude! MTV's "The Real World" is headed to Austin, Texas. "We've been thinking about Austin for a long time," co-creator and executive producer Jon Murray said. "It's a great college town. It's a great music town. It's just a really young place. People go to college there and just don't want to leave." The show brings together seven strangers between the ages of 18 and 24 to live in a swanky loft or house and films them around the clock, at home and on the town.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1996 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Andrew Hoegl and his staff are making quick work of the waist-high piles of audition tapes that came in the morning mail. Facing deadlines for a new season of MTV's "The Real World," it's not like they have much choice. The goateed Hoegl is casting director for the popular reality-based series that follows a group of seven young people picked to live together for six months. Next season's show--to be set in Boston--is scheduled to begin filming in January.
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May 28, 1992 | DANIEL CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What do you get when you take a documentary producer and a soap-opera producer and ask them to develop a TV show for MTV? You get the "The Real World," a hybrid new TV series that's part reality, part fantasy and wholly MTV. "Real World" is MTV's video-verite attempt to add some regularly scheduled entertainment programming to the network's motorcade of music videos. The half-hour series, which premiered last week, features new episodes Thursdays at 10 p.m. (with four repeats during the week).
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July 23, 2004 | From Associated Press
No charges will be filed in the case of a woman who claimed she was raped on the set of MTV's "The Real World," the San Diego County district attorney's office said. A 22-year-old woman, who was not a cast or crew member on the popular reality show, told police in November 2003 that she believed she was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance of a cast member. Paul Levikow, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, said Wednesday there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
Philadelphia is back in "The Real World." Producers for the MTV reality show and labor leaders negotiated a deal Tuesday to bring "The Real World" back to the city, one week after Bunim/Murray Productions bolted amid a clash with the city's powerful unions. The parties had been negotiating since Friday in Mayor John Street's City Hall office. Details of the agreement weren't immediately released.
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March 19, 2004 | From Associated Press
Real-world labor issues apparently were too much for the producers of a popular MTV reality show. Bunim/Murray Productions says it has given up plans to tape the 15th season of "The Real World" in Philadelphia. Taping had been set to begin in three weeks. The production company had angered labor unions by hiring a nonunion company to renovate the former Seamen's Church Institute in Old City, where it planned to have seven strangers live together and have their lives videotaped.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Police are investigating the alleged rape of a 22-year-old woman in the bathroom of a house being used to film MTV's "The Real World," officials said Tuesday. The woman told police she believes that a man she met at a nearby nightspot slipped a drug into her drink, took her to the house and raped her, possibly while the assault was filmed.
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June 4, 2003 | Nancy Tartaglione, Special to The Times
Filming anything in Paris can be a formidable task. The authorizations, the kilometers of red tape, the often aloof civil servants and the innumerable mayoral signatures required typically are infuriating. Now try filming an unscripted American TV show about a group of kids, with no set shooting schedule or locations, during a time when Franco-American relations are strained to the maximum and what do you get? An educational, cultural, Zen-like experience, bien sur.
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May 18, 2001 | STEVE JOHNSON, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
After nine seasons on the air, MTV's "The Real World" will finally shoot a season in Chicago this summer, a decision sparked by the recent U.S. Census, which caused MTV officials to come to what they described as "the stunning realization that people live between the coasts."
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July 12, 1995 | JAMES ENDRST, THE HARTFORD COURANT
MTV-- still the hippest channel on the dial--is back with another group of happening kids thrown together in fabulous digs, with time and money to kill, all for your voyeuristic pleasure. It's the fourth time around for "The Real World," a pseudo-documentary with major soap-opera elements. When the series started in 1992, it was set in New York, then moved to Los Angeles and then to San Francisco.
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March 23, 2007 | Ann Donahue, Special to The Times
Between the tantrums, the brawls and the tidal waves of mascara spawned by uncontrolled sobbing, MTV's "The Real World" has rarely been a program that showcases the complexity of humanity. However, the last two episodes -- during the show's 18th iteration, this time taking place in Denver -- did address the shades of gray in a volatile relationship: What's the line between a couple having a big-time "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" tussle and an outburst that's actually domestic violence?
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June 24, 1999 | CHRIS RUBIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In this postmodern pop world, a home is no longer a man's castle. "Home," as Elvis Costello once sang, "isn't where it used to be. Home is anywhere you hang your head." And, according to MTV's "The Real World," home is also something you audition for, a place filled with cameras and lights, a place you sign up to share for four months with six strangers and a television audience of millions in 60 countries, a place with no doors except on bathrooms (and even those don't lock).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1996 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Andrew Hoegl and his staff are making quick work of the waist-high piles of audition tapes that came in the morning mail. Facing deadlines for a new season of MTV's "The Real World," it's not like they have much choice. The goateed Hoegl is casting director for the popular reality-based series that follows a group of seven young people picked to live together for six months. Next season's show--to be set in Boston--is scheduled to begin filming in January.
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