May 2, 1997
Cathy A. Nichols, a 22-year veteran of the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co., has been appointed chairman and chief executive of Universal Studios Recreation Group. Her appointment fills a key position for Universal Studios because the entertainment conglomerate has identified the theme park business as a prime area for strategic investment. The company is a unit of Seagram Co.
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May 17, 1996 |
Let them eat . . . well . . . everything. Some 75 Los Angeles-area chefs will whip up tapas, Chinese food, cheesecake, ice cream, espresso, sausage and much, much more at the ninth annual Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation Los Angeles smorgasbord and fund-raiser Saturday night at Universal Studios Hollywood. The event is part of a circuit of Share Our Strength events taking place nationwide, with 100% of the proceeds going to hunger-relief programs.
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July 28, 1999
Alfred Hitchcock made Janet Leigh film the bloody shower scene in "Psycho" 70 times before he was satisfied. Even so, Leigh still remembers the luminary filmmaker as one of the easiest people to work with in Hollywood. "Hitchcock was always so well-prepared that filming with him was pleasant no matter how scary the material," said Leigh, who starred in the 1960 Hitchcock classic. "He's made some of the best pictures ever. You just can't say enough about him."
March 31, 2012 |
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.
September 21, 2013 |
My Top 13 list of Halloween mazes at theme parks around the world gathers together the most demented, disturbing and disgusting haunted attractions in one virtual place. Photos: Top 13 theme park haunted mazes in the world Think of the Top 13 as my version of a dream vacation if I had a bottomless budget and unlimited vacation time to jet around the globe to the best and most bizarre haunts. I've tried to include a sampling of mazes from each of the major theme park chains plus a few independents.
September 12, 2013 |
Universal Studios Hollywood will be inundated with zombies as "The Walking Dead" takes over a haunted maze, a scare zone and the terror tram during Halloween Horror Nights 2013. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood I recently got a behind-the-scenes walk-through preview of "The Walking Dead" maze from Halloween Horror Nights creative director John Murdy and the hit AMC show's executive producer and makeup designer Greg Nicotero. After taking visitors through the zombie-infested streets of Atlanta last year, the all-new Walking Dead maze returns this year with scenes from the show's third season set in an abandoned prison and its rural Georgia surroundings.
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September 7, 1999
* Crane Aerospace, Burbank, a division of Crane Co., announced promotions at two of its operating units. Greg Ward has been named president of Hydro-Aire Inc. Ward joined Hydro-Aire as vice president of manufacturing in 1993 and most recently was senior vice president, operations and customer satisfaction. Elise Kopczick has been named president of Lear Romec. For the past four years, Kopczick had been vice president, people and processes at Hydro-Aire.
December 18, 1990 |
The battle for Southern California theme park supremacy intensified Monday as MCA Inc. announced that two of Hollywood's great icons, "E.T." and Lucille Ball, will be saluted with new attractions as part of a $100-million expansion of Universal Studios Hollywood. MCA executives said the changes will bring tour visitors closer to the filmmaking process. Universal plans to revamp its tram service, cutting the ride from 2 hours to 45 minutes.
April 8, 1995 |
VALLEY ELDER: MCA, the entertainment giant expected to be acquired by the Seagram Co. (A1, D1), has 80-year roots in the Valley. . . . In 1914, Universal Pictures founder Carl Laemmle paid $165,000 for 240 acres of ranchland northeast of the Cahuenga Pass. Twenty thousand people turned out on March 15, 1915, for the opening of Laemmle's state-of-the-art motion picture studio, now part of MCA. Its first feature was "Damon and Pythias" (1914).