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October 6, 2009 | Amy Kaufman
As a camera zoomed in on his face, Jon Heder widened his eyes slowly, pretending to begin his character's transformation from man to zombie. "That's about as monster-like as you can get," director Tim O'Donnell said, watching the scene play back on a monitor and then leading the crew in a round of applause for Heder, who had finally wrapped the scene after numerous takes. On a warm July evening earlier this year, the setting at a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles had all the makings of a set for a feature film shoot.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2010 | By Zachary Pincus-Roth, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's your classic western pastiche: The good guys saunter through the saloon's double doors. The bad guys put down their whiskey. The brawl begins. But in this scene, rehearsed at Melody Ranch in Newhall a week ago, the two sides compete not with fists and guns but with flips and spins. "What if dance was actually a weapon?" asks the director, Jon M. Chu. "They can use it for good or for evil." Chu was filming an episode of "The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers," a.k.a. "The LXD," a new Web series in which hip-hop dancers are portrayed as superheroes.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actress Pamela Bowen, who stars in the 2012 Web series "Broken at Love," has kissed her Bel-Air house goodbye, selling it for $4.86 million. The traditional-style main house, a guesthouse and a swimming pool sit on a knoll with unobstructed 180-degree views extending from downtown to the Pacific. The main house features a media room, a study and a gym. There are five bedrooms, six bathrooms and about 4,300 square feet of living space. The gated house, which Bowen rebuilt in 2007, was purchased in 2003 for $2,435,000.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Kay D'Arcy didn't expect what Hollywood had in store for her. At an age when others have been relegated to playing invalids and dowagers, D'Arcy will appear as Agent 88, an assassin who keeps the deadly tools of her trade tucked into her hair bun. The octogenarian avenger dispenses evildoers with acrobatic moves that would impress Jackie Chan. In the opening episode of the Web series "Agent 88," D'Arcy demonstrates her martial arts skills in an encounter with thugs surrounding the bloodied body of their victim.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Former "Grey's Anatomy" star Isaiah Washington, who has three projects in the 22nd annual Pan African Film Festival running through this weekend, says the fatherly thread in his latest projects is no coincidence. The actor portrays a small-town father who guides a son struggling with his sexuality in "Blackbird," based on the novel by Larry Duplechan. That screening, on Sunday, follows an earlier showing of Washington's star turn in "Blue Caprice," which portrays a twisted father-son-like relationship between John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, the men behind the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks around Washington, D.C. For Washington's third project in the festival, he served as co-producer on Stacey Muhammad's Web series, "For Colored Boys," a spin on the popular 1975 poem-turned-film "For Colored Girls…" The series, screening at the festival Friday night, follows a father's yearning to reunite with his family after a lengthy incarceration.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
In offices that once housed Google, four computer geeks pursue their quest for a killer mobile app. Their technology incubator, with its angular, modern furniture and shared kitchen and conference rooms, would be recognizable to any Silicon Valley entrepreneur. But this start-up space was found in Silicon Beach. The Santa Monica offices provided the backdrop for "Betas," one of 14 series pilots put into production by Amazon Studios, the production arm of Amazon.com. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The show, which will also film at a house in Encino and other locations around L.A., is the latest in a wave of digital productions that have taken off in recent years, as YouTube, Yahoo, AOL, Hulu and others have invested millions of dollars in developing original programming for the Web. Most of the new digital shows are produced locally.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2013
The very funny Maria Bamford earned "Best of the Web" from Salon.com and the Harvard Crimson for her web series, "The Maria Bamford Show. " She was also named one of Variety's "Top Ten Comics to Watch" and Comedy Central viewers voted her as one of their "Top Ten Favorite Comics. " See what all the buzz is about by catching her live. Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sat. $20. (323) 651-2583; http://www.hollywood.improv.com.
NEWS
February 27, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Ever feel the need to take off your top while forming a soyrizo loaf? Are you the kind of person who likes to take off their pants and get comfortable before baking a dairy-free cake? Do you prefer to eat your veggie lasagna without socks on? Then nude vegan cooking is for you. Three students named Greta, Jess and Luke from the United Kingdom  have started the blog NakedVeganCooking.com (warning: It's not safe for work). It's exactly what it sounds like. According to the blog, "We like to cook naked, for ourselves, our friends and lovers out of our huge, messy shared house in Manchester.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2012 | By Irene Lacher
Rob Corddry, 41, a former correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," is cresting what he calls his busiest year ever. In addition to creating and starring in the edgy Adult Swim comedy "Childrens Hospital," which has just received its first Emmy nod as it embarks on a fourth season on Aug. 9, he also appears in a flurry of upcoming films. Let's start with "Childrens Hospital. " What inspired that? I've read that you had only seen a couple of medical series when you created it. Yeah, I was a big fan of "St. Elsewhere"growing up. That's about it. I used to watch "Grey's Anatomy"over my wife's shoulder when I was on the computer.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
After more than 40 continuous years on the air, "The Price Is Right" is ready for a major change. It's starting a search for its first ever male showcase model. That's right, men finally will have a chance to wear tight clothing and display floor waxes, pool tables and Jet Skis alongside women. The hunt for the show's first male model will take the form of a competition Web series that will run on PriceisRight.com and the show's YouTube channel in late September. As in the rest of the competition shows on the air, the contestants will have to participate in a series of modeling related challenges and in each episode one will be eliminated by the panel of judges.
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