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President Obama is back in Washington after a two-day swing through Los Angeles. Why was he here? To raise money and highlight the motion picture and television industry’s place in the economy.
In a speech at the DreamWorks Animation studios in Glendale, Obama praised the entertainment industry, noting that it supports “hundreds of thousands of middle-class jobs.”
Obama raised an estimated $2.5 million for House and …
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If you’ve hiked in Los Angeles, you’ve probably been on the lookout for mountain lions. Also known as cougars, the cats are actually pretty hard to find. Photographer Steve Winter teamed up with biologist Jeff Sikich in LA. Together they figured out a way to photograph the cats for a series called Ghost Cats, which appears in the December issue of National Geographic. The ultimate …
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Jenni Gold decided at age 8 that she wanted to be a director, and she came at that ambition in a not-so-typical way: She was appearing on a telethon to help raise money to battle Muscular Dystrophy, which she has. Dazzled by the production, she went on to earn not only an MFA, but, eventually, her DGA card, and to start her own production …
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Silent film star Fatty Arbuckle was on top of the world in 1921. Under contract to Paramount for a million dollars a year, with seven films in theaters, he was living a lavish life in the early days of Hollywood.
Then came the incident that changed everything: the mysterious death of a young actress after a night of Prohibition-era partying. A charge of murder against …
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Los Angeles has a new film czar.
Today L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the appointment of Tom Sherak as head of the city’s Entertainment Industry and Production Office.
He’s a longtime Hollywood insider, and the former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Sherak will work on helping LA compete with other states and countries that offer generous tax incentives to lure away film, …
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Ninety years ago this year, the Hollywood Sign, those venerable boxy letters that designate an area of LA, were placed near the summit of Mt. Lee. And later this evening, there’s a big celebration to mark nine decades of tinsel-treasure.
Marc Wanamaker is a film historian and Hollywood expert, and spoke with KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis about those letters that spell fabulous.
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Two books – one just released, one still being developed - tell two different stories about LA’s Jewish studio heads. At the same time these moguls were letting the Nazis edit the content of American films, they were funding an underground network to spy on German agents sent to spread Hitler’s Third Reich in Los Angeles.
Warren spoke with Ben Urwand, author of “Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with …
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Female vets accuse Filner of wrongdoing; Fire threatens San Jacinto towns; Millennium battle over earthquake threat
Filner scandal. Thirteen! That’s the number of women now accusing San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment.
The latest allegations may be the most damaging yet for the embattled mayor. Several female veterans – including a wounded marine and two women who were victims of sexual assault while they were in the military – say Filner harassed them. The women say that when Filner …
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Today’s News: Push to halt ticketing at broken meters; Green light for Hollywood towers; Deitch out at MOCA
Parking peeve. Finding a broken parking meter used to be good luck for L.A. drivers – a free pass, so to speak. But since a new law went into effect at the beginning of the year, parking at a malfunctioning meter could earn you a ticket. Now that could be changing.
The City Council’s Transportation Committee voted 4-0 yesterday to recommend rescinding the broken parking …
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Despite the loud objections of many residents, the Los Angeles City Council has unanimously approved the massive Millennium Hollywood dual-skyscraper development.
The city council voted 13-to-0 in favor of the Hollywood Millennium project, which features one-million square feet of office space, stores, a hotel and two 35-story or more skyscrapers that would dwarf the 13-story Capitol Records tower between them on Vine Street.
Today’s city council …
Today’s News: Marauding minors set upon Hollywood; A banking job for Villaraigosa; High-tech license plates
Hollywood hooligans. It was another violent night on the streets of L.A, but it had nothing to do with protests that erupted over the Trayvon Martin case. Police say up to 40 young people went on a robbery and vandalism spree along Hollywood Boulevard, grabbing purses, snatching cell phones and knocking people down.
The 911 calls started coming in after 9 p.m. Callers said marauding …
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Actor James Gandolfini, best known for his role as crime boss Tony Soprano in HBO’s hit drama “The Sopranos,” died today of an apparent heart attack while vacationing in Italy. He was 51.
The Emmy Award-winning actor began in the theater in his native New Jersey before moving to films with appearances “True Romance,” “Mr. Wonderful,” “Crimson Tide” and “Get Shorty.”
But he became a household …
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Today’s News: FBI seizes files from Sen. Ron Calderon; UCLA forecast is bullish on California; Bus-only lanes
Capitol raid. State Senator Ron Calderon is letting his lawyer do the talking following a search of his Capitol office by FBI agents.
The agents removed several boxes of documents from the Montebello Democrat’s office last night as well as what appeared to be a computer hard drive. The raid also targeted the office of the Latino Legislative Caucus in Sacramento.
An FBI spokeswoman says the …
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The California Film Commission says it’s received a record number of applications for state tax credits this year. 380 applications were filed by movie and TV productions, an 18 percent increase over last year.
The state awards $100 million in tax credits for the fiscal year running from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014.
Thirty-one projects have been approved for 2013. Among those are 14 …
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I couldn’t imagine living anywhere but the Hollywood Oaks. I say this as an ex-New Yorker who grew up with 24-hour traffic noise and a steady bustle of sidewalk activity. Bordered on two sides by Griffith Park, the Oaks has neither. On particularly still nights, when the only loud noises are coyotes howling, my wife and I feel as if we live on the …
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This week in New York, television network executives are presenting their offerings for the fall season – and pitching those shows to press and major advertisers. The goal? To allow marketers to buy commercial airtime “up front,” before the fall season begins.
About $9 billion in advertising revenue is expected to be raised at the Upfronts.
Kim Masters hosts KCRW’s The Business and spoke with KCRW’s …
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Normally Hollywood’s favorite game is figuring out who will be nominated, and who will win, in the big awards ceremonies. But right now the biggest guessing game in Hollywood is figuring out who will be tapped by President Barack Obama for some plum diplomatic posts.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis handicapped the odds with Matthew Belloni, executive editor at The Hollywood Reporter.
A White House announcement on the …
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Today’s News: Aids group offering meningitis vaccines; Honoring Jackie Robinson; Dems spar over education
Meningitis scare. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is offering free antibiotic vaccines today at its pharmacies and offices in West Hollywood and Hollywood. A 33-year-old West Hollywood man died after attending an annual Easter weekend gathering of gay men in Palm Springs known as the White Party. Brad Shaad is believed to have contracted meningities from other men attending the event from New York City. …
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Prop. A fallout. The president of the L.A. City Council says the defeat of Proposition A in this week’s election means more budget pain for city departments. The proposed half-cent sales tax increase was rejected by a margin of 55 to 45 percent. It would have raised more than $200 million annually to bolster city coffers. Council President Herb Wesson warns that “things are …
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The folks who put a tiger on a boat for “Life of Pi” won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects last night – but it was a bittersweet triumph.
Rhythm & Hues, the Marina del Rey studio that led the effects team, has filed for bankruptcy.
Some of the artists who lost their jobs were among about 400 people protesting at Hollywood and Vine last night …