July 31, 2012
Warner/Chappell, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, has acquired the copyrights of film scores from hundreds of Miramax movies, including "Good Will Hunting," "The Cider House Rules," "Gangs of New York" and "Finding Neverland. " Terms of the deal, announced Tuesday morning, were not disclosed. The acquisition includes the publishing rights as well as the master recordings of scores in Miramax's entire catalog of more than 700 films. Continue reading > > -- Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
December 15, 2011
The holiday season is bringing little cheer to the local production economy: location shoots on the streets of Los Angeles fell across all categories last week, reflecting a continued slowdown in film activity during the fourth quarter. Location shoots for film and television on streets and non-certified soundstages dropped 9% and 10%, respectively, from the same period last year, according to data from FilmL.A. Inc. Commercial filming fell 21% last week from a year earlier, but is still up 8% this quarter.
January 5, 2011
New Jersey-based Hertz Global Holdings Inc. has acquired Burbank's 24/7 Studio Equipment, which rents generators, light towers, booms and other equipment for film and television production. 24/7, founded in 2005, was owned by private equity firm Prospect Partners of Chicago. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hertz Equipment Rental President Gerry Plescia said in a statement that location shooting in Los Angeles is picking up and Hertz, with experience renting a variety of vehicles and equipment, is well positioned to serve the market.
November 24, 2001
Joyce Rudolph, Weekend GLENDALE -- A deluxe, blue-ribbon selection of Three Stooges classics is planned for the fourth annual Alex Film Society's Big Screen Event, said board member Frank Gladstone. Those who can't catch the 2 p.m. matinee, can catch the second show at 8 tonight at Glendale's Alex Theatre. Gladstone, head of training and recruitment at DreamWorks/SKG Animation in Glendale, chose the films along with fellow society members Steve McCoy and Leonard Maltin and Michael Schlesinger, head of the film department at Sony Pictures, which owns the Stooges' film rights.
October 28, 2005
MorrowFor all of us who grumble that movies offer up little of value, "Good Night and Good Luck" is here. You may have to hunt for a theater to see it, in spite of the film grossing a staggering $38,000 per screen early on. But when you do find a screening, it will be like finding a polished diamond in a mountain of slag. To call this film a George Clooney spectacular might be misleading. We have come to expect extravagance from this "s" word, something this film is not. It is spare and smoky (both literally and figuratively)
June 11, 2008
Glendale resident Sevak Ohanian recreates the problems of growing up in an Armenian American family in his new film ?My Big Fat Armenian Family? but adds a twist of humor. The film, which will premiere July 12 and 18 at Glendale High School, tells the story of a family of four ? a father, mother, son and daughter. The son can?t seem to do anything right in his father?s eyes, and there is a constant air of friction between them. The parents, Robert and Rima, are played by one man, Ajmin Baghramian, Ohanian said.
August 27, 2005
Do you enjoy laughing at the expense of another man's shortcomings? If so, you'll enjoy "The 40 Year Old Virgin." If you're easily offended by sexual humor and crude language, take your money elsewhere. I like laughing at other people and sometimes I even make my living doing this and therefore, I highly recommend this movie. Guess what? "The 40 Year Old Virgin" is about a guy who is 40 years old and a virgin. I bet you didn't see that one coming.
May 17, 2006
Some pundits say it's too soon for a film about the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. I say it's never too soon for an important movie. "United 93" is a very important film that everyone should see. On that fateful day, terrorists hijacked four planes. Three of those planes reached their targets. This movie tells the story of the fourth, United Airlines Flight 93, which missed its intended target and crashed into a field near Shanksville, Penn. I've got to be honest. This was a difficult film to watch and I found myself reliving the events of that horrible day, but the director, Paul Greengrass, handles the material with class and precision.
September 4, 2009
CITY HALL — The ever-evolving film permit ordinance moved one step closer to its latest permutation this week with an updated list of definitions, expanded exemptions for noncommercial use and banning tripods without a permit. The City Council on Tuesday voted 3 to 1 to make the changes, ushering in the legal use of wireless microphones, hand-held light diffusers and other tripod-related equipment held in the filmmaker’s hand and carried throughout the course of filming.
February 25, 2006
"Eight Below" was on the must-see list of several million families with children as soon as the film's trailer hit the big screen last year. The second that three-minute preview was over, theaters around the world rang with the sound of young voices saying, "Mommy, Daddy, I want to see that one!" It's the story of eight smiling (yes, smiling) and adorable sled dogs, tragically abandoned as a harsh Antarctic winter closes in; and the boy ? er, in this case, the man ? who loves them, and will do everything in his power to get back to them again.