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Downtown Loft Boom Frames Indie Rom-Com Dorfman in Love

Producer Leonard Hill, who got his start in Hollywood as a writer on the TV series Adam-12, is intimately familiar with downtown LA’s residential renaissance. As an LA Times article by Richard Verrier documents, he and a partner converted a pair of landmark buildings into the trendy Biscuit and Toy Factory loft complexes.

After a break from the TV movie business he once dominated, Hill is back with the independent romantic comedy Dorfman in Love, due to hit theaters and VOD in March. The film tells the story of a San Fernando Valley woman (played by Sara Rue) whose life is shaken up when she temporarily relocates to cat-sit at a downtown loft. From Verrier’s piece:

“The truth is, old producers die hard,” Hill said. “Making movies is more fun than making buildings. I really missed the creative aspect of the business.”

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Occidental College Enjoying Another Boffo Film Production Year

This is one of the stranger film location substitutions FishbowlLA has come across in quite some time. But apparently, it’s quite normal.

Per an article in the LA Times by Richard Verrier, scenes connected to the Netflix reboot of Arrested Development were shot last week with co-stars Michael Cera and Jason Bateman. Though set at UC Irvine, the sequences were in fact filmed on the Eagle Rock campus of Occidental College. All part of what is turning out to be welcome uptick:

In the last [fiscal] year alone, the 120-acre college has hosted more than 16 productions, up from 11 the prior year, college officials said… The college got a rare opportunity to play itself this spring in the upcoming movie Look of Love with Annette Bening and Ed Harris as an Occidental College art professor.

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Coming Soon: An ArcLight Cinemas on the East Coast

Richard Verrier of the LA Times had the story exclusively a few days ago. Today, ArcLight Cinemas is making it official.

For its first expansion move outside Southern California, the chain has selected an east coast city used as a filming location for Dave, True Lies and several Woody Allen shoots. Per today’s announcement:

ArcLight Cinemas executed a lease today that will open a new location in Bethesda, MD… Construction on the theater in the Westfield Montgomery will begin in early 2013, with the grand opening set for 2014.

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Warner Bros. Buys Into UK Production Facility

For a long time now, the Hollywood industry skein has been a tale of two kitties. While much of the TV production has remained in Los Angeles, feature film have decamped to all corners of the U.S. and beyond.

The latest confirmation of this trend comes courtesy of a newswire pick-up by Claudia Eller and Richard Verrier at the LA Times “Company Town” blog. Warner Bros., a studio that has been heavily involved in a UK production facility near Watford, is buying the compound and making further investments that will result in two new soundstages, a Harry Potter museum and an estimated 300 additional non-LA jobs.

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SAG Strike Appears to Have Struck Out

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There was a 30-hour marathon meeting and lots of drama (hmf actors) according to most news sources. Words like ‘peril’ and ‘justice’ were undoubtedly thrown around. Moments that would have made for perfect close-ups and cut-aways – lost forever because of the fact that the negotiations weren’t actually a movie.

Anyway, the strike looks like it won’t happen. But our favorite paragraph – that basically sums up the whole episode – the perfect synopsis – if you will – was penned by LAT’s Richard Verrier:

A combination of infighting at the Screen Actors Guild, miscalculations by the union’s leadership and an unforeseen deterioration of the nation’s economy turned what might have been a facile resolution on a new contract with the major studios into a no-win situation that has left SAG grasping for a face-saving measure.

That’s some good writin’. Read the whole piece here.

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s15404940.jpgHello Imma. Hello Abba: Joel Stein wants us to believe that the Jews who run Hollywood all got their gigs by going to the same Jewish summer camp together — and he offers as proof a long list of names of people you’ve never heard of.

39681200.jpgIf Us Weekly Ran The Show: No offense to Johanna Neuman, who did the best she could using – you know – ethics in reporting this piece about the private meeting between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama at Sen. Dianne Feinstein‘s house, but if an Us Weekly reporter had been on the story, we’d know a helluva lot more about that meeting than the fact that the two candidates drank water and shared a laugh.

39662431-06092427.jpgWriters’ Strike Cost California $2.1 billion: According to Richard Verrier, “effects of the three-month walkout continue to ripple across the state’s economy, causing a projected net loss this year of 37,700 jobs directly and indirectly tied to the entertainment industry, according a study released Thursday by the Milken Institute.” But, then, you already knew that.

Loeb Award Finalists Announced — SoCal (Finally) Represented

01largenews.jpg Unlike some of the other prizes recently, SoCal newspapers are better represented in this morning’s announcement of Loeb finalists (the award is based out of Los Angeles, so we’d better be!).

Some of the local points of pride:

Finalists in the Breaking News category include Claudia Eller, Richard Verrier, Maria Elena Fernandez, Jay A. Fernandez, Meg James, John Horn and Joseph Menn for their LAT writers’ strike coverage.

In the Best Writing category, Lisa Girion is up for her story “Coverage Denied.”

Congratulations!

(photo of 2001 winners from the OC Register)

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38178194-23123050.jpgCannes Lineup Announced: Surprises include the Angelina Jolie/Clint Eastwood film Changeling and Steven Soderbergh’s back-to-back Che Guevara films. They’re also screening Indiana Jones out of competition, so at least one movie there will be fun to watch.

38180137-23160056.jpgMost Surprising Factoid of the Day: Kal Penn, who plays Kumar in Harold and Kumar is “currently a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, teaching courses in ‘Images of Asian Americans in the Media’ and “Contemporary American Teen Films.’” Put that in your spliff and smoke it.

38179026-23142317.jpgSAG Talks Extended: According to Richard Verrier: “The Screen Actors Guild and major Hollywood studios have agreed to extend their contract talks another week in a sign that the two sides are making some, albeit limited, headway in their negotiations toward a new three-year agreement.” A cliffhanger. Goody.

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33269230.jpgA Mickey-Mouse Operation: The eminently linkable Richard Verrier reports today that Disneyland’s redheaded stepsister, California Adventure, is scheduled for a $1.1-billion overhaul designed to make it not suck. Good luck.

33260863.jpgMay The Force Be With Them: Work has begun on a possible live-action TV series based on minor characters and droids from Star Wars. No Luke. No Leia. No Vader. George Lucas is banking on nerd fervor (not to be confused with Nerf Herder) to popularize a show that, in his words, is about “the life of robots.” We think we’ve seen that show.

barry.jpgWe Wonder Who Wrote His Lines: Director-producer Barry Sonnenfeld stuck up for writers while moderating the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences annual Network Chiefs Summit, asking the group:”It seems to me that the whole residual question, getting residual should be transparent to the writer no matter what form it’s on, whether it’s iPods, DVD or cable. That should be your problem, but not the writers. First of all, is that a brilliant statement?”

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33246369.jpgButterfly Effect: Were it not for residuals, writes Richard Verrier, the world would never have had Desperate Housewives. It’s a nice gambit, trying to win public opinion for writers in the impending strike, but the TV-viewing public doesn’t have a vote, so writers will probably still get screwed.

33239054.jpgThe Sex Is Awful: Freelancer Michael Ordona reports that all that graphic Hollywood sex has lost its sexiness. Maybe it has something to do with the mores of our time… or maybe it’s just sublimation: writers are expressing their angst over residuals by taking the joy out of the best thing we’ve got.

dchen.jpegYou Don’t Know Dick: Frontline tackles Dick Cheney in Cheney’s Law,. It’s bound to be probing and interesting, and not nearly as fun to watch as this.

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