Any Place But Here: Film, television and commercial shoots on L.A.. streets have dropped 6.8% during the second quarter as TV production slows down and other states lure crews away with better incentives. Twice as many TV pilots this year were shot outside L.A. as last year.
If this keeps up, how will kids in Iowa know what Calabasas looks like?
Responding this sobering thought, the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday “approved a proposal pushed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to waive fees for film and TV production taking place on most city-owned property.” Which is nice, seeing how virtually everyone else already does this.
Yippee-Ki-Yay, Mr. Falcon: Determined to go down fighting, Hollywood is pressing ahead with its sure-to-fail $300 million campaign aimed at teaching parents how to keep their kids from watching objectionable TV shows — in other words, how to be parents.
A Note of Triumph:
Cinemax on Thursday will broadcast the documentary On a Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin that recounts the legendary V-E Day broadcast. The film, which won an Academy Award this year in the short documentary category, highlights just how far we’ve come from the poetry and power of radio to the meaninglessness of broadcast news. In fact, don’t watch this. It’ll just depress you. We’re sure there’s a Laguna Beach marathon on somewhere instead.