Metallica goes Hollywood for ‘Through the Never’ movie

PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Two summers ago tongues wagged about Yuja Wang’s little orange dress at the Bowl, a conversation that continues online to this day. What is missed in these discussions, though, is that a young pianist’s short skirt would not have seemed nearly so risque had it not been for camera close-ups framing her bare legs on giant screens as she played Rachmaninoff. On Thursday I started at the top of the Bowl in the $1 seats. This is, as it’s always been, one of the most splendid vistas in Los Angeles. The sun set, the sky was filled with puffy cumulus clouds. The green hills darkened mysteriously.

The messages within them, though? Well, the band would rather have folks headbang their way to a personal interpretation. And so it goes with the 3-D IMAX hybrid concert/feature film Metallica Through the Never (in theaters Sept. 27), where the heavy-metal rock gods fade to black, Hollywood style, for the first time. “I get out of (expletive) bed every day for experiences I don’t know anything about,” says drummer and admitted “movie geek” Lars Ulrich.

Hollywood Studios Haven’t Been Paid by China in Months (Exclusive)

Sources now say the dispute is more widespread and that all six major studios are involved. One insider says a resolution could be reached by the end of the summer; others aren’t so sure. Going by the 25 percent rule, Warner Bros. would be owed north of $31 million for Man of Steel, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Jack the Giant Slayer;Sony would be due $23 million for Skyfall and After Earth (White House Down is still in the midst of its China run); Paramount would be owed roughly $30 million for Into Darkness, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Jack Reacher; Disney’s Iron Man 3 made north of $121 million in China, which would mean a return of more than $30 million for the studio, while Oz the Great and Powerful would mean about $5 million in payments (Monsters University is headed to China later this month). STORY: Bruno Wu, Former Bertelsmann CEO Form China Venture Over the weekend, Universal’s Fast & Furious 6 opened to north of $24 million, scoring the second-best three-day debut of the year after Iron Man 3.


Putting Hollywood’s biggest bombs back together

Two Hollywood Producers Can’t Escape Foreign Bribery Penalty

(Even Bogdanovich admits that the film needed more fine-tuning, like a Broadway musical undergoing out-of-town previews.) Bogdanovich on hits, flops and surprises No matter: The “bomb” label hung over the work like a bad smell. Over the ensuing decades, it earned a sarcastic write-up in the Medved brothers’ compendium of bad film, “The Golden Turkey Awards,” received a withering 1 1/2-star review in Leonard Maltin’s movie guide and seemed doomed to a life on late-late shows and third-tier cable channels. But, somewhere along the way, the film was resuscitated — and reconsidered. The Fox Movie Channel ran it, Netflix streamed it, Bogdanovich hosted a theatrical screening and just last month it came out on Blu-ray . The new release, which benefited from edits at the hands of a studio archivist and Bogdanovich himself, has earned praise from some quarters and grudging recognition from others. It turns out that “At Long Last Love,” once reviled as “At Long Last Lousy,” is quite charming — no “Singin’ in the Rain,” perhaps, but certainly not “one of those grand catastrophes that make audiences either hoot in derisive surprise or look away in embarrassment,” as Time magazine said in its 1975 review.
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In the past year, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has been a major concern in Hollywood, since the entertainment industry does a lot of business overseas and has been chasing new opportunities in countries like China. A ruling on Thursday by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will offer no relief from anxiety over potential liability when the government decides to crack down on instances of bribery in foreign countries. our editor recommends Silvio Berlusconi’s Daughter Questioned in Mafia Bribery Case Bringing the appeal were Gerald Green, whose producing credits include Rescue Dawn, and Patricia Green, who was a producer of The New Swiss Family Robinson.
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Utah landscape creates backdrop for Hollywood magic

Even pirates made their way to landlocked Utah in the series’ third film “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” While most of the film was produced on location in the Caribbean or in California studio lots, producers chose the Bonneville Salt Flats to portray Jack Sparrow’s exile. Whether filming mountains or the deserts, Hollywoods use of Utah’s landscape has created a way for movie lovers across the world to experience the state. As Utah’s Office of Tourism states on its website , “You may or may not have been to Utah, but chances are you’ve seen Utah on the big screen, television, and print magazines all over the world.” Armie Hammer on filming in Utah Armie Hammer, who plays the lead in Disney’s new “The Lone Ranger,” talks about his time in Utah, both on and off set. Filming the ‘Spirit Platform’ at Dead Horse Point Cast and crew members of “The Lone Ranger” give a behind-the-scenes tour of the filming of the “Spirit Platform” scene at Dead Horse Point State Park. Katie Harmer is a journalism graduate of Brigham Young University and writes for Mormon Times. Email: Twitter: @harmerk Related Stories Very nice article.
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Hollywood contemplates lawsuit over sewage spill

Up until now we have not received a tremendous amount of cooperation. GlobeTec could not be reached Tuesday for comment. Sheffel said the break of the 48-inch pipe happened because the company didnt finish what needed to be completed in time, which allowed more sewage to build up, causing the pipe to rupture. The citys position is even though the force main wasnt in perfectly new condition, it didnt burst until GlobeTec was way off on time, he said. The spill affected Taft Street and North 31st Road, just west of Interstate 95, and involved more than 30 homes and the Greater Hollywood YMCA. The sludge spilled into the backyards and was eventually diverted into the C-10 canal, raising environmental concerns. The state ended up not fining the city for the spill.
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Hollywood rebounds, but family-friendly offerings still limited

STORY: How European Public Broadcasters’ Cash Crunch Affects Hollywood Meanwhile, Sony, which signed its most recent deal with RTVE in 2011, is currently in preliminary talks for upcoming titles. RTVE is believed to be negotiating sponsorship deals to cover part of the cost of the Sony deal. The network’s Paramount deal, so far at least, does not appear under threat though. While Spains commercial networks have stepped into the gap and snapped up most of the available movie output deals, the collapse of the countrys advertising market does not bode well for future licensing fees going to Hollywood. Meanwhile at RTVE, the cuts keep coming. The public broadcaster snipped $31 million out of its 2013 budget after losing $146 million last year and $38 million in 2011.
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Hollywood bowing to China’s clout

Itas even getting U.S. studios to sanction alternative versions of films specially tailored for Chinese audiences, such as Iron Man 3, which debuts in theatres around the world later this week. The Chinese version features local heartthrob Fan Bingbing a absent from the version showing elsewhere a and lengthy clips of Chinese scenery that local audiences love. Thereas no secret to whatas driving Hollywoodas China policy, which has burst on the scene with meteor-like intensity in the past year.
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European Public Broadcasters’ Crisis: Spain’s RTVE Cuts Back on Hollywood

Wimbledon: BBC Has Most-Watched U.K. TV Moment of Year With Andy Murray Semi

That figure was apparently enough to convince even the famously tight-fisted Marvel studio heads to re-sign Downey Jr. for at least two more Avengers movies . After that, the actor has hinted that he will probably hang up Iron Mans jet boots for good. To pretty much nobodys surprise, the summers other box-office behemoth has turned out to be Warner Bros. long awaited Superman reboot, Man of Steel , which outperformed early estimates and managed to set a new June record with $128 million from its first five days of release. Like Warner Bros. The Dark Knight Rises last year, Man of Steel looks poised to take the No. 2 spot in worldwide box office this summer.
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