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Los Angeles Fires Stop TV Productions, Close Freeways, and Threaten Homes

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Los Angeles Fires Stop TV Productions, Close Freeways, and Threaten Homes
Blazes in Southern California are currently wreaking havoc on the film and television community. The 405 Freeway has been partly shut down due to a brush fire that started last night and now encompasses 50 acres, per the Los Angeles Fire Department. That fire endangers the famed Getty and Skirball Cultural Centers; according to Bloomberg, Rupert Murdoch’s Bel Air estate is among those that fall within the evacuation zone.

These are in addition to four active fires reported yesterday in the counties of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Ventura, plus one in Santa Clarita that raged across tens of thousands of acres, with the Ventura fire requiring 27,000 residents to evacuate.

Valencia and Newfall, California have also endured the Rye Fire since yesterday, necessitating a two-day (thus far) closure of Santa Clarita Studios, home to the new CBS crime drama “S.W.A.T.,” starring Shemar Moore.

Production of @swatcbs has been suspended for the
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Westworld: 50 things we learned from the season 1 Blu-ray extras

Louisa Mellor Nov 21, 2017

The Westworld creators talk imagery, metaphor and nerdy details in season one’s Blu ray special features…

This feature contains Westworld season one spoilers.

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While it aired, the first season of Westworld could hardly have been more closely scrutinised for clues, twists and Easter Eggs. Between sites like this one and lengthy Reddit threads, fans went through Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s sci-fi drama with a fine-toothed comb.

The result of that careful work by fans meant that by the game-changing finale, most of Westworld’s secrets had been laid bare. Many fan theories had been proved correct. Nods to the 1973 film and to Michael Crichton’s other famous theme park story had all been exposed. When the DVD and Blu-ray release arrived at the start of this month then, very few
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Emmy Crafts: Inside The Toughest Races and the Biggest Trends

Emmy Crafts: Inside The Toughest Races and the Biggest Trends
The Upside Down of “Stranger Things” became an apt metaphor for this divisive year, and, maybe not so strangely, “Stranger Things,” along with several other Best Drama Emmy contenders, offered unifying themes to combat the forces of oppression, hate, and turmoil.

These included “Westworld,” “The Crown,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Feud: Bette and Joan,” and “Big Little Lies.” And, not surprisingly, they all offered stellar craftsmanship in support of their unifying themes.

The Crown

Showrunner Peter Morgan told IndieWire that his biggest takeaway has been the realization of the necessary bond between the monarchy and Parliament. “Sometimes the monarchy screws up and sometimes the politicians screw up,” he said. “And it takes one or the other to fix the problem.”

In Season 1, that unity is forged between young Queen Elizabeth II (nominated Claire Foy) and that old war horse, Prime Minister Winston Churchill (nominated John Lithgow). Together, they help Great
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Why ‘Westworld’ and ‘The Crown’ Could Win Production Design Emmys

Why ‘Westworld’ and ‘The Crown’ Could Win Production Design Emmys
HBO’s sci-fi western “Westworld,” is the heavy favorite to win for contemporary and fantasy production design. The question is whether two nominations for both its western theme park and futuristic programming center actually doubles its chances — or cancels it out. Competition comes from the dystopian minimalism of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the richly Gothic “Penny Dreadful” (nominated last year), and the Vatican beauty of “The Young Pope.”

Meanwhile, the royalty glam of Peter Morgan’s “The Crown” is the heavy favorite to win for period production design, with competition from the Old Hollywood trappings of “Feud: Bette and Joan,” the nightmarish ’80s sci-fi of “Stranger Things,” the alt history of “The Man in the High Castle” (nominated last year), and perennial contender, “Masters of Sex.”

The Dueling Dystopias

The imagination and scope of “Westworld” was unrivaled. In re-imagining Michael Crichton’s adult theme park gone berserk, Jonathan Nolan and
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Sci-Fi Emmy Nominees ‘Westworld’ and ‘Stranger Things’ Dominate the Crafts

Sci-Fi Emmy Nominees ‘Westworld’ and ‘Stranger Things’ Dominate the Crafts
Apparently the TV Academy will only go so far in honoring sci-fi when it comes to the below-the-line craft nominations. While HBO’s “Westworld” and Netflix’s “Stranger Things” deservedly snagged 12 and 11 noms, respectively, FX’s “Legion” was totally shut out. That’s right: Noah Hawley’s mind-blowing Marvel superhero deconstruction didn’t get recognition for either Michael Wylie’s eye-popping production design or Dana Gonzales’s experimental cinematography. Perhaps it was too subversive for its own good.

Westworld” Rules

With HBO’s “Game of Thrones” out of the running this season, the void was filled by the brilliant re-imagining of Michael Crichton’s adult theme park. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy wisely took a more graphic and philosophical approach to A.I. The brutal sex and violence definitely tapped a cultural nerve.

It’s about beauty and ugliness in this collision of sci-fi and the western. Paul Cameron’s
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Deadline’s Crew Call Podcast: Dp Paul Cameron On Harnessing The Western In ‘Westworld’

Given the long-standing history of the Western on the big screen, how does a director of photography make the genre his own? You certainly don’t dismiss history, but rather embrace it, which is what cinematographer Paul Cameron did during the pilot episode of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s HBO TV series adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1973 film Westworld. Filming in such classic oater locations as the Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita, CA, Big Sky Ranch in Simi Valley, CA…
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Building Lavish Retro Worlds for ‘The Crown,’ ‘Westworld’ and ‘Stranger Things’

Building Lavish Retro Worlds for ‘The Crown,’ ‘Westworld’ and ‘Stranger Things’
Retro vibes underscore the remarkable production design work on “The Crown,” “Stranger Things,” “Westworld,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” and “Hairspray Live!,” which all share the same goal: to humanize their worlds with imagination and relatability.

In “The Crown,” Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) endures a rite of passage inside and outside the palace that offers personal and political challenges; In “Stranger Things,” ’80s suburbia contains a mirror-image dark side. In “Westworld,” the allure of a western adult theme park cracks open violence and hate. In “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” three orphan children persevere despite being passed around from one bizarre home to another. And in “Hairspray Live!,” idealistic Tracy Turnblad (Maddie Baillio) upends segregated Baltimore by winning a dance contest.

The Crown

Oscar-winning production designer Martin Childs (“Shakespeare in Love”) utilized showrunner Peter Morgan’s sense of dramatic movement and sharp dialogue to make the private world of Queen Elizabeth II more intimate.
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‘Westworld’: How Video Games Inspired Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s New Sci-Fi Western Hybrid

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‘Westworld’: How Video Games Inspired Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s New Sci-Fi Western Hybrid
You can’t accuse HBO’s biggest drama gamble in years of playing it safe. Developed by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, “Westworld” remakes Michael Crichton’s 1973 film about a futuristic theme park as a mediation on what it means to be human — from the point of view of the robots created to populate an artificial Western world.

Read More: ‘Westworld’ Premiere: Watch the First Episode Online For Free

The world “Westworld” occupies is lush with authentic details, made possible by HBO’s commitment to physical production, and that same sheen of quality is only enhanced by the stellar cast, including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton and James Marsden.

At the Television Critics Association press tour, IndieWire spoke with Joy and Nolan about the impact of video game design, what went into creating the world of Westworld and the ethics of consent as they apply to robot sex.
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Where Was ‘Westworld’ Filmed? Your Guide to the Dizzying Locations (Photos)

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Where Was ‘Westworld’ Filmed? Your Guide to the Dizzying Locations (Photos)
Westworld’ Filmed Where? One of the most powerful elements of “Westworld” is the beautiful location shots that make up the Wild West landscape. Click through to see the real-life locations that make up the world of the show In addition to Melody Ranch/Santa Clarita, there were many other locations in Los Angeles and Venture Counties, as well as in and around Castle Valley, Utah. Santa Clarita, California Character’s like James Marsden‘s Teddy and Evan Rachel Wood‘s Dolores could ride for miles across the open spaces in this area of California’s Ventura County Castle Valley, Utah Out in Castle Valley,
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Review: HBO's 'Westworld' a technical marvel but a narrative muddle

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Review: HBO's 'Westworld' a technical marvel but a narrative muddle
Late in the second episode of HBO's Westworld, set in a theme park where visitors act out Wild West fantasies with the help of lifelike robots, the park's visionary co-founder Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) dresses down Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman), a screenwriter who has planned a new storyline for the guests that leans heavily on blood and guts to dazzle them. The guests, an irritated Ford explains, don't return for the graphic violence, or any of the other obvious things the park's creative team shows them. Instead, he insists, "They come back because of the subtleties, the details. They come back because they discover something they imagine no one had ever noticed before — something they've fallen in love with. They're not looking for a story that tells them who they are. They already know who they are. They're here because they want a glimpse of who they could be.
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Gene Autry Rides Again—On Youtube

You’ve got to hand it to the folks at Gene Autry Entertainment: they never miss a trick. Autry was a savvy businessman who owned much of his vast output including movies, television shows, and decades of radio broadcasts. Having released albums, published song folios, CDs, and DVDs, and having made long-term deals with the Encore Westerns channel, the Autry office has now brought Gene into the 21st century with his own YouTube channel. I’m especially fond of Gene’s Melody Ranch radio series, which ran for many years on CBS, and this is one source of the wonderful music you can hear online. These are live performances for a studio audience and have a different “feel” from Gene’s ...

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5 Adorable Behind The Scenes Stories From Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

One of my favorite books when I was a young kid was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by author Judith Viorst (who I would learn later in life actually grew up in the same town as me). Like many of you, surely, I could easily relate to the story of a boy having an unbelievably bad day, leading to dreams of escaping off to Australia. The book has always stuck with me . so naturally it was a bit surreal when I, along with a small group of other journalists, got to visit the set of the movie adaptation of the story last summer when the production was filming in Los Angeles at the legendary Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio. Directed by Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids), the big screen version of the classic children.s book stars newcomer Ed Oxenbould as the 11-year-old Alexander Cooper, who
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Disney’s Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Begins Production

Disney has kicked off production on Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, the first live-action film adaptation of Judith Viorst’s 1972 illustrated children’s classic.

The film, directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production.

Shooting in the Los Angeles area, with locations in the cities of Pasadena and Arcadia, the San Fernando Valley and Melody Ranch in Newhall, the film hits theaters nationwide on October 10, 2014.

Disney’s Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life – a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day,
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Begins Shooting in Los Angeles

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Begins Shooting in Los Angeles
Disney has kicked off production on Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, the first live-action film adaptation of Judith Viorst's 1972 illustrated children's classic. The film, directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl, Cedar Rapids, Youth in Revolt) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production. Shooting in the Los Angeles area, with locations in the cities of Pasadena and Arcadia, the San Fernando Valley and Melody Ranch in Newhall, the film hits theaters nationwide on October 10, 2014.

Steve Carell (The Way, Way Back, Little Miss Sunshine, the forthcoming Foxcatcher) and Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Juno) star as Alexander's upbeat parents. The veteran performers are joined in the film by a trio of young talents that includes 16-year-old Dylan Minnette (Lost, the upcoming Prisoners) as Alexander's older brother, Anthony; 15-year-old Kerris Dorsey (TV's Ray Donovan,
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Disney starts production on Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Miguel Arteta directs adaptation of Judith Viorst’s 1972 illustrated children’s classic. Disney have commenced production Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, a live-action movie adaptation of Judith Viorst’s 1972 illustrated children’s classic. Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids) directs the film from a script by Rob Lieber. The film from 21 Laps and Jim Henson Company, started shooting in the Los Angeles area, including cities like Pasadena and Arcadia, the San Fernando Valley and Melody Ranch in Newhall. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day hits theaters nationwide on October 10, 2014.
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Production Begins on Disney's Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Starring Steve Carell

[Press Release] Burbank, Calif. (August 29, 2013) — Disney has kicked off production on “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” the first live-action film adaptation of Judith Viorst’s 1972 illustrated children’s classic. The film, directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production. Shooting in the Los Angeles area, with locations in the cities of Pasadena and Arcadia, the San Fernando Valley and Melody Ranch in Newhall, the film hits theaters nationwide on October 10, 2014. Steve Carell (“The Way, Way Back,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” the forthcoming “Foxcatcher”) and Jennifer Garner (“Dallas Buyers Club, “The Odd Life...
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Must Watch: Schwarzenegger takes journalists on tank rides to promote 'The Last Stand'

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Must Watch: Schwarzenegger takes journalists on tank rides to promote 'The Last Stand'
When someone asks you if you want to ride a tank while Arnold Schwarzenegger drives it, you say yes. I don't have many hard and fast rules in life, but that's one of them.  It's not a rule that I've had to put to the test many times, but last week, the moment of truth finally arrived, and so I drove down to the Lionsgate offices in Santa Monica to meet a group of fellow journalists.  We all boarded a bus and then headed up to the Melody Ranch Studio in Santa Clarita. You've seen it in a million different movies,...
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Videos and Photos: Ride In a Tank With Arnold Schwarzenegger For ‘The Last Stand’

Videos and Photos: Ride In a Tank With Arnold Schwarzenegger For ‘The Last Stand’
We weren’t going to war, we were going for a ride and the top of the tank seemed like the place to be. When presented with the option of a comfortable seat or the wind sweeping through your hair as a 1950s Austrian tank zipped around the Melody Ranch Studio in California, I preferred to be outside. Unfortunately, when my [...]
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An Afternoon With Arnold Schwarzenegger And His Tank

An Afternoon With Arnold Schwarzenegger And His Tank
The savvy moviegoer is well aware of the fact that part of an actor's role in being in and making movies is promoting them. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, which most of the time involve interviews with the media, boring stuff like that. Suffice it to say that the promotional machine gets a little worn and monotonous at times, so for those of us lucky enough to take part in some of these events out-of-the-box promo things are worth mentioning, particularly when they involve riding around in a tank with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Yep, you read that correctly, instead of doing a press conference or roundtable interview, Schwarzenegger invited a select group of movie reporters to come ride in his tank, one that he owns and operates, to experience a taste of some of the action served up in his return to movies as a
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Schwarzenegger Tank: Watch Arnold drive his own M47 right over a station wagon

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Arnold Schwarzenegger has his own tank. Why wouldn't Arnold Schwarzenegger have his own tank?

The action star and former California governor brought out his M47 Patton Tank to show film critics how he crushes old station wagons in his spare time. The testosterone-driven display was part of a press event at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio in the Los Angeles area.

Schwarzenegger tells Movie Talk it's the same tank he drove for the Austrian army at the age of 18. Aside from using it to impress journalists, the "Expendables 2" star says he likes to take underprivileged kids for rides as part of his charity foundation.
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