Stunt man injured on ‘Hangover 2’ movie set

Hangover 2 movie

Australian stuntman Scott McLean is recovering in a Thai hospital after an accident on the set of "The Hangover Part II" left him in an induced coma.

Warner Bros. confirmed the tragic incident in a statement on Monday. "There was an accident involving a truck and a car on the second unit set of “The Hangover Part II” near Bangkok, Thailand, at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Friday, December 17, 2010 (Bangkok time). A stuntman was injured during the filming of this sequence


Los Angeles still losing movie productions

We've been hearing about the increasingly habitual exit of major studio film productions from Los Angeles for a decade now, and since the situation has been compounded by a broken overall economy, things have only gotten worse. Just a few days into January the situation was labeled a "crisis" by FilmLA, the non-profit commission that liaisons productions with the city and does permitting, and a year later the outlook is still bleak.

Film LA has been doing its part to improve the situation though, and aside from pushing a proposal to investigate the creation of genuine film commission through the city council back in January, they've also more actively courted the major studios to keep their productions in California. They've found some success with at least one big-budget project- Spider-Man.


15 Show Runners Worth Following on Twitter

TV Showrunners on Twitter

No one really understands show runners except other show runners, and one of the few windows into their world is Twitter.

Their short bursts of electric thought are among the only ways people outside their job get to see their creative processes, frustrations, and thoughts on each other's shows. It's no surprise many of the best show runners can't spare the time for Twitter. But for those that do, it's a way to vent and interact with fans -- and each other.

Take this recent exchange between "Community" creator Dan Harmon and “Modern Family” co-show runner Steve Levitan, in which a compliment leads to the airing of an old grievance and a quick online détente:

Levitan to Harmon:I thought tonight's “Community” was amazing. Congrats to all involved.

Harmon to Levitan: Thank you, sir. We love your show and when I get drunk I get mad at you for saying you "even admire elements" of ours.

Levitan to Harmon: Yeah, I don't blame you - didn't come out the way I intended at all. A sincere compliment gone wrong. Haven't missed many eps.

So here we go, 15 show runners worth following


MOVIE TRAILER: ‘Water for Elephants’ starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattison

Set design on ‘Inception’

Inception set design

Guy Hendrix Dyas is accustomed to working side-by-side with intuitive wizards. Before his Hollywood career as a production designer working with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Bryan Singer and Shekhar Kapur, the master’s program graduate from the Royal College of Art London was working as an industrial designer with Sony Corp. under the supervision of Akio Morita, the near-legendary co-founder of  the Toyko conglomerate.

Despite the considerable experience with visionary souls and movies of the fantastic — he did production design on “X2: X-Men 2? and “Superman Returns” — Dyas admits he was a bit awestruck while working with writer-director Christopher Nolan on “Inception,” the most celebrated sci-fi film of 2010 and a strong contender in marquee Oscar categories.  Dyas  (who is now working on Spielberg’s “Robopocalypse” for 2012 release) has written a guest essay for Hero Complex about why Nolan is a game changer in contemporary Hollywood — he’s “leading a mini-renaissance,” Dyas writes.


Jimmy Stewart museum hits hard times

Jimmy Stewart museum

It used to be a wonderful life at the Jimmy Stewart Museum.

Every year before Christmastime, bus loads of senior citizens would come to the actor's hometown to see costumes and scripts from his 81 movies, his childhood bed and the red leather booth excavated from the acclaimed, now-shuttered Chasen's Restaurant in Hollywood. The Stewart family dined there on Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings.

Often, guests would stop in the museum's 50-seat theater for a special holiday viewing of Mr. Stewart's 1946 classic "It's a Wonderful Life," which tells the story of George Bailey, whose failing savings and loan was saved by the community, while he himself, distraught and about to leap from a bridge, was saved by his guardian angel, Clarence, on Christmas Eve.

Attendance is down at the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, Pa. State funding is drying up, grants are dwindling, and executive director Tim Harley doesn't know how long the modest venue, in the actor's hometown, can hang on.

"We could use a Clarence," says Timothy Harley, executive director of the museum. There hasn't been a single charter tour bus this month and none have been scheduled for the spring. In December, typically one of its busiest months, the museum had three smaller bookings. One was a chapter of the Red Hat Society, a network of older women known for their crimson headgear. Another was a student group.

Attendance has slid to about 5,000 this year, down from a peak of roughly 11,000 in the late 1990s, when the museum opened.


INTERVIEW: Actor Javier Bardem becomes ‘Biutiful’

Javier Bardem acting

For over two decades Spain’s hottest male export, Oscar-winner Javier Bardem, has used his imposing figure, roguish good looks, and bracing machismo to play a slew of varied roles that showcase his penchant for taking risks. The three he’s likely best known for - Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas in Julian Schnabel’s “Before Night Falls;” a man who endured a 30-year campaign to fight for his right to die in Alejandro Amenabar’s “The Sea Inside;” and one of the most terrifying serial killers ever committed to screen in Joel and Ethan Coen’s “No Country for Old Men” - no doubt took a great deal of skill to pull off.

But as he revealed to indieWIRE in New York, his most challenging projects to date were no match for what director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu had in store for Bardem when he approached him to head his existential scorcher of a drama, “Biutiful.”


‘Tron: Legacy’ visual effects secrets

Tron Legacy visual effects
This month's blockbusting hit Tron: Legacy is something of a cult phenomenon - a phenomenon that glows in the dark. Special effects supervisor Eric Barba was kind enough to talk us through the mind-bending, CGI world of Tron, spilling the secrets behind the magic of our favorite scenes

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Oprah Winfrey set to launch her own network on January 1, 2011

Oprah OWN Network

Most TV viewers know that media mogul Oprah Winfrey is about to leave her 25-year-long run on her daytime talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, to start her "own" new network called OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). What many people may not know is that the network is set to launch this coming Saturday, January 1st.  Viewers may also wonder what kinds of programming the network will provide and where they can find it on their list of channels.

According to OWN's website, viewers can find OWN by locating the Discovery Health Channel that is on their televisions now. OWN will take over this channel starting at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 1, 2011.


Hollywood Job Cuts Spur Demand for Mental Health Care

As a therapist in private practice and a volunteer at a free mental health clinic in Los Angeles, I have become aware of a new group of severely depressed people: those who have lost their jobs in the entertainment industry. Their skills have become dispensable in this economy, and their sense of self-worth has plummeted along with their bank accounts.

Beverly Hills is an industry town, home to movie-making and television production. This community is used to a life of creative fulfillment and a sense of everyday well-being. The people who have been cut off from this world are having a hard time finding their way. The phrase “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” — the title of a 1986 Hollywood farce — has become a widespread reality.

California’s unemployment rate is more than 12 percent — much higher than the national average. Entertainment companies — including Disney, Warner Brothers and Paramount — have been among those that have cut jobs.


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