Hollywood Steps Up Security to Keep Scripts Secret
I found him walking up towards the Hollywood sign on a sunny L.A. afternoon. MARCUS SUFFERT: Sir, could you take a picture, a group picture of us? SANDERS: Suffert came with a few friends. They parked their minivan in front of someone’s house. Is it as big as you thought it would be? SUFFERT: No. Actually, it’s smaller. (LAUGHTER) SANDERS: People like Suffert and his friends are driving residents in this area crazy. They say their neighborhoods, Beachwood Canyon and Hollywoodland, are flooded with tourists at all times of day. There are also over 40 tour companies taking buses and vans through the streets. Heather Hamsa(ph) lives just about as close to the Hollywood sign as you can get. HEATHER HAMSA: You might have, like, 10 cars just fully parked along this whole curb. And there are clearly posted signs that say no parking.
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Nolan isn’t the only filmmaker whose scripts are guarded like nuclear launch codes. To read J.J. Abrams’s summer sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness,” cast members had to visit his Bad Robot Productions, housed in a brick building in Santa Monica, marked only by a sign that says “The National Typewriter Company.” Once buzzed in, they could read the sole physical copy of the script, printed on red paper, which is difficult to photocopyand, some complain, to read. “Security has just gone through the roof for every movie,” said Chase Michaels, chief financial officer of Los Angeles courier service 24/7 Delivers Inc. His company once delivered as many as 300 scripts a week on behalf of clients like Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal and Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures. Now, said Mr. Michaels, it only handles about 20. The reason: When a script does need to be shared, studios and producers typically use digital tools to ensure they can catch anyone who leaks or loses an emailed copyand make them as unwelcome in Hollywood as a star coming off his third flop in a row. “There is no way if one of our scripts got out that we would not know who it was from,” said Jon Landau, the producer of 2009’s all-time box-office record holder “Avatar.” One common practice is a digital watermark on a PDF of a script, which typically contains the name of the person to whom it was given and shows up when it is scanned or copied. DreamWorks SKG regularly does so because screenplays are “blueprints” for the final film, said the independent studio’s chief executive Stacey Snider. “They evolve while they’re being shot and we hate to have people think they are getting the whole picture.” But the script for DreamWorks DWA +2.14% DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. Cl A U.S.: Nasdaq $28.17 +0.59 +2.14% Oct. 14, 2013 1:57 pm Volume (Delayed 15m) : 192,682 P/E Ratio N/A Market Cap $2.31 Billion Dividend Yield N/A Rev. per Employee $332,933 09/22/13 Wang Jianlin Aims to Create Ho… 08/20/13 Netflix Gains Access to More W…
Hollywood away from home: Where the stars stay in Vancouver
I was born in Hollywood and love the landmark.” Victoria Carlson of Burbank sympathizes with the locals: “I walk dogs in the Beachwood Canyon area. Every day I witness gaggles of tourists who double park or park in red zones and then make the mad dash into the middle of Beachwood Canyon to pose for photographs featuring our iconic Hollywood sign in the background. “Seems a lot of these tourists have little regard for their own safety. It’s all about getting that award-winning shot, after all. “I spend a lot of time in the Beachwood area, so I know how to navigate those twisted, narrow canyon roads. I’m always mindful of other vehicles as well as urban wildlife. (In recent weeks, I’ve had several deer run across the road right in front of me.) “Something definitely needs to be done to protect the safety of tourists and locals alike, as well as preserve our historic hilltop neighborhoods and the parkland surrounding them. There has to be a happy medium somewhere.” Santa Monica resident Bruce R. Feldman has a modest proposal: “To help the beleaguered Beachwood Canyon residents, let us in Santa Monica move their historic sign to our beautiful, tourist-friendly community by the sea. “For many years now, our city officials have encouraged businesses, developers, workers and tourists to overrun our city. About 300,000 of them flood into our small town every day. “That’s how much we love all of those great folks from outside our area.
Tom Hanks portrays a cargo ship captain whose ship is overtaken by Somali pirates in ‘Captain Phillips’. The film is based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips. VPC Scott Bowles, USA TODAY 12:39 p.m. EDT October 11, 2013 Hollywood begins its annual parade of true-life stories, despite claims the industry can’t get its facts straight Tom Hanks, right, stars in ‘Captain Phillips,’ the latest in a host of new films “inspired” by true events. (Photo: Hopper Stone, Columbia Pictures) Story Highlights Oscar season sees spate of real-life stories Filmmakers, academics split over importance of accuracy ‘Captain Phillips’ leads string of biopics and true dramas SHARE 7 CONNECT 11 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE LOS ANGELES The following is based on actual events. Of course, Hollywood staged those events, so season with a grain of salt. After dominating last year’s Oscars and generating a healthy dose of controversy, biopics and dramas based on true events will again rule the multiplex and revive the debate over whether the film industry needs to get its facts straight. Captain Phillips, the documentary-style feature about the 2009 hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates, opens Friday and already is generating headlines. It will be followed on Hollywood’s true-story hit parade by: The Fifth Estate (Oct. 18). Benedict Cumberbatch plays Julian Assange, the real-life founder of underground watchdog site Wikileaks. TRAILERS: Coming soon to theaters “The academy loves” true-life stories, says Tom O’Neil, editor of awards site Goldderby.com. “They usually have a socially conscious message and the ‘warm and fuzzies’ that voters like to feel after the movie.” As for feeling smarter? Not so much. The industry hasn’t exactly aced its history lessons of late.
Its the type of secluded property that celebrities request while visiting Hollywood North. This 9,013-squ-ft home is on a private, gated property with views of the ocean, mountains and Howe Sound, with a hot tub, media room, billiards room and two wine rooms. When Hollywood actors arrive in Vancouver, they vanish into a aB.C. trianglea of secret lairs. Some, such as Matt Damon, find refuge in palatial homes tucked behind iron gates and old-growth cedars on the North Shore. Others, like John Cusack, live large in downtown suites with panoramic views, a pool table, chandeliers and a private hot tub. A few rent out entire floors of hotels, including Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, who nabbed the penthouse of the Shangri-La Hotel while filming Mission: Impossible a Ghost Protocol, and Jennifer Aniston, who reportedly booked up the top floor of the Metropolitan Hotel while here in 2008. —– CLICK HERE to view images inside the homes, or if you’re using a mobile app, tap the story image and swipe. —– Generally, celebrities want to be right downtown or on the North Shore, said Chad Kalyn, rental manager at Unique Accommodations, a local company that specializes in finding houses and suites for the stars. The bigger the star, the more substantial the budget, which tops out in Metro Vancouver at $50,000 per month to rent a furnished home, said Kalyn. Budgets in the film industry typically start at $2,500 per month for back-end production people, while the actors snap up properties at the top of the scale. aThe most expensive rentals we have are $50,000,a he said.