Hollywood Petitions California Legislators for More Film and TV Tax Incentives
Ho / Los Angeles Times) Also October 8, 2013, 4:53 p.m. The price of attending a concert at the Hollywood Bowl is going up again. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved ticket-price hikes for the venue, with the largest increases being $9 for some seats at special events and $6 for some seats at certain Saturday performances. The new prices are expected to go into effect at the start of the 2014 summer season, marking the second price increase in three years. CRITICS’ PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat The L.A. Philharmonic, which jointly manages the Bowl with the county, will raise ticket prices across multiple concert series. Saturday pops concerts will have the biggest hikes, with an overall increase of 4.6%. Ticket prices will rise by $6 for pool circle box seats and $5 for garden, terrace and side box seats. Tickets for Sunday world-night concerts and Wednesday jazz concerts will increase by about 3% overall, with prices rising $4 for pool circle box seats and $3 for garden, terrace and side box seats. Pops concerts on Friday and Sunday nights will have hikes of $5for pool circle box seats and $3 for garden, terrace and side box seats. Ticket prices for classical concerts on Tuesday and Thursday evenings will also go up, with pool circle box seats increasing $4 and garden, terrace and side box seats costing $3 more. Some bench seats will go up $1.
our editor recommends Tax Lawyer: Hollywood Needs Federal Incentives Now (Guest Column) They were speaking at a joint oversight hearing of two California Assembly committees held at SAG-AFTRA headquarters in Los Angles on Wednesday. It just seems like a no-brainer for us to expand the pool of money, Ruben Gonzalez, VP of public policy and political affairs for the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce told the committee members, rethink the regulations, rethink the cap (on how much any one production can receive) and have it set for a longer period than the few years we do now. The one thing every business needs is certainty when they invest. Behind the glitz and glamor of the Hollywood lights, there are real people — hard working men and women who make the regular people into stars, said Rusty Hicks, political director, L.A. County Federation of Labor. “Keeping Californians working in California is something we can all agree on, added Hicks. Amy Lemisch, executive director, California Film Commission, noted the $100 million in tax credits allocated each year to retain movie and TV productions is all spent in one day, with many of the eligible projects left on a waiting list or unfunded. Its not an effective way to run an economic development program, said Lemisch. Lemish said the most lucrative form of entertainment production in terms of what it contributes to a local economy are TV series, and the California program doesnt include network series, only basic cable series. That is because the program, when created in 2009, was focused on those forms of entertainment they felt could be retained through the program. California Senator Ted Lieu said one problem is that legislators from Northern California often resist expanding the program because they think it is really focused on Southern California.
Witches casting a spell over Hollywood
Better still: Robyn Lively re-created her “Teen Witch” dance moves for her younger sister Blake when the “Gossip Girl” actress married Ryan Reynolds. There’s a reason Anjelica Huston’s fearsome character was known as the “Grand High Witch” in the 1990 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches.” Not only was she powerful and absolutely horrifying underneath the wig and makeup , she also had a ruthless wit. Disney’s 1993 tale of the Sanderson sisters in “Hocus Pocus” has become a Halloween staple in the 20 years since its release. Kathy Najimy, left, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker are likely somewhere running amok and hunting down virgins on your cable TV right about now. After “explaining it all” on Nickelodeon as Clarissa, Melissa Joan Hart moved on to another starring TV role that’s just as memorable. As the teenage witch Sabrina in the ABC show of the same name, Hart supplied witchy comedy — along with her snarky black cat, Salem — to the young adult set from 1996 to 2003. No disrespect to stars Robin Tunney, back right, Rachel True, front right, or Neve Campbell, back left, but Fairuza Balk’s Nancy was the baddest witch in “The Craft’s” coven. When not being mined for style inspiration, this 1996 horror flick can still give nightmares. In 1998, Shannen Doherty’s bad girl ways were back on TV with a magical twist. The former “Beverly Hills, 90210” star was cast as the oldest Halliwell sister on “Charmed,” which also starred Holly Marie Combs, left, Alyssa Milano and, later on, Rose McGowan. Although initially unaware of their magical roots, this trio of sisters was soon saving the world from (sometimes sexy) demons on a weekly basis. Even with her tendencies to stray to the dark side, the resident witch on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Willow Rosenberg, left, played by Alyson Hannigan, was one of the craftiest (and smartest) on TV. Her teaming up with the magically gifted Tara (Amber Benson) was a natural upgrade.