The U.S. studios and the UK facilities have an interest in keeping things rolling along smoothly in Britain. The UK has traditionally been an attractive place to shoot, but has gotten even sexier in the recent past. The crew infrastructure that is a legacy of the Harry Potter films is considered top-notch, the pound has dropped against the dollar and tax incentives make it even more competitive with its Continental neighbors. There are first-class facilities, its easy to get filmmakers to go there and the government is supportive of the industry, a U.S. studio exec says. Local government has been less supportive, however at least when it comes to Pinewood. The studio has made two bids to expand in the past two years which have each been rejected by the local Council, in part because the expansion is eyeing protected land. Ahead of the Councils most recent rejection last May, Hollywood studios including Disney, Fox and Universal wrote to decision-makers in support of the project. A public inquiry starts November 19th on Pinewoods appeal. At a general assembly today, Pinewood Shepperton chairman Michael Grade reiterated, We need to increase capacity at Pinewood Studios. In the meantime, Pinewood added the Richard Attenborough stage last year largely to deal with the extra influx caused by the new TV tax break, but wisely built to accommodate both film and TV. Les Miserables used it, then it got a light entertainment TV series, followed by Paramounts Jack Ryan and the BBCs The Voice UK. Pinewood just put a further TV stage into use on Sunday.
Magician John Calvert dies at 102; entertained Hollywood and played ‘the Falcon’
commentEndDate:10/14/13 5:46 EDT! currentDate:9/30/13 8:0 EDT! allowComments:true! displayComments:true! Magician John Calvert dies at 102; entertained Hollywood and played the Falcon Los Angeles Times – Actor John Calvert at the wheel of yacht Thespian in 1957. By David Ng and Los Angeles Times, John Calvert, a Hollywood illusionist whose magic tricks won him many fans and several film roles, including three movies in the 1940s in which he played the detective known as the Falcon, died Sept. 27 in Lancaster, Calif. He was 102. The International Brotherhood of Magicians announced his death but did not disclose the cause. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Mr. Calvert impressed many Hollywood personalities with his sleight-of-hand tricks, and he invited some of them including Cary Grant, Danny Kaye and Gary Cooper to perform in his stage shows.