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Grown Ups Sequel Revisits Massachusetts

GrownUps 2Hollywood big-kid Adam Sandler’s new comedy Grown Ups 2 will grab the attention of anyone who loved the pro golfing hijinks in the hit Happy Gilmore. A sequel to the 2010 release Grown Ups, the film recast the same great ensemble, featuring Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Salma Hayek. Taking place three years after the first film, the story finds Lenny Feder (Sandler) and his family back in the small town where he and his friends grew up, and the grown-ups must learn lessons from their kids on the last day of school. Written by Adam Sandler, Fred Wolf and Tim Herlihy, the film was directed by Sandler’s longtime collaborator Dennis Dugan and produced by Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures and Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions.

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Lion Ark: Inside the Great Animal Rescue

LionArkPhoto 4 SMAll over the world, animal rescue groups are well aware that unpredictable situations often come with the ultimate goal of protecting the lives living creatures. Animal Defenders International (ADI) gave the term “animal rescue” a whole new meaning in the new documentary Lion Ark. Produced by ADI Films and directed by ADI VP Tim Phillips, the film documents the group’s infiltration of the South American circus industry to rescue 25 lions from circuses traveling across Bolivia. 

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The Lone Ranger Spotlights Southwest Locations

LoneRanger 2Disney Studios recently released The Lone Ranger, an action-packed, summer popcorn movie starring Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as Tonto. It’s a nostalgic yet innovative American Western for a new generation — this definitely ain’t your grandpappy’s Lone Ranger. Made with a reported budget of $225 million, Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Director Gore Verbinski deserve credit for putting most of the big bucks up on the screen. Their efforts also showcase Southwest locations as grand as those in old John Ford westerns. Filming took place over seven months on location in four Southwestern states: New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and California. Some scenes were shot at Albuquerque Studios, and the crew spent three weeks in the tiny mountain town of Creede, Colorado, known for its silver-mining boom. The shoot continued at the Colorado River in Moab, Utah, before moving on to Navajo Nation locations and Santa Fe.

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L.A. Hosts AFCI Locations Show

logoThe Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) recently held their annual Locations Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Film commissioners flew in from across the globe to provide attendees with information regarding the funds, financial incentives and services essential for film and television production.

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Vision Research Advances Phantom Miro Cameras

Phantom R-SeriesHigh-speed imaging specialist Vision Research has added a ruggedized body to its line of Phantom Miro cameras. The Phantom Miro R-Series, the third member of the Phantom Miro family, is for use in harsh environments where a camera must survive high shock, vibration and a broad range of temperatures. It’s capable of running at up to 730 fps with 1920x1200 resolution and up to 800 fps at 1920x1080. “Our new Miro R-Series gives customers another choice in camera body style, expanding the number of applications for the camera family,” says Vision Research Marketing Director Rick Robinson. “The R-Series is targeted specifically towards those that need a ruggedized camera to withstand severe environmental conditions.”

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L.A.'s Mayor-Elect Aims to Put Hollywood Center Stage

IMG 1420Eric Garcetti met with film industry workers to solicit ideas for fighting runaway production and pledged to name a film czar. In a closed-door meeting on the Sony Pictures Entertainment lot, a few dozen location scouts, agents, producers and studio executives gathered to discuss the state of L.A.'s hometown industry.Taking center stage: Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti.

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AJA Gear Takes the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

the john lennon educational tour bus takes aja gear on  7140Last May, Yoko Ono Lennon introduced the new European version of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in Liverpool. Set to kick off its inaugural tour in London this month, the bus will travel across the U.K. and Europe (with tour details still pending), while the U.S. bus tour is currently traveling through California and Arizona until mid-September.

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Key Grip Sean Crowell On The Hangover III

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Key Grip Sean Crowell (Game Change) is no stranger to The Hangover franchise, after having worked on the first two films with Cinematographer Lawrence “Larry” Sher. “Where it really starts for me is when I sit down with the DP and we go through the schedule and each scene,” says Crowell. “Those are the building blocks for how we do our job. My interpretation of what Larry does is he brings a lot of scope to these films. I think people are surprised with how great the first Hangover was and how it redefined how people look at comedy. I think Larry really put his fingerprint on that genre. He creates really beautiful films, and when I sat down with him I was excited because I knew we would be pushing the envelope and try to bring grandness to the project. Anytime someone pushes you to do your best, that’s always a great way to work. There is no compromise in what Larry does.”

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Advancements in Editing Software

EditingSoftware VP12 ENG Box RF SMToday’s editing software programs support more formats, workflows and creative control than ever before. It’s now far easier for the average editor to turn film and digital content into a work of art as new software enhancements transform lofty visions into reality. P3 Update checks out the hottest editing trends offered by the top companies behind the artistry.

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“Shameless” Lighting

Shameless SMThe hit Showtime series “Shameless” is the story of a highly dysfunctional family that, when put to the test, can come together and hurdle hardships and stars Oscar® nominated actor William H. Macy. 

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