Posts Tagged ‘hollywood’

The Hollywood Set Descends Upon the Western Addition – What It’s Like Filming Alamo Square Atop a Tourist Bus

Friday, October 4th, 2013

You think you’re special, Angelenos?

You’re not special.

Anyway, nice headgear, Hollywood.

But remember, minimum wage in these parts is $10.55 an hour. (Sometimes you Hollywood people don’t understand that.)

All right, on with the show:

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Someday, I’ll wear noteworthy headgear and ride a tourist bus around town.

Someday.

OMG, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (Fox, 2014) is Filming RIght Now in North Beach – San Francisco is NOT Looking Its Best

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Per Twitterer AlexSavidge

“North Beach looks like a disaster. Luckily it’s Hollywood magic, filming scenes from new “Planet of the Apes” movie pic.twitter.com/yoLpHuN6jZ

As seen Saturday AM, July 27, 2013:

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And here’s a shot from lovely @katieutehs, Freelance Reporter @KTVU/Cyclist/Skier/@UW  katieutehs.com

This is 800 California near the Ritz Carlton Hotel at Stockton Street:

And here are your teaser trailers.

Directed by Matt Reeves
Produced by Peter Chernin
Dylan Clark
Rick Jaffa
Amanda Silver
Screenplay by Rick Jaffa
Amanda Silver
Scott Z. Burns
Mark Bomback
Story by Rick Jaffa
Amanda Silver
Based on Premise suggested by Planet of the Apes
by Pierre Boulle
Starring Andy Serkis
Gary Oldman
Jason Clarke
Kodi Smit-McPhee
Keri Russell
Judy Greer
Music by Michael Giacchino[1]
Cinematography Michael Seresin
Studio Chernin Entertainment
20th Century Fox
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
  • July 18, 2014
Country United States
Language English
Budget $120 million

OMG, Burger King Delivery is Coming to the Greater San Francisco Area! – “BK Delivers” – “Innovative Packaging”

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Deliver me three Quad Stackers stat!

That’s what you’ll be saying soon enough, once BK Delivers gets going.

MEAT CHEESE BACON REPEAT. We really knew how to live back in the aughts: 

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Mind you, Burger King has enough trouble in the notoriously high cost 415 without worrying about delivery, but read the news and turn the pages, below. (Looks like Oakland’s going to beat us, once again.)

Wonder if BK’ll accept EBT Electronic Benefit Transfer food stamps as payment the way some San Francisco Burgers King do already, you know, gladly.

Anyway:

“Burger King® Expands Its Delivery Service To Chicago, Los Angeles And San Francisco

Innovative Packaging Technology Delivers Hot, Freshly Prepared BK® Meals Directly to Guests in more Regions of the U.S.

MIAMI, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: BKW) invites guests in greater Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles to discover why TASTE IS KING(SM) from the comfort of their home or office as the BURGER KING® brand expands the BK(®) Delivers program. With as many as 20 participating restaurants in Chicago and Los Angeles and 15 more in the San Francisco Bay Area, guests can now enjoy their favorites, like the WHOPPER(®) sandwich and hot, crispy fries, delivered to the address of their choosing.

“BK(®) Delivers is already performing well in New York, Miami, Houston and greater Washington, D.C.  As its popularity has grown, we have seen an increasing demand for the program in other markets,” said Alex Macedo, President of North America, Burger King Worldwide, Inc.  “Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago have some of our most loyal guests and the BURGER KING® brand is excited to offer them the opportunity to enjoy the food they love, delivered to them in the comfort of their home, dorm or office.

BK(®) Delivers allows guests in the delivery zone to customize and order their BK® favorites simply by visiting BKDelivers.com  from a computer or mobile phone or by calling toll free to 855-ORDER-BK (855-673-3725). Guests receive hot food that is hot, and cold items which stay cold, thanks to BK(®) proprietary thermal packaging technology, all without leaving the comfort of their home or office. Best of all, the system remembers guests’ orders for simple, one touch ordering with each subsequent order.

BK(®) Delivers plans to continue to expand and be available in even more locations in the Chicago metropolitan area over the next several months, serving Lincoln Park, Evanston, Skokie, The Loop, Cicero, Downers Grove and Logan Square.  In Southern California, BK® Delivers will be available across a wide area, including Central LA, Echo Park, Glendale, Burbank, Hollywood, Eagle Rock, Anaheim, Covina, Garden Grove, La Puente, Chinatown, Koreatown and Santa Ana.  In the San Francisco bay area, service will be rolled out to Oakland, Union City, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Jose, Milpitas, Cupertino, Sunnyvale and Alum Rock shortly.

There are a wide variety of markets in which guests and franchisees have shown tremendous interest in receiving BK® Delivers.  The company is looking to expand and would like its’ guests to have input on its’ direction.  For those guests, whose cities aren’t mentioned above, that would like to see BK(®) Delivers come to them, please visit BKDelivers.com  and log your zip code to let BURGER KING(®) know where you live; then simply add your email address to get alerts once BK® Delivers arrives in your area.

BK(®) Delivers is currently available in New York, Miami, Houston and greater Washington, D.C.  It has shown wide scale traction since its inception, including the ability to attract and maintain loyal customers with an amazing loyalty program that offers up FREE sandwiches and exciting news surrounding the BK® Delivers program.

With a minimum food order of $10, guests can choose from a wide variety of established favorites, as well as popular new limited time menu items.  These include the brand’s signature WHOPPER(®) sandwich, as well as the new Loaded Tater Tots(TM)and its line of real fruit smoothies. Orders can be placed during delivery operating hours of 11 am until 10 pm. Delivery must be to a physical address that falls within a delivery zone of a participating restaurant. Delivery times and prices vary by location.

Please visit BKDelivers.com to see the complete menu or for a list of participating restaurants.

Follow us on our BK® Delivers Facebook or visit our Twitter page for exciting promotions and to see when it will be available in your area.

ABOUT BURGER KING WORLDWIDE, INC.
Founded in 1954, BURGER KING(®) (NYSE: BKW) is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER(®), the BURGER KING(®) system operates in nearly 13,000 locations serving over 11 million guests daily in 86 countries and territories worldwide. Approximately 97 percent of BURGER KING(®) restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about Burger King Worldwide, please visit the company’s website at www.bk.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

SOURCE  Burger King Worldwide, Inc.

Burger King Worldwide, Inc.

OMG, Listen to Lawrence Wright Talk About His New Book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief”

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Right here.

OMG, right?

Holding the cans, on Market:

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In closing, OMG

OMG, Lexus “Laws of Attraction” at City View Metreon – SF’s Party of the Year – World Premier of New LS 460 F Sport

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Now why did Lexus choose San Francisco, of all the cities of the world, as the place to debut its “Laws of Attraction” exhibit and to unveil it’s brand-new LS 460 F Sport model?

I don’t know, I guess we’re special.

Hey, look who was there, high atop the Metreon at City View:

It’s  the Stars of the Lexus Laws of Attraction Photo Exhibit as they pose with the 2013 Lexus LS: (left to right) Jonathan Adler, Simon Doonan, Devon Aoki, James Bailey, Jaime King, Kyle Newman, Brady Cunningham and Jason Schwartzman.

Man, this Monday night party was off the hook – I was transformed from an overweight Dell Jockey into an overweight Dell Jockey at the City View:

Oh, and what’s this just outside but four stories up, a Lexus supercar, the likes of which I’ve only seen once before? How did they get this halo vehicle to the roof of the Metreon? Crane, chopper, ramps, giant elevator? It’s a mystery:

(You can’t just buy one of these, Lexus has to invite you to buy this $400,000 car. There’s just 500 in the world, that’s it.)

The place was packed, hundreds and hundreds of party-goers were up there:

Oh, here we go, the moment of unveiling:

Do people take iPads to parties to take photos these days? People do:

See the photos behind the car? That was the point of this shindig, deets below:

A good time was had by all, all the dolled-up gals from the east and south bay and all the older dudes from Marin…

If you ever get invited to a free party hosted by Lexus, jump at the chance, is all I can say.

Get all the deets, see all the art photos of the couples, see the new, sportier Lexus, see the new “spindle” grill, see the less-luxurious, performance-oriented SPORT F sedan, see it all, right here and/or after the jump.

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Scottish Leader Addresses Commonwealth Club: First Minister Alex Salmond in Town to Promote Renewable Energy

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club heard First Minister Alex Salmond discuss Scotland’s Place in the World last night. Here‘s what it looked like.

The avuncular FM is touring California (you know, talking with Jerry Brown and Fiona Ma and going Hollywood) to promote Scotland as the “Silicon Valley of marine energy.”

Here he is at 595 Market, along with Commonwealth Club Past President J. Dennis Bonney:

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All the deets:

“Scotland targets Fortune 500 in US push for business - First Minister writes to top global companies in California ahead of trade mission

EDINBURGH, Scotland, June 17, 2012 — Over 70 leading California-based companies, including all Fortune 500 companies in the state, are being targeted as part of a new campaign to attract inward investment to Scotland.

The country’s leader, First Minister Alex Salmond, has personally written to top executives at leading companies which have been identified by Scottish Development International as potential investors in advance of his visit to the US on a trade mission.

In his letter, which is part of a wider SDI campaign to encourage some of the world’s most successful companies to consider setting up operations in Scotland, the First Minister highlights the benefits of choosing Scotland over any other nation.

The First Minister will be reinforcing the message that Scotland is ready to do business during his four-day visit to California. He stresses in his letter that Scotland - with its highly-skilled workforce and a cost-competitive business location – is a land of opportunity.

The First Minister said: “Scotland is already an economic success story and we make no apologies for going after new business at every opportunity. We perform better economically than everywhere else in the UK bar the southeast of England and that brings major business opportunities.

“Scottish Development International’s campaign is backed by a number of companies already investing in Scotland such as Pfizer and Amazon and the message is absolutely clear.

“Scotland is a land of major opportunity and it is open for business. We have a long and impressive track record in life sciences, sciences, technology and creative industries developing an environment where ingenuity and innovation can create jobs and wealth for Scotland.

“Even without our offshore oil and gas reserves, Scotland has the highest GDP in the UK outside London and southeast England.

“We have five universities in the world’s top 200, we rank first in the world in research productivity per unit of GDP and second in the world in research impact.

“Business operating costs for key functions can be almost a third lower here.

“This campaign will also send the message directly to the heart of US business community with print and online advertising running in The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Business Times, New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle.

Danny Cusick, President, Americas, Scottish Development International, said:

“SDI has seven offices across North America, including a significant presence in California, to provide support and collaboration opportunities for key North American companies.

“This campaign is part of a global drive to attract new investment to Scotland. There has been a significant level of inward investment success over the last 12 months, with Amazon, FMC Technologies and State Street all making significant investments in Scotland. SDI is building on this with a continued focus on securing new, sustainable jobs and opportunities.

“It is clear that Scotland remains a location of choice due to our winning combination of qualities, including our highly skilled and educated workforce and efficient operating costs.

“This is an excellent opportunity to highlight Scotland’s competitive advantages to some of California’s biggest companies.”

And here are some Upcoming Events at the Commonwealth Club:

 

Horrible Filmed-in-San Francisco TV Show “Love Bites” Debuts on NBC – It’s Worse than “Trauma”

Monday, June 6th, 2011

For some reason, the NBC just loves shooting bad television shows, ones with with horrible ratings, in the 415.

Comes now, Love Bites, which just had its national debut on June 2. It’s terrible.

But it’s been filmed (or taped or whatever) in town, so you might want to check it out for that reason alone. (Well, the first ep. had three vignettes, of which only the second is set in S.F.) Every scene from that segment practically screams “we made this on location!”

So you’ll see plenty of shots of the T/A Building and Belvedere Alley in Cole Valley:

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Here’s the reaction:

“The long-delayed premiere of NBC’s anthology romantic comedy, “Love Bites,” failed to meet even the lowest expectations Thursday night.”

Ouch.

Check it out yourself here starting at 1:50. Yish.

Maybe it could be best described as a television romcom, like Friends except sexier and not funny.

So, does it make sense to shoot TV shows on location in San Francisco these days?

No, it does not.

Jenna Elfman, America’s Most Famous Haight-Ashbury Hippie, is Looking Good at 40. Plus, Scientologists Everywhere

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Market Street is playing host to the return of Jenna Elfman to San Francisco these days. She starred in Dharma and Greg on the TV back in the 90′s and the oughts, so she’s what people think about when they think of San Francisco and Haight-Ashbury and hippies and whatnot.

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And she’s Yet Another Scientologist, did not know that. She’s part of a decades-long attempt to normalize Scientology as Your Next Religion. (This bus shelter ad is as much about that effort as selling Flip cameras, actually.)

You see, that’s how they roll Down Hollywood Way.

So, mommas, don’t let your daughters grow up to be 5’10″ ZZ Top or Depeche Mode video models:

That’s your Lesson Of The Day.

“Electric Cars are Gay” – This Line was Pulled from the Trailer of Ron Howard’s New Movie, But Not in San Francisco

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Actor Vince Vaughn plays an engine designer in Ron Howard’s upcoming film called The Dilemma, O.K. fine. But people are upset at the following line, uttered when the Vince Vaughn character makes a pitch to a car company:

Electric cars are gay. I mean not homosexual gay, but, you know, my-parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance gay.”

Well, GLAAD wasn’t happy about that, so Universal Pictures yanked these lines from the trailer promoting the movie.

Except in San Francisco, where they didn’t. So, the Metreon Theatre, as of yesterday, still uses the original trailer with the offending line intact.

So much for the promises of Hollywood…

A non-gay electric car in the Castro District:

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And speaking of broken promises coming out of Tinseltown, when are they going to get around to fixing the steps of Alta Plaza, you know, the ones that got damaged during the filming of What’s Up, Doc back in the 1970′s?

Maybe someday.