China’s Quota Mess: Which Hollywood Blockbusters Could Get Left Out?

Water Main Break in… Ruptured Water Main Caused Large Sinkhole Crews continued to work Thursday night to repair a ruptured water main that caused a large sinkhole filled with water to develop at South 28th Avenue and Van Buren Street in Hollywood. NBC 6’s Steve Litz reports. More Photos and Videos A boil water notice was lifted for Hollywood residents after crews repaired a ruptured water main that caused a large sinkhole filled with water to develop at South 28th Avenue and Van Buren Street. The flooding has receded, but a stretch of South 28th Avenue remained blocked off and under water following the rupture that happened Thursday. Early Friday, officials said the pipe was repaired but the water flow wasn’t back to normal. The repair work was finished before midday Friday, and Hollywood was working to fix a section of the road that had to be removed to repair the water main. Click here to see a map of the affected areas . A precautionary boil water notice had been issued for everyone who uses the City of Hollywood water system after the 24-inch water main broke because of a utility contractor working in the area, the city said in a news release. The boil water notice had been issued for customers who receive water from Hollywood or two parts of the Broward County utility system should boil their water. That includes people in parts of Davie, Dania Beach, Hallandale Beach, Pembroke Park, West Park, Miramar and Pembroke Pines. Florida Fisherman Saves Bull Shark Crews had been working to make repairs and to isolate the water main, leaving those residents closest to the damaged pipe without water while repairs were made. The break caused a drop in water pressure throughout the system, and because of that the Hollywood Department of Public Utilities issued the boil water notice. “I noticed the water pressure in the shower was kind of low so I thought well, maybe they had turned the water off or something like that but when I came out all the water was gushing down the street and garbage bags were floating down the street and I was like OMG this is crazy,” resident James Dempsey said. “The water just sorta started rising and there was like no end to it, no stop to it.” VIDEO: Business Owners Clean Flooded Stores in Pinecrest At least one area business said the boil water order didn’t have a huge impact.

What would Shelby say? Piece of Hollywood history up for sale as Steel Magnolias house goes under the hammer

Steel Magnolias became a classic as fans loved its heart-wrenching drama and leading ladies

Says one source, “The Chinese have done a great job of marginalizing our movies while pushing their own.” This story first appeared in the Oct. 11 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. our editor recommends China to Lift Ban on Sales of Video Games, Consoles As Leonardo DiCaprio and Harvey Weinstein were visiting China in late September to promote Wanda Group’s $8.2 billion studio project, new tensions were brewing between Hollywood and the state-run China Film Group. Studio sources in Beijing tell THR the government’s annual quota of 34 foreign movies is perilously close to full, though it remains unclear whether that means some high-profile U.S. films will be denied coveted releases in 2013. PHOTOS:Studios’ New Box Office Pain: Homegrown Films Are Beating Tentpoles Overseas “The slots do all appear to have been filled, but it’s always difficult to tell in China whether they might allow more — you can never be certain,” says one source. Another insider says the quota is “a fluid number, not set in stone.” Relations between Hollywood and China worsened this year after China Film Group refused to hand over hundreds of millions of dollars in box-office revenue because of a dispute over tax rates. The MPAA negotiated a deal in August that requires CFG to pay $100 million to $150 million owed. But now U.S. studio releases could be sidelined. Sources say some big titles — including The Lone Ranger (October), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Thor: The Dark World (November) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (December) — already have been approved for release. But there are no slots available for other Hollywood movies, meaning such major titles as Summit/Lionsgate’s Ender’s Game and Disney’s Planes could be out.

Ruptured Water Main Caused Large Sinkhole

And now a piece of Hollywood History is going under the hammer, as the house that starred in 1989’s ‘Steel Magnolias’ is up for auction to the highest bidder. The Louisiana property offers 5,900sq ft, with six bedrooms, six bathrooms and an 800sq ft. guest house and comes complete with pool. Scroll down for video The red-brick home that starred in Steel Magnolias has gone up for auction – and the buyer will also get its haul of antiques and furniture too The historical home offers 5,900sq ft, with six bedrooms, six bathrooms and an 800sq ft. At least there’s somewhere to park! London double garage sells for over 250,000 – 80,000 more than the cost of an average HOUSE The lucky bidder will also get antiques, high end furnishings, and movie memorabilia in the sale, as the property comes with the entire contents inside it. Not only will the buyer be able to re-enact the moments where the characters laughed and cried; from Shelby’s wedding to Jackson Jr’s first birthday, they will be able to snap up all the contents inside. Included in the sale are a four-poster bed, an 1860’s marble top table, poster bed, oil paintings, rugs, bronzes and an elaborate fountain. The lucky bidder will also get antiques, high end furnishings, and movie memorabilia included in the sale The contents also include a poster bed, oil paintings, rugs, bronzes, an elaborate fountain, garden ornaments, and clocks The house was on the market last year at prices ranging from $1.175 million to $949,000 The red-brick home was built in Natchitoches, near the Cane River, and was even used as a hospital during the Civil War The buyer will also get a haul of garden ornaments, sofas, a book case, lamps, porcelain, cut glass, china, crystal, clocks, stained glass, writing desks, dressers and a Victorian pump organ, Bonnette Auctions said. The red-brick home was built in Natchitoches, near the Cane River, and was even used as a hospital during the Civil War, the LA Times reported. The house, which in recent years has been used as a bed and breakfast, was on the market last year at prices ranging from $1.175 million to $949,000. Guests often watch the film inside the house, the owners say, and like to walk around and see where certain scenes were filmed. Steel Magnolias focused on the loves and tragedies of a close knit circle of friends – with many scenes featuring around the red brick home Steel Magnolias became a classic as fans loved its heart-wrenching drama and leading ladies Steel Magnolias starred Shirley Maclaine, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Julia Roberts and Daryl Hannah The owners have decorated each room in honour of the characters – from girly pink for Julia Roberts’ character Shelby, to putting waspish battle-axe Ouiser in the attic. The film is based in a small parish town in Lousiana, with a group of friends gathering around Truvy’s (Dolly Parton) Beauty Parlor. It follows the dreams, tragedies and celebrations of the group, from the death of loved ones to new romances. The house became a focal point for the film, and many scenes were set there.

Hollywood Networking Breakfast Helps Bizzers Connect

Kelley, Wes Craven and James Burrows, all of whom have at one time or another volunteered as guest speakers. Initially held on the Paramount Studios lot, the breakfast now takes place at Hollywoods Raleigh Studios on the last Thursday or Saturday of every month. Sandra Lord, the brain behind the breakfast, said she created the org when she moved to L.A. from St. Lucia and found that existing networking events didnt allow attendees to intermingle, or for newcomers to be heard. People were thrust into a room, and most people kept to themselves, passing judgment on others, watching whos important and whos not, said Lord, whos also CEO of the nonprofit Changing Images in America and the production company Lord Entertainment Group. So I thought that there was an opportunity to do something different and to provide access to everyone. Anyone, including walk-ins, can attend the breakfast as long as they pony up the $45-$55 cost. At the event, every attendee is allotted 15 seconds to introduce themselves to a room of 100 to 250 entertainment bizzers before the scheduled speaker from the film, TV or music industry takes the floor. Lord and her staff choose one attendee to either meet the guest speakers again for a lunch date or visit them at their place of work. For instance, Two and a Half Men director James Widdoes, who spoke at the HNB two years ago, allowed an attendee a Broadway production stage manager, who had moved to L.A. to become an assistant director to observe him on set. Widdoes hired him as a stage PA on his ABC Family pilot and Hulu Web series. As I say to anybody, whether theyre starting out in the business or theyve been at it for 30 years, you have to get your product in front of people every opportunity you can, Widdoes said. Lollie knows exactly what he means.