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City of Los Angeles politicians doin' what they do best

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by poindexter, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Pushing tax-paying businesses out of the state.

    Bill will require condom usage in all movie shoots. The industry doesn't want it.

    You think the industry will change their habits because of Mayor Villaretardo? Or just pack up and move elsehwhere, like the rest of the movie and tv industry?

  2. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Umm, the movie and TV industry here in Hollywood is the healthiest it's been in years; part of that is because other states have discovered their much ballyhooed tax breaks to attract productions have caused more pain to the bottom line than they are worth.

    And "Villaretardo" didn't promote the bill.

    If you want to complain in some mildly bigoted way about a dumb LA rule, I'll offer up this one:

  3. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    From the article:

    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is supportive of the ordinance
  4. rmanfredi

    rmanfredi Active Member

    I'm reading "The Other Hollywood" right now - it's an oral (snicker snicker) history of the porn industry and they talk to pretty much all of the main players since the 1970s. I'm just getting into the section on the 1980s and how the AIDS epidemic impacted the industry. Overall, I have two thoughts about it:

    - The state of California and (particularly) Los Angeles tried to use strong-arm tactics and laws to break the porn industry in the late 70s and 1980s. All that did was push production out to other parts of the US/world. With it being more affordable and more convenient than ever to shoot anywhere, why wouldn't the industry just move to Bulgaria?

    - At the same time, the gay porn industry - from my understanding - has taken large steps to voluntarily mandate that condoms are worn during productions. Why? Because performers are having a lot of sex and putting themselves at risk for HIV, and condoms are what prevents transmission. I remember reading a few years ago about a few "maverick" gay porn companies that insisted on making films without condoms, and how they were treated as pariahs in the industry roughly on-par with the worst fetish films. Not that I watch pornography (har har), but even the "fantasy" aspect of wanting to see sex without condoms doesn't outweigh the risks. The industry should be policing itself and making condoms mandatory instead of letting the government get involved in the first place.
  5. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Conservatives For Condomless Porn would be an awesome band and/or super PAC name.
  6. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    This one sentence sums up how asinine the state of California is... with everything.

    The new rule would require porn producers to pay a fee to fund surprise inspections.

    The city or state adding a fee... and then will hire someone to go around to porn shoots for "surprise" inspections when its time for the money shot.

    Yeah. That's going to really work.
  7. Matt1735

    Matt1735 Well-Known Member

    What they need to do is hire someone to watch all the porn that is produced and confirm that the performers were wearing rubbers. Any SportsJournalists.commers want the gig?
  8. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    More job-killing government regulation.
  9. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    Missed you on the other thread about this Poin.


  10. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Apparently, not so much:
    The big loser in Thursday's Oscar nominations may be California.

    The state barely registered in the Oscar contest, at least when it comes to film locations, underscoring the difficulty California faces in keeping its homegrown industry from fleeing the state.
    Only one of the nine best-picture nominees was actually filmed in California, the Warner Bros. movie "Her," the Spike Jonze drama that shot in L.A. and Shanghai, China.

    The other eight nominees all were shot in other states and countries, including leading contenders "Gravity" (Britain), "American Hustle" (Massachusetts), "Captain Phillips" (Massachusetts, Malta and Morocco), and "Dallas Buyers Club" and "12 Years a Slave," both of which were filmed in Louisiana.

    Virtually all of the other Oscar nominations for categories such as cinematography, costume design, directing, film editing and lead actor performances were for live action movies that were filmed elsewhere.



    The number of top-grossing films shot in California has plummeted 60% in the last 15 years. During the same period, Louisiana quadrupled its share of top-grossing movies while Georgia's output increased more than 300%, according to Times research.

    This week, FilmL.A. Inc. released its own report documenting a two-decade long decline in local film and TV productions. While location filming for feature films rose by double digits last year, it remained 50% down from its peak in 1996, while production of TV dramas was down nearly 40% from its 2008 peak, according to the study.

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