With fame comes fortune

first_imgSANTA CLARITA In the new TV show “The Riches,” Santa Clarita stands in for someplace else – again. For years, the Santa Clarita Valley has been a kind of local version of Canada’s “Hollywood North,” providing an alternative to shooting in Los Angeles without film crews having to jet out of state. But the city almost never plays itself on screen. Valencia did have the honor of getting nuked recently in an episode of “24,” a show that is shot in Santa Clarita and makes reference to places such as Newhall. “Most of America aspires to live in someplace like this,” said Paterson, who is originally from Great Britain along with the show’s two stars, Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver. In the show, Izzard and Driver start off living in a recreational vehicle with their children. Their characters are patterned after “Irish Travelers,” a nomadic group, and in the show the family prides itself on scamming the law-abiding. But life in their new upscale digs is based on a lie, as they assume the identities of the dead residents of the suburban house they move into. Filming in valley a big business As a set for the show, producers created a “traveler” camp of beat-up trailers west of Interstate 5 off Pico Canyon Road. The show also shot at the River’s End RV park on Soledad Canyon Road. In the show, Izzard’s character pretends to be a lawyer and works for a company called Panco that is involved in shady real estate deals. Izzard, who was in the movie “Ocean’s Twelve,” is an actor and stand-up comedian known for onstage cross-dressing. He jokingly referred to Santa Clarita as “Santa Concreta” in an article on the British Web site for Guardian Unlimited. “The Riches” is just one of seven TV shows now being shot in the Santa Clarita Valley, said Jason Crawford, the city’s liaison to the film and TV industry. And all of the production has brought its own version of “the riches” to the area. An estimated 5percent of Santa Clarita residents work in the high-paying film and TV industry, Crawford said. Local talent a draw for show The pilot for “The Riches” was shot in Louisiana, which is where the show is set and where the creator grew up. But despite the tax breaks offered there, the show moved to Santa Clarita because it’s easier to find talent in Southern California, Paterson said. With all the local talent and the number of Santa Clarita residents working in the industry, it may only be a matter of time before Santa Clarita turns the lens back on itself. “It’s been really cool that `24′ has been talking about Santa Clarita and Valencia on the show,” Crawford said. “And I would love to see, just like `The OC’ gave popularity to Orange County, I would love to see something scripted for Santa Clarita in the future.” Until then, residents will continue watching the television to see if they recognize any of the scene locations. “The Riches” debuts tonight on the FX Network. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Now, a new show from the FX Network is bringing it all back home to Santa Clarita – sort of. “The Riches,” a dark comedy shot on location and at a sound stage in Santa Clarita, is about a family of itinerant con artists who, by a twist of fate, land in a house outside Baton Rouge, La. All about the American Dream “It relates to Santa Clarita as a concept, as the exurbs, the new Republican kind of suburban mom kind of story,” producer Iain Paterson said. “Which makes it very relevant, very contemporary.” Gated neighborhoods and “McMansions” figure prominently in the show, Paterson said. So does the compulsion to get ahead and the American Dream. last_img

Anti-corruption efforts awarded in South Africa

first_img17 September 2015Zanele Mxunyelwa, the National Treasury’s head of specialised audit services, was named the 2015 Certified Examiner of the Year at a gala dinner of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) held at the Sandton Convention Centre, on 15 September.“As South Africans, we have a responsibility to prevent fraud and corruption. It is a struggle that must be fought by all of us,” Mxunyelwa said. “With our well educated future generation who understand the impact of fraud and corruption in hindering service delivery, I strongly believe that we will eliminate this scourge.”She joined the National Treasury in 2010, and took it upon herself to set up the first forensic investigation unit for the country. “We are responsible to conduct forensic investigation for all spheres of government and co-ordinating all investigations and feed them to the Anti-Corruption Task Team,” Mxunyelwa said.“We are also assisting the country to investigate foreign bribery. My unit is capacitated with advocates, chartered accountants, cyber specialists and there are 10 forensic firms that are assisting us throughout the country. I believe that we will conquer and we will succeed.”The significance of the award, she added, was increased awareness from the public about the National Treasury and its work in fighting fraud and dishonesty.“No one talks about the National Treasury in terms of dealing with fraud and corruption in the country. No one knows that we exist; no one knew where to report fraudulent activities. Now that we’ve won the top awards, it means people will know that there are effective fraud busters at the National Treasury.”Congratulations on fighting a good fight“While we congratulate [Zanele Mxunyelwa] for her tireless efforts, we also need to warn those who are planning to get involved in the corrupt and fraudulent activities to refrain from doing so before our law catches up with them,” said Communications Minister Faith Muthambi at the event.She commended the National Treasury for winning the ACFE corporate member award. “We congratulate the National Treasury for their efforts of saving millions if not billions of rands of the taxpayer’s money.”#ACFE gala dinner. CFE of the year award goes to Zanele Mxunyelwa. National Treasury going home with a second award . Congratulations!— Claudelle von Eck(@CvonEck)September 15, 2015Zanele Mxunyelwa receiving CFE of the year award at ACFE Gala Dinner#fraudconf@ACFESApic.twitter.com/lGyoL3d64f— Morne Britz (@Morne_73)September 16, 2015About the ACFEThe ACFE is recognised as the only professional body for fraud and forensic examination practitioners in South Africa.“As a non-profit professional body we exist to improve the level of professionalism and positively influence the quality of advice delivered by our members,” reads the company website.Source: SAnews.gov and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

8 Cinematographers to Follow on Instagram

first_img2. Phedon Papamichael – @papa2Papamichael earned an Oscar Nomination for the 2013 film Nebraska. His credits as Director of Photography span several genres and decades. He worked on films like Cool Runnings, Bio-Dome, Patch Adams, Sideways, Walk the Line, The Pursuit of Happyness, 3:10 to Yuma, and This is 40.His Instagram account is absolutely stunning. From sets to landscapes to portraits of his children, each photo is expertly framed. The account is a true treasure trove of inspiration. 8. Rodrigo Prieto – @rpstamPrieto received an Oscar Nomination for his work on Brokeback Mountain. He is also well known for his “trilogy” with Alejandro González Iñárritu composed of Amores Perros, 21 Grams, and Babel. He served as Director of Photography on 8 Mile, Argo, and The Wolf of Wall Street. He and Reed Morano are working as DPs on multiple episodes of Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger‘s upcoming Rock ‘n’ Roll project for HBO.His Instagram account is full of landscapes from his travels. No matter what part of the world he is in, he will blow you away with his photos. 6. Shane Hurlbut – @hurlbutvisualsHurlbut is widely known for his work on Act of Valor, the first major motion picture shot almost entirely on the Canon 5Dii. He also served as the Director of Photography on films like Drumline, We Are Marshall, Semi-Pro, Terminator Salvation, and Need for Speed.His Instagram account mostly focuses on his personal life and his set life. You are bound to see some awesome camera rigs mixed in with photos of his crew. 3. Matthew Libatique – @libatiqueLibatique received a Oscar Nomination for Black Swan in 2010. You can also thank him for the look of the Marvel cinematic universe, as he served as Director of Photography on Iron Man and Iron Man 2. He frequently collaborates with Darren Aronofsky, dating back to Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, and recently Noah. He just completed work on the N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton.His instagram account is fairly balanced. Not only do you get a glimpse at his daily life, but also a look behind the scenes of films and some funny photoshops. 4. Larry Fong – @unclewowSince we credited the look of the Marvel universe to Libatique, then Fong is the new look of DC. A frequent collaborator with Zach Snyder, Larry Fong was the Director of Photography on 300, Watchmen, and is currently working on the upcoming Batman v Superman. He was also behind Super 8, Now You See Me, and nine episodes of Lost.His account frequently features great set and cast photos. Like many other Instagram users, he is a big fan of showing off his espresso. Embeds aren’t allowed from his account, so be sure to check him out at instagram.com/unclewow.5. Rachel Morrison – @rmorrisonMorrison is an Emmy Nominated cinematographer who is quickly moving up in the filmmaking world. She has worked on many television shows and documentaries, but is now mostly praised for her work on Fruitvale Station, Cake, and Dope.Her account is full of solid set photos, impressive camera rigs, surreal landscapes, and her adorable newborn.center_img Instagram is full of talented photographers, but some of the world’s best cinematographers are also just a follow away. Here are 8 great accounts from awesome Directors of Photography.Cover image from IMDb via Getty ImagesSome of the most talented photographers have huge followings on Instagram, but don’t forget that several masters of the cinema camera are online too. In fact, these cinematographers all have photos that will blow you away.1. Emmanuel Lubezki – @chivexpIt’s almost unfair to start the list with this current film icon. Lubeski (featured above) won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Cinematography back-to-back with Gravity in 2014 and Birdman in 2015. He also received Oscar Nominations for The Tree of Life, Children of Men, The New World, Sleepy Hollow, and A Little Princess. Don’t be surprised to see him go for three in a row with this year’s The Revenant.His Instagram account is full of incredible photos. Not only does he share some great set photos, but his portraits and landscapes are breathtaking. 7. Reed Morano – @reedmoranoMorano has over 45 credits to her name and is most recently known for her work on Frozen River, Kill Your Darlings, and The Skeleton Twins. This year she made her directorial debut with Meadowland. In 2013, she joined the American Society of Cinematographers and was the ASC’s youngest member.Morano is a wizard with light, as is showcased throughout her Instagram account. Her account is mostly personal, and the portraits of her children are always fantastic. Want more on cinematography? Check out these awesome posts:7 Iconic Hollywood Cinematography TechniquesThe Art of Perspective and Symmetry in Cinematography5 Ways to Improve Your Cinematography Right Now!Have other filmmaking Instagram users you love to follow? Did we leave someone off the list? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

D-League: Ragasa cleared of any serious injuries after bad fall

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES Mental toughness key to upsetting Pocari Sweat, says Pamilar Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Curiously, Ragasa and Herndon were teammates last conference with Victoria Sports-MLQU.Despite missing Ragasa, Batangas held on to its 81-79 victory to stay unbeaten in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Batangas guard John Ragasa gets fitted with a neck brace after getting elbowed by Wangs’ Robbie Herndon. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netBatangas guard John Ragasa escaped any major injuries following his spinal x-ray on Tuesday.Coach Eric Gonzales provided details on his bearded playmaker after his collision with Wangs Basketball swingman Robbie Herndon in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT “He is good. As per the x-ray, there are no anomalies found and according to the test, he’s negative to any complications. He was cleared by the doctors to go home and get some rest,” the mentor said in a short text message.READ: De Joya tows Batangas to 2nd straight winFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRagasa suffered whiplash after getting elbowed to the jaw by Herndon at the 4:57 mark of the fourth quarter. He banged his head on the court and was left dazed as he struggled to get on his feet.The 25-year-old was immediately taken back to the team’s dugout, where medics fitted him with a neck brace before being rushed to the Medical City in Pasig. View commentslast_img read more

In Dwyane Wade’s final game in San Antonio, Heat snap Spurs’ 9-game win streak

first_imgMiguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Wade couldn’t wait to open the gift the Spurs gave him, which included signed jerseys from Duncan, Parker and Ginobili.“Legends,” Wade said. “Hall of Famer jerseys in those boxes with the Big Three here in San Antonio. Guys I have so much respect for with Duncan, Ginobili and Parker. I appreciate those jerseys.”Wade also exchanged jerseys with DeRozan at halfcourt following the game. The crowd serenaded him with “D-Wade” chants as he did a postgame interview and as he walked into the locker room.“It’s an honor,” DeRozan said of Wade’s gift. “It was an honor being able to play against him for 10 years of my career, especially me being in the East all those years.”TIP-INSHeat: Miami’s previous win at San Antonio was March 31, 2013, when Chris Bosh scored 23 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer, to stun the Spurs 88-86 as Wade and LeBron James sat out for rest. … Miami is 17-16 on the road after finishing 18-23 last season. … Justise Winslow missed the game with a bruised right thigh.Spurs: Mills played in his 521st game with the Spurs to move past Danny Green into the top 10 in franchise history for games played. Bruce Bowen is ninth with 630 games played for San Antonio. … Marco Belinelli became the 11th player in NBA history with 400 3-pointers off the bench.UP NEXTHeat: At the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.Spurs: At the Houston Rockets on Friday night. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wade, who is retiring after 16 seasons, has been honored in his final game at visiting arenas. This one was special, though, given his history against the Spurs, coach Gregg Popovich and their vaunted Big Three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.Wade was key to the battles between Miami and San Antonio in the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals. The Heat rallied from a six-point deficit in the final 20.3 seconds to force overtime and win Game 6 on their way to capturing the 2013 championship. San Antonio won the title the following season against Miami to avenge that defeat.The Spurs honored Wade before the game with a 1½-minute video, including their tussles in the NBA Finals. After the video played, Popovich presented Wade with a gift box that included signed jerseys from Duncan, Parker and Ginobili.“That’s dope,” Wade said. “I didn’t know it was going to be before the game. I like the music swag they had on it and the videos they put up. It was really cool. I’m so thankful and I’m so appreciative. I don’t expect those things to happen to me at all. I just came out and did my job every night and I’m thankful for the relationships that I have. I have a great one with Coach (Popovich) and I just appreciate what they did.”San Antonio also gifted Miami the first half, falling behind by as many as 17 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ LATEST STORIES James Harden’s 57 points not enough as Grizzlies overcome Rockets Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, right, and San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan pose for photographers after exchanging jerseys following an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in San Antonio. Miami won 110-105. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — Dwyane Wade was upset, ecstatic, tenacious and gracious in his final battle with the San Antonio Spurs.It was the perfect ending to Wade’s fiery showdowns with San Antonio, albeit an unusual one with the fans serenading him with cheers as he walked off the AT&T Center court after one final win over the Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT The Spurs rallied from a 12-point deficit entering the fourth quarter to pull to 108-105 on Rudy Gay’s floater with 1:07 remaining, but a turnover by DeMar DeRozan and a pair of free throws by Kelly Olynk sealed the victory.“We had a shot in the fourth quarter, but for three quarters they whipped us physically and discipline-wise,” Popovich said. “They deserve the win for that reason.”The Spurs had six players in double figures, but only two starters. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 17 points and DeRozan added 16. Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli added 17 apiece.San Antonio held opponents to 101.3 points per game during its winning streak but Miami reached 100 with 9 minutes remaining.DeRozan was given a technical foul after screaming at an official for not calling a foul when he was stripped by James Johnson on the baseline with the Spurs trailing 103-98 with 4:12 to play.Wade picked up a technical 2 minutes later after berating an official for a non-call on his missed fadeaway over Mills. Aldridge’s free throw pared Miami’s lead to 106-103.Wade responded by banking in an off-balance, fadeaway, left-handed runner.“A shot I’ve never seen him practice or ever attempt,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said, still in disbelief, “I guess sometimes that’s what great players can do, just manufacture something out of absolutely nothing. He was bottled up, Aldridge just had him jammed and that just gave us the breathing room at the end.”Wade finished with 11 points, including a running 3-pointer from halfcourt that brought the crowd to its feet in celebration of one of the Spurs’ fiercest competitors.HALL OF FAME SWAG Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Google Philippines names new country director Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Goran Dragic had 22 points and the Miami Heat snapped the Spurs’ nine-game winning streak with a 110-105 victory Wednesday night, sending Wade home a winner in what was likely his final game in San Antonio.“We’re playing as good as a group together as we’ve played since I got back here,” Wade said. “It’s fun playing basketball with these guys this way.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDion Waiters added 18 points and Josh Richardson had 15 for Miami, which won its third straight game to remain eighth in the Eastern Conference.San Antonio saw its 11-game home winning streak come to an end but remained fifth in the West. It was the Spurs’ first loss since Feb. 25 in Brooklyn as part of their 1-7 Rodeo Road Trip.last_img read more