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‘Scarface,’ ‘Deadwood’ Movie, Jordan Peele Film Score California Tax Credits

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The California Film Commission announced Monday that nine upcoming films have received tax credits to shoot in the Golden State as part of California’s expanded Film & TV Tax Credit Program.

Among the films receiving credits are the upcoming remake of “Scarface” — which will see the story of Tony Montana moved from Miami to L.A. — the film adaptation of the acclaimed HBO series “Deadwood,” and an untitled Universal film directed by “Get Out” filmmaker Jordan Peele as part of his exclusive deal with the studio.

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In 2014, California Gov. Jerry Brown approved revisions to the Film Commission’s tax credit program in response to an exodus of higher budget films to other states like Georgia. The new system allows projects previously barred from credit by the old program to be eligible, including TV pilots, hour-long TV series, and most notably, feature films with budgets of more than $75 million.

This has led major Hollywood studios to return to California for some of their projects, including Marvel Studios, which has filmed most of their recent work at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta but is filming next year’s “Captain Marvel” in California. Disney also filmed Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle In Time,” which had a budget of $103 million, in California as well.

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Another upcoming film that has just received credit but would have been ineligible under the old system is Fox’s action-drama “Ford vs. Ferrari.” Reporting a production budget of $78 million, the film will tell the true story of the intense rivalry between Ford and Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans after Enzo Ferrari refused to let Henry Ford II buy his company, resulting in Ford upsetting the Italian company at the race by designing the iconic Ford Gt.

Other high-budget projects that have received credit include Fox’s upcoming adaptation of Jack London’s “Call of the Wild,” Paramount’s next “Transformers” film “Bumblebee,” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.”

The next application period for feature film tax credits will be held June 18-22.

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Multibillion-Dollar Bullet Train on Track in California, Promises Gov. Jerry Brown

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Multibillion-Dollar Bullet Train on Track in California, Promises Gov. Jerry Brown
While acknowledging there have been “obstacles,” California Gov. Jerry Brown insisted the state’s much anticipated — and maligned — high-speed train will be built. The Democratic governor made the promise during his final State of the State address on Thursday. “I like trains. I like high speed trains even better,” said Brown. Also Read: Conan Has Haitians Roast Trump: 'Every Time You Leave Your Country, You Make America Great Again' (Video) The bullet train — connecting the state from north to south with 800 miles of track — has been a frequent complaint from Brown’s critics, who point to the project’s rocketing costs as...
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California Wildfires Now Larger Than N.Y.C and Boston Combined, Burning More than 200,000 Acres

California Wildfires Now Larger Than N.Y.C and Boston Combined, Burning More than 200,000 Acres
The massive Thomas Fire plaguing Southern California now covers at least 230,000 acres, making it the fifth largest blaze in the state’s modern history, reports say.

Firefighters continued battling at least six wildfires through the weekend. Collectively, the blazes are covering an area larger than New York City and Boston combined, CNN reports. Officials announced at a recent news conference that more than 790 structures have been destroyed.

“This is kind of the new normal,” Gov. Jerry Brown said at a Saturday news conference, according to the Washington Post. “We’re facing a new reality in this state, where fires threaten people’s lives,
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Film News Roundup: ‘Florida Project’ Producers Honored by Miami Film Festival

Film News Roundup: ‘Florida Project’ Producers Honored by Miami Film Festival
In today’s film news roundup, “The Florida Project” producers and Peter Guber are honored and veteran distribution exec Richard Fay may have a new gig.

Honors

Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival has selected “The Florida Project” producing partners Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri as recipients of the festival’s Precious Gem Award, Variety has learned exclusively.

The honor will be presented during the festival, to be held March 9-18. The film won Best Director and Best Supporting Actor accolades for Sean Baker and Willem Dafoe from New York Film Critics Circle along with Best Supporting Actor and Best Picture (Runner-up) from Los Angeles Film Critics Circle.

Chinoy and Silvestri also worked on Baker’s previous features “Starlet” and “Tangerine,” as well as the directorial debuts of filmmakers including Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Demi Moore, Courteney Cox, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Biel, Eva Mendes, Alicia Keys, Kirsten Dunst, Bryce Dallas Howard, [link
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Santa Claus Visits Children at California Fire Evacuation Shelter as Blazes Spread Across the Region

Santa Claus Visits Children at California Fire Evacuation Shelter as Blazes Spread Across the Region
Santa visits a Southern California fire shelter where dozens of residents have been evacuated due to raging wildfires. "I figured hugs are about the best I could do right now." https://t.co/D2yWxrMrto pic.twitter.com/xeuhwT2ngO

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A group of children at a fire evacuation shelter in California got the surprise of a lifetime on Tuesday, when Santa Claus showed up to offer hugs and support to the families affected by the wildfires sweeping across the region, reports say.

Greg Lindfors said he wanted to
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Rhobh Alum Adrienne Maloof Forced to Evacuate Home Due to California Wildfires

Rhobh Alum Adrienne Maloof Forced to Evacuate Home Due to California Wildfires
Adrienne Maloof and her family have been forced to evacuate their home due to the dangers of the Los Angeles fires.

On Wednesday, the former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star updated her followers on Twitter, asking her friends from the Bravo franchise if they are safe.

“We are being evacuated. The air quality is terrible and my sons’ school has closed for the remainder of the week. @kylRichards, @lisarinna, @lisaVanderpump, are you and your families okay? Praying for everyone’s safety in Ventura county and beyond.”

We are being evacuated. The air quality is terrible and my sons’ school
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1 Dead and Thousands Forced to Evacuate as Southern California Wildfire Burns ‘Out of Control’

At least one person has died as a result of the fast-spreading wildfire plaguing more than 30,000 acres in southern California, officials say.

The blaze, dubbed “Thomas Fire,” started near Santa Paula — which is about 70 miles north of Los Angeles — and spread to cover at least 31,000 acres by 4 a.m., according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. One person died in a rollover crash while trying to evacuate the area as thousands attempted to escape in the dark, CNN reports.

“The fire is still out of control and structures continue to be threatened throughout the fire area,” officials said in a statement,
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‘Evil Twin’ Who Hatched Failed Plot to Kill ‘Good Twin’ Sister in 1996 Could Be Paroled

‘Evil Twin’ Who Hatched Failed Plot to Kill ‘Good Twin’ Sister in 1996 Could Be Paroled
A Southern California woman who hatched a failed plot to kill her twin sister in 1996 — and was nicknamed the “evil twin” by Irvine police — has been granted parole after serving 19 years in prison, according to multiple reports.

On Nov. 20, 1997, Jeen “Gina” Han, 43, was convicted with two co-defendants of attacking her sister, Sunny Han, and her roommate at their apartment in Irvine, California, the previous year. The motive was a series of arguments that erupted after Sunny — nicknamed the “good twin” by police — accused Gina of stealing her credit cards and her BMW.

The three were found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder,
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Lapd Has 28 Open Hollywood Sexual Misconduct Cases, Police Chief Expects More

Lapd Has 28 Open Hollywood Sexual Misconduct Cases, Police Chief Expects More
The Los Angeles Police Department has announced that they have 28 Hollywood sexual misconduct cases that are currently open and the police chief expects there to be more on the way after setting up in unprecedented Hollywood sexual assault task force. Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey announced late last week the creation of a special task force to examine allegations of sexual assault spreading through Hollywood as the number of accusations reported to police has steadily increased. The open cases all stem from the Harvey Weinstein scandal that rocked the entertainment industry back at the end of September.

Lapd Chief Charlie Beck spoke to the Los Angeles Times via email and revealed that five teams of two special assignment detectives are investigating various allegations. Among those are producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Ed Westwick, Girls writer Murray Miller, and agent Tyler Grasham, among others. All of the accused have denied
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Sharon Tate’s Sister on Death of Serial Killer Charles Manson: ‘I Said a Prayer for His Soul’

Sharon Tate’s Sister on Death of Serial Killer Charles Manson: ‘I Said a Prayer for His Soul’
Nearly four months after Hollywood starlet Sharon Tate was brutally murdered along with four others at her Los Angeles home, her sister Debra would hear the name Charles Manson for the first time.

Manson, who died Sunday of natural causes, was serving a life sentence for the deaths of seven people, which occurred during a two-day murder spree in August 1969. He is responsible for the deaths of: Tate, who was 81/2 months pregnant; Jay Sebring; Wojciech Frykowski; Abigail Folger; Steven Parent; Leno and Rosemary Labianca.

“I said a prayer for his soul,” Sharon Tate’s sister Debra tells People of the
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Charles Manson Dies at 83

Charles Manson Dies at 83
Charles Manson, the notorious leader of the Manson Family cult that murdered actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, died Sunday in a Bakersfield, Calif., hospital. He was 83.

The California Department of Corrections released a statement reading, “Inmate Charles Manson, 83, died of natural causes at 8:13 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at a Kern County hospital.”

Manson returned to the hospital in mid-November after being hospitalized in January. He was transferred out of Corcoran State Prison, where he had been serving nine life sentences. He had been denied parole 12 times.

The shocking murders brought the carefree hippie era of the late 1960s to a dark end, with Manson and his followers becoming infamous cultural figures. Though he didn’t commit the Tate and Labianca murders himself, the Corrections Department said “On December 13, 1971, Manson received a first-degree murder conviction from Los Angeles County for the July 25, 1969, death of Gary Hinman and another first-degree murder conviction for the August
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Calif. Mass Shooter ID'd as Authorities Reveal He Killed Wife and Hid Her Body Under the Floor Before Deadly Rampage

Calif. Mass Shooter ID'd as Authorities Reveal He Killed Wife and Hid Her Body Under the Floor Before Deadly Rampage
Authorities have identified the man behind Tuesday’s shooting spree in Rancho Tehama Reserve, California, which left four dead and 14 wounded before the gunman was killed by law enforcement.

People learns that Kevin Janson Neal, a 43-year-old resident of the small community in Northern California, was the shooter killed Tuesday morning outside an elementary school by responding officers.

At this stage in the investigation, detectives are unclear as to what specifically motivated Neal’s rampage, though they have indicated he had a history of domestic and neighborhood disputes.

Other than Neal, those killed in Tuesday’s violence have not yet been identified.
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Elton John AIDS Foundation Applauds California Governor Jerry Brown For Signing Sb 239 Into Law

Elton John and the Elton John AIDS Foundation (Ejaf) applauds California Governor Jerry Brown for signing Senate Bill 239 into law.

This landmark piece of legislation reforms laws that unfairly criminalized people living with HIV and therefore made at-risk individuals less willing to be tested for HIV and receive lifesaving treatment that also prevents the further spread of the disease. The new legislation also serves as a model for other states to likewise revise their unjust laws regarding people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Foundation is especially proud of the bill’s co-sponsors, including Ejaf grantees Equality California Institute, Lambda Legal, and Positive Women’s Network USA, as well as Apla Health, Black AIDS Institute, and Aclu, and all of the organizations supporting the coalition Californians for HIV Criminalization Reform.

“This coalition educated lawmakers, Lgbt communities, progressive allies, and the public about the need to change punitive California state laws regarding people living with HIV,
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How Crazed Cult Leader Jim Jones Orchestrated 1 of the Biggest Mass Murders in History

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This season of American Horror Story sheds light on multiple infamous cult leaders, including Charles Manson, artist Andy Warhol, and Jim Jones, the founder of The People's Temple - one of the most intense and abominable cults out there. Founded in 1955 by the ordained pastor, it was initially used to spread messages of social change and racial equality - sounds sweet, right? During the '60s and '70s, People's Temple had nearly 5,000 members and the support of loads of liberal political figures, including Harvey Milk, California Governor Jerry Brown, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, and even First Lady Rosalynn Carter. In 1974, things took a turn in a way that not many people saw coming (but they probably should have). Related7 Infamous Cults That Are Creepy as F*ck The group moved to a property in Guyana, where they developed a community called Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, also known as "Jonestown.
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Elton John Condemns Georgia Rep. Betty Price For Suggesting People Living With HIV Should Be Quarantined

Last week, Georgia State Representative Betty Price, who is married to the former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, asked the head of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s HIV epidemiology section what officials are “legally able to do” to limit the spread of HIV throughout the state. She went on to suggest that people living with HIV should be quarantined as a solution for stopping the spread of the virus which causes AIDS.

In response to her comments, Elton John, founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, issued the following statement:

“Rep. Betty Price’s comments about people living with HIV are horrific, discriminatory, and astonishingly ill-informed. As a doctor and elected official from a state where people are still contracting HIV at an alarming rate, Mrs. Price should know better than to demonize people and perpetuate myths that stigmatize people living with HIV.

“Her words smack
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People Explains: Behind the Manson Murders That Terrorized the Nation — and the Killers Now

People Explains: Behind the Manson Murders That Terrorized the Nation — and the Killers Now
In the summer of 1969, a group of young people led by Charles Manson sent a wave of terror through the hills of the Los Angeles area, leaving a trail of bodies behind them.

Nearly 50 years later, here’s what you need to know about the cult’s violence, its victims and where the killers are now.

The ‘Family’ Forms

Manson began attracting followers after he was released from prison in March 1967. But before he and his murderous group embarked on a plan to kill famous people, they sought out celebrities as friends, roommates and professional connections.

As Dianne Lake, the
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Inside the Inferno: Terrifying Bodycam Footage Shows Moment Police Save Disabled Woman From the Deadly Calif. Fires

Inside the Inferno: Terrifying Bodycam Footage Shows Moment Police Save Disabled Woman From the Deadly Calif. Fires
A Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputy shared a harrowing video of himself and other deputies responding to the Tubbs Fire as it ripped through a residential area on Sunday.

Filmed on his body camera and shared by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, the footage provides a terrifying look at what those caught in the multiple wildfires currently burning in Northern California face.

Warning Video Contains Graphic Language

With embers and smoke filling the air and fire appearing like it is in every direction, the officer and his colleagues run door to door trying to evacuate people.

In the darkness,
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Couple Survives Deadly California Wildfire by Seeking Shelter in Neighbor’s Pool for 6 Hours

Couple Survives Deadly California Wildfire by Seeking Shelter in Neighbor’s Pool for 6 Hours
A couple survived the deadly California wildfire by spending sixed hours submerged in their neighbor’s pool.

Shortly after midnight on Monday morning, John Pascoe, 70 and his wife Jan, 65, received a call from their older daughter telling them they needed to evacuate, reported the Los Angeles Times.

The couple had gone to bed around 10 p.m. on Sunday, even though their daughter had called to say that her father-in-law’s house 40 miles away from where they lived had burned down, according to Today. Since they hadn’t received any official alerts to evacuate, they assumed they would be fine.

But
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Watch: Deadly Calif. Wildfire Doesn't Stop This U.S. Postal Service Worker From Delivering Mail

Watch: Deadly Calif. Wildfire Doesn't Stop This U.S. Postal Service Worker From Delivering Mail
Douglas Thron was filming the devastation of the Northern California fires with his drone when he unexpectedly spotted a U.S. Postal Service worker delivering mail through the burnt-out ruins in a clean, white truck.

On Wednesday, one day after capturing the footage, the aerial videographer and photographer shared the harrowing video of the mail carrier driving around the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa, an area that was almost completely destroyed in an out-of-control fire.

At least 31 people have been killed in the wildfires that have been burning across Northern California since Sunday.

“I was filming the aftermath of
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This Map Shows Where All the Wildfires in California Are Burning

This Map Shows Where All the Wildfires in California Are Burning
This article originally appeared on time.com.

Fast-moving wildfires tore through California this week, destroying 1,500 homes, wineries and businesses in what has become one of the deadliest outbreaks in the state’s history.

A number of wildfires swept across Northern California in Napa and Sonoma counties just north of San Francisco — killing at least 17 people and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate their homes as firefighters struggled to contain the roaring flames that have scorched tens of thousands of acres.

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties, as well as in Butte,
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