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first_imgBy Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER The curved basketball hoop near the Korean Friendship Bell, the scenic ocean views from Point Fermin, and the old maritime buildings at Ports O’ Call are all familiar sights – and not just to San Pedrans, but to moviegoers around the world. San Pedro has become a famous backdrop for movies, commercials and photographs. What is it about the port town that makes it so attractive for filming? Location manager Jim McCabe has worked in San Pedro and moved to the city just over two years ago. “There’s not much of San Pedro that doesn’t get shot,” said McCabe, who has been involved with such films as “Speed,” “Mobsters” and “Rising Sun,” and television shows such as “The A-Team” and “Charlie’s Angels.” He listed Sixth Street, the Warner Grand Theatre, City Hall, Terminal Island, the harbor, the marina, Ports O’ Call and the Fort MacArthur military museum as popular San Pedro spots he has used. “I think there’s a certain charm to San Pedro,” McCabe said. “Even though it’s part of L.A. … it just has a wonderful look to it, and it’s a look you really can’t duplicate.” Kyle Ehrlich, a San Pedro-based location scout for commercials and photos, agreed that San Pedro has a multitude of great vistas and can be a stand-in for other cities around the world. The area around Point Fermin, Angel’s Gate Park and Paseo del Mar is especially appealing, he noted. “It’s clean and has views, and almost a romantic look with houses in the distance,” he said. The downside of filming in San Pedro, McCabe said, is that it’s far away from most San Fernando Valley-based studios. “Particularly with a TV show, you don’t have a lot of time in the course of a day to set up a location and do things if it takes somebody an hour to get to the location,” he said. A location manager, McCabe said, is responsible for finding filming locations and negotiating their use, from getting permits to dealing with neighbors. He said that in his experience, San Pedrans have always been accepting. “The people down here understand how important filming is, and they’re very tolerant,” he said. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgIT’S something which thousands of tourists (and locals) would love to see every year – a chance to get into the grounds of Donegal’s most famous lighthouse.Now it appears at least one person did get inside – and has posted this video online to prove it. The area around the superb building is private property and not open to visitors (unfortunately).Every year numerous tourists make their way there, only to find the gates closed!* Maybe we should start a campaign to open at least part of the area to tourists? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.DDTV: VIDEO FROM INSIDE THE GROUNDS OF FANAD LIGHTHOUSE was last modified: August 19th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fanad lighthouselast_img read more

first_imgLA MIRADA – When the La Mirada Masjid mosque was attacked by vandals, community leader Rezuar Rahman was not too worried. But when he arrived Monday morning and found that the mosque had been struck again, he began to feel a little uneasy. “This morning, when we went there, everyone felt like someone is trying to scare us out of this place,” he said. The mosque had two windows and a glass door shattered by BB gun bullets on Thursday night, and again early Monday morning. Now, members of the Muslim community are calling the attacks a hate crime. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But law enforcement officials say the vandalism appears to be random, part of a series of attacks that also shattered several car windows and the windows of at least two homes in the area. For the complete story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News.last_img read more