Why Scientists Dig Trenches To Find Hidden Fault Lines in Cities

Thanks to our asphalt-giddy behavior, we've all but paved over the fault lines that zigzag through some of our riskiest seismic zones. A new video shows how a team of geologists and engineers in LA have been digging a hole to find the exact location of a fault which could prove to be especially destructive. » 9/08/14 8:30pm 9/08/14 8:30pm

The Hollywood Sign Originally Read "HOLLYWOODLAND"

Looking at photos of the Hollywood Sign in its early years is a little like seeing the Statue of Liberty with a third arm, or the Golden Gate Bridge with a second deck. The sign has become such an effective icon of Los Angeles that we assume its present configuration must conform to its Platonic ideal. » 6/05/14 6:30pm 6/05/14 6:30pm

Before the Walk of Fame, Lemon Groves Surrounded Hollywood & Vine

Hollywood was little more than a dream, a boom-time subdivision etched onto the Cahuenga Valley's fertile plain, when an intersection destined for fame first appeared on an 1887 map. Known today as Hollywood & Vine—a booming tourist hub and the center of the Walk of Fame—the intersection began as an undistinguished,… » 5/15/14 6:33pm 5/15/14 6:33pm

Hollywood From the Air: 1965 vs. 2014

Hollywood, 1965: the futuristic Cinerama Dome has just touched down on Sunset Boulevard. This spaceship of a movie theater—built in 1963 to showcase the three-projector Cinerama process—seems to bob amid a sea of surface parking. On the left, a new 22-story office tower rises from a concrete plaza at the corner of… » 4/08/14 5:55pm 4/08/14 5:55pm

The Ugly Behind-the-Scenes History of Video Game Movies

Few Hollywood announcements are treated with such fierce-yet-wounded anticipation as video game adaptations. Full of incredible artistry, instantly-recognizable characters and an increasingly-mature approach to storytelling, you'd be forgiven for thinking gaming is a medium particularly well suited for making the jump… » 2/11/14 10:00am 2/11/14 10:00am

How LED Streetlights Will Change Cinema (And Make Cities Look Awesome)

The decision by the city of Los Angeles last year to replace its high-pressure sodium streetlights—known for their distinctive yellow hue—with new, blue-tinted LEDs might have a profound effect on at least one local industry. All of those LEDs, with their new urban color scheme, will dramatically change how the city… » 2/03/14 12:00pm 2/03/14 12:00pm

2014 Oscar Nominees Chose Arri Over RED, But Don't Read Into It

It's always fun seeing how huge-budget Hollywood films were shot, and what equipment they use. SetLife magazine created a list of just what cameras and lenses were used on each film nominated for 2014 Best Picture and Best Cinematography nominees. It's not without some surprises. » 1/20/14 11:35am 1/20/14 11:35am

From Dream to 3D Reality: The Fascinating Origins of Pixar

Before a story about toys, before monsters went corporate, before anyone went searching for Nemo, and before twenty seven Academy Awards, Pixar was a high-end computer hardware company whose clients included the government and the medical community. The story of Pixar isn't exactly full of superheroes, adorable… » 1/13/14 6:40am 1/13/14 6:40am

Most of Hollywood's Silent Films Are Lost and Gone Forever

There may be a recent resurgence of interest in silent film (thanks in no small part to the success of The Artist), but anyone looking to get into the art form is in for a rude awakening. Of the nearly 11,000 movies made in the pre-talkie, golden age of silent film, 70 percent has been lost and gone forever. » 12/04/13 12:45pm 12/04/13 12:45pm