Independence Day, Paramount Studios, and a Contest

Mar 16, 2009 by Lisa Newton

As a follow-up to yesterday’s visit to the Paley Center and its thousands of TV titles, I wanted to visit the movies today.

Not literally at the movies, or on a movie set, but one particular movie location in downtown Los Angeles.

Have you seen Independence Day?

It’s definitely one of my favorite movies. Although, I’m not usually a fan of the science fiction film genre, but this film was an exception. Starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldblum, Independence Day had non-stop action from beginning to end.

In the opening scene, as the aliens are arriving, a strange group of people are standing on a rooftop, welcoming them.

Unbeknown to them, of course, the aliens were about to blow them to kingdom come. The “Library Tower,” the building’s nickname, was one of the three initial landmarks to be destroyed during the alien’s sinister attacks–the other two were the Empire State Building and the White House.

If you’re in the mood for an action packed movie, definitely rent a DVD of Independence Day.

In other movie news, on March 20, Paramount Studios is opening a new movie entitled, “I love you, Man.” The movie looks really cute, but it’s the title and the studio that attracted me. Paramount Studios has a long and storied history beginning in 1912.

Starting with the biggest names in the silent movies, Mary Pickford, Rudolf Valentino, and Clara Bow, Paramount moved on to do such blockbusters as Titanic, Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Star Trek movies, and the Godfather series.

Why am I talking so much about movies?

Well, Travelin’ Local is announcing a contest.

First, the prize:

We’re offering the winner of our ongoing contests (Yes, this is the first of a few planned contests) a interesting and unique book. For this particular contest, Travelin’ Local is offering a beautiful copy of the Vanity Fair’s book, Hollywood.

Vanity Fair’s Hollywood” is a wonderful book that portrays the glitz and glamour of Hollywood at its most glorious. Vanity Fair’s best inspirational photos are presented from the distant and not-too-recent past. And a perfect gift for that star follower in your world. Every page screams "Hooray for Hollywood", and the nostalgia of some will have you yearning for past times. It’s possibly the most beautiful book ever made on the stars that captured our imagination and inspired us.”

Everybody loves or has their favorite movies or television shows. Frequently we like them for their excitement, drama, special effects, various genres, and a myriad of reasons.

In that vein, Travelin’ Local’s contest is simple, the participant with the most points wins:

· One point is earned for leaving a comment here

· Two points are earned if you write a post on your own blog, describing what your favorite movie is and why, and then linking back to Travelin’ Local

The deadline for your entries is March 31, 2009.

Part of Travelin’ Local in Los Angeles, and Southern California, is that we’re the “Entertainment Capital” of the world.

Plus, to my reader’s, “I love you, Man” (or Woman).

And with entertainment comes fun—so let the games begin……………………..:)

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10 Responses to “Independence Day, Paramount Studios, and a Contest”

  1. Barb Hartsook says:

    One of my favorites was filmed in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan, not Hollywood. Somewhere in Time, with Jane Seymour, Christopher Reeves, and Christopher Plummer. It is considered a cult film — outside mainstream or conventional thinking and with a small but dedicated fanbase. (I find the definition of cult film amusing. I’m not a dedicated fan; I just own the movie and like it.)

    The location of the film and the music are as captivating to me as the story.

    Barb Hartsook’s last blog post..When It’s Okay to Be About Me


  2. Urban Panther says:

    I LOVE Independence Day. It is one of the few movies I will watch over and over again. (Ha! 1 point for me). Okay, and since I love a challenge, this Thursday’s post will be on my favourite movie. Or movies, if I can’t pin it down to one.

    Urban Panther’s last blog post..The Lair has a new look


  3. LisaNewton says:

    @ Barb I’ll have to check it out. I quickly looked up the plot, and it looks like something I would like. Plus, the cast looks very good. I’ve been a Christopher Plummer fan since I first saw him in The Sound of Music

    @ Urban Panther Yupp, I can watch Independence Day over and over. I look forward to seeing your movie post.


  4. Mike Foster says:

    Enjoy the old history in cities like L.A. As for films, I’ve reviewed a few recently at my vid site. My fav? Will have to ponder that as I consider a post about it.


    Mike Foster’s last blog post..You’re Doing What, Mom?


  5. LisaNewton says:

    @ Mike History and cities do go together, and even though LA’s history isn’t as long as others, it’s rich in diversity.


  6. Lisa's Chaos says:

    Awesome! I love walking in places where movies have been filmed and was excited to get to see some of the filming of Public Enemies last year. :)

    Lisa’s Chaos’s last blog post..A Different View of the Big City


  7. LisaNewton says:

    @ Lisa You know, even living here so close to where the movies are made, I still haven’t seen any actually being made. I did see part of a movie being made when I lived in MD. It was great.


  8. Henie says:

    Hi Lisa, Lance and All!

    What a fabulous idea! I am just so proud of Lisa’s portrayal of my backyard, my city!

    To see it through Lisa’s eyes gives one like me a new appreciation of what I so often take for granted by living here!

    Since I happen to be in the midst of the Entertainment business it is difficult for me to say what my current favorite movie is but here’s a few old and not so old ones:

    1)Two for the Road (Audrey Hepburn/Albert Finney
    2)One Fine Day (Michelle Pfeiffer/George Clooney)
    3) The Bucket List (Jack Nicholson/Morgan Freeman
    4) And of course Casablanca!

    Lisa & Lance: Since I am local, I am disqualifying myself from the contest! I’ll just be the cheerleader!

    Great collaboration guys! :~)

    “Dreams aren’t just for movies!” ~Henie~

    Henie’s last blog post..Somewhat Of A Whole Hole


  9. David says:

    Lisa, your pictures are iconic and really define your comprehensive point of view of your subject matter–both from a high altitude overview as well as a 180 degree on-the-ground basis. Your content is even better. I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s submissions about their favorite movie.


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