Oakland Tribube Article - Excerpt
By Barry Caine, Oakland Tribune
April 25, 2005
is due ... "Rent" wraps in Oakland on Tuesday.. It's
been a good run for star watchers, with Taye Diggs, Rosario
Dawson, Jesse L. Martin and other cast members popping up during
shoots at the Paramount Theatre, the old Amtrak station at 16th
Street and Wood Street, an alley between 12th and 13th streets
and the Oakland Tribune parking lot.
Cast and crew will finish filming in airplane hangers at the
Alameda Naval Station. ("XXX: State of the Union,"
which opens Friday, also shot there.)
Director Chris Columbus' movie musical is scheduled to open
Among the many area people working on "Rent" are Berkeley
cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt, whose resume includes the
"Lethal Weapon" series and "Angels in America,"
and Oakland sound designer Nelson Stoll, whose other films include
"The Matrix Reloaded" and "Basic Instinct."
"Mistress of Spices," which wrapped here a while ago,
is due out in the fall. The film, which stars Dylan McDermott
and Aishwarya Rai, whom Julia Roberts called "the most
beautiful woman in the world," is due out in the fall.
When you see it, pay attention to the art. The paintings and
sculpture are by Delfina Bernal of El Cerrito, Gabriel Navar
of Lafayette, Jesse Hernandez of Concord, Miranda Bergman of
Berkeley and Jackie Brown and Lew Levinson of Oakland.
The small variety store featured in the movie is Legogo on Washington
Oakland film commissioner Ami Zins is also waiting to hear if
the pilot for the TV series "Evidence" will be picked
up. If so, she and the San Francisco Film Commission plan to
put together a "Nash Bridges"-like package to entice
the show's cast and crew to set up permanent residence in the
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