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History

Around 1918, during the heyday of the Model T, and the beginning of the film boom, Jesse D. Hampton built a simple film studio at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Formosa Avenue.

Little did he know that his small studio would be passed to some of the greatest influences in film.

1990s

“Seven” (or “Se7en”) is filmed, the first of several David Fincher films to shoot on-site. Presidential candidate Bill Clinton and rock legend Bruce Springsteen tape separate MTV specials on Stage 1 (‘92). The paint shop is razed to build a beautiful restaurant and adjacent park and fountain (‘97).

Funny About Love

1990

When Duffy Bergman, a New York cartoonist, meets Meg Lloyd, a gourmet chef, he discovers the love of his life and they marry -- yet love alone isn't enough to make them happy. Meg decides she wants to have a baby, a goal that initially makes Duffy frantic, but soon becomes his most important desire as well. When they are unable to have a baby, Meg begins concentrating on her career and the two slowly drift apart -- eventually separating. Later, when Duffy is speaking at a convention of the Delta Gamma sorority, he reveals that the Delta Gamma girls have always been his dream girls -- his Love Goddesses. There he meets the young and uninhibited Delta Gamma girl, Daphne Delillo. When Daphne moves to New York to work as a network sports reporter, their mutual attraction and Daphne's spontaneity spark an adventurous new relationship for Duffy. Now Duffy must decide which is more valuable to him -- the relationship he has given up, or the relationship he has always dreamed of having.

Starring: Gene Wilder, Christine Lahti, Mary Stuart Masterson, Robert Prosky

Director: Leonard Nimoy

Genre: Comedy, Romance

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Rocky V

1990

Rocky Balboa is forced to retire after having permanent damage inflicted on him in the ring by the Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Returning home after the Drago bout, Balboa discovers that the fortune that he had acquired as heavyweight champ has been stolen and lost on the stockmarket by his accountant. His boxing days over, Rocky begins to coach an up-and-coming fighter named Tommy Gunn. Rocky cannot compete, however, with the high salaraies and glittering prizes being offered to Gunn by other managers in town.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Sage Stallone

Director: John G. Avildsen

Genre: Drama, Sport

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The Marrying Man

1991

Rich playboy Charley Pearl meets Vicki Anderson, singer at a nightclub in Las Vegas. But she's a gangster's-moll, Bugsy Siegel's, and when he finds the two of them in bed, he forces them to marry each other. Charley was going to marry his girlfriend but when she finds out about him and Vicki, she leaves him. And Vicki doesn't seem to be his kind of woman at all...

Starring: Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin, Robert Loggia, Elisabeth Shue

Director: Jerry Rees

Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance

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Basic Instinct

1992

A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a seductive woman could be involved.

Starring: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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Cliffhanger

1993

Whilst crossing a ledge, 4000 feet above the earth, Gabe's friend's equipment fails to work and she slips out of his hand, falling to the ground. Almost a year later, Gabe is asked to go back to the same mountain range and rescue a group of 'stranded' people. The only catch is that these so called 'stranded' people are in fact looking for three boxes filled with $100,000,000 and they need a mountain ranger to lead them to them!!

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Janine Turner

Director: Renny Harlin

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller

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Josh And S.a.m.

1993

Josh and Sam are two brothers facing change, their mother is about to marry a French accountant and the kids are sent to go live with their father in Florida. Meanwhile Josh tells Sam that he is a "S.A.M." that is going to be sent to Africa to fight in a war and that Canada is a safe haven for any S.A.M. unwilling to fight. The cross-country journey begins when the 2 boys think they killed a drunk and steal his car en route to Canada where they encounter The Liberty Maid. Will Josh & S.A.M. make it to Canada or will they wish they should have never left home.

Starring: Jacob Tierney, Noah Fleiss, Martha Plimpton, Stephen Tobolowsky

Director: Billy Weber

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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Robin Hood: Men In Tights

1993

The standard story of Robin Hood: Evil Prince John is oppressing the people while good King Richard is away on the Crusades. Robin steals from the tax collectors, wins an archery contest, defeats the Sheriff, and rescues Maid Marian. In this version, however, Mel Brooks adds his own personal touch, parodying traditional adventure films, romance films, and the whole idea of men running around the woods in tights.

Starring: Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis, Roger Rees, Amy Yasbeck

Director: Mel Brooks

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Musical

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Dangerous Minds

1995

Louanne Johnson is an ex-marine, hired as a teacher in a high-school in a poor area of the city. She has recently separated from her husband. Her friend, also teacher in the school, got the temporary job for her. After a terrible reception from the students, she tries unconventional methods of teaching (using karate, Bob Dylan lyrics etc) to gain the trust of the students.

Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza, Courtney B. Vance, Robin Bartlett

Director: John N. Smith

Genre: Biography, Drama

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Se7en

1995

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi.

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Andrew Kevin Walker, Daniel Zacapa, Brad Pitt

Director: David Fincher

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

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L.A. Confidential

1997

1950's Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Three very different cops are all after the truth, each in their own style: Ed Exley, the golden boy of the police force, willing to do almost anything to get ahead, except sell out; Bud White, ready to break the rules to seek justice, but barely able to keep his raging violence under control; and Jack Vincennes, always looking for celebrity and a quick buck until his conscience drives him to join Exley and White down the one-way path to find the truth behind the dark world of L.A. crime.

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell

Director: Curtis Hanson

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

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City Of Angels

1998

Seth is an angel who accompanies the spirits of the recently dead to the ever after. Seth has never been human and so has has never experienced touch or taste. When in the hospital however he comes across Dr. Maggie Rice, a brilliant young heart surgeon who is devoted to her profession and her patients. Seth has the power to let himself be seen but Maggie finds him far too mysterious. Seth also meets a patient, Nathaniel Messinger, who has news for him - he too was once an angel like Seth but chose to fall to Earth and become human. Seth makes a decision on his future, which does not turn out as he had expected.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Andre Braugher, Dennis Franz

Director: Brad Silberling

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

1998

The big-screen version of Hunter S. Thompson's seminal psychedelic classic about his road trip across Western America as he and his large Samoan lawyer searched desperately for the "American dream"... they were helped in large part by the huge amount of drugs and alcohol kept in their convertible, The Red Shark.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Ellen Barkin

Director: Terry Gilliam

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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Deep Impact

1998

Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive?

Starring: Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave

Director: Mimi Leder

Genre: Action, Drama, Romance

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Galaxy Quest

1999

The sci-fi television series "Galaxy Quest", which took place aboard the intergalactic spaceship NSEA Protector, starred Jason Nesmith as suave Commander Peter Quincy Taggert, Gwen DeMarco as sexy communications person Lt. Tawny Madison (a role which consisted solely of repeating what the computer stated, much to Gwen's annoyance), Shakespearean trained Sir Alexander Dane as alien Dr. Lazarus, Fred Kwan as engineer Tech Sgt. Chen, and Tommy Webber as child gunner Laredo. Eighteen years after the series last aired, it lives on in the hearts of its rabid fans. However, it lives on in infamy for its stars, who have not been able to find meaningful acting work since. Their current lives revolve around cashing in on however those roles will afford, which usually entails attending fan conventions or worse, such as shopping mall openings. Only Jason seems to relish his lot in life, until he finds out that his co-stars detest him because of his superior attitude as "the Commander", and much of the public considers him a laughing stock. Their lives change when Jason is approached by who he thinks are convention fans asking for help. They are in reality an alien race called Thermians, led by Mathesar, who have modeled their existence after the series, which they believe to be real. When Jason and then the rest of his co-stars (along with Guy Fleegman, who was killed off before the opening credits in only one episode) go along with the Thermians, Jason's co-stars who believe they are off to yet another paying gig, they learn that they have to portray their roles for real. Without screenwriters to get them to a happy and heroic ending, they have to trust that their play acting will work, especially in dealing with the Thermian's nemesis, General Sarris. Guy in particular fears that he will go the way his character did on the series. But when they run across technical issues that they as actors didn't care anything about during the filming of the series and thus now don't know how to deal with, they need to find someone who should know what to do.

Starring: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub

Director: Dean Parisot

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

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The Green Mile

1999

Death Row guards at a penitentiary, in the 1930's, have a moral dilemma with their job when they discover one of their prisoners, a convicted murderer, has a special gift.

Starring: Tom Hanks, David Morse, Michael Clarke Duncan, Bonnie Hunt

Director: Frank Darabont

Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy

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Simone

2002

The career of a disillusioned producer, who is desperate for a hit, is endangered when his star walks off the film set. Forced to think fast, the producer decides to digitally create an actress "Simone" to sub for the star--the first totally believable synthetic actress. The "actress" becomes an overnight sensation, with a major singing career as well, and everyone thinks she's a real person. However, as Simone's fame skyrockets, he cannot bear to admit his fraud to himself or the world.

Starring: Al Pacino, Benjamin Salisbury, Winona Ryder, Darnell Williams

Director: Andrew Niccol

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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