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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.

2000s

Warner Bros. sells the studio to private investors, who christen it “The Lot.”

Little Nicky

2000

After two of the devil's three sons escape Hell to wreak havoc on Earth, the devil must send his third son, the mild-mannered Nicky, to bring them back before it's too late.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Patricia Arquette, Harvey Keitel, Rhys Ifans

Director: Steven Brill

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

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Bubble Boy

2001

A young man who was born without an immune system and has lived his life within a plastic bubble in his bedroom finds out that the woman he has loved since childhood is about to be married at Niagara Falls, so he builds a portable bubble suit and ventures into the outside world to win her affections.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Swoosie Kurtz, Marley Shelton, Danny Trejo

Director: Blair Hayes

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance

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The Majestic

2001

Peter Appleton is an ambitious young screenwriter working for HHS Studios during Hollywood's Golden Age, 1951 in particular. "Ashes to Ashes" is about to be released, and he's dating the attractive movie star, Sandra Sinclair. Just when everything seems to be going his way, it is discovered he (unwittingly) attended a Communist meeting during college when pulled there by his girlfriend at the time, and thus heavy suspicion settles over him and he'll have to stand before Congress. Afraid of what might happen if they don't, HHS cancels Appleton's contract and aborts the release date of the film. Appleton promptly begins to wallow in self-pity and spends nearly an entire night at a bar, then drives intoxicated through the streets of the California course until plummeting into a stormy river and getting knocked unconscious. Washing up on the beaches of a small town called Lawson. Although the people there are pleasant and likable, the town is depressed and lifeless due to having lost 62 of its sons in World War II. One of them, Luke Trimble, was missing in action; and miraculously, Peter bears a striking resemblance to the black and white photos, close enough to fool even Luke's father, Harry. However, thanks to the blow to the head and the alcohol, Peter has suffered amnesia and decides he must be who they think he is. Besides, it's not a bad life: Luke's beautiful lover, lawyer Adele Stanton, is all over him, the town has suddenly come back to life with excitement, and he and his "father" rebuild a movie palace Harry used to run, the Majestic. Unfortunately, Peter's memory returns in time for G-men to track him down.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Bob Balaban, Jeffrey DeMunn, Hal Holbrook

Director: Frank Darabont

Genre: Drama, Romance

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Austin Powers in Goldmember

2002

He's found his mojo, baby, and now Austin Powers is back again in this shagadelic comedy-adventure! The "sshhh!" hits the fan when Dr. Evil and Mini-Me escape from prison. Joining forces with the superfreaky Goldmember, they kidnap Austin's father, master spy Nigel Powers, in a dastardly time-travel scheme to take over the world. Before you can say "Shake Your Booty," Austin cruises to 1975 and teams up with sexy Foxxy Cleopatra to stop Dr. Evil and Goldmember from their mischievous mayhem.

Starring: Mike Myers, Beyoncé Knowles, Seth Green, Michael York

Director: Jay Roach

Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime

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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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How To Deal

2003

Halley is a young high school student who is disillusioned with love after seeing the many dysfunctional relationships around her. Her parents are now divorced and her father has a new young girlfriend she doesn't care for too much. Her mother is now always alone; and her sister is so overwhelmed by her upcoming wedding that she barely leaves the house anymore. On top of that, the shallowness of all the girls and guys at her school convinces Halley that finding true love is impossible. A tragic accident, however, leads her to meeting Macon, and suddenly Halley finds that true love can occur under unusual circumstances.

Starring: Mandy Moore, Allison Janney, Trent Ford, Alexandra Holden

Director: Clare Kilner

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

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The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen

2003

In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, SF and adventure characters team up on a secret mission.

Starring: Sean Connery, Naseeruddin Shah, Peta Wilson, Tony Curran

Director: Stephen Norrington

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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Intolerable Cruelty

2003

A beautiful gold digger matches wits with a shrewd Beverly Hills divorce lawyer who is increasingly attracted to her.

Starring: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Geoffrey Rush, Cedric the Entertainer

Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance

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Cat In The Hat

2003

Sally and Conrad are two bored kids whose life is turned up-side-down when a talking cat comes to visit them.

Starring: Mike Myers, Alec Baldwin, Kelly Preston, Dakota Fanning

Director: Bo Welch

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family

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House Of Sand And Fog

2003

An emotionally broken woman, Kathy, suddenly finds herself homeless after her house is wrongly repossessed and auctioned. Seeking respite from his marriage, Lester, a sympathetic sheriff's deputy comes to the aid of Kathy and becomes intimately involved in her situation. Soon, Behrani, a proud emigrant Iranian and his family move into the house only to find their new lives burdened by harassment from Lester and Kathy as they attempt to reclaim her former home. The once prosperous colonel denies Kathy's pleas for he knows his recent purchase promises a profitable return and a better future for his adolescent son and his wife. But latent consequences lie beneath Behrani's well intentioned plan as Kathy's emotions spiral out of control and her actions spark a tragic chain of events that will leave no resident unscathed in the House of Sand and Fog.

Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard, Frances Fisher

Director: Vadim Perelman

Genre: Drama

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Win A Date With Tad Hamilton

2004

Rosalee Futch is a grocery clerk living in rural West Virginia. But even a small-town girl can have big dreams, and Rosalee's is to someday--somehow--meet her big-screen idol Tad Hamilton. The somehow arrives in the form of a contest--the grand prize: a date with Tad Hamilton--and the someday is now. Rosalee wins, much to the chagrin of her best friend and co-worker Pete, who is deeply, hopelessly--and secretly--in love with Rosalee. The Win a Date contest was cooked up by Tad's agent, Richard Levy, and his manager, also named Richard Levy, to clean up Tad's bad-boy image. Someone should have told them to be careful what you wish for. When Tad meets Rosalee and gets a taste of what he's been missing in the real world, he decides he wants seconds and moves to West Virginia, turning Rosalee's dream come true into a nightmare for Richard Levy, Richard Levy and, most of all, Pete.

Starring: Kate Bosworth, Topher Grace, Josh Duhamel, Nathan Lane

Director: Robert Luketic

Genre: Comedy, Romance

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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

2004

A group of misfits enter a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain.

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor, Ben Stiller, Rip Torn

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Genre: Comedy, Sport

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Starsky & Hutch

2004

Set in the 1970s in a metropolis called "Bay City," this is the tale of two police detective partners, Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson, and Dave Starsky, who always seem to get the toughest cases from their boss, Captain Dobey, rely on omniscient street informer Huggy Bear and race to the scene of the crimes in their souped-up 1974 Ford Torino hot rod, telling the story of their first big case (as a prequel to the TV show), which involved a former college campus drug dealer who went on to become a white collar criminal.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg, Fred Williamson

Director: Todd Phillips

Genre: Comedy, Crime

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Be Cool

2005

Streetwise mobster-turned-movie producer Chili Palmer is back, but this time Chili has abandoned the fickle movie industry and veered into the music business, tangling with Russian mobsters and gangsta rappers and taking a talented, feisty young singer named Linda Moon under his wing. From the recording studio to an Aerosmith concert to the MTV Music Awards, he manipulates events to watch them play out the Chili way, using his signature blend of wiseguy skills and negotiation tactics. It's a dangerous business, and everyone's looking for their next big hit.

Starring: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, Cedric the Entertainer

Director: F. Gary Gray

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Music

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Flightplan

2005

A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet, the child vanishes, and nobody will admit she was ever on the plane.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean, Kate Beahan

Director: Robert Schwentke

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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Red Eye

2005

A woman is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight. Threatened by the potential murder of her father, she is pulled into a plot to assist her captor in offing a politician.

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox, Laura Johnson

Director: Wes Craven

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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In Her Shoes

2005

Strait-laced Rose breaks off relations with her party girl sister, Maggie, over an indiscretion involving Rose's boyfriend. The chilly atmosphere is broken with the arrival of Ella, the grandmother neither sister knew existed.

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Anson Mount, Toni Collette, Richard Burgi

Director: Curtis Hanson

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Miss Congeniality 2

2005

Because of the notoriety she gained from the Miss United States pageant, Gracie Hart's life as an undercover FBI agent is over. In addition, Agent Eric Matthews broke off their relationship which she did not take well. Begrudgingly on the advice her boss Director Harry McDonald, Gracie decides to become the FBI's media relations officer. Ten months later with the assistance of style coach Joel Meyers and a best selling book behind her about her experience, Gracie becomes a designer-clad media darling and the made-up face of the FBI. The new Gracie is the exact opposite of Agent Sam Fuller, a woman who, like Gracie before her pageant experience, has deep seated anger issues. The two do not get along, but that doesn't stop McDonald from assigning Sam to be Gracie's bodyguard. The two are sent to Las Vegas when Gracie's friend, reigning Miss United States Cheryl Frasier, and the long time Miss United States pageant host Stan Fields are kidnapped there. At the FBI's Las Vegas field office, Assistant Director Walter Collins wants Gracie solely to be the media spokesperson on the case, but Gracie wants to be back in the field, especially when she uncovers some leads Collins dismisses. Despite their antagonistic relationship, Gracie and Sam have to work together to follow these leads. Along with them are Joel and insecure FBI Agent Jeff Foreman, the foursome who in addition to finding Cheryl and Stan, have to elude Collins' other agents, Collins who wants Gracie and Sam back on a plane to New York and who wants the glory of solving the case for himself.

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Regina King, Enrique Murciano, William Shatner

Director: John Pasquin

Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime

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Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny

2006

This is the story of a friendship that changes the course of rock history forever, of the fateful collision of minds between JB and KG that led to the creation of the precedent-shattering band Tenacious D, and of the two heroes' quest to find the fabled Guitar Pick Of Destiny...

Starring: Jack Black, Kyle Gass, JR Reed, Ronnie James Dio

Director: Liam Lynch

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Music

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Flags Of Our Fathers

2006

The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at The Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in WWII.

Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, Adam Beach, John Benjamin Hickey

Director: Clint Eastwood

Genre: Drama, History, War

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Lucky You

2007

A hotshot poker player tries to win a tournament in Vegas, but is fighting a losing battle with his personal problems.

Starring: Phyllis Somerville, Eric Bana, Horatio Sanz, Drew Barrymore

Director: Curtis Hanson

Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport

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Zodiac

2007

A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Robert Downey Jr.

Director: David Fincher

Genre: Crime, Drama, History

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Walk Hard

2007

The up-and-down-and-up-again story of musician Dewey Cox, whose songs would change a nation. On his rock 'n roll spiral, Cox sleeps with 411 women, marries three times, has 36 kids, stars in his own 70s TV show, collects friends ranging from Elvis to the Beatles to a chimp, and gets addicted to - and then kicks - every drug known to man; but despite it all, Cox grows into a national icon and eventually earns the love of a good woman - longtime backup singer Darlene.

Starring: Nat Faxon, John C. Reilly, Tim Meadows, Conner Rayburn

Director: Jake Kasdan

Genre: Comedy, Music

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The Bucket List

2007

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes, Beverly Todd

Director: Rob Reiner

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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