MASTER PRODUCTION & Location Services president George Rutnam has announced an agreement with Eagle Films executive producer Rene L. Ash to provide equipment and Malaysian location services for the ecological thriller “Raging Earth.”Skedded to begin production this fall, “Raging Earth” will use rain forest locations in Malaysia. The pic will be directed by Vic Armstrong. Rutnam’s company was formed five years ago to lure productions to southeast Asia. Its emphasis has been on bringing English and American productions to Malaysia, since it is one of the more cost-effective countries in the Far East, according to Rutnam. CINERGI PRODS.‘ “Tombstone” is set to begin production on May 17 near Nogales , Ariz., bringing director Kevin Jarre’s historical epic about Wyatt Earp to the area where the original gunfight at the O.K. Corral was waged. “Tombstone” pre-production will be held at the Old Tucson Studios, including six weeks of primary location at the studio’s Mescal production location. Located 40 miles southeast of Tucson, Mescal has been used for “The Young Riders,””The Outlaw Josey Wales,””Monte Walsh” and “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.” Old Tucson film department manager Nicola Hartmann called the production “a great boon for the community during what has traditionally been a slower season.” No word whether there will be footage shot in Tombstone, known as the town “too tough to die,” since it was the site of the 28-second shootout among the Earps, Doc Holliday and the outlaw Clanton gang on Oct. 26, 1881. THE HOTEL WARS for Hollywood business continue, even in Santa Monica. Shutters on the Beach has launched a promotional campaign emphasizing its beachside proximity in an attempt to lure more visiting artisans to one of the new hotel’s 198 surfside suites. Recently, such majors chains as Hilton, Hyatt and Omni Hotels have stepped up efforts to lure productions and executives to their digs. In the Shutters scenario, movie types throughout town are receiving leaflets from senior sales manager Dennis M. Hernandez. Information: (310) 458-0030. TOM AND MIMI Davenport’s “Mutzmag” was selected best of the festival at the Chicago Intl. Children’s Film Festival, prompting the Virginia department of economic development to crow about the movie. Filmed in the northern Virginia Blue Ridge area, “Mutzmag” is based on a traditional Appalachian folk tale. Virginia economic development director April Young said the picture “reflects the growing nationwide prominence of the commonwealth’s indigenous film community.” Also, the Virginia Film Office will accept entries into the governor’s screenwriting competition from June 1-July 2. Cash awards of $ 500 will be given to the three best screenplays by local screenwriters using at least 75% Virginia locations. Information: (804) 371-8204. o SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR Frank Jordan trumpeted the performance of area artisans and companies in the 65th annual Academy Awards, including Oscars in costume design, makeup and sound effects editing for American Zoetrope’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”; the Industrial Light & Magic team behind the visual effects in “Death Becomes Her”; and a trio of scientific and technical awards for Dolby Laboratories, Pixar and ILM. THINGS ARE percolating in Kentucky, including the April 15 start of producer/director George Addison’s “Brick City” in Louisville. Co-produced by Leslie Graham and Sharon Hines, the low-budget picture is the first of three Addison plans to shoot in the state. Kentucky Gov. Brereton Jones appointed five members to a film advisory board: Scott Harkins, Patricia Jacobson, Ed McClanahan, Gurney Norman and Greg DeFatta. The latter is a former talent agent with the William Morris Agency and J. Michael Bloom Agency. ROUGHLY 30 professionals and film boosters toured Florida’s Chapman-Leonard Studios & Production Center, Universal Studios Florida and Disney/MGM Studios as part of the Alachua and Marion County Film Offices’ Joint Film Council Conference. The event was designed to promote cooperation among companies and film councils in north central Florida. Film production and spending in Alachua and Marion counties totaled $ 23 million over the last three years, according to the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. MORGAN CREEK PRODS.’ “Ace Ventura, Pet Detective” and Cozy Prods.’ “River of Grass” began pre-production in the Miami area during April, according to the Miami-Dade Office of Film Television & Print. The bureau also reported that NBC has started production on its telepic on Hurricane Andrew after several weeks of prep.
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