AZUSA CITY HALL is scrambling to find Hollywood producers with some juice — preferably dynamite — to film the demolition of the 12-building, 106-unit Balboa Apartments complex.
The ’60s-style Polynesian complex is built on a hill and encompasses 2 1/2 acres. It’s also available to producers before it meets the wrecker’s ball. But Azusa needs to eighty-six the building in mid-July, so the scramble is on.
For information, call (818) 334-5125, ext. 237.
THE MIAMI-DADE Office of Film, Television & Print is anxiously waiting Sunday’s debut of MCA/Universal’s “South Beach,” which showcases the area’s hot and hip Miami Beach fashion district. Production of six “South Beach” episodes wrapped last week. Florida officials hope the show will become a travelogue for the state.
Also in the area is Morgan Creek Prods.’ feature “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, ” the low-budget feature “Peace Town” and Cozy Prods.’ “River of Grass.” Hurricane-damaged areas of South Dade were used for NBC’s telefilm “Triumph Over Disaster: The Hurricane Andrew Story.”
KEVIN COSTNER’S eight-hour American Indian documentary “Five Hundred Nations” is scheduled to shoot segments at two Oklahoma locations this week: the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton and the Battle of the Washita site in Cheyenne.
Scheduled to air on CBS next year, the $ 8 million “Five Hundred Nations” shapes up as one of the most ambitious documentaries since Ken Burns’ “The Civil War.” It attempts to re-create ancient cities of the Maya, Anasazi, Aztec and Mississippian cultures.
The Battle of the Washita segment will re-create the Nov. 27, 1868, pre-dawn attack by General George Custer’s troops on the Cheyenne-Arapaho people of Black Kettle’s village. The Indian chiefs of other Washita river villages learned of the attack on Black Kettle, surrounded Custer’s troops and forced his retreat.
Oklahoma Historical Society interim director Whit Edwards says the Battle of the Washita was just a whisker away from being Little Big Horn. Lawton Film Commission director Francy Ford and the Oklahoma Film Office helped bring the ambitious “Nations” documentary to Oklahoma.
SOME PRETTY BIZARRE location filming got 33-year-old Mark Wiegel arrested for lewd conduct and invasion of privacy in Salem, N.H., earlier this month.
Wiegel allegedly rigged a video camera inside a shoe box, put the box in a shopping bag, walked up behind women and rested the bag near their feet with the lens facing upward, according to a report in Vermont’s Rutland Herald.
THEY MAY NOT have traveled 26 miles in a leaky old boat, but the producers of MGM’s talking-dog movie “Sherlock Bones” shot the entire movie on Santa Catalina Island. To be distributed this fall, the pic stars an Airedale who is trained to protecthis Scotland Yard master from thugs.
THE HUDSON VALLEY Film Foundation in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., unveiled plans to construct a 16,000-square-foot soundstage in the center of the city. Completion of the facility is skedded to coincide with the Hudson Valley Intl. Film Festival in 1994, according to the organization.
THE FOLKS IN Sonora, Calif., including the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau, are pretty proud to have been the location for the Gary Cooper starrer “High Noon.” In fact, a local group called the Sonora Black Hats has scheduled a June 19-20 weekend to celebrate the pic.
The event will feature an appearance by Gary Cooper look-alike Ermal Williamson and a bus tour to various locations used by director Fred Zinnemann in the 1952 release.
The complete package, which includes a tour of locations, dinner and a screening of the movie, is $ 35. Saturday’s event runs from 1-4:30 p.m., while Sunday’s runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information, call (800) 446-1333.