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Riverside County Subs for Sahara on "Ben-Hur"

The Riverside County Film Commission says portions of the epic action adventure “BEN-HUR” were filmed by the 2nd unit in the eastern Coache lla Valley area of Painted Canyons. The film, from Paramount Pictures’ and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.

BEN-HUR is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Pilou Asbaek, Sofia Black D’Elia and Morgan Freeman. Timur Bekmambetov directed the film from a screenplay by Keith Clarke and John Ridley. Sean Daniel, Joni Levin, and Duncan Henderson served as producers, with Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Keith Clarke, John Ridley, and Jason F. Brown serving as executive producers.

COLA Nominee Rihanna's "Star Trek Beyond" IMAX Music Video Makes History in Ridgecrest

Rihanna's contribution to the Star Trek Beyond movie soundtrack is the first video ever to be filmed exclusively with IMAX cameras and was filmed at the Trona Pinnacles, a much sought after area near Ridgecrest for it's sci-fi and fantasy world look.

Rihanna's song recently premiered, and the anthemic power ballad's accompanying clip has the auspicious honor of being the "first ever IMAX Video," according to the singer. The video premiered exclusively in IMAX theaters prior to the movie's release. In advance of the release, Rihanna posted a preview clip to her Twitter account showing the singer writhing around on a rocky planet glowing in haunting purple light as meteors shower the atmosphere. Rihanna has also posted a featurette explaining her connection to the Star Trek franchise. "Star Trek has been a part of my life since I was a little girl," she explains in the Twitter clip. "It just took me one episode to fall in love with this other world that I couldn't understand but I felt I could relate to ... You always felt emotionally connected to the characters ... I was very very honored to be a part of this film."

The history making video has earned nearly 35 million views on YouTube.

FLICS Locations of Note

Part of Southern California’s appeal is that it can serve as a stand-in for just about anywhere. The“Rosewood” crew has filmed in Long Beach and Orange County to substitute the show's setting in Miami. “Rosewood” stars Morris Chestnut as the titular medical investigator. Created by Tom Harthan, it is produced by Temple Hill in association with 20th Century Fox Television.


Cameras have begun rolling in Marin as Netflix films its new series, "13 Reasons Why," in San Rafael and Novato through October 2016. Based on a best-selling young-adult novel about teenage bullying, the 13-episode series is directed by Tom McCarthy, who captured a best picture Academy Award this year for "Spotlight." It is co-produced by Disney star Selena Gomez and backed by Paramount Television.

HBO's Big Little Lies is described as a dark comic drama centering on three mothers of first-graders in Monterey whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. The series stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Adam Scott, Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern.