2. UPDATE, 12:18 a.m .: About nine hours after it became known that the coronavirus test site at Union Station would be closed for a film shoot on December 1st, the mayor of LA has now announced that the venue will be open for business after all.
After a night with no minor drama and overlapping emails, Eric Garcetti simply hit social media to make the statement. To cut a long story short: Despite a remake shoot of She’s All That on the station premises, the DTLA train terminal kiosk will show the more than 500 people who suddenly had an appointment again on December 1st:
In collaboration with @LAFD, @Curative & @MetroLosAngeles, my team worked on Tuesday to reopen the tests at Union Station. The 504 Angelenos who were scheduled for a test there can visit the kiosk as originally planned or visit one of the other 14 city locations, where we offer 38,000 tests daily.
– MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) December 1, 2020
It appears that filming for the She’s All That remake is also continuing on schedule at Union Station with nearly 200 crew members and cast members.
The deadline tonight first got to the heart of the story that the city-approved production of Miramax ‘She’s All That had caused the Site Facilitators Curative to close the Union Station’s South Patio location.
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1st UPDATE, NOVEMBER 30th 10:55 p.m .: The COVID-19 proving ground at Union Station may not be closed for a movie shoot tomorrow – if the mayor’s office finds its way.
“In addition, we hope to be able to resume operations at Union Station tomorrow,” said Eric Garcetti’s press officer Andrea Garcia in a statement that was closed this evening due to the filming of the remake “She’s All That”.
According to a correspondence from site operator Curative, the city sent emails tonight to the 504 people who had appointments at the DTLA kiosk on December 1st.
“We learned today that the Union Station kiosk will be closed on Tuesday December 1st and your appointment for COVID-19 testing at this location has unfortunately been canceled,” the email said. “However, the City of Los Angeles can meet your scheduled test date tomorrow at one of our other test locations. You don’t have to make a new appointment. “
While the mayor’s office tries to get the Union Station site operational for Tuesday, She’s All That producers, Miramax, are working with Curative to see the kiosk go ahead. We will make further updates as events progress.
In the meantime, read the full statement from the mayor’s press officer here:
We learned early this morning that our Union Station test kiosk had unexpectedly closed ahead of tomorrow’s dates. As soon as our attention was drawn to this, we contacted the 504 people scheduled for a December 1st test at Union Station to let them know that their appointment would be at one of the other 14 test sites in the city, including another mobile test site , is met. Located at the North Hollywood Metro Station, which is accessible via the Metro transit system. In addition, we hope to be able to resume operations at Union Station tomorrow. We continue to strive to offer free trials, and we plan to test more than 38,000 people tomorrow. Since March 20th, we Angelenos have performed more than 2.5 million tests. Our network of test centers and mobile test pop-up facilities reach the entire city of Los Angeles and we will continue to monitor new surge areas to ensure that a test like this is as simple as possible.
BEFORE 8:34 pm: Los Angeles is under a new modified stay-at-home order starting Monday as coronavirus cases again explode in the City of Angels. At the same time, a heavily visited test location will be shot on Tuesday through a film approved by the city.
The kiosk at Union Station in downtown LA will close tomorrow so the remake “She’s All That” can use the legendary terminal as its location.
Despite the hundreds of people using the South Patio Covid-19 testing site at the busy station every day, the Miramax image has been approved by FilmLA, resourcingstrategies has confirmed. With exterior shots and interior scenes at the terminal, an estimated total cast and crew size of around 170 is expected at the location tomorrow.
Early this morning, those who had scheduled Covid-19 test appointments for Tuesday received an email telling them they are now unlucky, to put it politely.
“We apologize for the inconvenience and the late notification, but the location of the LA Union Station kiosk had to cancel all appointments for December 1st due to an event at this location,” the correspondence from Curative Customer Care proclaimed the location works in the late afternoon from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Curative promised customers to describe the closure as a “major inconvenience” in their email and promised customers to use their December 1st deadline “for any date and time in the future that works for you” .
Curative, who runs the pop-up site with the city of LA, was contacted by resourcingstrategies and confirmed that the email had been sent and that the Union Station site was indeed closed tomorrow. This could lead to a backup of the planned and newly planned tests at least for the next week.
It’s time a Covid-19 battered LA doesn’t really have time as the turkeys come home to spread about unsuccessfully advised Thanksgiving gatherings and vacation travel. Newly-enacted restrictions have come into effect today in an attempt to curb the surge in cases and hospitalizations, which are on the rise and almost certainly overwhelming the health system in less than two weeks.
The decision to close the Union Station site was made by Curative, according to a well-placed source. The nationwide testing organization believed the environment would be too disruptive and social distancing too difficult to enforce if filming continued.
As of the previous Monday, the LA Public Health Office reported 5,150 new cases of coronavirus, 17 more deaths and 2,185 current hospitalizations in the county. Or as Joe Biden’s mayor and potential cabinet member, Eric Garcetti just tweeted:
COVID-19 cases are on the rise and we urgently need to take action to smooth the curve now.
We ask all Angelenos not to meet with anyone outside of your household and to restrict all non-essential activities. When you go out, wear your mask and practice physical distancing. pic.twitter.com/XyGHlEZyui
– MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) December 1, 2020
“Before we were made aware of this problem, neither FilmLA nor the production company’s on-site team had any prior knowledge of an on-site Covid-19 test center,” FilmLA told resourcingstrategies this evening. “The film’s production staff were made aware of the closure of the test site and offered to work with station officials tomorrow to re-establish access to the test site,” added the nonprofit licensing authority. “The two uses of the facility may be compatible, depending on the area in which it is to be shot and the interest of the production in getting it to work.”
Miramax did not comment on the situation when contacted within the deadline. However, the company’s representatives confirmed that the film directed by Mark Waters would be shot at the DTLA train station. Little did Miramax know that his filming would result in the test site closing, I hear. In fact, not least because they won’t be filming near the kiosk, the company is currently reaching out to Curative to see if the test site can be open for tomorrow.
It’s All That, written by the original screenwriter R. Lee Fleming and whose producers Jennifer Gigbot and Andrew Panay from the 1999 original film are also on board. He updates and flips the script. In the new version, a social media influencer seeks revenge by taking on the challenge of making the school’s biggest loser prom king after her boyfriend humiliates her.
TikTok superstar Addison Rae signed up for the film, as did Tanner Buchanan. Starring Madison Pettis, Peyton Meyer, Isabella Crovetti, Annie Jacob and Myra Molloy, Rae and Buchanan play gender-specific versions of the characters of Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook from She’s All That.
Of course, with a total capacity of around 35,000 per day, there are a number of other locations where you can test in LA, such as the curative drive-up at Dodger Stadium. That is probably cold comfort to those who had planned a test at Union Station tomorrow.