SCREEN GEMS UNIVERSAL STUDIOS WILL HOLD 'GARAGE SALE' THIS WEEKEND.
Byline: Candice Choi Staff Writer
Universal Studios is inviting the star-struck masses to snatch up Verb 1. snatch up - to grasp hastily or eagerly; "Before I could stop him the dog snatched the ham bone"
clutch, prehend, seize - take hold of; grab; "The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter"; "She clutched her purse"; "The a piece of cinematic history at a larger-than-life ``garage sale'' Friday through Sunday on the lot.
``I just want to get my paws on some movie props,'' said Dan Fesman Daniel E. Fesman (sometimes credited as Dan Fesman) is a television producer and writer. Fesman graduated from Teaneck High School in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Fesman has been producer and writer on several recent series, including LAX, Wonderfalls and , a Universal employee who was about to haul away Verb 1. haul away - take away by means of a vehicle; "They carted off the old furniture"
cart away, cart off, haul off
take away, take out - take out or remove; "take out the chicken after adding the vegetables" a giant neon ``Laugh'' sign used in the feature film ``Cat in the Hat.''
Once in a blue moon very rarely; - from the observation that the moon rarely has a bluish tint.
See also: blue moon Universal holds a sale of leftover inventory for its employees, but Friday the studio is opening its exclusive gates to the public.
Universal employees got first dibs on the movie goodies Wednesday and Thursday.
Julie Sanders dug up a sparkly spark·ly
adj. spark·li·er, spark·li·est
a. Giving off tiny flashes of light; glittery: a dress with sparkly sequins.
b. pink taffeta taffeta, cloth, originally silk but now also made of synthetic fibers, supposed to have originated in Persia. The name, derived from Persian, means "twisted woven." Taffeta is in the same class and demand as satin made of silk. dress for her niece, who she said will be doubly thrilled to learn it came from the set of ``The Cat in the Hat.''
``She loves playing dress-up and she loved the movie,'' Sanders said.
Among the eclectic array of props for sale are model horse heads from ``Seabiscuit,'' army helmets from ``The Chronicles of Riddick'' and life-size dinosaurs from ``Jurassic Park.'' Designer clothes, costume jewelry costume jewelry
Jewelry made from inexpensive metals and imitation or semiprecious stones. , furniture and props of every stripe are also up for grabs at discounted prices.
The sale is being held on Stage 28, where remnants of the ``Phantom of the Opera'' set still hover An option in Microsoft Internet Explorer that removes the permanent underline from hypertext links. The underline displays automatically and only when the cursor is placed over (hovers over) the link. Hover is available in Tools/Internet Options/Advanced/Underline links. in the rafters. Scenes from ``The Cat in the Hat'' were also recently filmed on the stage.
A bulk of wardrobe leftovers normally go to It's A Wrap!, a Burbank shop that partners with major studios to sell discarded movie clothes and accessories. Shop owner Tiara Nappi wanted to try her hand at directing a sale on location this time around.
``It gives people a chance to see what the movie world is like,'' Nappi said. ``Not even the tours let people walk onto a stage.''
If the on-site sale is successful, Nappi said she wants to work with other studios to make it a regular event.
``This gives people a taste of Hollywood - we want to give everyone a chance to participate,'' said Tony Grana grana /gra·na/ (gra´nah) dense green, chlorophyll-containing bodies in chloroplasts of plant cells. , vice president of production resources and feature assets at Universal.
Profits from the sale will be funneled back into production costs, Grana said. Unsold props will be stored in the studio's archives or displayed at theme parks and premieres.
Universal typically disposes of its assets in a number of ways; the studio donates wigs to cancer societies and set walls to school drama departments. Grana said he hopes to make the public sales a recurring event; he can't recall the last time the studio opened the sale to the public.
Anthony Deckoff, a Universal employee who was shopping at the sale yesterday, said the last time he went to a studio sale was several years ago. He walked away with a blazer from the TV miniseries ``Coach.''
``It's interesting just rummaging around,'' said Deckoff, who normally spends his days working in the story department reading scripts.
If Universal employee Michael Sparr had $2,500 to spare, he would've snatched up the slimy dinosaur fetus fetus, term used to describe the unborn offspring in the uterus of vertebrate animals after the embryonic stage (see embryo). In humans, the fetal stage begins seven to eight weeks after fertilization of the egg, when the embryo assumes the basic shape of the newborn from ``Jurassic Park.''
``I liked the movie - plus I could use it to scare people,'' Sparr said.
Candice Choi, (818) 713-3634
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(1 -- color) Movie wardrobes and props - like the giant television sets used in ``The Cat in the Hat'' - will be on sale this weekend.
(2 -- 3 -- color) The raincoat worn by Laura Dern in ``Jurassic Park: The Lost World'' is among the movie wardrobe items up for sale. Shoppers at Universal Studios this weekend will be able to buy horseshoes from the 2003 film ``Seabiscuit.''
(4) Universal Studios is letting the public onto the lot to buy movie props, like these giant tools from ``The Cat in the Hat.''
David Sprague/Staff Photographer
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