It’s that time again where we call up everyone to see who’s open this coming holiday Monday and we have some exciting news!
Pretty much everyone is on vacation and you should be too! We are happy to say that the Debbies Book office will be closed on Monday but back in the swing of things Tuesday, September 3rd with everyone else.
Don’t forget that many prop houses and businesses will be looking to close up their doors a little early this coming Friday. Often by 3pm, or even earlier, so make sure to call ahead if something is coming in late.
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It’s that time of year again where everyone gets together, grills hot dogs, and tries to blow everything up but their hands.
This year July 4th falls on an awkward day, Thursday. That means some people, with their hands hopefully completely still intact, have to get back on the production wagon the Friday after festivities.
As is our custom we’ve asked so you don’t have to. So without further ado (and even fewer explosion jokes related to limb safety) here is our list of prop houses who will have their doors open for you this Friday, July 5th:
Production on License to Find: A Debbies Book Tale will begin in June with Alan Smithee directing Faye Kinget as the lead of the film. Direct to Ree Productions and Relatively Media have reached an agreement with Alsoran Studios to partner on the worldwide streaming release of the film.
Directory lead and relations manager Debbie (Faye Kinget) has been searching her whole life for a rumored prop dating back to the creation of the color television. Joining an expedition led by fellow directory lead and Debbies Book CEO Lulu Payne (Sue Dunham), Debbie finds a locked warehouse in Mid-City that contains a clue linking the prop to a popular television series that was recently cancelled. But when Lulu is distracted by a squirrel to chase, Debbie has to race to get to the prop house on her own before production finalizes their budget.
Faye Kinget will be playing the role of Debbie alongside Sue Dunham as Lulu Payne and a brief appearance by Joe King as Bryce. Director Alan Smithee (The Birds II: Land’s End, Hellraiser: Bloodline) will direct from an original screenplay by Golden Sticker Recipient (The Land Before Time: Rain of Fire) Gogh Withet with production set to begin on June 25, 2019. Relatively Media will release the film theatrically in the US on November 21, 2020 through its new joint venture for domestic theatrical distribution with Annakarenina Pictures, and Alsoran Studios will release streaming internationally commencing with an earlier release in Bulgaria on November 7, 2020.
Producers Cart Befferörs and Pat Kallinkettle-Black commented, “We are delighted to announce the first installment of the Debbies Book franchise. We will begin shooting at whatever studio is cheapest in June.”
“Under the leadership of Cart and Pat, we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring the first Debbies Book adventure in propping to the big screen uniting the incomparable Faye Kinget with the extraordinary vision of Alan Smithee,” said Relatively Media’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Candice B. Fureal. Relatively Media’s President, Motion Picture Division Shirley Knot added, “It has been 16 years since the cult classic Debbies Book: Listing Away was distributed by Relatively Media and it’s incredibly gratifying to be releasing this film alongside the powerhouse team at Alsoran Studios.”
As we finish off Hanukkah and head towards the rest of the Winter holidays figuring out who’s open and who’s not is a little bumpy this time. Christmas and New Years both conveniently land on a Tuesday leaving much up in the air.
Thank goodness Debbies Book stepped in to check it out. For the most part everyone is open the Friday before the first holiday week (there are a couple exceptions) and then after that the only uniform schedule is that everyone is closed December 25th and January 1st.
The dates listed are when prop houses have told us they are open. If a prop house listed is on your list to visit, call ahead to make sure they don’t close early on the 21, 24, 25, 28, and 31 the day of.
Are we missing something? See an error in our schedule? Even though we are infallible sometimes things slip through the cracks. Let us know and we will get it updated ASAP!
Los Angeles – The FBI this week detained and questioned Ruby Payne, CEO of Debbies Book – a valuable resource for finding props, especially in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Payne issued a written statement saying she was detained by the FBI on Sunday after she arrived at a dog park on her way home from a walk. Federal investigators took her cell phone and purse, then questioned her about where to find sci-fi and futuristic items as well as western themed props. Debbies Book is known for helping people find these kinds of items and more for film and television. Ruby says she was then served a subpoena before being released to appear before Muellers nephews birthday event coordinators, which she is expected to do next month. The birthday party itself will occur in May.
“The questions got more detailed about the types of items they were looking for (which they were hoping would be free or at least cheap since the birthday was a non-union “low-budg” affair); what prop houses carry what items; whom I knew and how well – they had a long wishlist of items,” Payne said. “They seemed to then focus more attention on larger scale event rentals (of whom I have plenty of recommendations too); multiples of cabanas and steampunk themed event chairs. Then they brought up something about Russians, which I knew nothing about.”
She said she was asked specifically if she had visited all of the larger resources in her database, verifying the inventories of these so-called prop houses. She had, she said. Payne’s statement shines a spotlight into the workings of Mueller’s nephews birthday party, of which the public up until now knew very little about.
The birthday event council declined to comment.
Debbies Book has long been a resource for finding props and services for the film and television industries, not just for the nephews of special investigation teams formed by the FBI.