October 31, 2010 |
The gig: Producer and financier Avi Lerner has been a fixture on the low-budget independent movie scene for decades and claims involvement in more than 350 films ? many that landed directly on video-store shelves. With his crop of white hair and equally thick Israeli accent, Lerner is known as a producer of testosterone-fueled action pictures who recently has invested in more high-profile titles such as the recent hit "The Expendables," starring and directed by Sylvester Stallone.
March 8, 2009 |
It seems odd perhaps to take such a piece of classic Americana as "12 Angry Men" -- the 1957 film starring Henry Fonda and the feature directing debut of Sidney Lumet -- and transpose it to modern Russia. Yet that is exactly what director Nikita Mikhalkov has done, wringing both universal truths and contemporary specifics from the text. Mikhalkov's 1994 film "Burnt by the Sun" won the Academy Award for foreign language film, and "12" was nominated last year for an Oscar as well.
January 24, 2007 |
In a spending spree reminiscent of drunken sailors on shore leave, the buyers for independent film have turned the Sundance Film Festival into a free-for-all marketplace. After virtually no business was transacted in the festival's opening weekend, the floodgates opened Monday and Tuesday, with nearly a dozen movies changing hands, almost every one for $3 million and more. "I've never seen anything like this.
November 13, 2006 |
When it comes to the movie business, John Malone, the Colorado billionaire who built his fortune in cable TV, for years lived by the mantra "Why build it when you can buy it?" It took some convincing, but Liberty Media Corp.'s chairman is finally ready for his Hollywood close-up. With the help of entertainment veterans Chris McGurk and Danny Rosett, Liberty is launching Overture Films, which aims to produce eight to 12 live-action movies a year under the umbrella of its Starz cable channels.
September 19, 2006 |
The company that brought TV viewers racy and irreverent programs such as "Nip/Tuck," "Temptation Island" and "The Simpsons" has found religion. In the biggest commitment of its sort by a Hollywood studio, News Corp.'s Fox Filmed Entertainment is expected to unveil plans today to capture the gargantuan Christian audience that made "The Passion of the Christ" a global phenomenon.
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November 23, 2002 |
As the first phase of a planned downtown makeover, Oxnard officials have reached agreement with developers to build a 12-screen movie theater and retail complex. A deal to be considered Tuesday by the City Council would construct a $12-million theater and erect about 10 shops, bookstores and restaurants around it, potentially ending a seven-year effort to revive the moribund downtown. "It's going to be beautiful," Mayor Pro Tem John Zaragoza said.