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May 1, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
American International Pictures' motto was, "Make 'em fast and make 'em cheap." Really cheap. Samuel Z. Arkoff, who founded the scrappy little studio with the late Jim Nicholson, recalls the time producer-director Roger Corman was given a mere $29,000 to make the 1955 horror flick "The Beast With a Million Eyes." "Roger said, 'I can't do it [for that budget],' " recalls Arkoff, now 83. "I said, 'Roger, you can do it.' So he went off to Palm Springs to make the movie."
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May 1, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
American International Pictures' motto was, "Make 'em fast and make 'em cheap." Really cheap. Samuel Z. Arkoff, who founded the scrappy little studio with the late Jim Nicholson, recalls the time producer-director Roger Corman was given a mere $29,000 to make the 1955 horror flick "The Beast With a Million Eyes." "Roger said, 'I can't do it [for that budget],' " recalls Arkoff, now 83. "I said, 'Roger, you can do it.' So he went off to Palm Springs to make the movie."
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 1993
Regarding "Bypassing the Big Picture," by Michele Willens (Nov. 28): In your article on direct-to-video movies, the technique that Charles Band boasts about for deciding which films to make was in fact pioneered by one of the three greatest film executives of the latter half of the 20th Century, the late James H. Nicholson, co-founder of American International Pictures. (The others are Nicholson's partner Samuel Z. Arkoff and Roger Corman.) In the mid- to late '50s, AIP established very close ties with the owners of independent theater chains in the South, Midwest and Southwest, who had a much better understanding of the tastes of their audiences than exhibitors based in New York or today's ivory-towered types.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 1994 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anybody who thinks all movies should be deep-think masterpieces by visionary auteurs probably won't be camping out at the Nuart Theatre for its ongoing American International Pictures festival. Max von Sydow won't be playing chess with Death there. But other games--less taxing perhaps--are being played. Beach blanket bingo, for example. And Death is certainly not being overlooked.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 1994 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anybody who thinks all movies should be deep-think masterpieces by visionary auteurs probably won't be camping out at the Nuart Theatre for its ongoing American International Pictures festival. Max von Sydow won't be playing chess with Death there. But other games--less taxing perhaps--are being played. Beach blanket bingo, for example. And Death is certainly not being overlooked.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 1989 | Claudia Puig, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films will present Samuel Z. Arkoff the Golden Scroll Award on Saturday. The honor is for "outstanding career achievements" in recognition of the 503 features American International Pictures (AIP) produced and/or released. Arkoff was the co-founder of AIP and today is chairman of Arkoff International Pictures.
NEWS
December 9, 1997
Al Simms, 86, entertainment industry executive for 60 years. Born Al Ciminelli in Rochester, N.Y., as one of 17 children of Italian immigrants, Simms began his career as manager of the nationally broadcast "Horace Heidt Youth Opportunity Show." He later worked with singer Frankie Laine. For 28 years, Simms was associated with American International Pictures, working as director of the music department, head of personnel, general manager and assistant to the president.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 1986
The American International Film Festival, a seven evening tribute to American International Pictures, will open Saturday at USC's Norris Cinema Theater with two controversial Roger Corman films, "The Wild Angels," starring Peter Fonda and Nancy Sinatra, and "The Trip," an LSD fantasy written by Jack Nicholson.
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April 6, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Burt Topper, 78, who made such low-budget films as "Diary of a High School Bride" and "War Is Hell," died Tuesday of pulmonary failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said his wife, Jennifer. Starting in the late 1950s, Topper wrote, directed and produced films for Sam Arkoff's American International Pictures, which was known for making movies aimed at a teen audience.
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July 11, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Disco music and movies are warmly embraced these days as part of pop culture nostalgia. The era, which began in the mid-'70s, encouraged a whole generation to dance and party — often to excess. And don't even mention the outrageous clothes. It was an era that ended abruptly; a year after the final disco-themed movies were released in 1980, the AIDS epidemic began and the fun was over. Most of the disco movies are considered campy cult faves, but 1977's "Saturday Night Fever" is a bona fide classic.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 1993
Regarding "Bypassing the Big Picture," by Michele Willens (Nov. 28): In your article on direct-to-video movies, the technique that Charles Band boasts about for deciding which films to make was in fact pioneered by one of the three greatest film executives of the latter half of the 20th Century, the late James H. Nicholson, co-founder of American International Pictures. (The others are Nicholson's partner Samuel Z. Arkoff and Roger Corman.) In the mid- to late '50s, AIP established very close ties with the owners of independent theater chains in the South, Midwest and Southwest, who had a much better understanding of the tastes of their audiences than exhibitors based in New York or today's ivory-towered types.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2002 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Adele Jergens, who played brassy platinum-blond bombshells and film-noir femmes fatales in a string of B movies in the 1940s and `50s, has died. She was 84. Jergens, who was a leading pinup during World War II, died Nov. 22 of undisclosed causes at her home in Camarillo.
NEWS
October 29, 1996 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Morey Amsterdam, a veteran comedian and character actor who was best remembered for his role as Maurice "Buddy" Sorell on the long-running "Dick Van Dyke Show," died Monday. He was 87. Amsterdam suffered a heart attack at his home and was later pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The comic was a seasoned veteran of vaudeville, radio and early television when he was cast with Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie and Rose Marie as Sally Rogers on the show that ran from 1961 to 1966.
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