July 4, 1994 |
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.
June 19, 1989 |
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.
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.
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 |
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.
October 29, 1996 |
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.