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February 10, 1997 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roger Corman, regarded as Hollywood's "King of the B Movies" for making such films as "Death Race 2000," "Stepmonster" and "The Little Shop of Horrors," said Sunday that he is selling his film production company, movie library and some Los Angeles office buildings to veteran producer Elliott Kastner for $100 million. The sale of Concorde-New Horizons Corp. by Corman and his wife, Julie, marks the second time in the last 15 years that Corman has cashed out by selling his principal company.
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March 18, 2002 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
William Witney, the Republic Pictures action director who made the studio's greatest cliffhanger serials during its B-movie heyday in the 1930s and '40s and introduced the now-standard practice of choreographing fight scenes, died Sunday in a nursing home in Jackson, Calif. He was 86. Witney, who had been in ill health since suffering a stroke in 1995, died of complications from that stroke and several subsequent ones.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 1995 | Bill Whitaker
Walk down the dark, crumbling corridors of Mosfilm Studios and, for a moment, you might think you've entered Frankenstein's castle. The music filling the air would certainly underscore that feeling. Behind heavily guarded studio doors, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra has been recording music from the 1944 Boris Karloff horror film "House of Frankenstein."
SPORTS
November 25, 1990 | BARBIE LUDOVISE
Mater Dei stunned Eisenhower. Tustin trounced Pacifica. Valencia outwitted La Quinta . . . Still, you say that you spent Friday night watching a herd of giant, carnivorous rabbits attack Arizona? ("Night of the Lepus," 1972 horror flick starring Janet Leigh, cable). For shame. The Southern Section football playoffs are entering their third week, Orange County, and 11 local teams remain. Semifinals start Friday, so get thee to a game. Need reasons? Here are 10: 1. Running backs.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2012 | By Noel Murray
Prometheus 20th Century Fox, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99/$49.99 Available on VOD beginning Oct. 11 The dopiest and most awe-inspiring blockbuster of this past summer, director Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" is both a prequel to and remake of Scott's sci-fi/horror classic "Alien," following a new group of space explorers as they encounter a malevolent force threatening all humankind. Noomi Rapace plays a scientist who thinks she's discovered the planet where all life began, and travels there with a crew more interested in getting paid than finding "God.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2013 | By John Horn
An Orange County movie producer convicted of bilking mostly elderly investors out of $9.5 million in a Ponzi scam involving B movies such as “Confessions of a Pit Fighter” and “Lake Dead” has been sentenced to 27 years in state prison. Mahmoud Karkehabadi (also known as Mike Karkeh), 56, the owner of Alliance Group Entertainment, was sentenced on May 31 by Superior Court Judge Richard Toohey after Karkehabadi was convicted in a five-week jury trial of 49 counts of securities fraud and grand theft.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2001
Pat Ast, 59, the model and actress who was the muse of the designer Halston in the 1970s, died Oct. 2 at her West Hollywood home. Relatives said Ast, who had a history of diabetes, died of natural causes. She was born in Brooklyn, and her father was a comic who performed in the Catskills. After graduating from high school, she worked as a receptionist and clerk and in a box factory into her late 20s, when she became associated with artist Andy Warhol and appeared in some of his films.
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May 3, 2011 | Valerie J. Nelson
Yvette Vickers, an actress best known as the femme fatale in two late 1950s cult horror films, "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" and "Attack of the Giant Leeches," was found dead Wednesday at her Benedict Canyon home. She was 82. The body's mummified state suggests that she could have been dead for close to a year, police said. Residents on the street said they had not seen Vickers since last summer, said actress Susan Savage, a neighbor who discovered the body. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death, but police say foul play is not suspected.
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May 13, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
John Kimbrough, 87, a Texas A&M football great who starred in two B-westerns in the 1940s and became a Texas state legislator, died of pneumonia Monday in Haskell, Texas. Dubbed the "Haskell Hurricane," Kimbrough was a fullback for Texas A&M's 1939 national championship team. In 1940, he finished second to the University of Michigan's Tom Harmon in the Heisman Trophy balloting.
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September 25, 2003 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Gordon Mitchell, a bodybuilder who joined entertainer Mae West's buffed all-male chorus line in the mid-1950s and went on to make about 200 B-movies, excelling in the "sword and sandal" genre, has died. He was 80. Mitchell died Saturday night in his sleep at his Marina del Rey home of an apparent heart attack, said his personal assistant, Bill Comstock. The still-fit actor had been in good health, Comstock said, and had recently completed a film in Germany.
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