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April 24, 2012 | By Jeanne Dorin McDowell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When actress Kerry Washington was preparing for her role as Olivia Pope, the high-octane Beltway "fixer" on the new ABC series "Scandal," one of the first things she did was launch a Google search for Judy Smith, the real-life crisis consultant on whose professional life the series is based. Washington was somewhat perplexed by how little came up on the D.C. insider who had navigated through some of the thorniest public relations challenges of the past 20 years on behalf of her clients, including Monica Lewinsky, former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig and NFL quarterback Michael Vick, to name a few. There were no interviews and rarely even media mention of the public relations powerhouse.
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April 24, 2012 | By Jeanne Dorin McDowell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When actress Kerry Washington was preparing for her role as Olivia Pope, the high-octane Beltway "fixer" on the new ABC series "Scandal," one of the first things she did was launch a Google search for Judy Smith, the real-life crisis consultant on whose professional life the series is based. Washington was somewhat perplexed by how little came up on the D.C. insider who had navigated through some of the thorniest public relations challenges of the past 20 years on behalf of her clients, including Monica Lewinsky, former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig and NFL quarterback Michael Vick, to name a few. There were no interviews and rarely even media mention of the public relations powerhouse.
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September 26, 2007 | Kate Aurthur, Times Staff Writer
To spend time with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, the executive producers who run "Grey's Anatomy" and its spinoff, "Private Practice," is to be introduced to their linguistic particularities. There is, for example, "Grey Co.," the term they've devised to describe the tonnage of work that goes into overseeing the production, merchandising and musical supervision of "Grey's Anatomy," the immensely successful ABC drama-soap.
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September 26, 2007 | Kate Aurthur, Times Staff Writer
To spend time with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, the executive producers who run "Grey's Anatomy" and its spinoff, "Private Practice," is to be introduced to their linguistic particularities. There is, for example, "Grey Co.," the term they've devised to describe the tonnage of work that goes into overseeing the production, merchandising and musical supervision of "Grey's Anatomy," the immensely successful ABC drama-soap.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2007 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
"Little Miss Sunshine" was awarded the Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award for theatrical motion pictures. The 2007 Producers Guild of America Awards were presented by Tom Cruise in a Saturday evening ceremony at the Century Plaza Hotel. Collecting the award on behalf of the dark, dysfunctional family comedy were producers Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, and Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa. "Cars" was awarded the producer of the year award in animated film.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2009 | Greg Braxton
Whether on screen or off camera, it's always seemed stormy at ABC's "Grey's Anatomy." But amid the many swirling tempests around one of prime-time's most popular soap operas, James Pickens Jr., the deep-voiced actor who plays the authoritative Dr. Richard Webber, has consistently been a center of calm. But earlier this year the 54-year-old Cleveland-born actor suddenly found himself a lightning rod for the show, which airs its season finale tonight. During a red carpet interview, he sparked a round of shock, denials and corrections when he said that cast members T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigl would be leaving the show by season's end. "I didn't think anyone ever listened to me," Pickens said, laughing inside his North Hollywood loft.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 1994 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There are so many family crises in "Safe Passage" that it seizes up right in front of our eyes. Did even Eugene O'Neill cram as much mother-father-son misery into one evening? It's about Mag Singer (Susan Sarandon), her seven sons and her estranged husband, Patrick (Sam Shepard). The subplots and cross-plots total about 14--any of them would be enough to fill out a movie. And yet, all together, they form a big glob of undifferentiated upset.
BUSINESS
August 2, 1994
All eyes in the music business are on the Burbank office of Warner Bros. Records Chairman Mo Ostin as word spreads that a sudden meeting had been held to iron out the latest wrinkle in the corporate realignment at Warner Music Group. Under a restructuring plan announced last month, Ostin and all U.S. label heads are required to report directly to Doug Morris, chief operating officer of the corporation's new domestic division, Warner Music-USA.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Not since Nicole Kidman followed the Camille-like dance hall entertainer of "Moulin Rouge!" with "The Hours," in which she portrayed Virginia Woolf, no less, has a star attempted such a stretch with such success as Heath Ledger, who has gone from playing a taciturn, tormented gay cowboy in "Brokeback Mountain" to the title role of Disney's scintillating "Casanova" (which opens Sunday), the tireless 18th century seducer of countless beautiful women.
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September 10, 1999 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Best Laid Plans" is a sharp contemporary noir thriller that may be a tad too clever for its own good at the finish, but getting there is sufficiently tense and intriguing that you may not mind too much that the overly abrupt ending is somewhat of a letdown. First-time director Mike Barker and second-time writer Ted Griffin, as neophytes, seem to have set the stakes a little too high.
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February 26, 1999 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When people celebrate New Year's Eve, they feel they've just got to have fun--and that of course means having someone important in your life to enjoy it with.
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March 25, 2005 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
And so we arrive at the show that manages to combine "Sex and the City," "CSI," "ER" and "The Paper Chase," wrapped in the kind of alt-rock soundtrack that beckons near the register at Pottery Barn.
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