September 28, 1988
Mary Vincent, who as a teen-ager in 1978 was raped and mutilated, has dropped her attempt to collect a $2.56-million judgment from her attacker because she is satisfied that he has not sold film or book rights to his story, her lawyer said. Tustin attorney Mark E. Edwards said he met last weekend with Lawrence Singleton, now out of prison, and learned that his only income is a $600 monthly Social Security payment.
February 8, 1998
The notion that the erratic mating behavior of humans parallels the predictable mating behavior of the animal kingdom is hardly new. What's new in first-time novelist Laura Zigman's funny new book, "Animal Husbandry" (The Dial Press), is a) a clever and comic theory and b) timing.
September 17, 2012 |
It was eight years ago when Matthew Quick quit his job as a high school English teacher and moved into a basement to write the novel that has since been transformed into a major Hollywood film. “The Silver Linings Playbook,” about a 30-something man attempting to put his life back together after a stint in a mental institution, was first published in 2008. The film, starring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence, won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival on Sunday.
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October 6, 1994 |
A federal appeals court Wednesday agreed to consider whether to overturn the death penalty for "Freeway Killer" William Bonin, who was convicted of killing 14 boys and young men. If he loses the appeal and final reviews by the U.S. Supreme Court, Bonin could be the next person executed in California. Several other federal appeals have failed for Bonin, who is on Death Row in San Quentin. On Wednesday, the U.S.
August 3, 2002 |
The nine Pennsylvania coal miners rescued Saturday after three days underground have sold the TV-movie and book rights to their story to divisions of Walt Disney Co. for $150,000 apiece, according to the Pittsburgh attorney representing the men. Thomas Crawford, who specializes in criminal tax and labor law, said the deal includes a movie for Disney's ABC network and a book that will be published by the Burbank company's book arm, Hyperion Publishing. An ABC spokesman declined to comment Friday.
May 23, 2010 |
In the spring of 1949, Eleanor Roosevelt turned in the manuscript for her second memoir — this one on the White House years — to her editors at Ladies' Home Journal. "You have written this too hastily," came the reply, "as though you were composing it on a bicycle while pedaling your way to a fire." Roosevelt's editors asked her to revise the manuscript with the help of a ghostwriter, but she refused. "I would have felt the book wasn't mine," she said. She ended up selling her book's serial rights to the Journal's biggest rival, McCall's, for $150,000.
August 30, 2012 |
The children of Mario Puzo, author of the famed "Godfather" series, are trying to severe their family's more than 40-year association with Paramount Pictures after a bitter squabble that erupted earlier this year. On Thursday, Hollywood attorney Bert Fields, who is representing the Puzo children, told a federal judge in New York that Paramount had violated its 1969 contract with Puzo when the movie studio went to court this year to prevent the May publication of a new sequel, "The Family Corleone.