February 6, 1990 |
Stark to Make Nabisco Story: Backed by Columbia Pictures, producer Ray Stark ("Steel Magnolias") has landed film rights to the nonfiction best seller, "Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco," written by Wall Street Journal reporters Bryan Burrough and John Helyar, who covered the breaking story of the 1988 $25-billion leveraged buy-out of the company.
July 12, 2009
Kudos to Bryan Burrough for an excellent essay reviewing the cinematic portrayals of gangsters, particularly John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson ["A Straight-Shooting Flick," June 28]. I was surprised, however, that he missed a key movie: Mickey Rooney's tough-guy portrayal in "Baby Face Nelson" (1957). Leo Gordon played John Dillinger, in a minor role. Rooney's character would bark at his wife, "Sue, hand me the chopper!" (machine gun). Strangely, Nelson's wife was named Helen. Rooney, in his 30s, was about 10 years older than Nelson was during his crime spree.
March 27, 1994 |
Can stratospheric high finance, which appears so tedious and complicated on paper, really be this much of a hoot? You can't imagine a more deliciously entertaining movie about the $25-billion leveraged buyout of R.J.R. Nabisco Co. The script by Larry Gelbart, based on a bestseller by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar, demonstrates that the former "MASH" head writer is as acutely clever and witty as ever. Former Nabisco president F.
May 10, 1994
Times staff writers Scot J. Paltrow and Kathryn Harris on Monday were named winners of the 1994 Gerald Loeb Awards for business and financial journalism. Paltrow was cited for an investigative series on Prudential Securities Inc. and Harris for her coverage of the Paramount Communications Inc. takeover battle. The awards, established in 1957 by the late Gerald Loeb and administered by UCLA's John E.
July 6, 2002 |
For Hollywood, it's the Gary Condit story of the early summer, L.A.'s answer to New York's fascination with the beleaguered Martha Stewart. "It certainly has struck a chord," notes producer Tom Pollock, former chairman of Universal Pictures. "When I wanted to talk to people about Vivendi Universal or Time Warner--which is really important stuff--all anybody wants to talk about is Mike Ovitz and the gay mafia."