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NEWS
May 21, 1994
Robert Jahn, 52, senior vice president of creative services for Buena Vista Pictures Marketing, the advertising arm of Walt Disney Studios. During his tenure the trailers for "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "Dick Tracy," "Pretty Woman," "Three Men and a Litle Lady, "Dead Poets Society" and others were singled out for national honors. Jahn had been with Disney since 1985 after working as a writer and producer in New York. In Los Angeles on Thursday of what the company described as a lengthy illness.
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NEWS
March 9, 1994
Kevin Philip Hyson, 43, who marketed such films as "Aladdin," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid" for Disney. Hyson, who joined Disney six years ago, was recently promoted to executive vice president of theatrical marketing for the Disney subsidiary Buena Vista International. Other films he worked with included "Sister Act," "White Fang," "Pretty Woman," "Dead Poets Society" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 1990 | DENNIS HUNT, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
"Field of Dreams," the fantasy film about baseball, hit a home run in the rental market this week, moving to the top of the Billboard rental chart--finally toppling "Lethal Weapon 2." But with hot newcomer "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" breathing down its neck, "Field of Dreams" may have trouble clinging to the top spot. Among the high-profile movies debuting on the rental chart this week are "Casualties of War" (No. 10), "An Innocent Man" (No. 11) and "Shocker" (No. 24).
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 1990 | Associated Press
The professor whose teaching inspired the film "Dead Poets Society" says he is not really interested in poetry, a subject he doesn't believe is practical for today's college students. "I don't even think college is practical, so I don't think it makes any difference," said Samuel F. Pickering Jr., an English professor at the University of Connecticut.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2009 | Michael Ordona
Robin Williams gets naked in "World's Greatest Dad." Really, really naked. "I shaved because if you don't, it's, like, animal-rights issues," says the heretofore hirsute, Oscar-winning superstar. "I did a nude scene in 'Fisher King'; it was Central Park, I was a homeless guy, so I was covered in dirt and really hairy, and it was like, 'Is that Bigfoot? What happened?' "With this, I said to [writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait], 'I think for this scene, I should take everything off because at this point he's literally shedding everything.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 1989 | Kathie Bozanich
Movie (National ranking) Weekend Gross Screens/Avg. Weeks 1.Lethal Weapon II (1) $272,601 11/$24,782 1 (Warner Bros.) ($20 million) (1,803/$11,308) 2.Batman (2) $209,005 14/$14,929 3 (Warner Bros.) ($19 million) (2,201/$8,745) 2.Honey, I Shrunk ... (3) $107,253 12/$8,939 3 (Disney) ($9.4 million) (1,443/$6,537) 4.Dead Poets Society (6) $71,827 10/$7,183 6 (Disney) ($5.2 million) (1,109/$4,677) 5.Weekend at Bernie's (8) $66,797 10/$6,680 1 (20th Century Fox) ($4.
NEWS
November 14, 1989 | From Times Staff and wire service reports
Samuel F. Pickering, the inspiration for the offbeat prep schoolteacher played by Robin Williams in "Dead Poets Society," still has not seen the popular movie. "To tell you the truth, I didn't know who Robin Williams was," said Pickering, 48, a professor of English literature at the University of Connecticut. "I finally saw him on TV the other day. He's a nut." Pickering, a Nashville native interviewed by phone from his home in Storrs, Conn.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 1990
I am replying to the March 25 letter on the teen-age suicide in "Dead Poets Society." It certainly is not the "central issue" of the film, as stated by letter writer Garner Simmons. Neither is the Robin Williams character's dismissal from his teaching job. These were both upsetting outcomes (tragic in the case of the young man), but underneath is a positive message: living life to the fullest by not conforming to society's often artificial standards. And it is one of the rare films that treats education and the teaching profession with respect rather than conforming to the Hollywood notion that anyone interested in school must be a "nerd" or a social reject.
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