May 7, 2012 |
Tom Kane hates the ads for Mercedes-Benz. It's not the car. It's Jon Hamm. Mercedes uses the "Mad Men" star as the voice of its television and radio commercials. "Even if it is a terrific spot - which it isn't - people don't have a clue who that is," grumbled Kane, a professional voice actor who's done animation, movie trailers and commercials for two decades. QUIZ: Who's that voice? As brand-name advertisers fight for attention in a cluttered media landscape, they are turning increasingly to celebrities such as Robert Downey Jr. (Nissan)
July 2, 1989 |
Interviews don't come easy to Michael Ovitz. Even in his private sanctum, flanked by a pair of colleagues, safe beneath the dual gaze of Buddha and Marilyn Monroe--totemic bits of art on a movie maker's wall--the sandy-haired president of Creative Artists Agency is wary and tense and never stops wishing the limelight would go away. "This is not a comfortable experience for any of us," he says, his hoarse voice so low a reporter's recorder barely registers. "We really function behind the scenes.
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January 17, 1989
La Palma police confiscated 28 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $89,000 and arrested two San Juan Capistrano men on drug charges over the weekend, authorities said. Thomas Samuel Koffler, 42, and Bruce Donald Sutherland, 36, were arrested Saturday in San Juan Capistrano as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation by the La Palma Police Department, Police Sgt. Michael Sellers said in a statement released Monday.
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January 27, 2004 |
Harry N. Blum, 71, whose Blum Group financed, produced and marketed motion pictures and who personally helped produce such films as Brian De Palma's 1976 "Obsession," died Jan. 18 of congestive heart failure at UCLA Medical Center. A native of Cleveland, Blum graduated from the University of Michigan and its law school. He was an executive in the toy and hobby industry before turning to the film business. In 1973, he formed the Blum Group to back and distribute independent films.
April 29, 1999
* Theater. "Enigma Variations," Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's drama, with Donald Sutherland starring as a reclusive Nobel Prize-winning author, opens next Thursday at the Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles, playing Tuesdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:30 p.m. through June 13. $29 to $40. (213) 628-2772. * Dance.