May 9, 2007 |
All aboard! Allied Model Trains is leaving the station. This week, one of the nation's largest model train stores is closing its longtime home in Culver City: a half-block-long replica of Los Angeles' Union Station. And fading along with it, says owner Allen Drucker, is the model train industry. "It's just a dying hobby," said Drucker, 58. "We probably have another good 15 years." Drucker will hang up his cap after 32 years of running a miniature railroad hub.
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.