September 20, 1990 |
Most of the events at the Los Angeles Festival were free to the public--but the price of participation was steep for the corporations, civic groups and city government organizations that donated funds for the $5-million Pacific Rim arts celebration. With few exceptions, those backers said it was worth it. The Los Angeles Festival marked the first time the Japanese Business Assn. has funded a citywide arts festival; companies that are members of the organization donated more than $1 million.
September 17, 1987 |
It would be fascinating, and staggering, to know the combined annual earnings of the latter-day moguls, studio executives, corporate executives, producers, stars, directors and writers who sat, cheerfully immobilized, for the better part of three hours Tuesday afternoon, awaiting and then hearing Pope John Paul II. In the mind's eye you could see phone messages piling up like snowdrifts during a blizzard on mahogany desks back in the paneled offices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1990 |
After five years of study and debate, Burbank city officials Wednesday outlined a plan to control growth in the city's Media District, fast emerging as one of the country's largest centers of entertainment-oriented industries. City and studio officials called the Media District Specific Plan one of the most restrictive in Southern California.
November 21, 1991 |
After six years of stalls and struggles, organizers of a proposed museum dedicated to films and filmmaking say they have found a home in Hollywood. Organizers of the Hollywood Entertainment Museum expect to unveil plans today for a $45-million, 110,000-square-foot center in the landmark 1928 building now housing the Hollywood Pacific movie theater on Hollywood Boulevard. The museum hopes to raise $10 million in the next couple of years to acquire the building and some nearby properties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1995 |
Concerned over potential accusations of favoritism and hastiness, the Los Angeles City Council balked Wednesday at granting tax breaks to entertainment companies in Hollywood and North Hollywood, opting for further study of a measure that could cost the city $800,000 a year.
May 1, 2001 |
As Hollywood holds its breath over the possibility of a writers strike, ongoing internal struggles within the writers and actors guilds and at the studios are making this year's negotiations the most complex ever. Within both unions and the handful of giant media conglomerates that control the entertainment industry, sharply divergent agendas are making it more difficult to reach consensus in negotiating contracts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1991 |
The city of Los Angeles' attempt to plug a $13-million hole in next year's budget is pitting two politically savvy and well-financed industries against each other in one of the most intense City Hall lobbying campaigns in years. Entertainment industry officials and cable television operators are going head to head to see which--if either--will be hit with taxes needed to shore up Los Angeles' sagging finances.
July 26, 1989 |
When the Supreme Court decided early this month to uphold a Missouri law restricting abortion, and implicitly invited other states to enact abortion curbs, it sent pro-choice and anti-abortion groups scrambling to raise money, recruit volunteers and plan strategy for the coming showdowns in state capitols across the nation. How the two sides are doing so highlights some fundamental differences between them.
March 27, 1997 |
Hollywood occasionally contributes to its own image problems, presenting fictional portraits in movies such as "The Player" and "Swimming With Sharks" that feed perceptions that the place can't be found with a moral compass. Recently, such depictions have begun to emanate from the small screen, such as last season's Hollywood-murder plot in the ABC drama "Murder One" and now NBC's "Law & Order," with a three-episode story being showcased in "ER's" time slot.
June 19, 1995 |
After Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) unleashed his recent attack on Hollywood, President Clinton hastened to proclaim his own credentials as a spokesman for American virtue against the depredations of the entertainment industry. The White House quickly released a five-page summary of Clinton's comments on Hollywood and violence as part of its "me too" effort. But the President's remarks have significantly less edge than Dole's--and with good reason.