March 20, 2005 |
Joanna Shimkus Poitier was looking for something new to do when she and her husband, Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier, became empty nesters. So she turned to her best friend, whom she now also calls her best client: Verna Harrah, widow of casino magnate William F. Harrah. Verna had a home in Malibu that needed refurbishing. Joanna, the budding interior designer, took it on as her first job. That was a dozen or so years ago.
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November 19, 2009
Marvin Minoff Producer on Frost Nixon interviews Marvin Minoff, 78, a film and TV producer whose credits include the movies "Patch Adams" and "Dominick and Eugene" and David Frost's broadcast interviews with former President Nixon, died Nov. 11 at his Los Angeles home, his family announced. The cause was not disclosed. Minoff had been married since 1980 to actress Bonnie Franklin; they met that year on the set of the TV movie "Portrait of a Rebel: The Remarkable Mrs. Sanger," which Franklin appeared in and Minoff produced.
November 25, 1993 |
Jimmy Hawkins probably knows as much as anybody alive about "It's a Wonderful Life," having recently established contact with most of the movie's surviving participants while researching an exhaustive trivia book about the 1946 classic. Larry Simms, on the other hand, doesn't much care for movies and may be the last man in America who has never even seen "It's a Wonderful Life," let alone wept copiously through it. These two wouldn't seem to have much in common.
July 23, 2013 |
Music entrepreneurs Russell Simmons and Steve Rifkind, together with friend and veteran film and TV producer Brian Robbins, have partnered with Universal Music Group to launch All Def Music, a label created expressly to sign, develop and promote YouTube artists. All Def Music label will seek to identify and cultivate music talent bubbling up on YouTube, in much the same way Rifkind and Simmons once hit the streets in pursuit of promising hip-hop acts for their respective labels, Loud Records and Def Jam. "How [Russell]
November 4, 1986 |
The brush fire over computer colorizing of black-and-white films made a cultural leap from the film community to the arts community at large over the weekend when the National Council on the Arts unanimously passed a resolution condemning the process.
April 30, 1998 |
This Sunday, Glendale Public Library will be transformed into a theme park. Most such parks are populated by actors portraying mice, dogs, ducks and pigs. But at the library's version, kids can talk to and be photographed with the likes of Ben Franklin, Amelia Earhart, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mark Twain and Harriet Tubman. These and 20 other historical figures will be portrayed this year at the library's annual American Heroes Program.
January 17, 1999 |
"It's like inhabiting a piece of history for a while," says film and TV producer Richard Waltzer of the Richard Neutra home he shares with his wife, interior designer Kathryn Waltzer. The handsome glass and wood post-and-beam house was one of five built in Pacific Palisades, on a bluff overlooking the ocean, as part of Art & Architecture magazine's Case Study Program.
August 15, 2005 |
"It's a living music. We all come to it with what we have: That's the beauty of jazz. I fall in love with it more and more," says Hayes Greenfield, veteran jazz saxophonist and creator of the "Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz" traveling show for kids. New York-based Greenfield brings his audience-participatory bebop show to Los Angeles for the first time on Sunday, in a 10 a.m. matinee at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. "It's great for ages 3 to 13," he says.