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December 21, 2007 |
Jillian Kesner-Graver, 58, the widow of Orson Welles' last cinematographer who continued trying to raise money to complete the gifted director's final film after the death of her husband late last year, died Dec. 5. Kesner-Graver, an actress who was recently diagnosed with leukemia, died from a staph infection at Irvine Regional Hospital and Medical Center, her family said.
August 8, 1997 |
The first Hollywood Film Festival will be held Oct. 14-19 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, with other venues to be announced. Co-founded by writer-producers Carlos and Janice de Abreu, proprietors of the Internet Screenwriters Network in Beverly Hills, the festival will also present what it calls its Hollywood Discovery Awards.
July 23, 2003 |
Christie's has withdrawn a 1941 Oscar won by Orson Welles for co-writing "Citizen Kane" from its entertainment memorabilia auction on Friday. The statuette, valued at $300,000 to $400,000, was the centerpiece of the event, to be held in New York. The action was taken after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences claimed the right to buy back the statue for $1. The rest of the sale will proceed as planned, the New York Times reports.
June 16, 1987 |
If you've seen one too many drug-war thrillers, one too many movies pitting a few good guys against a hundred villains, one too many chase scenes near or on Hollywood Boulevard; and one too many movies where a hero is tortured unremittingly by sadistic hoodlums, thereby justifying a climax of wholesale carnage--than you know what to expect from "Commando Squad" (citywide). That's exactly what it is: one too many.
April 26, 2005 |
The highlight of the two-disc set of "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" (Paramount, $35) is the clever, tongue-in-cheek audio track between director Brad Silberling and the "real" Mr. Snicket -- author Daniel Handler. The other extras -- covering every aspect of the production -- are entertaining and informative.