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May 19, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Movie Firm Founded by Ex-Beatle Is Sold: HandMade Films, an independent movie producer co-founded by George Harrison, has been acquired by Paragon Entertainment Corp. for $8.5 million in cash. HandMade, founded in 1978 by Harrison and Denis O'Brien, made such films as Monty Python's "The Life of Brian," "Time Bandits" and "Mona Lisa." Toronto-based Paragon is the executive producer of the upcoming Kevin Costner film "Wyatt Earp." Paragon is acquiring 23 films in the deal.
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May 19, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Movie Firm Founded by Ex-Beatle Is Sold: HandMade Films, an independent movie producer co-founded by George Harrison, has been acquired by Paragon Entertainment Corp. for $8.5 million in cash. HandMade, founded in 1978 by Harrison and Denis O'Brien, made such films as Monty Python's "The Life of Brian," "Time Bandits" and "Mona Lisa." Toronto-based Paragon is the executive producer of the upcoming Kevin Costner film "Wyatt Earp." Paragon is acquiring 23 films in the deal.
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February 9, 2008
Casting call: Uma Thurman as a nanny? That's the casting for "Eloise in Paris," an adaptation of the famous children's books by Kay Thompson to be directed by Charles Shyer for Handmade Films. The role of Eloise is yet to be filled. Filming starts in June.
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June 1, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The timing would have been superb--this being the 20th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper and friends--but apparently the storm of rumors that surfaced in London last week concerning a working reunion of the three remaining Beatles was so much wishful thinking. A spokeswoman for Paul McCartney said Saturday that the singer/bassist "was never at the (George) Harrison recording sessions" last week and that an on-stage reunion of McCartney, Harrison and Ringo Starr "is quite impossible."
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September 1, 1985 | Jack Mathews
When a movie fits the description labor of love (synonym: low-budget), everybody pitches in--spouses work, actors hammer nails, executive producers sing back-up for the theme song. At least producers sing when they can, and one who can is George Harrison, whose Handmade Films produced the Bulldog Drummond parody, "Bullshot."
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August 22, 1991 | KEVIN THOMAS
When George Harrison came to the rescue of Monty Python's beleaguered "Life of Brian" in 1978, the former Beatle commenced a second career as a film producer. In the delightful 51-minute 1989 documentary "The Movie Life of George" (on KCET Channel 28 tonight at 11:15, previously seen on cable's Discovery channel), Harrison insists that his company, Handmade Films, for him is "something sort of on the side. I don't take it all that seriously."
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February 6, 1985 | DALE POLLOCK, Times Film Writer
'A Private Function," a new British film starring Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott and Michael Palin, will be the opening-night attraction for the Los Angeles International Film Exposition on March 14. Filmex directors Suzanne McCormick and Ken Wlaschin had earlier promised a major studio feature as the centerpiece of Filmex's annual fund-raising premiere, but apparently those plans fell through.
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December 7, 2001 | MARK CARO, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
George Harrison's contributions to music and popular culture have been receiving so much deserved attention since he died Nov. 29 that it's easy to overlook the significant role he played in the movie world. On film, Harrison is best known for appearing as the sardonic, mop-top version of his Beatle self in "A Hard Day's Night" and "Help!," but his most lasting movie work likely came behind the scenes. If you're a fan of Monty Python's "Life of Brian," you can thank Harrison.
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August 15, 1985 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
From the '20s through the '60s no fewer than 13 actors, including Ronald Colman and Ralph Richardson, played Bulldog Drummond, that dashing amateur sleuth, World War I flying ace and Britain's most-decorated hero. Just the sort of fellow ripe for a sendup, Drummond in 1974 got his in the stage hit "Bullshot Crummond," created by the Low Moan Spectacular comedy troupe, fresh from international success with its "El Grande de Coca Cola" revue.
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July 4, 1990 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bob Hoskins is such a ferociously gifted actor that there's a built-in curiosity factor attached to his directorial debut, "The Raggedy Rawney." Actors-turned-directors generally don't have a particularly good track record; their movies often are shaped in terms of performance at the expense of everything else we go to the movies for. Still, if the performances are exceptional, who cares?
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