April 10, 2014 |
It's not quite “Revenge of the Nerds,” but it still might make a good movie: “Attack of the Unpaid Interns.” Former interns for the 2010 movie “Black Swan” have brought a class-action lawsuit against Fox Searchlight Pictures and units of Fox Entertainment Group. They are demanding back pay, damages and a court order prohibiting the studio from using unpaid interns. A win for the plaintiffs could bring down the long-standing and widespread movie industry practice of exploiting lowly assistants who, for the sake of experience and job contacts, are willing to work for free.
July 12, 2013 |
For nearly 50 years Greg Bautzer was one of the premier entertainment attorneys in Hollywood, with a client list that included moguls Howard Hughes, Charles Bluhdorn, Darryl Zanuck and Kirk Kerkorian. He also made a name for himself handling the high-profile divorces of Ingrid Bergman, Nancy Sinatra and Rock Hudson. Movie-star handsome, he was engaged to Lana Turner and Dorothy Lamour, dated such other glamorous actresses as Ginger Rogers and Joan Crawford, and was married four times, including to actress Dana Wynter.
April 24, 2009 |
There was a time when Hollywood thought of Africa as a kind of exotic backlot, but these days it's the venue for many of the causes about which activist members of the industry feel most deeply. Over the next two weeks, in fact, the continent is getting top billing on the town's social to-do list.
February 24, 2013 |
It's been nearly a generation since Quentin Tarantino burst on the scene with his raucous indie film "Pulp Fiction" in 1994, and Hollywood is a very different place. The once-vibrant independent film scene that Tarantino helped shape has shrunk to a handful of players who have honed their survival skills in a harsh distribution landscape. But Tarantino is back at the Oscars this year, this time with another wonderfully incendiary piece of entertainment, "Django Unchained. " And so, as it happens, are a group of other directors from his generation of outsiders - only now they are the new Hollywood establishment.
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June 24, 2009 |
In a dramatic second day on the witness stand, Jesse James Hollywood denied ordering the execution of a 15-year-old West Hills boy to avenge a $1,200 drug debt owed by the boy's older half-brother. At least a dozen times, the 29-year-old former marijuana dealer told a Santa Barbara County Superior Court jury how much he regretted the events that led to the 2000 death of Nicholas Markowitz, who was shot nine times and buried in the Santa Barbara foothills.
August 9, 2013 |
The French fashion house of Vionnet has had a few stops and starts on its road to revival. But Hollywood's love affair with the label shows no signs of waning. Thursday night, Amber Heard walked the red carpet at the premiere of the film "Paranoia" wearing a Vionnet sky blue, black and ivory silk cady draped dress with a navy silk satin skirt featuring ivory beads arranged in a modern design. The color combinations were fresh and the beading detail unusual. It made you look twice -- in a good way. Madeleine Vionnet, the French designer who invented the bias cut and drew inspiration from Greek statues for her famous pleating, closed her business in 1939. The revival of the brand began in 2006.
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August 14, 2013
Join Times reporters Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin II for an important discussion about the Hollywood fault on Thursday morning's L.A. Now Live chat at 9 a.m. Xia, Lin and Times staff writer Doug Smith have been researching the fault and found that at least two developments were approved by city officials without requiring a detailed fault investigation. "The community activists who appealed ... said it's troubling that the city didn't require any detailed earthquake fault studies," they wrote.
March 1, 2013 |
As legendary actor Richard Burton was honored this week with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his native Wales took full advantage of the occasion to shine a spotlight on itself. “Richard Burton is part of a proud history of the Welsh in Hollywood,” Edwina Hart, business minister for the Welsh government, said in a statement. “He has inspired a new generation of actors, performers and filmmakers from Wales, who are now benefiting from our world class infrastructure and government support.” Following the unveiling of Burton's star Friday, the Welsh government and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama hosted a reception at the Roosevelt Hotel to highlight the country's potential as a location for television and drama production.
June 7, 2012 |
Now that Kevin Durant has helped the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Western Conference's best, what's next for the All-Star forward (besides the Heat or Celtics)? How about a movie? Durant might not conquer Hollywood with his role in the upcoming film "Thunderstruck" -- a kid's movie about a high schooler who goes from basketball failure to high-flying phenom after somehow absorbing Durant's basketball prowess -- but making a movie seems to be a rite of passage for all NBA stars.