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July 31, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Serge Silberman, 86, an independent French film producer whose credits include Akira Kurosawa's "Ran" and Luis Bunuel's Oscar-winning "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie," died of undisclosed causes on July 22 in Paris. Born in Lodz (now Poland), Silberman survived the Nazi concentration camps and arrived in Paris in 1945. He launched his producing career in 1953 and founded the Greenwich Film Co. in 1966.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2002 | Michael Mallory, Special to The Times
Astrange thing happens in "Frida," Julie Taymor's new film about painter Frida Kahlo, when she has a nightmare after a near-death experience. It also occurs in the middle of "Bowling for Columbine," Michael Moore's documentary salvo against America's gun culture. It happens as well in this fall's black comedy "Just a Kiss" whenever a character on screen steps into dangerous territory.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2002 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
When Gary Winick took Sigourney Weaver to lunch at the Payard Bistro here, he simply wanted her to star in his new film, "Tadpole." But he did even better. The actress not only agreed to take the part, but snagged the restaurant as a location for a key scene in the film. "We wanted to shoot a scene where the women in the film have tea at the Plaza Hotel," Winick recalled over lunch at a considerably more downscale eatery around the corner from his mixing studio.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 2002 | RICHARD NATALE
The $2-million romantic comedy "Cherish" from Fine Line Features doesn't have a big-studio summer movie marketing budget, and Marian Koltai-Levine hasn't had the six months her big-studio counterparts have to plot its release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2001 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The San Fernando Valley may be home to major studios and filmmakers but it has been short on art house theaters. That should change Friday at the Fallbrook Mall in West Hills when Laemmle Theaters opens seven screens dedicated to independent releases. The 2,000-seat theater and the Armer Theater, which opened this year at Cal State Northridge, will nearly triple the availability of art house films in the Valley.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2001 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
I'd sensed it before, but I wasn't sure. I'd puzzled over it, wondered if I was imagining things, misreading the signs. But it was in the lobby of the Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles a few weeks ago that I realized the change I'd thought I'd noticed was all too real.
NEWS
November 29, 2001 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stephen Erickson's wrenching family drama "The Stonecutter" screens tonight at 6 as the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival gets underway at the Vogue Theater, 6675 Hollywood Blvd. Michael Cavalieri, who has terrific presence and focus, plays a 29-year-old Italian American who abruptly left his Chicago family at age 17 and has had no contact with it until Estelle (Trisha Melynkov), the young stepmother he never knew he had, tracks him down in Los Angeles.
SPORTS
November 23, 2001 | PETE THOMAS
There was some debate over whether to cut the segment filmed in Iran before Sept. 11, but ultimately the Warren Miller team decided to run with it--and it has no regrets. In fact, the sequence showing Chris Anthony, Spencer Wheatley and Dean Cumming mingling in the streets of Tehran and carving up the slopes of the local ski resort is considered an ideal capper to the latest Miller production, "Cold Fusion--The Power of Snow." "At the screening in Boulder, [Colo.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2000 | SUSAN KING, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Danny Glover and Angela Bassett are two of the most acclaimed and successfulAfrican American actors working today. And they usually star in big movies; Glover has had great success in the "Lethal Weapon" series with Mel Gibson as well as in such films as "The Color Purple" and "Grand Canyon." Bassett received an Oscar nomination as Tina Turner in 1993's "What's Love Got to Do With It" and headlined such hits as "Waiting to Exhale" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2000 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County filmmaker Evan Jacobs was determined to complete his comedy film, a mock boxing documentary he wrote, starred in, produced and directed. The 60-minute movie, shot and edited over three years, cost just less than $12,000. That's chump change for a Hollywood studio but big bucks for an independent filmmaker such as Jacobs, a Cal State Long Beach film-studies graduate who financed his movie by working part-time at an Irvine marketing research company.
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