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November 22, 1992 | DAVID GRITTEN, David Gritten, a frequent contributor to Calendar, is based in London
"Jim! JIM! JIIIIM!!" Ismail Merchant's voice rises with increasing alarm as James Ivory walks away from him, dumps a paper plate from which he has eaten lunch into a garbage can, and strides toward an impressive-looking castle surrounded by lush green parkland where deer are grazing. Ivory turns on his heel at Merchant's imploring tone and raises an eyebrow sardonically: "Ye-es?" he inquires. Now Merchant has a concerned tone in his voice. "Don't walk. Take a car back to the set."
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April 3, 2013 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
For years, people who read Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's novels assumed she was born in India. She wrote about swamis, social climbers, duplicitous landlords and other characters from the Indian bourgeoisie who inevitably found themselves colliding with curious visitors from the West. But Jhabvala was a Westerner herself: a German Jew displaced by war to England, who married an Indian man and settled in his country. She absorbed enough of subcontinental culture to portray it with clarity and comic sensibility in books that earned her comparisons to Jane Austen.
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July 27, 1992 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The New York-based team of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, known in the film industry for artful, low-budget movies, is entering a three-year distribution deal with an unlikely partner: one of America's leading merchants of pop culture, Walt Disney Studios. Disney's deal with Merchant Ivory Productions means that, for the first time, the makers of such specialty films as "Howards End," the Oscar-winning "A Room With a View" and Oscar-nominated "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge," will have a U.S.
NEWS
April 3, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, a novelist and screenwriter whose long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions yielded two Academy Awards for her work on the films “A Room With a View” and “Howards End,” has died. She was 85. Jhabvala died early Wednesday at her home in Manhattan after a long illness, said her daughter Firoza. A prolific author, Jhabvala (pronounced JOB-vah-lah ) wrote 19 novels and short-story collections that reflected the cultures she absorbed on three continents during her half-century career.
NEWS
April 3, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, a novelist and screenwriter whose long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions yielded two Academy Awards for her work on the films “A Room With a View” and “Howards End,” has died. She was 85. Jhabvala died early Wednesday at her home in Manhattan after a long illness, said her daughter Firoza. A prolific author, Jhabvala (pronounced JOB-vah-lah ) wrote 19 novels and short-story collections that reflected the cultures she absorbed on three continents during her half-century career.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2005 | Susan King
"MAINLY I'm a novelist," says Booker Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro. "Screenwriting is like a hobby." It's an interest he's indulged between writing such acclaimed novels as "The Remains of the Day," "When We Were Orphans" and the current "Never Let Me Go," with screenplays including the well-regarded 2004 Guy Maddin film "The Saddest Music in the World." The latest foray into screenwriting for Ishiguro, who was born in Japan and grew up in Britain, is "The White Countess," which opens Dec.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 1990 | KEVIN THOMAS
The films of Indian producer Ismail Merchant, California-born director James Ivory and their writer, the German-born novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, are almost invariably literary adaptations, witty and intimate, and reflect their own cross-cultural sensibilities. The partners are indeed expert at deceptively gentle depictions of cultural confrontations that reverberate quietly with implications.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2013 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
For years, people who read Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's novels assumed she was born in India. She wrote about swamis, social climbers, duplicitous landlords and other characters from the Indian bourgeoisie who inevitably found themselves colliding with curious visitors from the West. But Jhabvala was a Westerner herself: a German Jew displaced by war to England, who married an Indian man and settled in his country. She absorbed enough of subcontinental culture to portray it with clarity and comic sensibility in books that earned her comparisons to Jane Austen.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 1993 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
How quickly things change in Hollywood. After its victory at Saturday's Golden Globe Awards, "Scent of a Woman," starring Al Pacino, seemed on a sure track for the Oscars onMarch 29. But when the Directors Guild of America nominations were announced Monday, there was no trace of "Scent" or its producer-director Martin Brest.
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November 25, 2000 | VIVIAN LETRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When playwright James Ivory Johnson speaks, a casual conversation inevitably turns into a sermon. "The lesson I've learned in life is that there is a redemption even for those who have fallen," said Johnson, talking about his new gospel musical yet sounding more like the real-life minister he is. "I've seen good leaders and leaders faced with great temptations who don't do so well. Some fall by the wayside." Amen. "We all fall down sometimes, but we get back up again." Hallelujah.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2010 | By Mark Olsen
The phrase "Merchant Ivory" has become so synonymous with upscale art-house filmmaking that it is easy to forget that there were two actual people behind it, producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory. Together, they made more than 20 films over more than 40 years; "The City of Your Final Destination," which opens Friday in L.A., marks the first film Ivory has shot since Merchant died in 2005. An adaptation of a novel by Peter Cameron, the screenplay for the romantic drama was written by longtime Merchant Ivory collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2005 | Susan King
"MAINLY I'm a novelist," says Booker Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro. "Screenwriting is like a hobby." It's an interest he's indulged between writing such acclaimed novels as "The Remains of the Day," "When We Were Orphans" and the current "Never Let Me Go," with screenplays including the well-regarded 2004 Guy Maddin film "The Saddest Music in the World." The latest foray into screenwriting for Ishiguro, who was born in Japan and grew up in Britain, is "The White Countess," which opens Dec.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2000 | VIVIAN LETRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When playwright James Ivory Johnson speaks, a casual conversation inevitably turns into a sermon. "The lesson I've learned in life is that there is a redemption even for those who have fallen," said Johnson, talking about his new gospel musical yet sounding more like the real-life minister he is. "I've seen good leaders and leaders faced with great temptations who don't do so well. Some fall by the wayside." Amen. "We all fall down sometimes, but we get back up again." Hallelujah.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 1993 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
How quickly things change in Hollywood. After its victory at Saturday's Golden Globe Awards, "Scent of a Woman," starring Al Pacino, seemed on a sure track for the Oscars onMarch 29. But when the Directors Guild of America nominations were announced Monday, there was no trace of "Scent" or its producer-director Martin Brest.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 1992 | DAVID GRITTEN, David Gritten, a frequent contributor to Calendar, is based in London
"Jim! JIM! JIIIIM!!" Ismail Merchant's voice rises with increasing alarm as James Ivory walks away from him, dumps a paper plate from which he has eaten lunch into a garbage can, and strides toward an impressive-looking castle surrounded by lush green parkland where deer are grazing. Ivory turns on his heel at Merchant's imploring tone and raises an eyebrow sardonically: "Ye-es?" he inquires. Now Merchant has a concerned tone in his voice. "Don't walk. Take a car back to the set."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 1992 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The New York-based team of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, known in the film industry for artful, low-budget movies, is entering a three-year distribution deal with an unlikely partner: one of America's leading merchants of pop culture, Walt Disney Studios. Disney's deal with Merchant Ivory Productions means that, for the first time, the makers of such specialty films as "Howards End," the Oscar-winning "A Room With a View" and Oscar-nominated "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge," will have a U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2010 | By Mark Olsen
The phrase "Merchant Ivory" has become so synonymous with upscale art-house filmmaking that it is easy to forget that there were two actual people behind it, producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory. Together, they made more than 20 films over more than 40 years; "The City of Your Final Destination," which opens Friday in L.A., marks the first film Ivory has shot since Merchant died in 2005. An adaptation of a novel by Peter Cameron, the screenplay for the romantic drama was written by longtime Merchant Ivory collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 1997
Filmmakers Ismail Merchant, James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala will discuss the 1996 film "The Proprietor" on Saturday following a 9 p.m. screening of the film at the Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd. Tickets for the film and discussion are $5. For tickets: (310) 553-9036, Ext. 320.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 1990 | KEVIN THOMAS
The films of Indian producer Ismail Merchant, California-born director James Ivory and their writer, the German-born novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, are almost invariably literary adaptations, witty and intimate, and reflect their own cross-cultural sensibilities. The partners are indeed expert at deceptively gentle depictions of cultural confrontations that reverberate quietly with implications.
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