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March 24, 1996 | Steve Proffitt, Steve Proffitt, a contributing editor to Opinion, is project director for the Hajjar-Kaufman New Media Lab
Since filmmakers first arrived in Hollywood, the enterprise of making motion pictures has often involved a brutal collision of art and commerce, with commerce generally coming out on top. That film can be art now seems beyond question, but in Hollywood, where "Leprechaun II" co-exists with "12 Monkeys," discussions about the place film occupies in high culture--common during Oscar season--often seem disingenuous, at best.
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June 27, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
Bob Gazzale was only 9 years old when he watched a tribute to actor James Cagney on the American Film Institute's "Life Achievement Awards" television special, but from that moment, he began to fall in love with movies and moviemaking. Years later Gazzale would find himself producing and writing the same show, even receiving multiple Emmy nominations as producer and writer. He also conceived another AFI special that became a vital moneymaker for the organization -- the "AFI's 100 Years ..."
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2006 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
Jean Picker Firstenberg, who helped turn the American Film Institute into a Hollywood cultural landmark and a leading film school -- and generated plenty of controversy in the process -- is stepping down as director and chief executive officer in 2007. Only the second person to lead AFI in its 40-year history, Firstenberg disclosed her retirement plans Thursday morning to AFI's board of trustees.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2006 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
Jean Picker Firstenberg, who helped turn the American Film Institute into a Hollywood cultural landmark and a leading film school -- and generated plenty of controversy in the process -- is stepping down as director and chief executive officer in 2007. Only the second person to lead AFI in its 40-year history, Firstenberg disclosed her retirement plans Thursday morning to AFI's board of trustees.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
Bob Gazzale was only 9 years old when he watched a tribute to actor James Cagney on the American Film Institute's "Life Achievement Awards" television special, but from that moment, he began to fall in love with movies and moviemaking. Years later Gazzale would find himself producing and writing the same show, even receiving multiple Emmy nominations as producer and writer. He also conceived another AFI special that became a vital moneymaker for the organization -- the "AFI's 100 Years ..."
NEWS
November 17, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
"It's a Wonderful Life," "E.T.," "Rocky" and "The Passion of the Christ" are among the 300 candidates that the American Film Institute is asking more than 1,500 industry workers, critics and historians to choose from in selecting America's most inspiring movies for a TV special. The program, "AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Cheers," follows on the heels of other AFI specials that paid tribute to film history's top comedies, stars and quotes, among other topics.
NEWS
November 18, 2004 | Lee Margulies
The American Film Institute's next TV special will focus on the 100 greatest "quips, comebacks and catchphrases" in the history of movies. Ballots with 400 candidates were distributed Wednesday to more than 1,500 film industry workers, critics and historians. "Great movie quotes become part of our cultural vocabulary," said Jean Picker Firstenberg, AFI's chief executive officer.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 1996 | ART BERMAN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Paramount Pictures is teaming with Rusty Pelican restaurants to launch a nationwide chain of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurants, taking their theme from last year's Academy Award-winning film "Forrest Gump." The first of 23 planned eateries is slated for opening next month on Cannery Row, near the Monterey Bay Aquarium. . . . Capitol Records will release the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" on May 15.
BUSINESS
August 13, 1996 | JAMES BATES
Former MCA film chief Tom Pollock on Monday was elected as the next chairman of the American Film Institute. The volunteer job marks the first position Pollock has taken in Hollywood since resigning in March as vice chairman at MCA nine months after the company was acquired by beverage giant Seagram Co. Before becoming a vice chairman at MCA, Pollock was chairman of the company's motion picture group.
OPINION
March 24, 1996 | Steve Proffitt, Steve Proffitt, a contributing editor to Opinion, is project director for the Hajjar-Kaufman New Media Lab
Since filmmakers first arrived in Hollywood, the enterprise of making motion pictures has often involved a brutal collision of art and commerce, with commerce generally coming out on top. That film can be art now seems beyond question, but in Hollywood, where "Leprechaun II" co-exists with "12 Monkeys," discussions about the place film occupies in high culture--common during Oscar season--often seem disingenuous, at best.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 2007 | Lee Margulies, Times Staff Writer
Imagine going to a movie theater that was showing "Star Wars," "Rocky," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Unforgiven," "The Sound of Music" and "Bonnie and Clyde." The good news: You can. The bad news: The films all start at the same time, so you can only see one. To help celebrate its 40th anniversary, the American Film Institute said that it would show 11 classic films at ArcLight Hollywood on Oct. 3 -- with each movie to be introduced by one of its stars or filmmakers.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2008 | Susan King, King is a Times staff writer.
The American Film Institute named its best films for 2008 on Sunday afternoon and the big winners were "Wall-E," the Disney/Pixar animated romantic comedy about a lovable robot, and "Gran Torino," Clint Eastwood's drama about a widowed bigot who faces his own prejudices. The AFI Awards 2008 also recognized a pair of television programs, both critically acclaimed cable cop dramas which concluded this year: FX's "The Shield" and HBO's "The Wire."
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