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July 25, 2005 |
Sol Saffian, 68, music booking agent whose clients included Willie Nelson and Tammy Wynette, died Thursday in Nashville, Tenn., of cancer. Saffian began his career in the mailroom at General Artists Corp. in 1958. He soon moved on to Associated Booking Corp., signing such acts as Jackie Wilson and Neil Diamond, and then to Scotti Brothers, where he began working with country music artists.
March 5, 2013 |
Jeff Berg isn't the first veteran talent agent to start over. For one, his onetime arch nemesis, former Creative Artists Agency honcho Michael Ovitz, did it years ago. But at age 65, Berg, the former chairman and chief executive of International Creative Management, is one of the first to launch a new agency in the current Hollywood landscape, which has been buffeted by shifting sands and an overall retrenchment in an economically challenged entertainment...
September 10, 1999 |
Look, I'm as tired as you are of lame wish-fulfillment fairy tales being passed off as romantic comedies. I could use a stiff chaser of pure, uncut ribaldry as an antidote to the sappy "Runaway Brides" and "Sleepless in Seattles." And, just maybe, a movie with a title like "Love Stinks" could be expected to provide that bracing shot. It's a shot all right. Straight through the groin and out the other end. Low comedy doesn't get any lower than "Love Stinks."
April 15, 1990 |
Gabe Ruelas of North Hollywood sustained his first professional defeat Saturday when his elbow blew out and he was stopped in the seventh round of his scheduled 10-round fight against Jeff Franklin. Ruelas, who fights out of the Goossen gym in Van Nuys, had been winning every round of the featherweight fight before he injured the right elbow in the sixth round on the undercard of the Michael Nunn-Marlon Starling middleweight title fight.
September 13, 1987 |
One look at those promos for ABC's new "Full House"--three goofy bachelors trying to raise an adorable baby--and we figured TV had once again Xeroxed an idea from the big screen. In this case, last year's French hit, "Three Men and a Cradle," with the same storyline (and already remade in English by Touchstone as "Three Men and a Baby" with Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson, for December release). Not so, contends "Full House" creator/writer/exec producer Jeff Franklin.
December 5, 1992 |
Adorable child, separated from parents, gets the better of a pair of bumbling thieves . . . "Home Alone 2"? No, this small-screen offering with a familiar plot is ABC's family feature "To Grandmother's House We Go" (on ABC Sunday at 7 p.m., Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42), and, in all fairness, the similarity ends with that basic plot line.
January 1, 1993 |
Pat Valenzuela, one of the country's leading jockeys, pulled a 9-year-old boy out of a burning motor home in Pasadena on Wednesday night. Valenzuela was driving to a restaurant with his fiancee, her mother and sister and his agent, Jeff Franklin, when he saw a propane-gas explosion in a trailer that was parked on Colorado Boulevard, along with several others, for today's Tournament of Roses Parade. "I didn't think twice," Valenzeula said.
November 10, 1990 |
The boxing career of once-beaten junior lightweight Gabriel Ruelas of Arleta has been dealt another setback. The hard-punching Ruelas underwent major surgery Thursday on the elbow he fractured in his his most recent fight. A bone graft was taken from his hip and placed over the fracture on his right elbow. The surgery, performed by noted orthopedist Dr. Tony Daly at Daniel Freeman Medical Center in Marina del Rey, lasted 3 1/2 hours.
July 28, 1991 |
Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas of Arleta, two of the top boxing prospects in Southern California, will continue their introduction to the rest of the country Tuesday night when they fight at the Country Club in Reseda in bouts scheduled to be televised by the USA cable network. Gabriel, 23-1 with 13 knockouts, fights for the third time since a one-year injury layoff when he takes on Aaron Lopez, 24-6-2 with 14 knockouts, in one of the scheduled 12-round bouts.