November 6, 2002
Actor: Robert Stack is undergoing radiation treatment for prostate cancer. The 83-year-old actor, who gained fame as crime buster Eliot Ness on the '60s TV series, "The Untouchables," and as host of the reality show, "Unsolved Mysteries," is receiving outpatient treatment and doing fine, said his publicist, Jerry Pam.
July 23, 2006
When Leonard Mlodinow asks, "Why are smart people in Hollywood blind to the randomness that rules their industry?" he seems to suggest that box-office success is nothing more than a coin toss ("Chaotic," July 2). If this were true, why would Disney squander $7 billion in stock to purchase Pixar? Taking Mlodinow's assertion to its logical extreme, Pixar's unbroken string of hit films is the result of luck alone; talent, taste or a solid sense of what constitutes a good story do not enter into the equation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2001 |
Acknowledging 13 years of fund-raising help from Jerry and Pam Offsay, the L.A. Family Housing Corp. kicked off construction Sunday of Offsay/Steinhauser Village, a 15-family affordable-housing complex. The complex, the first facility built by the housing group in three years, was named after the Offsays' parents. "Our parents were, and are, simple people," said Jerry Offsay, a producer with Showtime Networks. "They didn't have much money, but they made things work."
August 3, 1997
Mark Swed refers to Bernard Herrmann, Alex North and David Raksin as part of "a new generation of talented and sophisticated American composers" discovered, cinematically, "by the '50s and '60s" ("They Shoot, They Score," July 27). While his reference is not wholly inaccurate (North's first principal film score was "A Streetcar Named Desire," released in 1951), Herrmann's major contributions to film was established in the 1940s with such scores as "Citizen Kane," "The Magnificent Ambersons" and "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir."
December 6, 1994 |
Hollywood's favorite movie title these days isn't "The Santa Clause" or "Interview With the Vampire," despite their box office success. Insiders say it's more like "The Great Escape." Industry executives looking to get out from under their oppressive workloads are taking longer and more frequent vacations than at any time in recent memory, sources say. One studio is holding its Christmas party two weeks earlier this year than last.
October 20, 1991 |
"Wheel of Fortune" letter-turner VANNA WHITE and her husband, George Santo Pietro, have purchased a newly built home on the Westside of Los Angeles, sources say. Since gaining fame on the TV game show, White has marketed a look-alike doll and her own line of fashions on cable television. She also starred as Venus in the 1988 NBC movie "Goddess of Love." Santo Pietro owns a chain of Italian restaurants in Los Angeles and is also a dealer in exotic cars.