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August 22, 2001 | CHRIS KALTENBACH, BALTIMORE SUN
Having your first film as a director hailed as one of the funniest comedies in movie history is heady stuff. But when, more than 20 years later, the accolades continue--when the American Film Institute ranks it among America's all-time 10 best laugh-fests--does the rush continue? Well, maybe the adrenaline doesn't pump as fast. But for Jerry Zucker, the idea of being one of the warped brains that begat "Airplane!" is still something to be savored. "The legacy of 'Airplane!'
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August 22, 2001 | CHRIS KALTENBACH, BALTIMORE SUN
Having your first film as a director hailed as one of the funniest comedies in movie history is heady stuff. But when, more than 20 years later, the accolades continue--when the American Film Institute ranks it among America's all-time 10 best laugh-fests--does the rush continue? Well, maybe the adrenaline doesn't pump as fast. But for Jerry Zucker, the idea of being one of the warped brains that begat "Airplane!" is still something to be savored. "The legacy of 'Airplane!'
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July 13, 1990 | KIRK HONEYCUTT
The sign on the door indicates that Zucker Brothers Productions shares its West Los Angeles office suite with a dentist named Millard E. Flausner. A telephone about four times normal size sits in the conference room. The walls are dominated by posters for the goofy, anarchic comedies written and directed by Jerry and David Zucker and Jim Abrahams--movies like "Airplane!" and "Top Secret!"
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August 4, 1991 | Nina J. Easton
With all the publicity surrounding the making of Oliver Stone's J.F.K. assassination movie, a bit of history is in order. Former New Orleans Dist. Atty. Jim Garrison, the central figure in Stone's "JFK," first sold the rights to his story to the producing-directing team of Jerry Zucker, David Zucker and Jim Abrahams (known mostly for comedies like "Airplane!" and "Naked Gun").
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July 2, 1989 | Pat H. Broeske \f7
If you're one of the few who caught "Road House"--it's grossed a paltry $25.6 million in six weeks--you saw star Patrick Swayze rendered shirtless in eight s ustained sequences--including one in which he lounges half-naked while reading a highbrow Jim Harrison novel. Which got us to wondering if director Jerry Zucker (one-third of the "Airplane!" team) will similarly strip the star for "Ghost," Paramount's soon-to-shoot romantic pic, with Swayze opposite Demi Moore.
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July 14, 1991 | Andy Marx
When it comes to signing up one of Hollywood's hottest producing-writing-directing teams, gross percentage points, office suites and strategically placed parking spaces may be good, but they're not enough. These days, you need something extra.
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August 4, 1991 | Nina J. Easton
With all the publicity surrounding the making of Oliver Stone's J.F.K. assassination movie, a bit of history is in order. Former New Orleans Dist. Atty. Jim Garrison, the central figure in Stone's "JFK," first sold the rights to his story to the producing-directing team of Jerry Zucker, David Zucker and Jim Abrahams (known mostly for comedies like "Airplane!" and "Naked Gun").
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December 2, 1988 | NINA J. EASTON, Times Staff Writer
Producer/directors David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker--"ZAZ" to their closest friends--wrote the hit film "Airplane!" They created the TV series and cult video favorite "Police Squad!" They made the summer box-office disappointment of 1984: "Top Secret!" Now comes "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" What--beyond a passion for bad puns and exclamation marks--is the formula behind this threesome's success??!! (Except for "Top Secret!," which didn't do so well.
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June 23, 1991 | KENT BLACK, Kent Black is a Los Angeles-based free-lance writer. and
For Jerry Zucker, the most-savored accolade for his directorial efforts in "Ghost" did not come from the huge box-office returns, peer approval or the avalanche of offers. It came in a late-night phone call from his brother, David. "It was the night of "Ghost's" opening," recalls Jerry, 41, catching a few moments between meetings and helping his daughter, Katie, set up her train at the Zucker brothers' Brentwood offices. "David calls up to tell me how much he liked the film.
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July 8, 1991 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The Smell of a Deal: Filmmakers David and Jerry Zucker have signed a long-term deal to produce, direct and write movies for Columbia Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. The Zucker brothers made the current Paramount release "Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear." Other Zucker brothers' films: "Ghost," "Airplane!," "Ruthless People" and "Naked Gun."
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July 14, 1991 | Andy Marx
When it comes to signing up one of Hollywood's hottest producing-writing-directing teams, gross percentage points, office suites and strategically placed parking spaces may be good, but they're not enough. These days, you need something extra.
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June 23, 1991 | KENT BLACK, Kent Black is a Los Angeles-based free-lance writer. and
For Jerry Zucker, the most-savored accolade for his directorial efforts in "Ghost" did not come from the huge box-office returns, peer approval or the avalanche of offers. It came in a late-night phone call from his brother, David. "It was the night of "Ghost's" opening," recalls Jerry, 41, catching a few moments between meetings and helping his daughter, Katie, set up her train at the Zucker brothers' Brentwood offices. "David calls up to tell me how much he liked the film.
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July 13, 1990 | KIRK HONEYCUTT
The sign on the door indicates that Zucker Brothers Productions shares its West Los Angeles office suite with a dentist named Millard E. Flausner. A telephone about four times normal size sits in the conference room. The walls are dominated by posters for the goofy, anarchic comedies written and directed by Jerry and David Zucker and Jim Abrahams--movies like "Airplane!" and "Top Secret!"
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 1989 | Pat H. Broeske \f7
If you're one of the few who caught "Road House"--it's grossed a paltry $25.6 million in six weeks--you saw star Patrick Swayze rendered shirtless in eight s ustained sequences--including one in which he lounges half-naked while reading a highbrow Jim Harrison novel. Which got us to wondering if director Jerry Zucker (one-third of the "Airplane!" team) will similarly strip the star for "Ghost," Paramount's soon-to-shoot romantic pic, with Swayze opposite Demi Moore.
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December 2, 1988 | NINA J. EASTON, Times Staff Writer
Producer/directors David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker--"ZAZ" to their closest friends--wrote the hit film "Airplane!" They created the TV series and cult video favorite "Police Squad!" They made the summer box-office disappointment of 1984: "Top Secret!" Now comes "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" What--beyond a passion for bad puns and exclamation marks--is the formula behind this threesome's success??!! (Except for "Top Secret!," which didn't do so well.
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December 28, 1986 | KEVIN THOMAS
1--"The Sacrifice" (Sweden, Andrei Tarkovsky). 2--"The Legend of Surami Fortress" (U.S.S.R., Sergei Paradjanov and David Abashidze). 3--"Kaos" (Italy, the Taviani brothers). 4--"Summer" (France, Eric Rohmer). 5--"Hannah and Her Sisters" 6--"Blue Velvet" 7--"Tracks in the Snow" (Holland, Orlow Seunke). 8--"Taste of Water" (Holland, Orlow Seunke). 9--"Ruthless People" (U.S., Jim Abrahams, David & Jerry Zucker). 10--"Heartbreak Ridge" (U.S., Clint Eastwood).
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August 11, 1985
Har, har--Jerry Zucker is such a humorous guy, suggesting a logo of Walt Disney turning in his grave. A much more appropriate logo might be Walt crying real tears as he watches a bunch of smart aleck industry wunderkinder tromp all over everything he created. Or how about Walt punching Zucker in his smart mouth? I'd certainly be glad to. SANDRA LAWSON Los Angeles
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