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February 23, 2001 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's something about Jersey Films and projects named after heroic women. The powerhouse production company is in the throes of Oscar fever with "Erin Brockovich," which is up for best picture and could earn Julia Roberts an Academy Award for her portrayal of the feisty single mother. On Saturday, the production company will unveil its television division's first offering, "Kate Brasher," a CBS drama about a single mother struggling to keep her head above water.
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March 20, 2001 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Seeing him sitting in a cramped trailer on a film set, dressed in all black except for a pair of purple-flower patterned socks, his cell phone constantly chirping, it's hard to imagine that Michael Shamberg has ever been anything but a movie producer. If you were making "Get Shorty" today, you'd cast him as the producer--until you remember he actually produced the original movie.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2001 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's something about Jersey Films and projects named after heroic women. The powerhouse production company is in the throes of Oscar fever with "Erin Brockovich," which is up for best picture and could earn Julia Roberts an Academy Award for her portrayal of the feisty single mother. On Saturday, the production company will unveil its television division's first offering, "Kate Brasher," a CBS drama about a single mother struggling to keep her head above water.
BUSINESS
October 27, 1995 | CLAUDIA ELLER
One of Danny DeVito's favorite lines in his new film "Get Shorty" comes when the main character--a Miami loan shark trying to break into Hollywood--explains to a low-level mobster, "I don't think the producer has to do much, outside of maybe knowing a writer." Sitting in his trailer on the Sony Pictures lot, where he's directing the children's movie "Matilda," DeVito and his two producing partners, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, find that notion particularly amusing.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2001 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Seeing him sitting in a cramped trailer on a film set, dressed in all black except for a pair of purple-flower patterned socks, his cell phone constantly chirping, it's hard to imagine that Michael Shamberg has ever been anything but a movie producer. If you were making "Get Shorty" today, you'd cast him as the producer--until you remember he actually produced the original movie.
NEWS
October 30, 1987 | NIKKI FINKE, Times Staff Writer
It was like the film "Top Gun," Jim Lindelof once told a reporter, "only we were the targets." He was talking about Soviet-occupied Afghanistan in 1985 and the daily bombing raids by MIG jets that rocked the village where he was working undercover as a medic tending to the sick, the wounded and the dying. He never forgot the sound, or the smell, or the simple fear that gripped his stomach during those three months.
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December 25, 1992 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Jimmy Hoffa never drove a truck for a living but he turned the Teamsters into the largest and strongest union of its day. He trafficked with thugs but used a sophisticated grasp of the intricacies of trucking industry economics to consolidate his gains. A devoted family man who never developed champagne tastes, he disappeared on July 30, 1975, probably a victim of organized crime. He was a complex, contradictory personality whose life might have made an exceptional movie. It hasn't quite.
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April 23, 2000 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, Robert W. Welkos is a Times staff writer
All that's missing from this family feud are Groucho's raised eyebrows, painted mustache and big cigar, Chico's trademark cap and fractured English, and Harpo's piercing horn, mute grin and childlike innocence. But now, the endearing legacy left behind by the Marx Brothers has embroiled their descendants in a legal dispute that they find anything but funny.
REAL ESTATE
July 28, 2002 | RUTH RYON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Young Hollywood abounds in the Sunset Strip area where this house is located. Leonardo DiCaprio lives down the street in one direction; Tobey Maguire lives nearby in the other. The neighborhood has been described as "the quintessential, high-end Sunset Strip celebrity row." About this house: The owners, who are developers, rebuilt this 1956 house during the past two years with quiet in mind. They wanted to evoke the atmosphere of Bali outdoors combined with a Zen simplicity inside.
BUSINESS
October 27, 1995 | CLAUDIA ELLER
One of Danny DeVito's favorite lines in his new film "Get Shorty" comes when the main character--a Miami loan shark trying to break into Hollywood--explains to a low-level mobster, "I don't think the producer has to do much, outside of maybe knowing a writer." Sitting in his trailer on the Sony Pictures lot, where he's directing the children's movie "Matilda," DeVito and his two producing partners, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, find that notion particularly amusing.
NEWS
October 30, 1987 | NIKKI FINKE, Times Staff Writer
It was like the film "Top Gun," Jim Lindelof once told a reporter, "only we were the targets." He was talking about Soviet-occupied Afghanistan in 1985 and the daily bombing raids by MIG jets that rocked the village where he was working undercover as a medic tending to the sick, the wounded and the dying. He never forgot the sound, or the smell, or the simple fear that gripped his stomach during those three months.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 1993 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
Ahhh, a new year and so many unknowns: Will Jay, Dave and Johnny be genetically spliced to produce the Ultimate Talk Show Host? Will the Yuppie-in-Chief name Stevie Nicks to run the NEA? Who will Sinead pick as her tag team partner against Madonna and the Pope? Will the activist group AWOE (Actresses With One Eyebrow) demand that one of them be chosen to play Frida Kahlo? Oh well, frivolity aside, one thing is certain: You'll be hearing these names and seeing these faces in the next 365.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2006 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
Warner Bros. production executive Polly Cohen has been named president of Warner Independent Pictures, succeeding Mark Gill as head of the Burbank studio's specialty film unit. Cohen's appointment had been expected, with Gill having been forced out of the job last week and given a production deal. Gill had repeatedly clashed with his boss, production President Jeff Robinov, over the unit's direction and other strategic issues.
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