December 24, 2006
Regarding "Maker of 'Girls Gone Wild' is sentenced," Dec. 14: Was this an opinion piece or a straight news story? So Joe Francis "made a fortune persuading drunken women on spring break to bare their bodies." Really? None of the hundreds, if not thousands, of these women over the years volunteered for or initiated their involvement in these videos by seeking out his crews the minute they found out the "Girls Gone Wild" production was in town? You obviously haven't been to a youth-oriented spring break or Mardi Gras-type event if you think most of the youngsters at these things have to be persuaded to do any partying.
January 21, 1994 |
The Washington Redskins completed an agreement to buy all the land needed for a 78,600-seat football stadium to be built halfway between Washington and Baltimore. Redskin owner Jack Kent Cooke said he signed an agreement with Joe De Francis, principal owner of the Laurel and Pimlico racetracks in Maryland, to purchase 100 acres now part of the Laurel facility. * The Green Bay Packers named Ted Thompson as director of pro personnel.
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October 9, 1988 |
One would never expect the lives of Mary Grillo and Doug Baylis to cross. Grillo comes from an affluent East Coast family, attended exclusive Wellesley College and, she says, was "expected to marry a Harvard man." Baylis was raised in San Diego by working-class parents. Although he received a state scholarship to UC San Diego, Baylis had to work his way through school doing menial jobs, even shining shoes for money during his freshman year.
May 28, 1992 |
Local labor leaders reportedly have pledged to picket three non-union hotels that will lodge United Auto Workers delegates during the organization's convention here in June. Hotel and Restaurant Union Local 30 business manager Nancy Browning on Wednesday told the Detroit News that the UAW's decision to book some of its delegates into non-union hotels was "hypocritical," given the UAW's attempts to get Americans to buy union-made domestic vehicles.
August 23, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Tuesday. David Letterman responded to militant jihadist death threats with jokes and a top 10 list. ( Los Angeles Times ) But security at the Ed Sullivan Theater has been tightened. ( New York Post ) "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis has been arrested. Again. ( Los Angeles Times ) Los Angeles has denied permits for this weekend's planned Sunset Junction street fair. ( Los Angeles Times ) DC Comics is hoping digital comics and Superman in blue jeans will save the future of the medium.
January 12, 2007 |
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has recently stepped up raids of porn studios in the San Fernando Valley, saying it wants to ensure that children are not being sexually exploited. About a dozen porn production facilities in pornography hot spots such as Van Nuys and Chatsworth have been taken by surprise in the last three months by a barrage of federal agents at their doors.
December 31, 2010 |
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. said billionaire Carl Icahn must disclose a "secret" agreement he has with creditors of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. about a possible merger of the two studios. The Santa Monica film and television studio wants to continue its lawsuit against Icahn even though he no longer is attempting to acquire Lions Gate, it said in a filing in U.S. District Court in New York late Thursday. Lions Gate sued Icahn in December, saying he was "secretly plotting" to profit from merging the studio with MGM while telling investors the deal would be a "debacle.
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April 26, 2007 |
"Girls Gone Wild" video empire owner Joe Francis was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor sexual battery for allegedly touching an 18-year-old woman's breast, buttocks and inner thigh repeatedly during a party at a Hollywood eatery in January. Francis, who on Monday in a separate case was sentenced to 35 days in prison by a federal judge for criminal contempt, is slated to be arraigned May 22, said Frank Mateljan, a Los Angeles city attorney's office spokesman.