November 24, 2003 |
John Goldwyn is stepping down as vice chairman of Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Group, continuing the fallout from a prolonged box-office slump at the Viacom Inc.-owned movie studio. Goldwyn, the 45-year-old grandson of legendary movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn and son of independent producer and distributor Samuel Goldwyn Jr., has been at Paramount for 13 years and will remain there as a producer.
October 2, 2001 |
To understand Sam Goldwyn, all you need to know is that he wept easily. The irrepressible Hollywood mogul cried when he won an Oscar for producing "The Best Years of Our Lives." He cried every time he watched the ending of "Stella Dallas," a movie he liked so much he made it twice, first as a 1925 silent film, then as a 1937 talkie with Barbara Stanwyck.
February 6, 1985
Richard L. Berger, former president of Walt Disney Productions, has been named senior vice president of production for United Artists Corp., one of the two newly formed film divisions of MGM/UA Entertainment Co. Berger will again be working with UA President Alan Ladd Jr. and Jay Kanter, president of Culver City-based UA's worldwide motion picture production. The three were at 20th Century Fox Film Corp. in the mid-1970s before the formation of Ladd Co. in 1979.
December 18, 1993
Jennifer Howard, 68, a stage, film and television actress who was married to Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Miss Howard, the New York-born daughter of actress Claire Eames and "Gone With the Wind" screenwriter Sidney Howard, appeared on Broadway and other New York stages in the 1940s. She had roles in "A Winter's Tale," "Fatal Weakness" and "Sundown Beach," among other plays. In the 1960s, she appeared in such films as "Return to Peyton Place," "All Fall Down," "The Chapman Report" and "House of Women."
April 1, 1985 |
Not since "The Heretic" tried to follow up "The Exorcist" has there been so dismal a sequel as "Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment" (Citywide). "Police Academy" was such a good belly laugh that it's painful to watch Steve Guttenberg and its other talented graduates shot down by the sheer wretchedness of "Their First Assignment," which finds them sent to a Skid Row precinct to help rid the area of gang warfare.