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December 5, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Most families aren't as fractious or dysfunctional as the Weston clan of the upcoming drama "August: Osage County" (adapted from the Tracy Letts play), who gather for an explosive few days at the home of their matriarch in rural Oklahoma. But according to director John Wells, part of what makes "August: Osage County" so compelling is that just about everyone can relate to the underlying family dynamics. Speaking at the  Envelope Screening Series , Wells said that on set, "Everybody, I think, ended up talking about their own families.
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April 6, 2014 | By Noel Murray
August: Osage County Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available on VOD beginning April 8 Tracy Letts has now had three of his plays adapted into films. Director William Friedkin made the bizarre "Bug" and "Killer Joe" into something as gritty and exciting as a stage show, but John Wells unkinks Letts' Pulitzer-winning twisted black comedy. The Oscar-nominated Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts have a blast chewing the scenery as a cantankerous mother and daughter who spend an impromptu family reunion snapping at each other and their kin; and the rest of the cast (including Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper and Margo Martindale)
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July 16, 2013 | By Thomas Suh Lauder
The life of Beach Boys co-founder and California native Brian Wilson gets the hometown treatment in “Love & Mercy,” a feature film produced by television veteran John Wells (“ER,” “The West Wing,” “Southland”), Bill Pohlad (who is also the director) and Claire Rudnick Polstein. The biographical drama is shooting in the Hollywood area as well as in various locations around Southern California. John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti co-star in the story of the legendary musician, songwriter and producer who helped create the iconic California sound that made the group famous in the 1960s -- before mental health battles sidelined him. Other feature films scheduled to shoot locally include Jon Favreau's food truck comedy “Chef,” filming in Hancock Park, and the thriller “The Vatican Tapes,” filming in Eagle Rock, according to FilmL.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By James Rainey
A nonprofit that operates 10 health centers downtown, in South Los Angeles and in Compton will increase its employees' pay to a minimum of $15 an hour in what it deemed an anti-poverty measure intended to jump-start "living wage" efforts around the region. The wage hike by St. John's Well Child and Family Center, to be announced Thursday, will increase the pay of 137 workers, many of whom now make $11 to $12 an hour. The chief executive of the health provider said that as it celebrates its 50th year in existence, St. John's wants to honor its historic roots.
OPINION
February 19, 1995 | Harry Bernstein, Harry Bernstein covered labor issues for The Times for 32 years. He interviewed John Calhoun Wells at a recent FMCS conference in Tampa, Fla
Unlike some peacemakers, such as former President Jimmy Carter, John Calhoun Wells can be infuriatingly secretive and neutral about his role as the nation's chief mediator between labor and management. He takes his neutrality so seriously that he had no substantive comments about the baseball strike--though he might have become a media star by making almost any observation after he became involved in efforts to settle it.
NEWS
December 25, 2000 | JAMES BATES and BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Like his smash television shows that jump breathlessly between scenes, John Wells is caught in the middle of a real-life high-wire act. In one scene, he's the powerful multimillionaire producer of "ER," "The West Wing" and "Third Watch." Cut to John Wells, working writer and militant union leader, bashing the very studios he's in business with for shortchanging his fellow scribes. Amid the chaos, Wells is about to script the lead role in what may prove the biggest drama of his career.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2006 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
BY now, John Wells, one of television's producing giants, knows a thing or two about the number of script pages it takes to fill an hour's worth of episodic drama on a broadcast network. Then why did his new show, "Smith," come in 20 minutes longer than what is acceptable? And why was CBS, with its conservative reputation, so willing to reportedly spend $7 million on the pilot alone and work around its length?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
More than a year after his "Battleship" was torpedoed at the box office, filmmaker Pete Berg is set to unveil his new movie in the heart of Hollywood. "Lone Survivor," the director's Navy SEAL drama, will have its red carpet debut at AFI Fest, the eight-day-long film gathering that kicks off Nov. 7. Berg's film, which Universal Pictures will open in limited release in late December before its nationwide launch two weeks later, is one of three additional gala screenings announced by festival programmers on Thursday.
BUSINESS
February 23, 1986
United Mercantile Bank & Trust, Pasadena, announced the appointment of John Wells senior executive consultant, primarily responsible for business development in Southern California.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2001 | Jim Bates
John Wells, the television producer who led the Writers Guild of America's West Coast faction during its recent contract negotiations with studios, won't be running for president again. The decision by Wells, after a standard two-year term, comes as no surprise, given a hectic production schedule that includes overseeing such top shows as "E.R.," "The West Wing" and "Third Watch."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Most families aren't as fractious or dysfunctional as the Weston clan of the upcoming drama "August: Osage County" (adapted from the Tracy Letts play), who gather for an explosive few days at the home of their matriarch in rural Oklahoma. But according to director John Wells, part of what makes "August: Osage County" so compelling is that just about everyone can relate to the underlying family dynamics. Speaking at the  Envelope Screening Series , Wells said that on set, "Everybody, I think, ended up talking about their own families.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
For all the high-profile actors assembled in the upcoming drama "August: Osage County" - including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch - the real star of the film may be the language, written by Tracy Letts, who adapted his own Pulitzer-winning stage play. At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series , director John Wells and some of his cast talked about the importance of language in the Oklahoma-set family drama. "My concern was that the best possible actor for each part be in the part because the material is complicated, it's difficult," Wells said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
More than a year after his "Battleship" was torpedoed at the box office, filmmaker Pete Berg is set to unveil his new movie in the heart of Hollywood. "Lone Survivor," the director's Navy SEAL drama, will have its red carpet debut at AFI Fest, the eight-day-long film gathering that kicks off Nov. 7. Berg's film, which Universal Pictures will open in limited release in late December before its nationwide launch two weeks later, is one of three additional gala screenings announced by festival programmers on Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2013 | By Susan King
Before its world premiere Monday night at the Toronto Film Festival, the all-star adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer- and Tony-winning drama “August: Osage County” was considered one of the leading Oscar contenders. With critics in Toronto weighing in quickly, the reaction is decidedly mixed for the drama and its all-star lineup, which features Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin and Benedict Cumberbatch. Much of the praise was aimed at Streep's turn as a dying, drug-addicted matriarch.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2013 | By Thomas Suh Lauder
The life of Beach Boys co-founder and California native Brian Wilson gets the hometown treatment in “Love & Mercy,” a feature film produced by television veteran John Wells (“ER,” “The West Wing,” “Southland”), Bill Pohlad (who is also the director) and Claire Rudnick Polstein. The biographical drama is shooting in the Hollywood area as well as in various locations around Southern California. John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti co-star in the story of the legendary musician, songwriter and producer who helped create the iconic California sound that made the group famous in the 1960s -- before mental health battles sidelined him. Other feature films scheduled to shoot locally include Jon Favreau's food truck comedy “Chef,” filming in Hancock Park, and the thriller “The Vatican Tapes,” filming in Eagle Rock, according to FilmL.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2013 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Half of physician Mimi Choi's pediatric patients are overweight or obese. She instructs them to eat more fruits and vegetables. Now she can go one step further - refer them to a discounted produce stand steps away from the South Los Angeles health center where she works. Choi said she can talk about better nutrition until she is "blue in the face," but her patients will eat more fresh food only if it's available and affordable. "One of the biggest issues is access," she said.
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August 6, 1997 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Wells is used to sitting hunched in a cockpit, commandeering a seaplane to the surface of the water, scooping up a load and then racing for the nearest fire like a combination of Red Adair and the Red Baron. For Wells, the thrill of flying mixed with the knowledge "that I'm helping people--that I'm saving lives and property" is, in his words, like the highest high one can experience.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 1992 | DANIEL CERONE
Warner Bros. Television has agreed to make a minor revision in the pilot episode of the CBS fall police drama "Polish Hill" to resolve a plagiarism claim by the author of an award-winning book about Baltimore murder investigators, a spokeswoman for the studio said Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal, This post has been updated. See below for details.
"Southland" is turning in its badge -- TNT has decided not to move forward with the cop drama. Its demise comes just weeks after its fifth-season finale, and while that episode brought a slight uptick in viewers, "Southland" wasn't a strong performer for the network; it hovered around the 1-million mark. Concerns grew for the show, about a group of LAPD officers, when word spread that three of its lead actors -- Ben McKenzie, Regina King and Shawn Hatosy -- were in pilots for new series.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Dermot Mulroney is joining the cast of A-list stage and screen stars for the film adaption of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play "August: Osage County. " Mulroney will be reunited with his "My Best Friend's Wedding"  co-star Julia Roberts. In "August: Osage County," Mulroney will play Steve, a less-than-noble businessman whose eye wanders to the pot-smoking daughter of Barbara (Roberts), played by "Little Miss Sunshine's" Abigail Breslin. As previously announced, Tony Award winner Margo Martindale ("Cat on a Hot Tin Roof")
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