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November 3, 1994 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here's a forerunner of "The War" you will never see. Forget for the moment the real film starring Elijah Wood and Kevin Costner that will open Friday. Burrow back into director Jon Avnet's brain to a less chummy Los Angeles, one that wasn't toasting him for the sleeper success of his first feature film, "Fried Green Tomatoes." This was a whole other city that was braking for that ubiquitous animal--the aggressive, ambitious New York transplant trying to break into the film business.
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January 13, 2008 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
Robert De Niro and Al Pacino -- the names alone conjure a certain kind of streetwise intensity, an acting style of emotional soul-bearing right out of film's '70s heyday. Both rather famously appeared, if separately, in "The Godfather Part II," and it wasn't until the 1995 film "Heat" that they finally arrived on screen together, albeit briefly. In "Righteous Kill," opening this fall, Pacino and De Niro at long last share the screen for a significant amount of a movie's running time.
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BUSINESS
July 12, 1994 | JAMES BATES
Film: In an unusual and complicated deal, director Jon Avnet and producer Jordan Kerner have signed an exclusive production agreement with Walt Disney Studios, while Universal Pictures will continue to have first crack at Avnet-directed films. The deal gives Disney second crack at Avnet-directed films that Universal passes on. Avnet and Kerner are expected to produce films for the Walt Disney, Touchstone and Hollywood Pictures banners.
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September 26, 2004 | Barbara Thornburg
Four years ago, producer-director Jon Avnet called Los Angeles audiovisual consultant Brad Wells to his Culver City production studio and pointed to his 20-foot-long office wall. " 'I want a picture for my home as big as the wall, with the theatrical impact of a movie theater,' " Wells recalls Avnet saying. "At that time, the best you could do in a home theater was an 8- or 10-foot-wide screen." Wells took up Avnet's request with Digital Projection Inc.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2001
In a highly unorthodox move, a film that aired recently on NBC as a miniseries is migrating to the big screen. Director Jon Avnet's "Uprising," which had its network premiere Nov. 4, is scheduled to be released theatrically on Friday for a limited run at the Laemmle Fairfax in Los Angeles and a theater in New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 1992 | Andy Marx
Who wrote the current Universal film "Fried Green Tomatoes"? Depends on where you look. Although the on-screen credits name the late Carol Sobieski and the novel's author, Fannie Flagg, as the writers, the film's press kit, many reviews, billboards and posters listed Flagg and producer-director Jon Avnet. Sobieski's name is omitted completely. A paragraph in the film's production notes even states that "Avnet spent four years adapting the book."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2008 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
Robert De Niro and Al Pacino -- the names alone conjure a certain kind of streetwise intensity, an acting style of emotional soul-bearing right out of film's '70s heyday. Both rather famously appeared, if separately, in "The Godfather Part II," and it wasn't until the 1995 film "Heat" that they finally arrived on screen together, albeit briefly. In "Righteous Kill," opening this fall, Pacino and De Niro at long last share the screen for a significant amount of a movie's running time.
MAGAZINE
September 26, 2004 | Barbara Thornburg
Four years ago, producer-director Jon Avnet called Los Angeles audiovisual consultant Brad Wells to his Culver City production studio and pointed to his 20-foot-long office wall. " 'I want a picture for my home as big as the wall, with the theatrical impact of a movie theater,' " Wells recalls Avnet saying. "At that time, the best you could do in a home theater was an 8- or 10-foot-wide screen." Wells took up Avnet's request with Digital Projection Inc.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 1992 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Tomato Time: A real Whistle Stop Cafe serving real fried green tomatoes will open this week in Juliette, Ga., the small town where the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" was filmed about 18 months ago. Director Jon Avnet urged locals in the mill town of 500 to open the cafe when he was working on the film, which starred Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Big Spenders: Quincy Jones wasn't the only entertainment figure to give money to the Nelson Mandela Freedom Fund during Friday's star-studded fund-raiser in Los Angeles. Jones donated $100,000 to the fund, which will help teach future South African educators. Other contributions included $75,000 from Warner Bros.; $50,000 each from Berry Gordy Jr.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2001
In a highly unorthodox move, a film that aired recently on NBC as a miniseries is migrating to the big screen. Director Jon Avnet's "Uprising," which had its network premiere Nov. 4, is scheduled to be released theatrically on Friday for a limited run at the Laemmle Fairfax in Los Angeles and a theater in New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 1994 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here's a forerunner of "The War" you will never see. Forget for the moment the real film starring Elijah Wood and Kevin Costner that will open Friday. Burrow back into director Jon Avnet's brain to a less chummy Los Angeles, one that wasn't toasting him for the sleeper success of his first feature film, "Fried Green Tomatoes." This was a whole other city that was braking for that ubiquitous animal--the aggressive, ambitious New York transplant trying to break into the film business.
BUSINESS
July 12, 1994 | JAMES BATES
Film: In an unusual and complicated deal, director Jon Avnet and producer Jordan Kerner have signed an exclusive production agreement with Walt Disney Studios, while Universal Pictures will continue to have first crack at Avnet-directed films. The deal gives Disney second crack at Avnet-directed films that Universal passes on. Avnet and Kerner are expected to produce films for the Walt Disney, Touchstone and Hollywood Pictures banners.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 1992 | Andy Marx
Who wrote the current Universal film "Fried Green Tomatoes"? Depends on where you look. Although the on-screen credits name the late Carol Sobieski and the novel's author, Fannie Flagg, as the writers, the film's press kit, many reviews, billboards and posters listed Flagg and producer-director Jon Avnet. Sobieski's name is omitted completely. A paragraph in the film's production notes even states that "Avnet spent four years adapting the book."
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