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July 6, 1985
Screenwriter Lee Gold, whose career in the motion picture business spanned more than four decades, died Wednesday of cancer at the City of Hope Hospital in Duarte. He was 66. His credits include the English language version of "Is Paris Burning?" and the NBC television movie, "Honey Boy." Among his other film credits are two John Berry films, "Tamango" and "Sentimental Guy" and "The Affairs of Martha," an MGM film directed by Jules Dassin. Gold, who was born in Omaha, Neb.
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September 28, 2004 |
Robert Lawrence, 90, editor of such films as "Spartacus" and "Fiddler on the Roof," died Sept. 19 of unspecified causes at St. Mary's Care Center in Madison, Wis. In 1960, Lawrence headed a team of two dozen film editors to edit "Spartacus," the ancient-world epic starring Kirk Douglas. His efforts earned him an Academy Award nomination. Three decades later, he assisted film preservationists Robert Harris and James Katz in restoring the 70-millimeter picture, including censored scenes.
December 14, 2000 |
Steven Soderbergh's complex drug thriller, "Traffic," was chosen best picture of the year Wednesday by the New York Film Critics Circle. "Traffic" received three major awards from the 34-member critics group. Soderbergh won best director for the ensemble film, as well as for his direction of the spring box-office hit "Erin Brockovich." Benicio Del Toro took home best supporting actor honors for his performance in "Traffic" as a Mexican cop who becomes embroiled in drug wars.
October 4, 1991
"In Memoriam: Friedrich Durrenmatt," a series of workshops and films honoring the late Swiss writer who died last December, will be held Oct. 12-14 at USC and presented by the Max Kade Institute. "End of the Game," a 1976 film based on Durrenmatt's novel "The Judge and the Hangman" and directed by Maximilian Schell, screens Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Norris Theater. The cast includes Jon Voight, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Shaw, Donald Sutherland, Martin Ritt and Durrenmatt himself.
August 25, 2006 |
A.I. Bezzerides, Buzz to his friends, had a long, fruitful writing career in the 1940s and '50s, churning out pulp novels and scripts for film noir classics such as "On Dangerous Ground" and "Kiss Me Deadly." Yet, like many screenwriters, he remains mostly unknown today. Spiro N.
August 21, 2006 |
Hollywood has been notoriously unkind to screenwriters. Their contributions to a film are often overshadowed by those of the director or actors. During the heyday of the major studios in the 1930s, '40s and early '50s, screenwriters were under contract and underpaid, often doing rewrites on troubled scripts without getting credit.
October 19, 1992 |
Ron Haver, curator of the film department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, reminded the audience of the house rules in the museum's Leo S. Bing Theater: no smoking, no eating, no feet on the recently refurbished seats and no talking during the movie. Then he relented. "But you're an industry crowd so you can talk if you want to."