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BUSINESS
September 10, 2003 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
Paramount Pictures worldwide marketing chief Arthur Cohen is stepping down from a job he's held for the last 14 years. The move ends one of the longest reigns for a top studio marketing executive in recent decades. "I have the world record for holding the job," said Cohen, who will remain with the company as a consultant. Until a successor is named, the Viacom Inc.-owned studio's marketing group will report directly to Paramount's chief operating officer, Rob Friedman.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
Jennifer Hudson, the former "American Idol" contestant who won the Academy Award for best supporting actress in the musical "Dreamgirls," has joined her costar and Oscar-nominee Eddie Murphy among the list of actors invited to become Oscar voters, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday. Also selected were Jennifer Aniston, new James Bond Daniel Craig and Steve Carell, star of "The 40 Year-Old Virgin."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2005 | Diane Haithman
In the 1991 movie "L.A. Story," Steve Martin, daffy in love, roller-skated through the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. And with "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" having opened at the museum last week, one can't help but envision Martin once again skating through the galleries, only this time dressed in ancient Egyptian garb and singing that wild and crazy tune born on "Saturday Night Live" during Tut's last U.S. visit: "King Tut."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2001 | ROBERT W. WELKOS
On a slower-than-expected weekend coming off the midweek Fourth of July holiday, "Cats & Dogs" narrowly beat out the R-rated comedy "Scary Movie 2" to take the top spot in this week's box-office race. "Cats & Dogs" grossed $21.7 million over the weekend for a total of $35.8 million since opening July 4, while "Scary Movie 2" grossed $20.5 million for a total of $34 million since opening last Wednesday. "A.I.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2002 | CLAUDIA ELLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paramount Pictures senior executives Robert Friedman and John Goldwyn have extended their contracts for four years and been given elevated titles at the Viacom Inc.-owned studio. Both executives will continue to report to studio Chairwoman Sherry Lansing and will retain their current duties. Friedman, who left Warner Bros. to join Paramount in January 1997 as vice chairman of the motion picture group, takes on the newly created title of chief operating officer.
NEWS
March 11, 2004 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
The most unlikely Hollywood action figures to emerge in recent years are Ashley Judd and Angelina Jolie, glamorous women who've made fortunes playing rough. Next week, they go head-to-head in cop thrillers, as Jolie's "Taking Lives" opens against Judd's "Twisted" (which has grossed $16.8 million in two weeks). Who will make the big box office collar? On the blotter, they appear equally matched.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2001 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Propelled by a ubiquitous marketing campaign with all the subtlety of an action video game, "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," starring Angelina Jolie, punched and kicked its way into 3,308 theaters with an opening three-day take estimated at a substantial $48.2 million, one of the better June debuts ever.
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