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June 14, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik and Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
When disagreements between some of Hollywood's most powerful people began to roil plans for a fourth "Spider-Man" movie several years ago, some in the entertainment industry were advising filmmakers to walk away. But Laura Ziskin, the franchise's producer and primary creative force, decided to push forward. Even though it soon became clear the movie would have to be made without its star (Tobey Maguire) and director (Sam Raimi) — losses that would generally be considered deal-breakers — Ziskin took the then-unconventional route of starting over with a new director and actor.
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August 14, 2013 | By John Horn and Steven Zeitchik
If it takes a village to raise a child, it took a principality to bring "Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' " to the screen. A five-year odyssey of false starts, studio abandonment and piecemeal financing, "The Butler" arrives in theaters Friday with 37 different people credited as producers - among them retired NBA player Michael Finley and "Spider-Man" maker Laura Ziskin, who died more than two years ago. Ziskin left money in her will to help bankroll...
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February 21, 2007 | MARY McNAMARA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
ELLEN'S on line 1, Oscar talent coordinator Danette Herman's just leaving and everywhere you look, there's a picture of Oscar or Spider-Man. The battle plan for the logistics of this year's Academy Awards show emerged from the office of producer Laura Ziskin, right on Main Street in the heart of the Sony Pictures lot. With its overstuffed furniture, indirect lighting and Jo Malone candles, it is clearly a home away from home.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The Santa Monica home of screenwriter Alvin Sargent and his late wife, film producer Laura Ziskin , has come on the market at $11.85 million. Ziskin worked with designer Jane Hallworth in creating the detailed interiors. A back-lit honeycomb onyx fireplace is a focal point of the living room. In the powder room, a smoky beveled mirror provides a backdrop for a sink made out of a single piece of wood. A hammered brass tub from India looks like an art object in the master bathroom.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The Santa Monica home of screenwriter Alvin Sargent and his late wife, film producer Laura Ziskin , has come on the market at $11.85 million. Ziskin worked with designer Jane Hallworth in creating the detailed interiors. A back-lit honeycomb onyx fireplace is a focal point of the living room. In the powder room, a smoky beveled mirror provides a backdrop for a sink made out of a single piece of wood. A hammered brass tub from India looks like an art object in the master bathroom.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2013 | By John Horn and Steven Zeitchik
If it takes a village to raise a child, it took a principality to bring "Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' " to the screen. A five-year odyssey of false starts, studio abandonment and piecemeal financing, "The Butler" arrives in theaters Friday with 37 different people credited as producers - among them retired NBA player Michael Finley and "Spider-Man" maker Laura Ziskin, who died more than two years ago. Ziskin left money in her will to help bankroll...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2007 | Mary McNamara, Times Staff Writer
ELLEN DEGENERES set a relaxed tone backstage, as well as in the house, this year. Which was a good thing, because it was cheek-by-jowl behind the scenes. Squished in with the trophy models and the movie stars were the new "thank you cam" and the show announcers; for the first time, the backstage area was also dressed with a mini red carpet and an Oscar.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2008 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
As a movie producer, Laura Ziskin has wrestled with studio executives, stars and lawyers. As a late-stage breast cancer patient, the "Spider-Man" maker has faced a far more perilous foe, and now Ziskin intends to do to malignant cells what she has done to box-office records: smash them. Ziskin, who also has produced two Academy Award broadcasts, is the driving creative force behind "Stand Up to Cancer," a star-filled one-hour benefit that will be broadcast commercial-free on ABC, CBS and NBC tonight at 8. Like any smart producer with some very big names in her Outlook contacts, Ziskin reached out to many people she had worked with in Hollywood.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2002 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Inquiring beautiful minds have a few remaining questions about Sunday night's show. Among the most pressing is how did first-time show producer Laura Ziskin manage to persuade notorious Oscar-avoider Woody Allen to attend? "That was just a miracle. Every Oscar show producer has wanted Woody Allen. Early on I wanted to do a film about New York and make it integral to the show. I asked Nora Ephron to put together the film.
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July 27, 1989 | KENNETH J. GARCIA, Times Staff Writer
The developer of a controversial mini-mall proposed for Pacific Palisades will be denied a building permit unless he prepares an environmental impact report that addresses a long list of community concerns, a city planning review panel ruled this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik and Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
When disagreements between some of Hollywood's most powerful people began to roil plans for a fourth "Spider-Man" movie several years ago, some in the entertainment industry were advising filmmakers to walk away. But Laura Ziskin, the franchise's producer and primary creative force, decided to push forward. Even though it soon became clear the movie would have to be made without its star (Tobey Maguire) and director (Sam Raimi) — losses that would generally be considered deal-breakers — Ziskin took the then-unconventional route of starting over with a new director and actor.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2008 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
As a movie producer, Laura Ziskin has wrestled with studio executives, stars and lawyers. As a late-stage breast cancer patient, the "Spider-Man" maker has faced a far more perilous foe, and now Ziskin intends to do to malignant cells what she has done to box-office records: smash them. Ziskin, who also has produced two Academy Award broadcasts, is the driving creative force behind "Stand Up to Cancer," a star-filled one-hour benefit that will be broadcast commercial-free on ABC, CBS and NBC tonight at 8. Like any smart producer with some very big names in her Outlook contacts, Ziskin reached out to many people she had worked with in Hollywood.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2007 | Mary McNamara, Times Staff Writer
ELLEN DEGENERES set a relaxed tone backstage, as well as in the house, this year. Which was a good thing, because it was cheek-by-jowl behind the scenes. Squished in with the trophy models and the movie stars were the new "thank you cam" and the show announcers; for the first time, the backstage area was also dressed with a mini red carpet and an Oscar.
NEWS
February 21, 2007 | MARY McNAMARA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
ELLEN'S on line 1, Oscar talent coordinator Danette Herman's just leaving and everywhere you look, there's a picture of Oscar or Spider-Man. The battle plan for the logistics of this year's Academy Awards show emerged from the office of producer Laura Ziskin, right on Main Street in the heart of the Sony Pictures lot. With its overstuffed furniture, indirect lighting and Jo Malone candles, it is clearly a home away from home.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2002 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Inquiring beautiful minds have a few remaining questions about Sunday night's show. Among the most pressing is how did first-time show producer Laura Ziskin manage to persuade notorious Oscar-avoider Woody Allen to attend? "That was just a miracle. Every Oscar show producer has wanted Woody Allen. Early on I wanted to do a film about New York and make it integral to the show. I asked Nora Ephron to put together the film.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 1993
The Women's Image Network (WIN), a nonprofit organization promoting positive and realistic portrayals of women in the entertainment medium, will honor former Hollywood Reporter publisher Tichi Wilkerson Kassel and producer Laura Ziskin at an awards ceremony and symposium to be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Bel Age Hotel in West Hollywood.
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