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December 25, 1992 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of film legend Charlie Chaplin's best-known movies is "The Gold Rush." For Carolco Pictures, whose epic film biography of Chaplin opens today, business lately has been anything but a gold rush. In fact, until this week there was little gold left.
BUSINESS
December 25, 1992 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of film legend Charlie Chaplin's best-known movies is "The Gold Rush." For Carolco Pictures, whose epic film biography of Chaplin opens today, business lately has been anything but a gold rush. In fact, until this week there was little gold left.
BUSINESS
June 15, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Carolco Makes Changes: Carolco Pictures Inc. announced that it has retained New York investment bankers Allen & Co. as an adviser. Debts have forced Carolco to restructure, despite its success with "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." Carolco Chairman Mario F. Kassar, noting the hiring of Allen & Co. and the continued participation of major investors such as France-based Le Studio Canal Plus, said his company will work "diligently to complete the reorganization plan."
BUSINESS
October 26, 1993
Le Studio Canal Plus, the French pay television giant whose experience in Hollywood hasn't always been on the plus side, named three executives to oversee its reorganized U.S. operations. Olivier Granier, who had been Canal Plus' liaison to Hollywood, was appointed president and chief operating officer of Le Studio Canal Plus (U.S.).
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 1995 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family that tends killer whales together stays together. That's the message of "Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home." When you're in need of some familial togetherness, sometimes only an orca will do. The first "Free Willy," released in the summer of '93, was an ecology-era family film about a delinquent boy who bonds with an orca at the local sea park and, in so doing, bonds with his foster parents and a Native American teller of tales and a feminist seal handler.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 1999 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau's effortlessly charming musical "Jeanne and the Perfect Guy" is likely to remind you of the classic "Umbrellas of Cherbourg," and not just because its leading man, Mathieu Demy, is the son of "Umbrellas' " late director, Jacques Demy. Ducastel and Martineau's songs, like those of 'Umbrellas' " Michel Legrand, have a sweetness and buoyancy, and flow naturally out of everyday life.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2000 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jean-Philippe Toussaint's "The Ice Rink" is a trifle as delicate as a soap bubble. It's kept bouncing along by the whimsical wit of Toussaint, a noted French novelist, who celebrates the timelessness of visual comedy. In this regard it could not be a more fitting debut for Dolores Chaplin, the tall and lovely granddaughter of the great Charlie. The film is also a valentine to the demanding and unpredictable craft of making movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 1999 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With "Train of Life," writer-director Radu Mihaileanu came up with a clever premise, but you wish he'd played up its potential more for suspense than for broad ethnic humor. To give him credit, he does end on an unexpected note that casts all that comes before in a different light. But so much of this French-language film is tiresome in its relentless reliance on country-bumpkin humor. The time is the summer of 1941, somewhere in rural Eastern Europe.
BUSINESS
January 11, 1994 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two weeks ago Roger Burlage, was appointed the third CEO at Live Entertainment Inc. since chief executive Jose Menendez was slain in 1989 along with his wife, Kitty, in their Beverly Hills home. Menendez's two sons are now standing trial for the slayings.
BUSINESS
July 10, 1992 | DAVID WILLMAN and ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For struggling Carolco Pictures, this may be Judgment Weekend. The once highflying company that made the hit "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" is scrambling to avert bankruptcy and hoping that its latest violence-steeped fantasy, opening in theaters today, will help save it. "My own opinion is that if (the new film, "Universal Soldier") doesn't open enormously this weekend, the equity investors will say, 'Enough of this,' " said one industry observer, expressing a widely held view.
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