February 7, 1989 |
A temporary restraining order was granted in Superior Court on Monday halting an auction today of Michael Todd's 1956 best-picture Oscar for "Around the World in 80 Days." The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sought to bar auctioneer Malcolm Willits from selling the statuette. A full hearing is scheduled for Feb. 24.
August 12, 1990 |
ONCE AGAIN California leads the way in changing our perception of art. Now it's "standees," the cardboard cutouts you see hyping the latest releases at your neighborhood video store. Recently featuring such big-time movie characters as Batman and Dick Tracy, these frequently life-size displays are being nabbed by a growing number of collectors who consider them works of art.
April 21, 1988 |
The best picture Oscar for "An American in Paris," given to producer Arthur Freed in 1951 and sold at auction for $15,760 last month, will be sent to Europe today despite protestations from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, auctioneer Malcolm Willits said Wednesday. Willits was asked to sell the Oscar which belonged to a collector in Maine who had acquired it from an estate.
July 2, 1988
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit" is a technical miracle, but nowhere is it apparent that any of its 750 creators ever saw a Walt Disney film ("The Animated Arena of 'Roger Rabbit,' " by Sheila Benson, June 22). "Roger Rabbit" has no soul! Where are the scenes that tug at the heartstrings, like Snow White lying pale in death, surrounded by the grieving dwarfs, or Bambi being told his mother died? Disney knew the emotions that could be wrung from a pile of painted celluloids, and the world is richer for his vision.
March 25, 1991 |
Max Kaplan never believed he'd get an Academy Award. Kaplan is not even in the movie business. He owns the Mission Jewelry & Loan Co., a pawnshop in San Francisco's tough Mission District. But Kaplan now owns an Oscar--William Saroyan's 1943 best screenplay award for "The Human Comedy." The Oscar is displayed prominently in the pawnshop window, surrounded by used jewelry, cameras and musical instruments. A handwritten sign taped to the statuette reads, "Will the original owners please redeem."
December 26, 1985 |
"Casablanca," that 1942 Warner Bros. classic, still induces wet eyes among its thousands of devotees. It's the ultimate nostalgia trip. Bogart, Bergman, Greenstreet, Lorre, Henreid, Rains--they made it a film legend. Little wonder then that "Casablanca" advertising posters have brought a small fortune over the years. Those that were used inside or in front of a theater, known as lobby cards, were usually returned to the distributor.