September 16, 1992 |
"It's really easy to be safe right now, and this is not safe art," collector Susan Gersh told Ruth Bloom. "I've never been safe in my life," said Bloom at the opening of Ruth Bloom Gallery in Santa Monica Thursday night. Though art galleries across town are shutting down at a disturbing rate (the new gallery was previously the location of her Meyers/Bloom Gallery, which dissolved in May), Bloom told Gersh she can deal with the risk of doing business in an uncertain economic climate.
August 11, 1991 |
Hollywood is still suffering a hangover from its recent spending binges. Over the past three years, the average cost of a movie has jumped more than 40%--to $27 million. In the last year, those skyrocketing costs ran smack into a worrisome dip in box-office receipts. Now studio executives are talking about lessons learned and the need to change course. But are studios serious about saying no? Some of them seem to be.
June 8, 1989 |
Paramount Communications Inc.'s surprise attack on the Time-Warner merger could mark a step in the evolution of Hollywood's big companies from clubby competitors to warring--and acquisition-hungry--media empires. "Feuds have gone on for years. But the stakes are much, much higher now. . . . Everybody's in play when something like this happens," the head of a major studio said of Paramount's attempt to disrupt Warner's planned merger with Time by making a cash offer for the New York publishing giant.
November 10, 2006 |
"He mooned me," Anna Holtz (Diane Kruger) confesses to her persnickety engineer boyfriend, Martin Bauer (Matthew Goode), relating another day at the office with her new boss, Ludwig van Beethoven. This disclosure would be disconcerting enough if Beethoven's death didn't predate the expression (or at least its current usage) by about 140 years.
May 2, 1991 |
On the same day that it celebrated the theatrical re-release of "Citizen Kane," the classic film that delves deeply into the power of the media, Paramount Pictures filled its own power vacuum by confirming that Brandon Tartikoff has been named as its new studio chief. News of the appointment drew mostly positive notices from people inside and outside the company.
July 31, 1986 |
In 1979, literary agent Martin Bauer passed on an offer that seemed too good to refuse. United Artists was willing to pay $1.5 million for the movie rights to "Thy Neighbor's Wife," Gay Talese's treatise on sex in America. Bauer turned UA down, figuring he could get even more. He was right. In the end, UA coughed up a record-setting $2.5 million. Incredibly, no movie was ever made from the book. Seven years later, the book business has undergone a chapter and verse metamorphosis.