April 7, 2014 |
One of the last remaining stars of Hollywood's golden era, Mickey Rooney was born to vaudeville parents, and appeared with them onstage by the age of 1. He became a star when he was signed to play the part of comic book hero Mickey McGuire in a series of successful shorts that began in 1927 with "Mickey's Circus" and ended with "Mickey's Derby Day" in 1936. But it was at MGM in the 1930s that the diminutive dynamo hit real fame, particularly with the "Andy Hardy" movie series that launched in 1937.
March 26, 2014 |
MGM Holdings Inc., the parent of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., posted fourth-quarter net income of $12.2 million, down 70% from a year earlier, when MGM had net income of $40.2 million and benefited from the release of the blockbusters "Skyfall" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. " MGM reported revenue of $464 million in the fourth quarter, down 49% from $903 million a year earlier. The film and television company produced two films that were released during the quarter that ended Dec. 31. It co-produced and co-financed "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" with Warner Bros.' New Line Cinema unit.
February 17, 2014 |
At the 1960 Academy Awards, all eyes were on Doris Day, lead actress nominee for "Pillow Talk," who glittered in a silvery sheath. The gown was actually a costume borrowed from Day's next picture, the lush Ross Hunter thriller "Midnight Lace," which would nab costume designer Irene Lentz her second Oscar nomination the following year. But after cycling through a Hollywood career - starting out as a Mack Sennett extra and rising to be head of costume at MGM following Adrian - by 1960, Lentz was only freelancing in films for stars such as Day. Lentz's clientele was much, much wider - she was dressing fashionable women across the country in Irene, her line of structured suiting and bias silk soufflé gowns that she started with the backing of tony stores like Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus after leaving MGM in the late 1940s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The California-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is known for progressive rulings that champion individual rights over government and corporations, but when it comes to show business, the "Hollywood Circuit" - as it has been dubbed - stands accused of routinely siding with the home-turf entertainment industry. Judges famously sided with film studios in the early 1980s when the studios sued Sony for infringing their copyrights by selling the Betamax video recorders.
November 16, 2013 |
Angela Lansbury first attended the Academy Awards at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on March 15, 1945. Just 19, she was nominated for supporting actress for her role as a conniving Cockney maid in "Gaslight. " And now, nearly seven decades later, the 88-year-old legend is winning her first Oscar. On Saturday evening, Lansbury will receive an honorary Oscar at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' fifth Governors Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center.
November 15, 2013 |
Ending a copyright dispute that has lasted more than 50 years, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and Danjaq LLC. have acquired all the rights and interests related to the debonair super-spy James Bond. MGM, the longtime distributor of the Bond movies, and Danjaq, the franchise's producer, reached a settlement with the estate of Kevin McClory, who collaborated with 007 author Ian Fleming on the script for the movie "Thunderball. " Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but the companies said it brought the copyright saga to an "amicable conclusion.