February 28, 1985
Midnight has struck in a small rented house atop the hills of Silver Lake, and the Coen brothers of Minneapolis are Trying to Explain It. Their last extended stay in Los Angeles was a bust. Film makers Joel and Ethan spent the summer of '84 trying to interest studios in distributing "Blood Simple," a brazenly off-kilter murder tale set in deepest, darkest Texas.
May 20, 2010 |
Four years ago, independent producer Michael London, whose credits include the acclaimed films "Sideways," "Thirteen" and "The Family Stone," had no problem raising more than $200 million in financing to make low-cost movies at his newly formed company, Groundswell Productions. At the time, independent movies were all the rage. Investors were hungry to cash in on a trend in which such unconventional pictures as Oscar-winner "Crash" and "Brokeback Mountain" not only win over critics but also mainstream audiences.
November 4, 1992 |
Contract Suit: British pop star George Michael has sued Sony Music in London for restraint of trade in an attempt to break his 10-year contract with Sony-owned CBS Records. Michael's London-based attorney Tony Russell, who recently used the legal provision to successfully break "inequitable" contracts for pop music acts in England such as the Stone Roses and Holly Johnson's Frankie Goes to Hollywood, declined comment on the case Tuesday, as did Sony Music executives.
October 25, 2009 |
The gig : As president of Fox Animation Studios, Vanessa Morrison oversees development, production and marketing of family-friendly movies made by the studio's Greenwich, Conn.-based digital animation house, Blue Sky Studios. Films produced under her tenure include the global blockbuster "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!" and the upcoming releases "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," based on Roald Dahl's 1970 novel, and 3-D animated comedy "Rio." Unusual in Hollywood : Unlike most executives, who tend to jump between studios and jobs, Morrison, 40, has spent her 15-year career at Fox, becoming a specialist in broad-appeal family movies.
December 19, 2003 |
Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. was ordered to pay $350,000 to the family of a deceased smoker. A hearing will be held Jan. 7 to determine what punitive damages the tobacco company may be assessed, said Michael London, an attorney for the family of smoker Harry Frankson. The verdict is the first in favor of a smoker in New York.
June 12, 2012 |
When aliens besiege Earth in Universal Pictures' recent action film"Battleship," it is the Chinese authorities in Hong Kong whom Washington credits with delivering the early proof that these invaders aren't exactly homegrown. But those aren't the only Chinese do-gooders on screen these days. In "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,"a romantic comedy about building a dam in the Mideast, Chinese hydroelectric engineers showed off their know-how; the original book included no such characters.