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.
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.
February 14, 1988
Steven M. Somers has resigned as president and chief operating officer of Initials Plus Inc., San Francisco, to pursue other opportunities. He will continue as a consultant to the company, which sells products that can be personalized by monogramming or engraving. Michael D. London, the chairman and chief executive, has assumed the positions of president and chief operating officer.
January 26, 2005 |
It's a funny thing, but today's movie studios are no longer in the Oscar business. If there's one common thread among this year's five best picture nominees, it's that they were largely financed by outside investors. The most money any studio put into one of the nominees was the $21 million that Miramax anted up for "Finding Neverland."