CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2012 |
Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks worked there. So did Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, Marlon Brando and practically everyone else. Soon, though, wrecking crews will be at work at the storied West Hollywood movie lot at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Formosa Avenue. Once known as the Warner Hollywood Studio, it's now called "The Lot. " Its new owner, CIM Group, intends to raze its aging wooden office buildings and sound-dubbing stages and replace them with glass-and-steel structures.
January 27, 1992 |
"Hook," the movie that was ignored by critics' awards, chastised by some for an extravagant $60-million-plus budget, and opened Dec. 11 to less-than-boffo box office, has sailed beyond the $100-million mark at the U.S. box office, according to its distributors. The magical box-office number wasn't achieved as rapidly as last summer's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," which sold $100 million in tickets in just over two weeks. But "Hook" got there faster than any other picture since--in six weeks.
September 5, 1991 |
Woody Allen will make his next movie at TriStar Pictures rather than at financially troubled Orion, both studios announced Wednesday. Allen, who has made his last 11 films at Orion, will return to the studio for three more pictures after finishing his untitled TriStar project. Shooting is scheduled to begin in November; Allen will write, direct and star in the movie.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1990 |
African Americans should not rely on Hollywood film studios to advance the image and economic status of blacks, TV producer Keenan Ivory Wayans told a gathering of journalists in the opening session Wednesday of the 15th annual convention of the National Assn. of Black Journalists at the Century Plaza Hotel. "We need to build our economic base through black corporate America," said Wayans, producer and star of the irreverent Fox TV program "In Living Color."
February 28, 1990 |
Sony Corp.'s Columbia Pictures Entertainment unit has named Mike Medavoy chairman of its Tri-Star Pictures division and also appointed him to the Columbia board. David Matalon, a Columbia executive vice president, previously headed Tri-Star but didn't have the chairman's title. Matalon is expected to remain at Columbia with duties in all areas of the company, according to Alan J. Levine, president of Columbia's film group.
March 23, 2007 |
Marlon Brando's heirs are suing a Canadian furniture company after making the company an offer it refused. The late actor's family has been trying for months to get Palliser Furniture Ltd. to stop marketing a line of plush home theater chairs dubbed the Brando without a licensing agreement. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeks unspecified damages but claims sales of the chair "exceed several million dollars on a worldwide basis."
June 21, 2009 |
It's not many screenwriters who can boast having films with Martin Scorsese and James Cameron in the same year, yet for the 43-year-old Kalogridis, who's been toiling in Hollywood ever since she sold her first script (an epic about Joan of Arc) while still at UCLA film school 16 years ago, 2009 has been a grand slam. That's in part due to a willingness to gamble on her talent to create smart, epic fare.
January 13, 2011 |
Producer Ryan Kavanaugh has lost his final appeal for producing credit on "The Fighter," denying one of Hollywood's biggest financiers a shot at his first Oscar. Kavanaugh, chief executive of movie production company Relativity Media, presented his case to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday and was turned down, according to people familiar with the situation. The denial came despite letters of support from director David O. Russell and other producers involved in the film.