February 2, 1992
For the record, "Beauty and the Beast" was written by Giovan Francesco Straparola (c.1480-1557) and first published in "Piacevoli notti" in 1550. It was first set to music in Andre Gretry's opera "Zemire et Azor" in 1771. In their overt lust for recognition by the motion picture academy, Ms. Woolverton and the politically correct folks at Disney should acknowledge the guys who created their gold mine. MICHAEL O'MAHONY Beverly Hills
October 12, 1986
Lawrence Christon did a good job of capturing the essence of director Paul Mazursky's Oakie Lecture at the Motion Picture Academy, but he misrepresented the gist of Mazursky's statement that "the industry is anti-Semitic" ("Comedy Award to Mazursky," Oct. 1). Mazursky did say that, but went on--very significantly--to explain that studio executives want to make movies for the masses and that they fear that something "very Jewish" will not play in Dallas. So, it's demographics, not bigotry, that he was referring to. I think Christon and The Times owe the readers, as well as Mazursky himself, the courtesy of being more accurate.
February 19, 2002
It's wonderful to hear that the entertainment industry is giving animation "new respect" (Feb. 12). It has been 65 years since the first animated feature was recognized by the motion picture academy with an Oscar, but I guess critical respect takes time to build. It would also be wonderful if the industry would recognize the writers behind animated films and television programs with the same respect for professionalism that is paid to the writers of live action. Animation writers would like the same protections and benefits provided to live-action writers.
November 9, 2011 |
Director Brett Ratner resigned Tuesday as producer of the Oscar telecast after coming under fire for making an anti-gay slur, leaving the motion picture academy scrambling to cast a new team to helm the February award show. Ratner, director of popcorn films such as "Rush Hour" and the newly released "Tower Heist," was an unconventional choice for the job and was touted as someone who could shake up the program and bring more viewers and pizazz to the affair. Although the show's ratings have flagged recently, the Oscars remain one of the most-viewed broadcasts of the year, often second only to the Super Bowl.
April 11, 2013 |
A spaceship-like, 1,000-seat theater may be the most striking feature of the Motion Picture Academy's planned film museum at LACMA, but the organization has also revealed a bevy of other details about what the six-story, 290,000-square-foot facility opening in 2017, will include. Some highlights: Ground Floor: This will consist of a public piazza, the museum lobby, a cafe and a gift store. The piazza will connect the film museum to the rest of the LACMA campus. The academy says "a majestic red carpet and Cannes-style grand staircase" will take visitors into the soaring 1,000-seat, domed "premiere theater," to be named for David Geffen, who has pledged $25 million to the $300-million museum.
September 17, 2013 |
The Chinese media conglomerate the Dalian Wanda Group has donated $20 million to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for its film museum. In recognition of the gift -- the museum's second-largest to date -- the museum's film history gallery will now be named the Wanda Gallery. The Dalian Wanda group owns AMC Theatres, and its head, Wang Jianlin, has said he wants to invest $10 billion in U.S. companies in the next decade. "The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is a global cultural institution and the Dalian Wanda Group's support of the project speaks to the worldwide importance and the appeal of the movies," said museum campaign chair Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive of the Walt Disney Co. "Their gift to the academy museum is a huge boost to our efforts to design and build the world's leading movie museum.