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September 19, 1986 | KATHRYN HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
MCA, moving swiftly to fill the post vacated this week by Frank Price, announced Thursday that entertainment attorney Thomas P. Pollock will become chairman of its motion picture group. Pollock, 43, said he will relinquish his law practice and begin work at the studio on Oct. 15. Despite Pollock's lack of studio experience, a number of executives at MCA and other studios praised the selection. "He's very smart; he's respected and liked. . . .
February 1, 2004 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Andrew J. Kuehn, a movie advertising pioneer whose creativity and innovation revolutionized the motion picture "trailer," has died. He was 66. Kuehn, who was the founder and head of the movie advertising firm Kaleidoscope Films, died Thursday night at his Laguna Beach home of complications from lung cancer. Over the last four decades, Kuehn (pronounced Keen) conceived of trailers for an impressive array of American movies, including "Jaws," the "Indiana Jones" trilogy, "E.T.
Moving swiftly to replace departing studio chief Brandon Tartikoff, Paramount Communications Inc. announced on Wednesday that it has hired producer Sherry Lansing to head the motion picture group. In a break with tradition, the studio will no longer have a single executive overseeing motion pictures and television. Lansing and Kerry McLuggage, who is president of the television group, will report to Stanley R. Jaffe, president and chief operating officer of the parent corporation in New York.
March 29, 2009 | Jill Schary Robinson, Jill Schary Robinson is a journalist and the author of nine books. She runs writers workshops and is working on a novel about her father's first year at the helm of MGM.
Ten years after my husband, Stuart, was told he had Parkinson's disease, he began to speak less often, and what he had to say was intriguing but not always clear. He dozed off frequently, fell down the stairs of our London home and stopped eating. "He needs to be in a nursing home," I was told. On hearing the news, my son, who's in the film business, urged me to return to Los Angeles. "I can get him into the 'motion picture home,' " he assured me.
June 5, 2005 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Though two programs dedicated to sound in motion pictures are being presented by the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, members of the council insist that one doesn't have to be a techno-geek to attend. "Technology has a reputation for being pretty dry," admits Andy Maltz, the council's director. "But what's so cool about this technology is that it creates this art."
August 24, 1986 | Charles Champlin
What it is is the film fan reference book to end all reference books, rich in detail and even richer in provocative, fight-launching opinions. The first nine volumes chronicle something more than 35,000 talkies from 1927-'83, including foreign films distributed here. Also in Vol. 9 are 620 releases for 1984, and another 2,000 features labeled miscellaneous. Vol. 10 identifies 15,000 silent pictures; the last two volumes are cross-referenced indexes. Like wow .
Does the road to Wellville lead through the local video store? Gary Solomon, a psychotherapist who calls himself the "Movie Doctor," has been prescribing films to his clients as mental health aids for years. He decided to write a book about his unusual technique and the result is the recently published "The Motion Picture Prescription: Watch This Movie and Call Me in the Morning." Solomon's book contains "essays" (he doesn't consider them reviews) on 200 movies.
April 15, 1991 | JACK MATHEWS
In the trailer for Bill Duke's upcoming "A Rage in Harlem," there is a scene where a mugger pulls a knife on a priest and the priest responds by drawing a pistol out of his hollow Bible and poking it in the stunned mugger's face. Without seeing the movie, it's obvious that the scene is comic; indeed, it's clear that the movie is some sort of grand farce. Later in the trailer, we see a man escaping a jam by holding a gun to a dog's head. But because the Motion Picture Assn.
When World Wide Pictures left Burbank in 1988 and put its studio up for sale, it appeared that the motion picture arm of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn. might have all but abandoned the Christian filmmaking business. World Wide, founded 40 years ago, never grew large enough to compete with secular studios.
March 24, 1994 | DORIS SILVERTON, Silverton, who has published several short stories, is currently a television writer. This story is an excerpt of a longer piece of fiction published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1968
My mother and father arrived in Los Angeles one afternoon in early September, 1968. They got off the plane, and it was just as I imagined: My father came out the front door--my mother, the rear. As if they were not related. Then, like two lines converging to a center point, they moved toward us. At the age of 65, after a lifetime of uncompromising and dedicated service in the world of hardware, my father had sold out.
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