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May 24, 1991
Mort R. Lewis, 82, veteran writer for radio, television and film who advocated and taught cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the movie industry. Beginning as a radio comedy writer for entertainers such as Jimmy Durante, Jackie Gleason and George Burns, Lewis moved to television where he was co-creator of "The Public Defenders" and a regular contributor on such series as "Bonanza," "Truth or Consequences" and "This Is Your Life." The American Heart Assn.
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BUSINESS
March 7, 2001 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The movie industry had a disastrous past year with 11 theater chains declaring bankruptcy and lower turnout at the box office, Motion Picture Assn. of America president Jack Valenti told theater owners Tuesday. Admissions to movie theaters in 2000 dropped to 1.42 billion, down 44 million from the prior year. But box-office grosses totaled a record $7.7 billion, Valenti said, thanks largely to a higher average nationwide ticket price of $5.40 compared with $5.08 in 1999.
BUSINESS
October 8, 1992 | From Bloomberg Business News
The Justice Department is conducting an antitrust investigation of the movie theater industry, industry officials say. The department, which launched the investigation last year, has requested information from at least two companies that own a large number of theaters: General Cinema Corp. of Chestnut Hill, Mass., and United Artists Theatre Circuit Inc. of Englewood, Colo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1987 | JANE HULSE, Times Staff Writer
Thousands of friends and supporters in the movie industry have rallied to the cause of retired studio electrician Vincent Pelliccia, who was jailed Tuesday for escaping a Virginia chain gang 41 years ago. At least 1,000 employees at the Burbank Studios had signed petitions by Friday urging Virginia Gov. Gerald Baliles to pardon the 62-year-old Pelliccia for the burglary he committed when he was 19. The petitions also will be sent to Gov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1996 | JULIE TILSNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Manhattan or Los Angeles? Edward Duffy will take Ventura, thank you. As location manager for the hit TV series "Melrose Place," Duffy can tell horror stories about trying to get routine shots on the streets of Los Angeles. "Everyone is so jaded there," he says. "No one wants to cooperate." Not so in Ventura. "When you find a fresh area like this, it makes everything so much easier."
NEWS
November 14, 1991 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three people were arrested and 848 pirated videotapes were seized at a Glendale store last week as part of a nationwide campaign by the movie industry to curb the illegal duplication of popular films. Acting on a tip from the Motion Picture Assn. of America (MPAA), officers raided Indra Video, 517 S. Verdugo Road, Friday afternoon, Glendale Police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 1999 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The plot of the new "South Park" movie seems torn from today's headlines: Young kids sneak into an R-rated movie and become so entranced by the four-letter words they hear on screen that they can't stop using them. Their parents and eventually the government are so outraged that they take drastic action--everything from implanting a V-chip in a child to declaring war.
BUSINESS
September 9, 1993 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California continues to resist the national economic recovery, but a few of the state's key industries, notably Hollywood, are beginning to show signs of vigorous growth, the Federal Reserve Board said Wednesday. "The motion picture industry in Los Angeles is growing at a double-digit pace, and summer box office revenues are at record levels," the Fed said in its periodic survey of economic conditions around the country.
MAGAZINE
February 29, 2004 | Patrick J. Kiger, Patrick J. Kiger, a frequent contributor to the magazine, is coauthor, with Martin J. Smith, of "POPLORICA: A Popular History of the Fads, Mavericks, Inventions, and Lore That Shaped Modern America," to be published March 31 by HarperResource.
Looking back, the truest sign that then-Vivendi Universal honcho Jean-Marie Messier was toast may have come when he showed up for a public forum at the Beverly Hilton two years ago with Viacom Chief Executive Sumner Redstone and other entertainment industry power players, and he wasn't wearing a necktie.
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