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.
March 7, 2001 |
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.
October 8, 1992 |
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
April 5, 1996 |
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1987 |
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.
June 28, 1999 |
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.
November 14, 1991 |
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.
September 9, 1993 |
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.
February 29, 2004 |
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.