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.
December 3, 2012 |
Brad Pitt's "Killing Them Softly" suffered the kind of deadly hit at the box office this weekend that its protagonist might have admired. A wide opening from The Weinstein Co. yielded a paltry $7 million, barely enough for seventh place in a crowd of holdovers. It was one of the lowest-ever wide openings for Pitt, and could wind up as his second-lowest grosser in nearly 20 years. If dismal attendance wasn't enough, the people who did come out to "Killing" wanted to whack it: The movie averaged a rock-bottom "F" CinemaScore.
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.
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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.
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December 16, 2006 |
The plot thickened the minute the Massachusetts film students told the Hollywood experts their movie ideas. Seven fledgling screenwriters from Boston University had spent months, even years, meticulously crafting the stories they hoped would help launch successful entertainment industry careers.
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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."
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.
December 9, 2012 |
Even in 1912, movies audiences had their favorite stars. Like Maurice Costello, the great-grandfather of Drew Barrymore. In the lighthearted "The Picture Idol," a devoted fan can't stop following him. So Costello sets up a clever ruse of introducing the female admirer to a phony wife and child so she will leave him alone. "The Picture Idol" is one of the many films screening during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' program "A Century Ago: The Films of 1912" Thursday evening at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.