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September 14, 2011 |
John Calley, a former top executive at Warner Bros., United Artists and Sony Pictures Entertainment and a producer whose credits include "The Remains of the Day" and "The Da Vinci Code," has died. He was 81. Calley died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles after a long illness, according to Steve Elzer, a spokesman for Sony Pictures. Highly regarded by Hollywood's creative community, Calley in 2009 was named the recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
August 11, 2011 |
"Glee," Fox's breakout musical series about a group of misfit high schoolers, has become a sensation in its two years on the air. It's earned an army of hard-core fans who identify themselves as "Gleeks" and charted more Billboard Hot 100 hits than any recording artist in history — including Elvis. Now, the show's creative team is attempting to bring its magic to the multiplex with a new 3-D concert film opening Friday. Directed by Kevin Tancharoen and culled from two Izod Center shows in East Rutherford, N.J., "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" features series regulars such as Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith, and is aimed to appeal to fans with its collection of musical numbers and dressing-room interviews.
April 29, 2011 |
Two movie producers could soon put their own footprints on one of Hollywood's most famous landmarks, Grauman's Chinese Theatre. A partnership between Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures parent company Viacom Inc. has agreed to sell the historic theater on Hollywood Boulevard for an undisclosed sum to Don Kushner, executive producer of "Tron: Legacy," and entrepreneur Elie Samaha, two people familiar with the deal said Thursday. The sale, which is scheduled to close May 20, also includes the operating lease for the Mann's Chinese 6 multiplex in the adjacent Hollywood & Highland mall, said the people, who did not want to be identified because details of the deal were confidential.
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April 28, 2011 |
On his business cards, Marvin Eisenman called himself a "film detective," but to the unofficial Hollywood network that benefited from his unusually large personal collection of videos and DVDs, he was simply Marvin of the Movies. Over the last quarter-century, the retired grocery store manager had amassed about 42,000 titles while indulging in a hobby that had grown "far past" an addiction, he often said. Movie stars, producers and scholars searching for a rare or obscure film often came calling.
February 22, 2011 |
David Ellison is Hollywood's latest highflier. The 28-year-old aerobatic pilot, who can roll a plane 420 degrees a second, is charting a new risky course: movie producer. The first film that Ellison gambled on under his new co-financing arrangement with Paramount Pictures was "True Grit," a surprise box-office smash that racked up 10 Oscar nominations, including best picture. Now the son of billionaire Larry Ellison, co-founder and chief executive of software giant Oracle Corp.
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November 12, 2010 |
Dino De Laurentiis, the flamboyant Italian movie producer who helped resurrect his nation's film industry after World War II and for more than six decades produced films as diverse as the 1954 Federico Fellini classic "La Strada" and the 1976 remake of "King Kong," has died. He was 91. De Laurentiis, who moved to the United States in the 1970s and continued to produce films until 2007, died Wednesday night at his Beverly Hills home, his daughter Raffaella De Laurentiis, said in a statement Thursday.
October 31, 2010 |
The gig: Producer and financier Avi Lerner has been a fixture on the low-budget independent movie scene for decades and claims involvement in more than 350 films ? many that landed directly on video-store shelves. With his crop of white hair and equally thick Israeli accent, Lerner is known as a producer of testosterone-fueled action pictures who recently has invested in more high-profile titles such as the recent hit "The Expendables," starring and directed by Sylvester Stallone.
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June 18, 2010 |
A pilot and movie producer who startled beachgoers by buzzing the Santa Monica Pier in a Soviet-era military jet was convicted Thursday of recklessly operating an aircraft. A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury found that David G. Riggs, 48, violated a rarely used section of the state public utilities code designed to protect life and property from careless and reckless pilots. Judge Harold Cherness is scheduled to sentence Riggs on Monday. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
HOME & GARDEN
March 8, 2010 |
Update: Producer David Lipman has sold his Hollywood Hills home for $1.9 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service. He had listed it last summer at $2,195,000. Lipman bought the neglected house in 2000 for $678,000 and completely overhauled it while working as a producer on the "Shrek" movies (2001, 2003 and 2004) and executive producer for "The Tale of Despereaux" (2008). He dubbed it "the house Shrek built." The classic midcentury house was designed by architect Merle Roussellot and built in 1961.
March 3, 2010 |
For the first time in its history, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has banned a nominee from attending the Oscars. The group said Tuesday that Nicolas Chartier, a producer on best picture candidate "The Hurt Locker," will not be allowed into the Kodak Theatre for Sunday's ceremony. Chartier's tickets have been revoked, and he will not be granted entry as a guest of any other attendee, an academy spokeswoman told The Times. The decision comes on the heels of Chartier sending an e-mail message to a group of colleagues that included academy members asking them to choose the Summit Entertainment-distributed "The Hurt Locker" for best picture and "not the $500-million film" -- a clear reference to "Avatar."