August 3, 2007 |
Oscar-winning producer Alan Ladd Jr. and his business partner won a $3.2-million verdict Thursday in their four-year legal fight with Warner Bros. over fees from TV sales for such films as "Body Heat," the "Police Academy" comedies and "Chariots of Fire." A Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled that the studio shortchanged Ladd and Jay Kanter's Ladd Co. in divvying up proceeds from worldwide television deals for their movies.
July 30, 2007 |
Jeff Clanagan wants to ride Tyler Perry's coattails. So does 20th Century Fox. They are pairing up to make several Gospel-inspired films that are much like the ones that have made Perry a sensation. Perry, a 37-year-old producer, writer, director and star, has shown Hollywood the gold to be mined from Gospel-infused entertainment. Fox and Clanagan are pinning their initial hopes on a movie version of the popular play "Mama I Want to Sing."
July 1, 2007 |
One Saturday when he was a seventh-grader in Iselin, N.J., Tom DeSanto blew off a Pop Warner football game and spent the day at a comic book convention in nearby Somerset. "There were a bunch of other football games, but that convention only came to town twice a year," he recalls. "That was the day my dad figured out I would never become middle linebacker of the Pittsburgh Steelers." Embracing his inner geek turned out fine for the fresh-faced, 38-year-old movie producer and pop culture junkie.
June 25, 2007 |
Even by Hollywood standards, the divorce between veteran ICM talent agent Risa Shapiro and horror film producer Oren Koules has been nasty. In more than two years of legal skirmishes, the power couple clashed over allegedly secret multimillion-dollar home deals, a money-losing minor league hockey team and, most pointedly, the landslide of money generated by the "Saw" movie franchise, according to court documents.
June 14, 2007 |
After controversies the last two years because of a limit on how many producers may be nominated for a best picture Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday that it had modified the rules to allow for more than three nominees. The academy said that in most cases it would continue to enforce the rule that no more than three producers of a film may qualify as nominees if the movie is selected as a finalist for best picture.
May 13, 2007 |
AS an 11-year-old growing up on Long Island, Judd Apatow began each week by studying the newspaper's TV section and highlighting all talk show guests of Mike Douglas, Dinah Shore and company. He spent afternoons holed up in his room watching TV, hanging out in his head with Charles Nelson Reilly. "I couldn't have had more fun in the saddest, lonely way," he says. "There was a period when I would get home at 3 and watch TV until 11, and I couldn't be happier."
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April 20, 2007 |
Julian Ludwig, 82, a television and film producer who worked with David L. Wolper and Clint Eastwood, died of lung cancer April 13 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. A native of L.A. who studied business at UCLA, Ludwig started his career as an actor, appearing in "Limelight," a 1952 movie directed by Charlie Chaplin and starring Chaplin and Buster Keaton, and "Gog," a 1954 science-fiction film.
March 11, 2007 |
There are a lot of somebodies in Hollywood, but there are even more nobodies--the workaday dreamers who give L.A. its unique texture and energy. In a town where writers want to be actors and video store clerks yearn to direct, hopefuls like Brad Burnett, Dino Pergola and Matt and Greg Bell became faces in the crowd when they moved here from the heartland.
March 2, 2007 |
The winners on stage at the Academy Awards feel all sorts of things. Producer Lawrence Bender felt the BlackBerry in the hip pocket of his tuxedo buzzing nonstop with e-mails. By the time he checked his computer -- at 6 a.m. Monday after a night of Oscar partying -- he had 260 messages congratulating him on his win this week for "An Inconvenient Truth," the documentary that chronicles Al Gore's efforts to raise awareness about global warming.