December 28, 2006 |
A Los Angeles judge has delivered a legal setback to producer Bob Yari's challenge over the removal of his name from the credits as a producer of the Oscar-winning film "Crash." In a six-page ruling this week, Superior Court Judge Edward A. Ferns rejected arguments by Yari's lawyers that the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are quasi-public organizations whose members' decision can be challenged through the hearing process.
December 6, 2006 |
GRAHAM KING is the kind of producer Hollywood likes, in part because he's good at raising money. Having developed an expertise buying and selling the foreign rights to films, the British native made a splash when he used foreign sales to secure much of the money needed to fund 2002's "Gangs of New York." The film featured two of King's most frequent collaborators, director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
November 15, 2006 |
TWO of the most prolific producers in Hollywood, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, oversaw the acclaimed Oliver Stone film "World Trade Center," brought to their attention by their friend, the late producer Debra Hill. Released through Paramount Pictures, the movie chronicles the real-life struggle of two policemen fighting to survive beneath the collapsed World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001.
November 4, 2006
ALL LOS ANGELES is a sound stage, its people merely extras. Most Angelenos get that, accepting that a certain amount of inconvenience goes along with living in Hollywood's 10-million-inhabitant back lot. Local filming benefits everybody, providing jobs and pumping money into the economy. But at what point do we cross the line from being accommodating to exploited?
October 18, 2006 |
Producer Edward Bass said Tuesday he has no plans to remove his name from the credits of director Emilio Estevez's period drama "Bobby" after a story in The Times detailed how Bass kept quiet about his controversial past to people who had worked on the film. The story revealed that Bass, then using his first name Michael, had served time in prison in the mid-1980s for mail fraud before emerging as one of Hollywood's most controversial promoters of celebrity-driven events.
August 27, 2006 |
Remember the story? An Ashland, Ore., family--dad, mom, two kids, his mom and her new husband--go missing on a day trip in a motor home. All-points bulletins, search parties, helicopters, bloodhounds, prayer vigils. Nada. The search is called off. Hope fades. Then, 17 days after wrong turns got them lost and snowbound in Oregon's coastal mountains, dad and mom come hiking through the snow, tired but healthy. Miracle in the mountains!
July 9, 2006 |
THE real magic of Hollywood is not the knee-buckling resonance of a perfect screen kiss or the ability to conjure an army of Orcs from the plains of New Zealand. The real magic of Hollywood, as any agent, screenwriter, director, actor, producer or studio executive will tell you, is that movies get made at all. Especially now.
June 13, 2006 |
The legal skirmish over who deserves credit for producing the Academy Award-winning film "Crash" has taken a new twist. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Edward A. Ferns has issued an order giving independent film financier Bob Yari's attorneys 10 days to amend their pleadings in their lawsuit, or the case could be thrown out. Yari's lawyers called the order, known as a demurrer, a legal technicality and plan to file an amended complaint to comply with it.
May 23, 2006 |
Movie moguls Bob and Harvey Weinstein's Weinstein Co. said it had taken an undisclosed stake in social-networking website ASmallWorld. The founders of Miramax Film Corp. led a group of investors including Bob Pittman, former chief operating officer of AOL Time Warner Inc., to make a "significant investment" in the site, which can be joined only by invitation from members.
March 5, 2006 |
The returned scripts were beginning to pile up. The studios wanted something edgier, more au courant, a slasher picture with Ben Affleck or Heath Ledger, a moron comedy with Cedric the Entertainer, anything with a teenager whose bare belly alone would attract the acne crowd. Who was I writing about? Humans with real problems . . . . Gimme a break, buddy. The box office is down 15% so you'd better come up with something fresh, fast-paced, hot.