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June 14, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
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.
April 20, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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 | Deborah Netburn, Deborah Netburn is an entertainment reporter for
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 | Tina Daunt, Times Staff Writer
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.
February 10, 2007 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
Penney Finkelman Cox, a veteran animation executive who helped launch Sony Pictures' foray into animation, is stepping down to become a producer for the division, the company announced Friday. The management shake-up follows mounting tensions between Finkelman Cox and Yair Landau, vice chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, over creative control of the animation division.
February 6, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Walt Disney Co. started a new company with the producers of "Polar Express" to make animated films based in part on the movements of actors. Producer-director Robert Zemeckis, with Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey, will make films that Disney will market and distribute, the Burbank-based company said.
January 26, 2007 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey has lost his appeal for a producer credit on "The Departed," a best-picture Oscar nominee released by rival studio Warner Bros. The decision by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which doles out the Oscars, was made Thursday evening at a meeting of about 20 top producers who sit on the organization's executive committee.
January 26, 2007 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
Most 10-year-olds are happy with an allowance and some video games. Budding filmmaker Dominic Scott Kay wants creative control, along with a shot at the Sundance Film Festival. And, as often happens in the entertainment business, to get what he wants he's headed to court with one of Hollywood's top litigators in tow.
January 22, 2007 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
"Little Miss Sunshine" was awarded the Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award for theatrical motion pictures. The 2007 Producers Guild of America Awards were presented by Tom Cruise in a Saturday evening ceremony at the Century Plaza Hotel. Collecting the award on behalf of the dark, dysfunctional family comedy were producers Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, and Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa. "Cars" was awarded the producer of the year award in animated film.
January 13, 2007 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
Universal Pictures can breathe a sigh of relief. Two of the studio's most prolific producers are expected to stay put at the studio, laying to rest speculation that they would find a new home. Working Title Films co-Chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner have not signed their new contracts, but the deal points were hammered out as of Friday, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named because the negotiations were confidential.
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