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Dustin HOFFMAN loves to tell the story of how producer Robert Evans convinced him to make "Marathon Man," the 1976 thriller that features Hoffman matching wits with Laurence Olivier. Evans repeatedly badgered Hoffman to read the script, which Evans pronounced the greatest piece of writing ever put to paper. After the actor finally read the script, he diplomatically informed Evans that he wasn't all that impressed. It seemed to need an awful lot of work.
February 23, 2003 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Jack Brodsky, a Hollywood publicist and producer of such popular films as "Romancing the Stone" and its sequel "The Jewel of the Nile," starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, has died. He was 69. Brodsky, who had recently produced the Eddie Murphy movie "Daddy Day Care," planned for release later this year, died of a heart attack Tuesday at his Los Angeles home.
February 15, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Daniel Toscan du Plantier, 61, a film producer who promoted French cinema abroad, died of a heart attack Tuesday while attending the Berlin International Film Festival. From the mid-1970s to the mid-'80s, he was director-general of Gaumont Films, one of France's main production companies. There he produced Ingmar Bergman's "Fanny and Alexander," Federico Fellini's "City of Women" and Francois Truffaut's "The Last Metro," among other films.
December 20, 2002 | Paul Lieberman, Times Staff Writer
Julius R. Nasso has been waiting six months for this trip down Wilshire Boulevard and he is determined to make it in style, with a diamond pin as the top button of his white shirt and a limo decorated with twinkle lights. And an entourage, of course. Here's who piles into the limo with him for the drive to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences theater Tuesday night: Two of the bodyguards who have been watching over him since his attempted extortion indictment in New York.
November 28, 2002 | James Bates
One of Hollywood's biggest movie producers sued Universal Studios for fraud Wednesday, alleging that he was cheated out of money on the Kevin Spacey movie "K-Pax" because Universal botched the foreign distribution of the film.
November 2, 2002 | Lee Margulies
Radio talk show host Howard Stern told listeners Friday that he's expanding his media reach in a new direction. After writing books, starring in an autobiographical movie and producing a TV series -- all while continuing to preside over a nationally syndicated radio program that also is excerpted on cable TV -- Stern is turning movie producer. His first project will be a remake of the 1981 teen comedy "Porky's," to be followed by a remake of the 1979 teen musical "Rock 'n' Roll High School."
Over the past six weeks, Gary Goetzman has been to 30 cities, going to a different radio station every morning. "I feel like a promotion man working a hit record in the old days of the music business," says Goetzman, a film producer who got his start in the '80s in the record industry. Except now, he isn't touting a hot new single. He's pitching "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," the year's most unlikely hit.
After the World Trade Center fell, Jay Rosenblatt and Caveh Zahedi felt as if their usual creative obsessions as independent filmmakers suddenly didn't amount to a hill of beans. Zahedi had been shooting "I Am a Sex Addict," the latest in his series of features that focus on funny but disquieting episodes from his life. "I was feeling pretty absurd trying to make that film, and we were heading for World War III," he recalled. "It didn't seem very relevant."
May 11, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
John Kohn, 76, a writer, producer and production executive whose credits include television shows such as "Bachelor Father" and films such as "Racing With the Moon" and the cult favorite "Theater of Blood," died of cancer May 4 at his home in Sherman Oaks. The son of a New York rabbi, Kohn flew 36 missions as a tail gunner in the Air Force during World War II before earning a degree at UCLA.
December 5, 2001
Frederick Engel, 71, who produced the films "Duel at Diablo" and "Will Penny" and helped bring "Lilies of the Field" to the screen, died Wednesday of complications from hydrocephalus at the Motion Picture and Television home in Woodland Hills. A native of Los Angeles, Engel graduated from USC and served in the Navy before taking a job in the mail room at MCA.
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