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The way Avi Lerner makes movies, there is no room for a wasted hour of daylight or an extra cushion in the star's trailer. Maybe that's why Lerner's low-budget Nu Image film company has made 40 films in the past six years at his studio in Bulgaria, though calling it a studio is something of a stretch. When I asked how many soundstages it had, he laughed. "We don't need soundstages. It's so quiet in Bulgaria you can just shoot in a warehouse.
February 3, 2005 | Elaine Dutka, Times Staff Writer
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday settled disputes about the recipients of producer credit on two nominees for best picture, "The Aviator" and "Million Dollar Baby." The academy was spared a third deliberation because the filmmakers behind "Ray" had independently whittled the credited producers down to three -- the maximum allowed under new rules. The rules are part of an effort to limit the number of producers who come onstage to collect the top Oscar.
January 26, 2005 | John Horn and Chris Lee, Special to The Times
And the best picture nomination goes to -- well, we'll get back to you. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the year's five best picture nominees. But it hasn't yet resolved who will be credited with producing three of them. In an effort to curtail the pileup of producers swarming the stage to collect the top Oscar, the academy now limits the number of people who can claim to have made the film to three.
November 5, 2004 | Claudia Eller
Paramount Pictures denied as "a lie" a producer's allegations that studio chief Sherry Lansing improperly tried to steer his film project to her husband, director William Friedkin. Martin Ransohoff is seeking $2 million in a Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed this week, alleging that Lansing prevented his "The Long Ride" from moving forward because Friedkin was unavailable.
January 27, 2004 | Patrick Goldstein, Times Staff Writer
Now that Sofia Coppola is a star director, thanks to the critical acclaim surrounding her film "Lost in Translation," it's easy to find a lot of "old friends" crowing about how long they've known her, going back to her first film, "The Virgin Suicides," or her Milk Fed fashion line. But Fred Roos can top everyone.
November 7, 2003 | Chuck Philips, Times Staff Writer
A judge has reversed a state medical board ruling that revoked the license of a Westside psychiatrist for overprescribing addictive drugs to Hollywood producer Don Simpson, who died nearly eight years ago of an overdose. In a 42-page decision made public Thursday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lloyd G. Connelly rejected the board's grounds for disciplining Dr. Nomi J. Fredrick -- and paved the way for the psychiatrist to practice medicine again. Fredrick lost her license Oct.
August 20, 2003 | Robert Abele, Special to The Times
To hear Chris Moore tell it, part of the proof that "Project Greenlight" -- the HBO series he's producing -- tells it like it is about making "The Battle of Shaker Heights" -- the Miramax film he's producing -- is the day a chair collapsed under him during a script meeting, a moment captured in all its comic glory by the TV crew. "Hey, I wish there hadn't been a camera there," admits Moore, whose lumberjack frame can now be said to work equally well for intimidation and slapstick.
July 31, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Serge Silberman, 86, an independent French film producer whose credits include Akira Kurosawa's "Ran" and Luis Bunuel's Oscar-winning "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie," died of undisclosed causes on July 22 in Paris. Born in Lodz (now Poland), Silberman survived the Nazi concentration camps and arrived in Paris in 1945. He launched his producing career in 1953 and founded the Greenwich Film Co. in 1966.
June 7, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A producer of the Oscar-winning films "The Pianist" and "Schindler's List" was charged with influence peddling, deepening a bribery scandal that has gripped Poland. Lew Rywin, 58, is accused of soliciting a $17.5-million bribe from Agora SA, the publisher of the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper, in exchange for his lobbying the government for favorable media laws that would allow Agora to buy a nationwide broadcaster.
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.
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