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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.
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."
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