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December 28, 2006 | From staff and wire reports
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.
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.
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?
November 1, 2006 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
THE 7-year-old girl at the center of "Little Miss Sunshine" is nearly barred from the film's namesake beauty contest. Fortunately for "Superfreak" fans everywhere, the young contestant does get out there and strut her stuff. But that moment in the limelight may be denied to some of "Little Miss Sunshine's" producers, as they seek to compete in Hollywood's ultimate pageant -- the Academy Awards.
October 18, 2006 | Robert W. Welkos
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.
September 25, 2006 | Claire Hoffman, Times Staff Writer
When one goes Hollywood, where better to do it than from a booth at the Beverly Hills Hotel's famed Polo Lounge? Which is where the brothers Maloof were jammed last week, proudly showing off their Screen Actors Guild cards as they explained why they were plunging into the treacherous movie business when their family had a perfectly adequate gaming and basketball empire.
August 27, 2006 | Marvin J. Wolf, Marvin J. Wolf teaches writing at Glendale Community College. His latest film, "Ladies Night," aired on USA Network.
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!
August 13, 2006 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
IT was a Friday afternoon in Santa Monica, and the folks at Patchwork Productions were knocking back margaritas and tossing around movie ideas during their weekly brainstorming session. A stately ship's bell sat nearby -- a gong meant an idea fell short. When it was Craig Berenson's turn, the development exec brought up a script he'd read years earlier called "Venom," by a writer named David Dallesandro.
July 9, 2006 | Mary McNamara, Times Staff Writer
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.
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