May 23, 2006 |
Movie moguls Bob and Harvey Weinstein's Weinstein Co. said it had taken an undisclosed stake in social-networking website ASmallWorld. The founders of Miramax Film Corp. led a group of investors including Bob Pittman, former chief operating officer of AOL Time Warner Inc., to make a "significant investment" in the site, which can be joined only by invitation from members.
March 5, 2006 |
The returned scripts were beginning to pile up. The studios wanted something edgier, more au courant, a slasher picture with Ben Affleck or Heath Ledger, a moron comedy with Cedric the Entertainer, anything with a teenager whose bare belly alone would attract the acne crowd. Who was I writing about? Humans with real problems . . . . Gimme a break, buddy. The box office is down 15% so you'd better come up with something fresh, fast-paced, hot.
February 26, 2006 |
IT'S been an odd and brilliant sort of year for Grant Heslov. The awards, the reviews, the nominations, the interviews, the endless hours spent standing in a tuxedo watching women, and men, elbow past him to get to George Clooney -- it's all been very dreamlike, as if he were watching it happen to someone else. "It's an emotional rollercoaster," he says, totally non-tuxeoed in a temporary production office in Burbank.
February 1, 2006 |
It used to be that when Hollywood did business with wealthy investors, they were treated like rubes at a carnival. The studios softened them up by taking them out to dinner with the stars, then slyly stuck them with the dregs of their production slates. After losing their shirts at Hollywood's roulette table, the chagrined sugar daddies would head for home, their wallets a lot lighter than when they arrived.
January 16, 2006 |
The world has heard much about the many facets of Jack Abramoff, the disgraced Washington lobbyist currently assisting federal prosecutors in a widening bribery probe. There's his Beverly Hills upbringing, his founding of a string of right-wing political groups beginning in college, his apotheosis as an uber-lobbyist funneling cash and favors to GOP members of Congress, and his coda as an admitted felon and Justice Department songbird.
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August 5, 2005 |
Hollywood producer Terry M. Carr hadn't had a movie credit in six years. But friends and acquaintances said he seemed to relish his role as doting father. While noticeably older than the young moms who shuttled their children to and from Warner Avenue School in Westwood each day, the 62-year-old Carr was so close to his 9-year-old daughter, Arieka, that he proudly took up Suzuki violin lessons alongside her.
June 23, 2005 |
The Academy Awards announced Wednesday that it was tightening its rules designed to clamp down on the number of Oscar statuettes given out to producers for best picture and also turning down a request by Hollywood stuntmen to create an Oscar category for stunt coordinators. The producers decision was hailed by the 2,000-member Producers Guild of America, which has been lobbying for years to curb the number of undeserving "produced by" credits on films.
March 8, 2005 |
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.
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February 20, 2005 |
Gerard Straub knows what it's like to be perched on the pinnacle of success. He also knows what it's like to beg. Straub once made $10,000 a week as a soap opera producer in Los Angeles and New York, enjoying a life of fancy cars and tailored clothes. Now he makes $300 a week and shops at thrift stores. The riches-to-rags journey was of his own doing, spurred by a troubling realization that the world's wealth was surrounded by destitution and suffering.