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January 8, 1999 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
William "Bill" Allyn, television and motion picture producer of such successful film remakes as "Cousins" and "Rich and Famous," has died. He was 71. Allyn, who began his career as an actor, died Sunday in Los Angeles of complications of heart disease, according to his publicist, Stan Rosenfield. Born in New York and educated at the University of Texas and Yale Drama School, Allyn landed his first role as a teenager--appearing on Broadway with Marlon Brando in "A Flag Is Born."
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August 27, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Hollywood has been mining Asian movies for ideas for years, but now an American studio is remaking one of its home productions as a Chinese-language movie with local partners. Warner China Film HG -- a joint venture between Warner Bros. and China's state-run China Film Group and Hengdian Group -- is releasing "Connected" on Sept. 25, remaking the 2004 New Line Cinema thriller "Cellular," starring Kim Basinger. "Connected" changes the setting to Hong Kong and switches the cast to Chinese-speaking actors.
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December 20, 1999 | PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a good bet that steel magnate Andrew Carnegie never anticipated that whales would fly in the famous concert hall named for him, nor a pink flamingo play yo-yo. But after a reminiscence from Roy Disney--"It was over 60 years ago that I first heard my Uncle Walt talk about his vision"--a packed house here even saw another era's most well-known Donald, the quacking one, help save the world on Noah's Ark. The longest delayed movie sequel on record finally had its premiere.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2007 | Jay A. Fernandez, Special to The Times
To a screenwriter, time can feel like either a bullet train speeding toward deadlines or a long ride through a barren expanse of desert. When the western remake "3:10 to Yuma" chugs into theaters in two weeks, its screenplay credits will include a name -- Halsted Welles -- that has spent half a century riding its crooked rails.
SPORTS
December 2, 2001 | Mike Penner
Maybe I missed something amid the five Emmy Award acceptance speeches, or the audible sobbing of grown men in front of their televisions, or the jet-fuel ignition of two young acting careers heading for higher altitude. Because after the country took its first look at "Brian's Song," in its original incarnation 30 years ago, I don't recall anyone saying, "How about a do-over?" What, Billy Dee Williams as Gale Sayers didn't quite nail that speech at the awards banquet?
NEWS
December 23, 2004 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
The old saw about undistinguished books making the best movie adaptations might easily be applied to the current vogue for remaking pictures as well. Though perhaps it is better to say "less well-known," such as the case with 1965's "The Flight of the Phoenix," a film that few would label a mint-condition classic but is nevertheless a solid and engaging drama about a group of plane crash survivors struggling to survive in the desert.
NEWS
April 24, 2003 | From Associated Press
Filming has started in Germany's historic Babelsberg studios outside Berlin on a new version of Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days." The movie, starring Jim Broadbent, Jackie Chan and Kathy Bates, is being directed by Frank Coraci ("The Waterboy"). It's the first large-scale Hollywood production to be shot at the studio, and with costs running around $100 million, it's estimated to be one of the most expensive films ever made in Germany.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2001 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sports radio remains pretty much without peer in the media world's overflowing yahoo department, an arena where the importance of loudly having an opinion far exceeds possessing actual knowledge. Still, it was hard not to nod along a few weeks ago listening as two of Fox Sports' resident Neanderthals voiced outrage over ABC's plans to remake "Brian's Song."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2001 | CHRIS KALTENBACH, BALTIMORE SUN
When "Planet of the Apes" opened--and I'm talking about the 1968 original, not Tim Burton's ham-fisted, self-absorbed remake--I remember dashing to the theater, so anxious was I to see this movie that promised a whole planet full of non-human talking primates. And when the movie was over, I remember thinking it was about the coolest thing I'd ever seen. Three decades later, I decided the time was right to reacquaint myself with that sci-fi classic.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2007 | Jay A. Fernandez, Special to The Times
To a screenwriter, time can feel like either a bullet train speeding toward deadlines or a long ride through a barren expanse of desert. When the western remake "3:10 to Yuma" chugs into theaters in two weeks, its screenplay credits will include a name -- Halsted Welles -- that has spent half a century riding its crooked rails.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2006 | Robert W. Welkos and Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writers
WHAT happened to the pastel hues, the Armani suits, the sockless shoes? What about the propulsive, tropical theme music of Jan Hammer, and even the alligator? Michael Mann's "Miami Vice," which opens today, borrows its title and buddy-cops-in-Miami premise from one of the most universally recognized TV shows yet leaves out many of the elements that helped make the 1980s TV series a hit. Which poses the question: If you take the "Miami Vice" out of "Miami Vice," will the masses want to see it?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2005 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
As a very young actor, Kevin Rodney Sullivan played a school-age extra in Sidney Poitier's 1970 crime drama "They Call Me Mister Tibbs!" It was Sullivan's first paying role as a film actor, and a fleeting part at that, yet it marked the beginning of Poitier's long influence over Sullivan's career. Sullivan counts Poitier's groundbreaking "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" as one of his inspirations for pursuing a Hollywood career.
NEWS
December 23, 2004 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
The old saw about undistinguished books making the best movie adaptations might easily be applied to the current vogue for remaking pictures as well. Though perhaps it is better to say "less well-known," such as the case with 1965's "The Flight of the Phoenix," a film that few would label a mint-condition classic but is nevertheless a solid and engaging drama about a group of plane crash survivors struggling to survive in the desert.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2003
Production of "Shall We Dance," starring Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez, is moving from Toronto to Winnipeg, Canada, in part because of Toronto's SARS outbreak. A Miramax spokesman said the fact that Winnipeg's locations fit the script better played a bigger role in the decision. The film, to be directed by Peter Chelsom, is a remake of a 1997 Japanese film released by Miramax, with the remake set in Chicago. Shooting is set to start June 23.
NEWS
April 24, 2003 | From Associated Press
Filming has started in Germany's historic Babelsberg studios outside Berlin on a new version of Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days." The movie, starring Jim Broadbent, Jackie Chan and Kathy Bates, is being directed by Frank Coraci ("The Waterboy"). It's the first large-scale Hollywood production to be shot at the studio, and with costs running around $100 million, it's estimated to be one of the most expensive films ever made in Germany.
NEWS
October 10, 2002 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's been 10 years since Jean Cocteau's transporting 1946 "Beauty and the Beast," as romantic a film as has ever been made, played theatrically in Los Angeles, and a lot has happened to it in the intervening decade, all of it good. In 1995, as part of France's celebration of the 100th anniversary of cinema, the film underwent a comprehensive restoration.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2001 | MARSHALL FINE, Marshall Fine is an occasional contributor to Calendar
Cameron Crowe makes no bones about it: His next movie, "Vanilla Sky," is a remake of a 1997 Spanish-import hit "Abre los ojos" ("Open Your Eyes"). "A lot of people will remake a film and then scurry to find a way to sound like they didn't," said Crowe, who is putting the finishing touches on the Dec. 14 release from Paramount Pictures. "I say, let's honor this film in remaking it, but by using new elements, with the idea that you could watch both and have fun with the larger questions."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2003
Production of "Shall We Dance," starring Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez, is moving from Toronto to Winnipeg, Canada, in part because of Toronto's SARS outbreak. A Miramax spokesman said the fact that Winnipeg's locations fit the script better played a bigger role in the decision. The film, to be directed by Peter Chelsom, is a remake of a 1997 Japanese film released by Miramax, with the remake set in Chicago. Shooting is set to start June 23.
SPORTS
December 2, 2001 | Mike Penner
Maybe I missed something amid the five Emmy Award acceptance speeches, or the audible sobbing of grown men in front of their televisions, or the jet-fuel ignition of two young acting careers heading for higher altitude. Because after the country took its first look at "Brian's Song," in its original incarnation 30 years ago, I don't recall anyone saying, "How about a do-over?" What, Billy Dee Williams as Gale Sayers didn't quite nail that speech at the awards banquet?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2001 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sports radio remains pretty much without peer in the media world's overflowing yahoo department, an arena where the importance of loudly having an opinion far exceeds possessing actual knowledge. Still, it was hard not to nod along a few weeks ago listening as two of Fox Sports' resident Neanderthals voiced outrage over ABC's plans to remake "Brian's Song."
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