March 13, 2014 |
In a world where movie trailers plunge you into drama, and narrators chill you with a single phrase, a memorable voice has been lost. Voice-over artist Hal Douglas died Friday at 89. You know who he was. He began many film trailers with a booming voice and a dramatic line. Usually, dire. "In a world where ... " is among those famous lines, although Don LaFontaine, another voice-over great, claimed he coined that catchphrase . Regardless, Douglas was a classic. He told the Los Angeles Times back in 2006 that he let intuition guide his voice-over work . "I get direction, but for the most part it is kind of working in the dark to an extent, particularly for movies.
August 14, 2003 |
A New Jersey company may not make its own online trailers for Disney and Miramax movies after a federal judge ruled that trailers, like movies themselves, are protected by copyright. U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle said trailers were not included in the "fair use" statute that allows, in some instances, the use of quotes and clips from writings, music and other media. The ruling gives film companies control over how their trailers are used.
September 24, 1998 |
Screenzone, a start-up company from New Jersey, is bringing movie trailers to shopping malls. Friday at Torrance's Del Amo Fashion Center, a 4-by-8-foot screen located near Warner Bros. Studio Store and Suncoast Video will start showing movie trailers to thousands of shoppers. The venture is the first of dozens planned by South Orange, N.J.-based Screenzone. There would appear to be good prospects for a medium that targets moviegoers at the point of purchase--malls that contain movie theaters.
March 3, 1999 |
Jack Atlas, Hollywood publicist and developer of motion picture "trailers" or "previews" to tout upcoming films, has died. He was 81. Atlas, who worked for MGM and Columbia before starting his own firm, died Friday at his home in West Los Angeles. A 1939 graduate of Tufts University, he first worked in MGM's publicity department, but began making trailers after serving in the Navy during World War II.
November 10, 2003 |
Why must the stuntman lecture me about movie piracy? This is what I asked myself recently while waiting for the feature presentation to start at the Beverly Center theaters. The same goes for the set painter who told me not to steal movies just before a showing at another cinema a few weeks earlier. For the last few months, the Motion Picture Assn. of America has been running a series of 60-second movie trailers to discourage people from downloading pirated copies of films.
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October 2, 2010 |
Art Gilmore, who launched his more than 60-year career as an announcer in the 1930s and became a widely recognized voice on radio, television, commercials, documentaries and movie trailers, has died. He was 98. Gilmore died Sept. 25 of age-related causes at a convalescent care center near his home in Irvine, said his nephew, Robb Weller. "He was one of an elite corps of radio and television announcers, a voice that everyone in America recognized because it was ubiquitous," film critic and show business historian Leonard Maltin told The Times this week.