April 22, 1990 |
* A film producer sends 10 copies of a script to 10 different directors, attaching notes to each one saying, "You're my first choice." An ethical lapse? Ten little white lies? Or business as usual? * A major studio agrees to a star's salary demand, but insists on paying some of it "on the side" so the true amount won't be used by agents of other actors as leverage in future negotiations. Deceit? Or just a savvy competitive dodge?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2012 |
One of the last links to the silent film era, Frederica Sagor Maas wrote the script for 1925's "The Plastic Age," which launched actress Clara Bow. But she watched in horror as her serious treatment on women and work was turned into a frivolous 1947 musical, "The Shocking Miss Pilgrim," starring Betty Grable. It was Maas' final Hollywood credit. Disgusted by the "shallow" industry, she and her screenwriter husband contemplated suicide before leaving the movie business altogether, she later wrote.
September 24, 1999 |
About a dozen area business leaders and a representative from Chapman University's film department took their first step toward creating a new Orange County film festival after the collapse earlier this month of the Newport Beach International Film Festival. "There is a strong desire," said Bob Bassett, dean of Chapman's film school who met with others Wednesday to discuss prospects of continuing a film festival. "The issue right now is what form [a new festival] will take."
April 23, 1995 |
Ice Cube's scowl is as famous as his music. The look--suspicious, defiant, intimidating--has caught the eye of mainstream America on album covers and movie screens, where his roles have included the troubled Doughboy in John Singleton's "Boyz N the Hood." Ice Cube's scowl is such an effective trademark that some pop cynics have wisecracked that he must practice it daily in front of a mirror the way, say, Sylvester Stallone spends hours in the gym keeping his physique pumped.
July 26, 2002 |
"The Kid Stays in the Picture," a witty, colorful and poignant account of the life and times of producer Robert Evans, takes its title from a remark made by movie mogul Darryl F. Zanuck. With scant acting experience, Evans had been cast as a matador in "The Sun Also Rises," and so chagrined at this turn of events were Ernest Hemingway, Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner and Eddie Albert that they sent Zanuck a telegram demanding Evans' removal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2000 |
With its desert vistas, rugged hills and jagged mountain peaks, Santa Clarita has provided the perfect backdrop for filming everything from the "Dukes of Hazzard" to "The X-Files" and "VIP." But Santa Clarita officials say they are aiming to make the area more than a pretty place to find some colorful scenery. They want to become the next happy homestead for the entertainment industry as it looks to expand locally.
April 17, 2005 |
The Universal Studios ninth-floor conference room offers a spectacular view of the San Fernando Valley. Yet the more remarkable sight is what takes up one entire wall: a 2005 calendar jammed with more than 100 cards, each representing a new DVD release, all vying for a slice of Hollywood's newfound $21.2-billion windfall. For years, movie studios expended most of their marketing muscle on a movie's vital opening weekend at the local multiplex.
January 3, 2005 |
Two years ago, Brad Grey set out to transform himself from Hollywood's top talent manager into a movie mogul. The chairman of Brillstein-Grey Entertainment was "a little bored," a friend says, after his many years helping guide the careers of A-listers such as Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. So Grey, whose production experience was mainly in television, threw himself into learning how a movie gets made.
February 3, 2012 |
Tom Brady and Eli Manning are expected to light up the scoreboard at the Super Bowl, but don't look for equally big numbers at the box office this weekend. Three new movies will scramble for ticket sales as tens of millions of Americans will be tuning in Sunday to the biggest television event of the year. The found-footage teen adventure film "Chronicle"is expected to edge out the competition with about $15 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
March 15, 2014 |
Robert Wagner is in a reflective mood. "Movies last forever," noted the veteran actor ("Broken Lance," "The Pink Panther," the "Austin Powers" series), but the Hollywood he once knew has all but disappeared. "I turned around, and it was all gone," Wagner, 84, said recently in Beverly Hills. Known as R.J. to his friends and colleagues, he's dapper, charming, handsome and very much cut from the same cloth as the suave characters he played in the TV series "It Takes a Thief" and "Hart to Hart," in which he and Stefanie Powers played a wealthy crime-solving couple.