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ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2002 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2005 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2005 | Claudia Eller and Sallie Hofmeister, Times Staff Writers
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2000 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1995 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eager to maintain the city's increasingly tenuous hold on the entertainment industry, the Los Angeles City Council took the first step Wednesday toward offering a major tax concession that could save multimedia companies tens of thousands of dollars. The near-unanimous decision signaled the council's growing wish to be more business-friendly and its sensitivity to the city's slipping profile as the movie and entertainment capital of the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1995 | DAVID R. BAKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Nizar Patel understands the economic might of a movie theater. Five years ago, business was slow at the Shakey's Pizza restaurant Patel runs in Simi Valley's Mountain Gate Plaza. Then Edwards Theatres opened a seven-screen multiplex in the plaza. Moviegoers poured into Patel's restaurant before and after films. The boom did not last. Soon, a larger Edwards multiplex opened in an adjacent shopping center and started getting all the best first-run features.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2007 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
Jerry Seinfeld's pesky little "Bee Movie" emerged as queen of the box office over the weekend, stinging the Harlem drug lords of "American Gangster" and knocking the critically acclaimed crime thriller into second place. "Bee" also buzzed past Warner Bros.' new Christmas comedy "Fred Claus," starring Vince Vaughn, and took a bite out of Hollywood heavyweights Tom Cruise, Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, whose highly promoted political drama "Lions for Lambs" placed fourth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1999 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mike Eisenberg is an addict of Universal Studios' online memorabilia auction. Almost every day, when he gets home from his job as a real estate broker, Eisenberg logs on to Universal's Web site and starts checking bids on Hollywood keepsakes for sale. Recently he bought a Freddie Krueger ("Nightmare on Elm Street") sweater for $1,500 and a "Boogie Nights" souvenir ruler for $15, though he was outbid on a tomahawk prop used in "Dances With Wolves."
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