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."
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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1995 |
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.
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November 5, 1995 |
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.
November 12, 2007 |
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.