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October 4, 1998 | Steve Hochman
Neal Moritz's grandfather co-founded and his father later ran American International Pictures, the teen-flick factory that was the unlikely training ground for such talents as Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. As producer of "Urban Legend" and the upcoming "Cruel Intentions" and "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer," Moritz, 39, is cultivating new talent himself at his Original Film company.
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August 1, 2012 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
The remake is called "Total Recall,"but many moviegoers have zero memory of the 1990 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. And that, according to the filmmaking team behind Sony's $125 million reboot of the sci-fi action adventure, actually might be a good thing. "The majority of people under 35 don't even know about the original," said Neal Moritz, who produced the "Total Recall" update opening Friday. "It was so cheesy... the tone of it was so much different from what I wanted to do. " Set several decades in the future, the new film stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale and takes place on an Earth that has been rendered largely uninhabitable by chemical warfare.
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June 10, 2003 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Several years ago, Neal Moritz had a promising movie about a young undercover cop who gets mixed up with a brazen gang of thieves who street race souped-up Honda Civics at just under the speed of sound. But what the film, then known as "Redline," needed was a better title. One night the producer went with his parents to see a documentary about American International Pictures, the fabled B-movie factory that churned out such teen drive-in classics as "Beach Blanket Bingo" and "The Wild Angels."
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April 8, 2009 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
In Hollywood, the more things change, the more they remain the same. When I was a clueless cub reporter, I did a story on Sam Arkoff, the B-movie impresario behind the fabled American International Pictures, the low-budget assembly line (known as AIP) that churned out hundreds of quickie teen exploitation beach party and horror films. In his office, Arkoff had movie posters adorned with catchy titles and ad slogans.
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April 8, 2009 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
In Hollywood, the more things change, the more they remain the same. When I was a clueless cub reporter, I did a story on Sam Arkoff, the B-movie impresario behind the fabled American International Pictures, the low-budget assembly line (known as AIP) that churned out hundreds of quickie teen exploitation beach party and horror films. In his office, Arkoff had movie posters adorned with catchy titles and ad slogans.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2012 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
The remake is called "Total Recall,"but many moviegoers have zero memory of the 1990 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. And that, according to the filmmaking team behind Sony's $125 million reboot of the sci-fi action adventure, actually might be a good thing. "The majority of people under 35 don't even know about the original," said Neal Moritz, who produced the "Total Recall" update opening Friday. "It was so cheesy... the tone of it was so much different from what I wanted to do. " Set several decades in the future, the new film stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale and takes place on an Earth that has been rendered largely uninhabitable by chemical warfare.
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January 17, 1992 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
The mean streets of America's urban ghettos are suddenly teeming with filmmakers. "Boyz N the Hood," "New Jack City," "Hanging With the Home Boys" and "Straight Out of Brooklyn" have all told basically the same story of trapped teen-agers steamrollered by an unforgiving environment. "Juice" (citywide) is the latest entry in this particular sweepstakes, and though it is a vivid, promising piece of work from first-time director Ernest R.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2000
The Los Angeles Press Club and the Producers Guild of America will present a public forum, "High Noon in Hollywood: Art vs. Commerce in the Movies," on Dec. 18 at the L.A. Film School Theater, 6363 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood.
NEWS
March 16, 2012
Gasol trade rumors: In the March 14 Sports section, an article about the Chicago Bulls' interest in trading for Pau Gasol said the Lakers star had a 15% trade kicker in his contract, so that if Gasol was traded he would make $21.9 million next season instead of a scheduled salary of $19 million. In fact, trade kickers apply only if a player is below the applicable NBA maximum salary. Gasol is already a so-called maximum-salary player, so he can't receive additional money through a trade kicker clause.
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December 23, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
After weeks of questions and production delays, Universal Pictures has decided to move forward with "Fast & Furious 7" with Paul Walker included in the finished film. The late star will feature prominently in the sequel, the studio suggested in an announcement late Sunday. "Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead the returning cast of 'Fast & Furious 7,'" it said in a statement, also announcing that the movie will now hit theaters on April 10, 2015, nine months after the original July date.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2003 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Several years ago, Neal Moritz had a promising movie about a young undercover cop who gets mixed up with a brazen gang of thieves who street race souped-up Honda Civics at just under the speed of sound. But what the film, then known as "Redline," needed was a better title. One night the producer went with his parents to see a documentary about American International Pictures, the fabled B-movie factory that churned out such teen drive-in classics as "Beach Blanket Bingo" and "The Wild Angels."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 1998 | Steve Hochman
Neal Moritz's grandfather co-founded and his father later ran American International Pictures, the teen-flick factory that was the unlikely training ground for such talents as Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. As producer of "Urban Legend" and the upcoming "Cruel Intentions" and "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer," Moritz, 39, is cultivating new talent himself at his Original Film company.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2001
Punchy from shopping and looking for a break from sweeping, epic films of December? The folks associated with "Not Another Teen Movie" are betting on it. The spoof, which opens Friday, the same day as such heavyweights as "Vanilla Sky" and "The Royal Tenenbaums," takes digs at the entire "teen movie genre," according to its producer, Neal Moritz, whose credits include numerous teen-type films including "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and "Cruel Intentions."
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December 9, 1996 | BILL HIGGINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Scene: Thursday's premiere of Universal's "Daylight" at the Chinese Theater. A splashy party, which included a performance by Donna Summer and Bruce Roberts, followed in a nearby tent. The action / disaster film was characterized by an amazing number of guests as " 'The Poseidon Adventure' without Shelley Winters," or "Where is Shelley Winters when we need her?"
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