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August 14, 2008 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.'s much-ballyhooed plan to revive the moribund United Artists studio was derailed Wednesday when the movie label's chief executive, Paula Wagner, stepped down after less than two years on the job.
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September 12, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Paula Wagner, best known as Tom Cruise's former longtime producing partner, has been tapped to produce the 5th annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. At the gala, Angelina Jolie with be presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and costume designer Piero Tosi with be given honorary Oscars.  The non-televised event is scheduled for Nov. 16. SNEAKS: Movie trailers, full coverage “Paula's expertise, coupled with her love for film, makes her the ideal person to produce this special event,” said academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  “She is certain to deliver an exciting and memorable evening for our honorees and guests.” Wagner's feature film credits include the first three “Mission: Impossible” films, “Vanilla Sky,” “The Others” and “The Last Samurai.
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January 6, 2008 | Claudia Eller and Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writers
United Artists, the independent production unit of MGM controlled by actor Tom Cruise and his producer partner, Paula Wagner, is expected to become the first movie company to reach an interim agreement with the Writers Guild of America, enabling the recent start-up to hire union writers despite the continuing strike. The guild, which is close to finalizing a deal with UA that is expected to be signed possibly as early as today, is also in discussions with several other independent companies, including Lionsgate and the Weinstein Co., about similar interim agreements.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 2008 | RACHEL ABRAMOWITZ
WHO KNEW Tom Cruise could shake it like a Polaroid picture? Last week, he rocked audiences with his cameo as a profane, hip-jiggling, Machiavellian movie chief in "Tropic Thunder." The role was designed to show the world -- and Hollywood insiders -- that the one-time king of Hollywood didn't take himself too seriously and even had comedic chops. His performance was funny, but somehow as with all things Cruise these days, a black cloud emerged from the silver lining. His tour de force was overshadowed by yet another hellish publicity week, which included debates over whether "Tropic Thunder" was degrading to the mentally disabled as well as an inaccurate story that Sony had replaced Cruise in the film "Edwin A. Salt" with "it" girl Angelina Jolie.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2006 | John Horn and Rachel Abramowitz, Times Staff Writers
For as long as Hollywood has made movies, its relationship with the truth has been as shaky as a hand-held camera. Actors -- and legions of others in the industry -- lie about their age; producers fudge the real costs of making movies; studio executives distort box-office grosses. One movie producer titled her memoir "Hello, He Lied." But can Hollywood handle the truth?
BUSINESS
August 29, 2006 | Claire Hoffman, Times Staff Writer
Tom Cruise cut a limited financing deal Monday with a group of investors who include the owner of the Washington Redskins and a former top executive of Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN channel, allowing Hollywood's most bankable star to move his production company off the Paramount Pictures lot after 14 years. The new deal is a fraction of the production contract Cruise currently receives from Paramount, underscoring the star's declining popularity at the box office.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 2008 | RACHEL ABRAMOWITZ
WHO KNEW Tom Cruise could shake it like a Polaroid picture? Last week, he rocked audiences with his cameo as a profane, hip-jiggling, Machiavellian movie chief in "Tropic Thunder." The role was designed to show the world -- and Hollywood insiders -- that the one-time king of Hollywood didn't take himself too seriously and even had comedic chops. His performance was funny, but somehow as with all things Cruise these days, a black cloud emerged from the silver lining. His tour de force was overshadowed by yet another hellish publicity week, which included debates over whether "Tropic Thunder" was degrading to the mentally disabled as well as an inaccurate story that Sony had replaced Cruise in the film "Edwin A. Salt" with "it" girl Angelina Jolie.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Paula Wagner, best known as Tom Cruise's former longtime producing partner, has been tapped to produce the 5th annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. At the gala, Angelina Jolie with be presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and costume designer Piero Tosi with be given honorary Oscars.  The non-televised event is scheduled for Nov. 16. SNEAKS: Movie trailers, full coverage “Paula's expertise, coupled with her love for film, makes her the ideal person to produce this special event,” said academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  “She is certain to deliver an exciting and memorable evening for our honorees and guests.” Wagner's feature film credits include the first three “Mission: Impossible” films, “Vanilla Sky,” “The Others” and “The Last Samurai.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 1992 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Cruising: Tom Cruise and his agent of almost 11 years, Creative Artists Agency's Paula Wagner, are forming a film production company. CAA announced Sunday that Cruise and Wagner's company will develop and produce movies, some of which will include Cruise as an actor or director. The new company has not been named yet.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 1993
Gilbert Cates, dean of UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television, has announced that Martha Coolidge, Anjelica Huston, Martha Luttrell, Penny Marshall, Dawn Steel, Paula Wagner and Denzel Washington have been named to the Dean's Advisory Board, recently established to provide assistance on a wide range of priorities for the school, including preparing students for the professional challenges of the entertainment industry.
BUSINESS
August 14, 2008 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.'s much-ballyhooed plan to revive the moribund United Artists studio was derailed Wednesday when the movie label's chief executive, Paula Wagner, stepped down after less than two years on the job.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2008 | Claudia Eller and Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writers
United Artists, the independent production unit of MGM controlled by actor Tom Cruise and his producer partner, Paula Wagner, is expected to become the first movie company to reach an interim agreement with the Writers Guild of America, enabling the recent start-up to hire union writers despite the continuing strike. The guild, which is close to finalizing a deal with UA that is expected to be signed possibly as early as today, is also in discussions with several other independent companies, including Lionsgate and the Weinstein Co., about similar interim agreements.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2006 | Claire Hoffman, Times Staff Writer
Tom Cruise cut a limited financing deal Monday with a group of investors who include the owner of the Washington Redskins and a former top executive of Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN channel, allowing Hollywood's most bankable star to move his production company off the Paramount Pictures lot after 14 years. The new deal is a fraction of the production contract Cruise currently receives from Paramount, underscoring the star's declining popularity at the box office.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2006 | John Horn and Rachel Abramowitz, Times Staff Writers
For as long as Hollywood has made movies, its relationship with the truth has been as shaky as a hand-held camera. Actors -- and legions of others in the industry -- lie about their age; producers fudge the real costs of making movies; studio executives distort box-office grosses. One movie producer titled her memoir "Hello, He Lied." But can Hollywood handle the truth?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2004 | Susan King
Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner of C/W Productions will receive the Vision Award from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and the Producers Guild of America. The award will be presented Thursday at the UCLA Producers Marketplace competition, held at the Writers Guild of America West Theatre. The award is given to producers whose careers are "distinguished by the highest standards and whose body of work exemplifies quality, persistence and integrity."
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