April 11, 2007 |
In the film "Adaptation," a screenwriting instructor named Robert McKee humiliates a struggling scribe played by actor Nicolas Cage. Launching into an obscenity-laced tirade, the McKee character screams, "You, my friend, don't know crap about life! And why are you wasting my two precious hours with your movie? I don't have any bloody use for it!" The real-life McKee turned in an equally dramatic performance last week in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.
December 5, 2005 |
After coming up dry on such costly movie flops as "Around the World in 80 Days" and "Sahara," Hollywood's highest-rolling wildcatter is looking for his first gusher. And once again, Philip Anschutz is risking big.
November 5, 1998 |
Adding to its array of properties in its attempt to become the dominant player in Southern California sports, L.A. Arena Co. and its majority owners, Philip Anschutz and Ed Roski, have exercised an option to buy 25% of the Lakers. Terms of the deal, announced Wednesday, were not disclosed. The option was granted on June 14, 1996, in conjunction with the Lakers' agreeing to become a tenant in the new Staples Center, a $300-plus million, 20,000-seat downtown facility that will also house L.A.
April 5, 2007 |
Since Philip Anschutz became one of the nation's youngest billionaires at 42, he has enjoyed a low profile. The publicity-shy tycoon routinely refuses to talk to reporters, even though he owns daily newspapers in San Francisco, Washington and Baltimore. The last time he sat down for an on-the-record interview was in 1974. Anschutz also prefers to stay out of courthouses, despite spending a small fortune on litigation and attorney fees.
December 8, 2000 |
Billionaire Philip Anschutz has quietly negotiated a deal to buy a concert promotion firm as part of an effort to raise his profile in the national concert business. Anschutz Entertainment Group, which controls Anschutz's sports and marketing operations, has purchased Concerts West Ltd., a 2-year-old firm owned by veteran promoters John Meglen and Paul Gongaware.
April 23, 2007 |
For years, author Clive Cussler has boasted on his website that his Dirk Pitt adventure series sold more than 100 million books. He made the same claim in a 2005 legal document signed under penalty of perjury. But when pressed Friday on the witness stand, Cussler acknowledged he had been warned in the late 1990s that the 100 million number was unreliable.
February 16, 2007 |
The jury in a high-wattage Hollywood trial will take an unusual field trip to the historic Paramount Pictures studio lot today to watch the 2005 film "Sahara." Much appears to be riding on how the jury responds to the movie, which is based on one of the popular Dirk Pitt novels written by Clive Cussler.
February 22, 2007 |
A Los Angeles jury received a primer on Hollywood backstabbing and deceit during testimony Wednesday in a breachof-contract trial between movie mogul Philip Anschutz and best-selling novelist Clive Cussler. Karen Baldwin, executive producer of the 2005 film "Sahara," testified that a former top executive at Paramount Pictures deliberately misled Cussler by saying the studio "loved" his screenplay when it did not.
May 2, 2007 |
Veteran lawyer Bertram Fields drew sharply contrasting portraits during his closing argument Tuesday of two entertainment titans who have spent millions waging a fierce legal battle over the film "Sahara." Clive Cussler, 75, author of the popular Dirk Pitt adventure series, spent nearly every day of the 13-week trial in a downtown courtroom and several days taking "a pounding" on the witness stand, Fields said. "You really got to know him," Fields told the jury of nine women and three men.