October 3, 2000 |
Hollywood producers are at it again--fighting the uphill fight to distinguish themselves from wannabes who get credit for producing movies even when they don't do much. Vance Van Petten, the new executive director of the Producers Guild of America, and some of his influential board members are reviving efforts to halt the proliferation of producer credits for movies. The lingering problem is so out of control that some films list 10 or more people as producers.
August 16, 1985 |
Hollywood may have averted another labor shutdown Thursday with concessions won by the Producers Guild of America from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the group that represents the major studios and TV production companies. The Producers Guild, buoyed by a letter from a local Teamsters union leader urging members to honor its picket lines, went into a meeting with the alliance Thursday morning talking strike and came away 2 1/2 hours later not talking at all.
November 29, 2006 |
WHEN "Find Me Guilty," director Sidney Lumet's take on the longest mob trial in U.S. history, debuted last March, posters for the movie had all the earmarks of a comedy: The star, Vin Diesel, was slumped in a prison cell, wearing a sad sack expression, a rumpled suit and a bad hairpiece. Now, hoping to woo Oscar voters, two of the producers have come up with another poster that repositions the film as a drama. It shows Diesel looking positively Perry Mason-like in a courtroom.
June 15, 2012 |
Film commissioners from Indonesia to Uruguay to New Orleans will converge on the Los Angeles Convention Center today for the annual Locations show. More than 200 exhibitors from 40 countries will attend the two-day event, which is expected to draw 2,500 film industry executives, producers and location scouts eager to find the latest information about where to shoot their projects and what kind of incentives they can fetch. Hosted by the Assn. of Film Commissioners International (AFCI)
February 26, 2012 |
Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" was named best picture at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday. It is the first essentially silent film to win best picture since "Wings" won at the first Oscar ceremony in 1929. Additionally, "The Artist" is the first black-and-white movie to win best picture since"Schindler's List"in 1994. "The Artist" is a look at the early days of Hollywood starring Jean Dujardin as silent film star George Valentin and Berenice Bejo as the ordinary girl who becomes a silent film sensation.
October 9, 2013 |
Shohreh Aghdashloo, the first Iranian actress to be nominated for an Academy Award, will be honored at the sixth Noor Iranian Film Festival, which takes place Oct. 18-24. Aghdashloo, who earned a supporting actress Oscar nomination for 2003's "House of Sand and Fog," will receive the NIFF Achievement Award at the closing night ceremonies at the Skirball Cultural Center. Producer Hawk Koch, president of the Producers Guild of America who just completed a year as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will present the award.
January 27, 2013 |
Tate Donovan, nominated in the ensemble in a motion picture category for his role as Bob Anders in "Argo," approached the press line at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet with his eyes on the readily available bottle of Purell. "Do you have this out here for when you shake actors' hands? Us actors, we're just disgustingly dirty, aren't we? This would never happen at the DGAs!" Still in high spirits from "Argo's" tremendous win at the Golden Globes, Donovan shouted, "We didn't expect it at all!
January 30, 2004 |
Jane Sindell woke up Tuesday morning to a congratulatory phone message from Ron Meyer, president and chief operating officer of Vivendi Universal Entertainment. The studio's "Seabiscuit," on which she was a producer, had landed a best picture Oscar nomination. Before day's end, however, it became a good-news/bad-news scenario. The rules of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences limit the number of producers who can receive the statuette to three, and "Seabiscuit" has four.
February 26, 2014 |
The last time Oscar voters surprised with a best picture winner came eight years ago when Jack Nicholson opened the evening's final envelope, arched those famous eyebrows and announced "Crash. " He then mouthed the word " Whoa!" Most years, Hollywood insiders have a good idea who will go home with an Academy Award. By the time the Oscars are handed out at the end of a long awards season, clear favorites have emerged from earlier contests. FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2014 Going into Sunday's 86th Academy Awards, there are front-runners in the acting, directing and writing categories.