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October 8, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Director-producer Renny Harlin has listed his house in Venice for sale at $1.999 million. The three-level home features an open floor plan, radiant-heated polished concrete floors, balconies, two master bedrooms with fireplaces, another bedroom, an office and 21/2 bathrooms. Harlin, 53, has worked on such films as "Die Hard 2" (1990), "Cliffhanger" (1993) and "Deep Blue Sea" (1999). On television, he has directed episodes of "White Collar" (2012) and "Burn Notice" (2011-12). He is the ex-husband of actress Geena Davis.
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January 10, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
Unspooled in the January dumping ground and not screened for critics, Renny Harlin's "The Legend of Hercules" has preemptively conceded defeat in its duel with Brett Ratner's "Hercules," the other Hollywood project based on the same Greek hero due this year. One of the best-known figures in Greek mythology, Hercules has yet to receive serious cinematic regard. Besides serving as a bit player in films such as "Immortals" and "Jason and the Argonauts," Hercules has been the subject of one wisecracking animated musical from Disney and numerous live-action features straight out of the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" canon.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 1990 | CHRIS WILLMAN
Director Renny Harlin wants to make one thing perfectly clear. "I don't know what you've read," he said with the trace of an accent, "but I never told anybody that I'm the Finnish Steven Spielberg." He faintly glowered at the thought of this presumption on his lips. "That's following me, that curse. I don't know where it started. I've never said anything that silly." Others may have suggested it if he hasn't, or they soon will.
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November 15, 2013 | By Chris Lee
There are weeks when popular culture functions as if unified by a single, invisible thread, powered ever forward by ego, ambition and staggering sums of cash. At other times, the culture seems to operate in a continuous feedback loop , trumpeting and repeating perceived glories ad infinitum. This past week was governed by a kind of glorious mirroring; call it the place where entertainmentdom's parallel lines appeared to meet. How else could you possibly explain a span of days heralding the announcement of not one but two separate movie productions based on the Greek demi-god Hercules ?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 1995 | JUDY BRENNAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The pirate epic "Cutthroat Island"--the year's second-most-expensive picture--finally arrives in theaters this weekend, months delayed and millions over budget, with a once-high-flying movie company submerged in its wake. "Cutthroat" is the work of Finnish-born action director Renny Harlin ("Cliffhanger," "Die Hard 2") and stars his wife, Geena Davis.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2013 | By Chris Lee
There are weeks when popular culture functions as if unified by a single, invisible thread, powered ever forward by ego, ambition and staggering sums of cash. At other times, the culture seems to operate in a continuous feedback loop , trumpeting and repeating perceived glories ad infinitum. This past week was governed by a kind of glorious mirroring; call it the place where entertainmentdom's parallel lines appeared to meet. How else could you possibly explain a span of days heralding the announcement of not one but two separate movie productions based on the Greek demi-god Hercules ?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 1990 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The Adventures of Renny Harlin: The director of two of the summer's biggest box-office hits--"The Adventures of Ford Fairlane" and "Die Hard 2"--was sued Monday by his personal manager who alleges that the filmmaker owes her $530,000 in commissions. Venetia Stevenson contends Renny Harlin engaged her as his personal manager on Feb. 19, 1988, and agreed to pay her a 10% commission on "all gross monies received as result of his activities in entertainment industries," for a two-year period.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2003
Delay: The Nov. 12-16 run of David Talbert's "The Fabric of a Man" at the Wilshire Theatre in L.A. has been postponed in order to provide more time to put together a national tour in early 2004, a spokesman for the show said. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. * Reshoot: Renny Harlin, director of "Driven," "Cliffhanger" and "Die Hard 2," has been recruited to reshoot some scenes of "Exorcist: The Beginning," studio sources confirm.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 1993
I read with interest the recent articles (Film Clips, March 7 and April 11) regarding my attempts to obtain co-screenwriting credit from the Writers Guild for the motion picture "Cliffhanger." Please know that I never personally petitioned for such a credit from the WGA; the film's executive producer, Mario Kassar; the producer, Alan Marshall, and the director, Renny Harlin, made the request from the guild because of their belief that the "Cliffhanger" script has been a collaborative effort.
BUSINESS
April 14, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Film: Ailing Carolco Pictures' planned summer release of the big-budget "Cutthroat Island," directed by Renny Harlin and starring his wife, Geena Davis, as a noblewoman-turned-swashbuckler, has been pushed back to the Christmas season. Andy Fogelson, Carolco marketing chief, told reporters that the company has decided with MGM, the film's domestic distributor, to delay the opening to give Harlin more time for post-production and MGM more time to market the film.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Director-producer Renny Harlin has sold his so-called Cannon House in Venice house for $1.83 million. The two cannons, however, were not included in the purchase. The buyer asked that they be removed. The three-level home features an open floor plan, radiant-heated polished concrete floors, balconies, two master bedrooms with fireplaces, another bedroom, an office and 2.5 bathrooms in 2,756 square feet of living space. One cannon sat on a front-facing balcony and the other at the rear of the house.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2006 | Michael Ordona, Special to The Times
"The Covenant" is a terrible movie, a bucket of water on the teen-witch genre. This tepid brew's ingredients are as follows: Descendants of four of five families persecuted in the Salem witch trials are now best buds at a New England boarding school. They're rich, they're handsome, they're magically delicious. Along come a sweet, hot chick who falls for the boys' leader and a mysterious transfer student who turns out to be ... well, that one's not hard to divine. And, uh ...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2003
Delay: The Nov. 12-16 run of David Talbert's "The Fabric of a Man" at the Wilshire Theatre in L.A. has been postponed in order to provide more time to put together a national tour in early 2004, a spokesman for the show said. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. * Reshoot: Renny Harlin, director of "Driven," "Cliffhanger" and "Die Hard 2," has been recruited to reshoot some scenes of "Exorcist: The Beginning," studio sources confirm.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 1995 | JUDY BRENNAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The pirate epic "Cutthroat Island"--the year's second-most-expensive picture--finally arrives in theaters this weekend, months delayed and millions over budget, with a once-high-flying movie company submerged in its wake. "Cutthroat" is the work of Finnish-born action director Renny Harlin ("Cliffhanger," "Die Hard 2") and stars his wife, Geena Davis.
BUSINESS
April 14, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Film: Ailing Carolco Pictures' planned summer release of the big-budget "Cutthroat Island," directed by Renny Harlin and starring his wife, Geena Davis, as a noblewoman-turned-swashbuckler, has been pushed back to the Christmas season. Andy Fogelson, Carolco marketing chief, told reporters that the company has decided with MGM, the film's domestic distributor, to delay the opening to give Harlin more time for post-production and MGM more time to market the film.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 1993
I read with interest the recent articles (Film Clips, March 7 and April 11) regarding my attempts to obtain co-screenwriting credit from the Writers Guild for the motion picture "Cliffhanger." Please know that I never personally petitioned for such a credit from the WGA; the film's executive producer, Mario Kassar; the producer, Alan Marshall, and the director, Renny Harlin, made the request from the guild because of their belief that the "Cliffhanger" script has been a collaborative effort.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The director of two of the summer's biggest box office hits--"The Adventures of Ford Fairlane" and "Die Hard 2"--was sued Monday by his personal manager who alleges the filmmaker owes her $530,000 in commissions. Venetia Stevenson contends Renny Harlin engaged her as his personal manager on Feb. 19, 1988, and agreed to pay her a 10% commission on "all gross monies received as result of his activities in entertainment industries," for a two-year period, the lawsuit said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
Unspooled in the January dumping ground and not screened for critics, Renny Harlin's "The Legend of Hercules" has preemptively conceded defeat in its duel with Brett Ratner's "Hercules," the other Hollywood project based on the same Greek hero due this year. One of the best-known figures in Greek mythology, Hercules has yet to receive serious cinematic regard. Besides serving as a bit player in films such as "Immortals" and "Jason and the Argonauts," Hercules has been the subject of one wisecracking animated musical from Disney and numerous live-action features straight out of the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" canon.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 1990 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The Adventures of Renny Harlin: The director of two of the summer's biggest box-office hits--"The Adventures of Ford Fairlane" and "Die Hard 2"--was sued Monday by his personal manager who alleges that the filmmaker owes her $530,000 in commissions. Venetia Stevenson contends Renny Harlin engaged her as his personal manager on Feb. 19, 1988, and agreed to pay her a 10% commission on "all gross monies received as result of his activities in entertainment industries," for a two-year period.
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