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October 18, 1992
Jeffrey Wells' article pointing out the dust-gathering duties being performed by several big-buck screenplays provoked a series of debates between myself and some fellow screenwriters ("The Bigger the Bucks, the Longer They Need to Age," Film Clips, Oct. 4). The discussions centered not on the amount of money paid for these scripts (we always think we're undercompensated no matter how much we get) but on the rewriting policies of the major studios and how these policies may have contributed to the shelving of such excellent screenplays.
April 24, 2014 | By John Horn
NEW YORK - As parents of young girls and as two of Hollywood's most prolific producers, Kathy Kennedy and Frank Marshall believed that "Columbine," journalist Dave Cullen's exhaustive investigation of the 1999 school massacre, contained compelling and often untold stories that needed to be shared with a larger audience. So when the book was published five years ago, the producers of "Lincoln" and "The Bourne Identity" purchased its rights, hoping to turn "Columbine" into a feature directed by "The Social Network's" David Fincher.
June 8, 1996
Re: "Multiple Screenwriter Syndrome: Any Cure?" (May 27). There are other reasons why rewriters are used to finish off a screenplay. One is because sometimes the original writer is too busy. Also, sometimes the writer cannot bear to chop up his purported "pearls of wisdom." So a rewriter is needed. But Hollywood, in all its mega-business wisdom, seems only to depend on "A-list writers" to give it what it wants. This old boys' network is proving more and more to be a mega waste of money.
March 17, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Last November, the Internal Revenue Service asked for public comments on proposed rules to rein in political activity by tax-exempt "social welfare" groups that don't disclose their donors. The agency has gotten an earful of negative reaction, not only from conservatives who long have accused the IRS of political bias, but also from some liberal and civil-liberties groups. (The Republican-controlled House has voted to delay the rules for a year.) A few of the criticisms are justified and easily addressed.
May 11, 1989 | From Associated Press
The Bush Administration today proposed rewriting the nation's major job training program, which was co-authored by Vice President Dan Quayle, to direct most spending to the poor and teen-agers. It also warned states that their programs will have to be improved to receive federal support. "For years, the government has been distributing money to youth programs in a fragmented and piecemeal fashion, and sometimes without clear expectations of what these youths should achieve," Labor Secretary Elizabeth Hanford Dole told the Senate subcommittee on employment and productivity.
January 18, 2004
Regarding "No Need to Restate Property Rules" by Stephen Glassman and Donie Vanitzian, Jan. 11: At last, clear and accurate information about how homeowners associations are used and abused. We don't rewrite our traffic laws every 15 years to suit how people drive; why should we have to rewrite our CC&Rs to meet the new "language?" And what's the new language? This sue-happy, attorney-and-management-driven industry is forgetting where their money is coming from. I, for one, as the president of a small association, am trying to save us money and still meet our needs.
January 21, 2003
Re "Justices OK Copyright Extension," Jan. 16: The Supreme Court had an up or down decision to make. It could not rewrite a bad law. Congress should now do a rewrite job. When a book has been out of print for three years, the copyright should lapse. Then it would be legal for someone else to place it back in print. As things stand, there are thousands of copyrights avariciously held by inheritors who want to think they own gold mines but won't operate the mines or let anyone else get at the gold.
December 18, 1993
Every year about this time UNICEF publishes its State of the World's Children Report, a publication that outlines our achievements and our work yet-to-be done to eliminate child poverty, hunger and deaths. Currently, 35,000 children die needlessly every single day, primarily from hunger and hunger-related disease. One-fifth of the world's population lives in absolute poverty and billions of children are born into a life of suffering. The UNICEF report shines a bright ray of hope and possibility for their future, outlining feasible solutions to ending this misery.
June 23, 1985
Obviously, Stan Fray and Paul Spalenka they are ignorant to the fact that X was only performing a cover of the Troggs' "Wild Thing" (Calendar Letters, June 16). What did they expect X to do with a song based on three chords, rewrite it for an orchestra? It must take many years as a music conservatory student for anyone to write such complex lyrics as those in Phil Collins' "Sussudio." D. STEVENS Van Nuys
May 19, 1989
How typical of Conrad to twist the truth ("Read my FSLIC!" May 1). He depicts George Bush as the savings and loan scandal villain, when in fact Bush is the one who has to clean up the mess, in large part created by House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.) and his sleazy S&L cronies in Texas. If Conrad were to rewrite the fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood would be the one with long, furry ears and fangs. CAROL A. BEAM San Diego
February 27, 2014 | By Scott Collins
Thank you,  Jimmy Fallon, for giving the late-night ratings race the kick in the pants it needed. Not even two weeks into his new "Tonight Show" gig, Fallon has dominated viewing in a way that few expected. On Thursday, NBC released Nielsen data that showed Fallon's "Tonight" on NBC gathered 10.4 million total viewers during its first week, including people who watched on their DVRs up to three days after the original broadcast. That makes it the biggest overall audience for the program since the last week that Johnny Carson hosted, in May 1992.
December 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Looking to bring an end to channels going dark as a result of contract disputes between broadcasters and pay-TV distributors, two lawmakers are proposing legislation that could radically alter the media landscape. Reps. Anna Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren, both California Democrats, on Thursday introduced the Video CHOICE (Consumers Have Options in Choosing Entertainment) Act, which was praised by pay-TV distributors and criticized by broadcasters. "My bill would put an end to broadcast television blackouts and ensure consumers aren't held hostage by a dispute they have no control over," said Eshoo, who is ranking member of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee.
November 21, 2013 | By Jon Healey
The sight of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) using procedural legerdemain to weaken the filibuster rule Thursday must have sent Robert C. Byrd spinning in his grave. The late Democratic senator from West Virginia was a stickler for Senate traditions and a staunch defender of the procedural kinks and quirks that make it so different from the House. The filibuster rule is Differentiator No. 1 because it prevents the majority party from running roughshod over the minority, which is how the House rolls (and not to its credit)
September 10, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Patients should not be prescribed long-acting or extended-release opioid pain relievers unless they need daily, round-the-clock treatment of their pain that can't be managed by any other means, the Food and Drug Administration has told physicians. The new guidelines are to be included on the labels and patient information sheets of all prescription opioid pain relievers that dissolve slowly after taken. Along with a call for new research aimed at identifying what doses and modes of use are most likely to harm patients, the revised labels are the latest step taken by the agency to stem a growing epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction in the United States.
July 13, 2013 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Anne Tyler has never liked "The Taming of the Shrew. " "I have no favorite moments in this play," Tyler said. "I first read it in college and disliked it intensely, and I can't say my attitude toward it softened any when I read it again just recently. " Very soon, Tyler is going to get a chance to reimagine and make sense of "The Taming of the Shrew. " She's writing a novel based on the play as part of a project by the publishing house Hogarth to commission novels based on all 37 of Shakespeare's plays.
June 25, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Barnes & Noble is getting out of the color tablet business (mostly). It announced Tuesday that it will cease production of its color Nook tablets -- although it plans to allow third parties to produce them, under pending licensing deals. Could this be a punt to Microsoft, which made a major investment in Nook Media, the Nook-focused unit that Barnes & Noble spun off last year? Even the experts don't know. "One thing still not clear from the announcement today: How Microsoft and U.K. publisher Pearson are looking at the Nook business," the Wall Street Journal writes . "The two companies own minority stakes in Nook Media....
May 12, 1991
As an avid reader of nonfiction and a bit of a writer myself, I often wonder why anyone would want to publish a biography of King Edward VIII, as you reviewed on Feb. 3. ("King Edward III," by Philip Ziegler, reviewed by Anne Chamberlin). The English have rarely produced a less intelligent or more boring and uninteresting man. He is a mere pimple on the butt of history. Yet biographers continue to find publishers and rewrite the man's ridiculous life as if it had some meaning. Why, oh why, can't they do books about people whom we can admire and from whom we can learn something of value?
January 7, 1996
As the writer and associate producer of "Divine Rapture," or "Divine Rupture" as I now call it, I was taken aback by Frank Rose's dry and humorless two-parter (Dec. 17 and 24). It is mind-numbing that, after hours of interview time, this journalist would find it in his heart to sum up two decades of a very versatile artistic career to characterize me merely as an unproduced writer. Rather than dwell on irrelevancies like my hair style or ex-husband, why not mention that this very Catholic, once Sicilian and now Irish comedy was written by a Jewish girl from Brooklyn who, because of this screenplay, was hired by Marlon Brando to do a rewrite on a future project?
June 16, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
In the more than two decades since the U.S. government declared chimpanzees in the wild to be an endangered species, not much has improved for those great apes. The threats of habitat loss, poaching and disease have only intensified. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed reclassifying captive chimpanzees as well, moving them from the "threatened" category to "endangered," a change that brings with it stricter guidelines covering the handling and use of the animals. In the future, any procedure that harms, harasses or kills a research chimp would require a permit.
June 14, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
I spent the last 10 days or so on the Tonys beat, an enjoyable seasonal sojourn that offers a nice change of pace from, say, the grind of Oscar season or the hothouse of TV show sets. You can spend your whole life covering Hollywood and not come across someone who suggests Abraham Lincoln may have had a disturbing shoe fetish. Hollywood has of course been making its own forays to the Great White Way in recent years. For some this has been a fruitful pursuit. Tom Hanks was much-embraced for heading to the big stage to play a real-life journalist, even if Tonys voters didn't seem to want to reward him for the trip.
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