July 23, 2012 |
Academy award-winning screenwriter Frank Pierson, who recently served as the 31st president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, died Sunday evening at Cedars Sinai hospital, according to his manager Susan Landau. He was 87. Pierson, who won his Oscar in 1976 for his "Dog Day Afternoon"screenplay, spent many years of his career in service to the Hollywood organizations that made him a success. He served as the president of the Writers Guild of America for two distinct terms, taught at the Sundance Institute, was an adjunct professor at USC's film school and was the artistic director of the American Film Institute.
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February 2, 2010 |
David Brown, the former 20th Century Fox executive who partnered with Richard Zanuck in the early 1970s and produced the blockbuster hit "Jaws," as well as "The Verdict" and "Cocoon" before launching a solo career as a film and theatrical producer, has died. He was 93. Brown, the husband of former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, died Monday at his home in New York City after a long illness, said Donna Lagani, senior vice president and publishing director of Cosmopolitan. As half of the Zanuck-Brown film producing team in the 1970s and '80s, Brown's other credits include films such as "The Sugarland Express" (Steven Spielberg's first theatrical feature)
March 20, 2000 |
The Oscars are going to sound a lot different this year, as producers Richard and Lili Fini Zanuck try to "contemporize" the music with the help of co-musical directors Burt Bacharach and Don Was. How different?
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January 23, 1997 |
Chasen's, once the beloved haunt of movie stars, presidents, tycoons and famous writers, could soon make a comeback. The West Hollywood restaurant, which closed in April 1995 after 58 years, may reopen within three months at a new location in Beverly Hills.
November 12, 1990 |
"So this is what a gathering of the Hollywood-Irish clan looks like," Pierce Brosnan said while performing emcee duties at Thursday night's American Ireland Fund salute to Gene Kelly.
February 25, 2013 |
Among the year-in, year-out Oscar certainties is that the “In Memoriam” tribute segment for those who have passed away in the previous year will spark conversation both about those who are included - as well as those who are left out. George Clooney concluded his introduction of the montage by saying, “So for those friends who are on this list tonight, and many others who aren't, we thank you for the memories. " Perhaps the biggest names among the more than 40 included in the segment were actors Ernest Borgnine, Jack Klugman and Charles Durning, writer-director Nora Ephron, director Tony Scott, producer Richard Zanuck and writer-director and former academy president Frank Pierson.
September 14, 1994 |
The Scene: Monday's premiere of HBO's "The Burning Season" at the Mann Bruin Theatre, with an after party at the Armand Hammer Museum. The film is based on the true story of Chico Mendes, who was murdered for trying to stop the torching of Brazilian rain forests. "A great deal of Brazil is on fire right now," said director John Frankenheimer. "It gives a real urgency to this movie."