August 4, 2001
Richard Zanuck is to be credited for greenlighting the original 1968 "Planet of the Apes" ("Exploring His World," by George F. Custen, Aug. 1). However, as I detail in my book "Planet of the Apes as American Myth: Race, Politics and Popular Culture," the real hero of the "Apes" series was producer Arthur P. Jacobs. The tenacious Jacobs fought for five years to realize his vision and was turned down repeatedly before 20th Century Fox signed on. Jacobs brought together talents like producer Mort Abrahams, writers Michael Wilson and Rod Serling, director Franklin J. Schaffner and, later, writer Paul Dehn and director J. Lee Thompson, among others, to help him create the influential film series.
March 24, 1991
"The 63rd Annual Academy Awards" Date: Monday, March 25 Place: The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Arrivals: Begin approximately at 5 p.m. (KABC's "An Evening at the Academy Awards," hosted by Steve Edwards and Tawny Little, provides live coverage.) Time: Ceremony begins at 6 p.m.; Network: ABC Host: Billy Crystal Special Awards: Oscar-winning producers Richard Zanuck and David Brown (The Irving G.
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.
November 1, 2010 |
The movie moguls were tough men who ruled their studios with an iron fist ? but there was a method to their madness. These men created cinematic magic during the golden age of Hollywood. The legacies of these films and their stars have continued over the decades long after the studio system disappeared. Turner Classic Movies' ambitious seven-part documentary series, "Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood," which begins Monday evening, explores the colorful lives and careers of the major moguls including Louis B. Mayer at MGM; Jack, Sam and Harry Warner of Warner Bros.