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February 17, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
It's been 80 years since a giant ape climbed to the top of the Empire State Building and held on to a tiny actress while planes flew over trying to shoot him down. That scene in the original 1933 "King Kong" is one of the most memorable in cinema history. "I don't care how old you are, you feel for the poor gorilla and what happened to him," said "Kong" historian John Michlig, who has written for the "Kong Is King" website. Though there have been sequels and remakes - including Peter Jackson's CGI-driven 2005 hit - none have matched the magic and romance of RKO's original, produced and directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack.
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February 17, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
It's been 80 years since a giant ape climbed to the top of the Empire State Building and held on to a tiny actress while planes flew over trying to shoot him down. That scene in the original 1933 "King Kong" is one of the most memorable in cinema history. "I don't care how old you are, you feel for the poor gorilla and what happened to him," said "Kong" historian John Michlig, who has written for the "Kong Is King" website. Though there have been sequels and remakes - including Peter Jackson's CGI-driven 2005 hit - none have matched the magic and romance of RKO's original, produced and directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack.
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NEWS
April 19, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Ruth Berle, wife of comedian and television legend Milton Berle, died Tuesday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a spokesman for the comedian said. She was 67. Tim Scerba, a publicist for the comedian, said she had suffered from cancer. Mrs. Berle began work in the public relations field in New York in the 1940s, taking on work for motion picture studios. She was involved in many philanthropic causes in Los Angeles, including Democratic politics and SHARE, an organization working with mentally handicapped children.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2011
Mexican-born actress Lupe Velez is nearly forgotten these days. She's best known now not for her films but for her tragic suicide in 1944 shortly after she learned she was pregnant and that the baby's father, bit actor Harald Raymond, wouldn't marry her. The good news is that Warner Archive is reintroducing this beautiful, talented actress with the release of several of her films. Highlights include the 1932 thriller "Kongo," the 1934 comedy "Strictly Dynamite" and a set of the eight low-budget "Mexican Spitfire" comedies she made at RKO from 1939 to 1943.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 1996
Your review of the PBS production "The Battle Over Citizen Kane" ("The Tale of Two 'Citizens,' " Jan. 29) brings back memories of my own involvement with the release of the film "Citizen Kane." In 1941 I was a publicist for RKO, producer and distributor of the film. Not only did the Hearst newspapers refuse publicity releases and art, [they] would accept no advertising on the film. In other words, RKO was "locked out." But even more severe were Hearst's threats to sue any newspapers for the slightest intimation of a relationship between the publisher and his film character.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2011
Mexican-born actress Lupe Velez is nearly forgotten these days. She's best known now not for her films but for her tragic suicide in 1944 shortly after she learned she was pregnant and that the baby's father, bit actor Harald Raymond, wouldn't marry her. The good news is that Warner Archive is reintroducing this beautiful, talented actress with the release of several of her films. Highlights include the 1932 thriller "Kongo," the 1934 comedy "Strictly Dynamite" and a set of the eight low-budget "Mexican Spitfire" comedies she made at RKO from 1939 to 1943.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 1986
As the widow of the late Kroger Babb, I was dismayed to learn that my late husband . . . "gave up a 28-year career as a publicist for RKO to roadshow Floyd Lewis' classic 'Mom and Dad.' " Lewis was a minor employee of Kroger Babb, who hired him as a salesman. Long after "Mom and Dad" had been shown worldwide, and after second and even third runs, Babb sold the rights to Erwin Joseph and Floyd Lewis and they continued to peddle it, along with a poor imitation of it which Joseph had made.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 1986 | JACK MATTEWS
RKO Pictures Inc. has asked a federal judge to prevent Color Systems Technology Inc. from adding color to 10 black-and-white RKO films. Filed Monday in Los Angeles federal court, the suit accuses Color Systems Technology of copyright infringement for the "unauthorized reproduction and adaptation through colorization" of the films. RKO also requested that the judge issue an injunction preventing any further colorization work on the 10 movies.
BUSINESS
September 11, 1986
Mediator James C. McKinney, head of the Federal Communications Commission's mass media bureau, was directed to convene within 15 days a meeting of RKO and the 69 competing applicants for licenses now held by 13 RKO radio stations. With the appointment of the mediator, the FCC is attempting to end a 21-year tug of war over radio station licenses worth hundreds of millions of dollars held by the Gencorp Inc. subsidiary.
NEWS
August 14, 1993
Robert Manby, 73, former president and chairman of the New York-based RKO Pictures. During his tenure from 1978 until his retirement in 1986, RKO films included "Plenty," "The Lighthorsemen" and "Hamburger Hill," and, with Universal, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." A native of Battle Creek, Mich., he was educated at Hillsdale College and Harvard University.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Cary Grant once said that "I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be, and finally, I became that person. Or he became me. " Today, of course, Grant is remembered as the epitome of the suave gentleman, an image he carefully cultivated, but in 1944's "None But the Lonely Heart," he played a very different kind of man — the Cockney ne'er do well Ernie Mott, a role that allowed him to reach back to his English working-class roots. He considered it one of his finest performances; his portrayal earned Grant his second lead actor Oscar nomination.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
AFTER much sleuthing and restoration, Turner Classic Movies is unveiling six "lost" films from the RKO library. Caught up in a legal tangle that involved "King Kong" creator Merian C. Cooper and then largely forgotten, the films haven't been seen in some 50 years. TCM will air the vintage collection, which includes the 1933 William Powell melodrama "Double Harness" as well as "Rafter Romance," "One Man's Journey," "Stingaree," "Living on Love" and "A Man to Remember," Wednesday and April 11.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2006 | David Thomson, Special to The Times
HERE is your starter question. In the following four trios, explain what the three people have in common, and identify what unifies each of the groupings: a. Alan Hale; Henry Blanke; Sid Hickox b. Arthur Freed; Joseph Ruttenberg; Frank Morgan c. Travis Banton; Daniel L. Fapp; Victor Young d. Albert S.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2000
* RKO Pictures Inc. named Adam W. Rosen senior vice president of business affairs and general counsel. Rosen previously served as vice president of legal and business affairs for Warner Bros. International Television Production. * Los Angeles-based restaurant operator California Pizza Kitchen Inc. has promoted senior vice president of operations Fred Wolfe to chief operating officer, Julie Carruthers to senior vice president of human resources and training, and Sarah A.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2000 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, Robert W. Welkos is a Times staff writer
It has been called one of Hollywood's great tragedies, a testament to the studio system's disdain for true cinematic artistry. Fresh on the heels of his 1941 masterpiece "Citizen Kane," young director Orson Welles set to work on his next project, "The Magnificent Ambersons," an RKO Pictures turn-of-the-century drama filmed in black-and-white about a prosperous Midwestern family whose fortunes decline with the arrival of the automobile and changing economic times.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 1999 | DAVID GRITTEN, David Gritten is a London-based writer and frequent contributor to Calendar
It's not often that the Victoria & Albert Museum, a magnificent 19th century building housing the world's greatest collection of decorative art, gets to stand in for 20th century California. But on this occasion it's the site for a replay of a crucial moment in Hollywood history. The museum's imposing, high-ceilinged Gamble Room has been dressed and transformed for a film, and at first sight looks mighty imposing.
BUSINESS
December 10, 1987 | From Reuters
Turner Broadcasting System, adding to its large library of classic films, said Wednesday that it acquired exclusive worldwide rights to 800 movies made by RKO Pictures, including "Citizen Kane" and "King Kong." The movies have been licensed from an affiliate of the Wesray Capital Corp. investment concern, which purchased RKO Pictures Inc. from the Gencorp conglomerate in September. The rights include basic and pay cable, home video and domestic free television.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1998 | Cecilia Rasmussen
For more than half a century, it was a musty pugilistic monument--preserved in liniment and sweat--where generations of Los Angeles prizefighters learned the lessons of "the sweet science." The Main Street Gym, on the edge of skid row, was the rattiest workout venue in the city (some said the world), but it also was the most famous. "World Rated Boxers Train Here Daily" read a sign at the entrance.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 1996
Your review of the PBS production "The Battle Over Citizen Kane" ("The Tale of Two 'Citizens,' " Jan. 29) brings back memories of my own involvement with the release of the film "Citizen Kane." In 1941 I was a publicist for RKO, producer and distributor of the film. Not only did the Hearst newspapers refuse publicity releases and art, [they] would accept no advertising on the film. In other words, RKO was "locked out." But even more severe were Hearst's threats to sue any newspapers for the slightest intimation of a relationship between the publisher and his film character.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 1993 | LAURIE OCHOA
Nestled comfortably in that marketing niche between the Parkway Grill and the Chronicle, the Columbia Bar & Grill is in many ways the prototypical Pasadena restaurant: a basic grill menu only slightly inflected by New American eclectic cooking; prices in the range that well-off people might find reasonable; a dining room populated almost exclusively by casually dressed-up women and men in dark jackets and ties.
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