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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.
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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.
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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.
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May 31, 1998 | RUTH RYON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
KELSEY GRAMMER, whose NBC sitcom, "Frasier," will fill the former "Seinfeld" slot on Thursdays next season, has purchased a Malibu home on nearly five acres for $4.5 million, sources say. The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor will return to the Thursday 9 p.m. time in which he appeared on "Cheers" as the same psychiatrist character he plays on "Frasier," a "Cheers" spinoff since 1993.
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June 19, 1987 | AL DELUGACH, Times Staff Writer
Production of new movies at historic RKO Pictures was halted Thursday by owner Gencorp, which said a $48-million sale of the subsidiary to a management group fell through because of failure to arrange the financing. Gencorp, an Akron, Ohio-based aerospace firm, said it would "begin again" to seek buyers for the firm and its 750-film library, which is by far its chief asset.
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October 7, 1985
Francis T. Joyce, former assistant controller for Paramount Pictures, was named controller for RKO Pictures, based in New York.
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September 18, 1987 | AL DELUGACH, Times Staff Writer
Management of Gencorp's RKO Pictures unit has come up with backing from Wesray Capital Corp. to salvage its purchase of the venerable movie firm, after failing to arrange financing for the deal earlier this year. Wesray, a private New Jersey investment firm that recently bought the Six Flags amusement park chain, said it will be a partner in owning the Los Angeles company that has an extensive library of vintage RKO films including "Citizen Kane" and "King Kong."
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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.
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October 24, 1993 | KENNETH TURAN, Kenneth Turan is The Times' film critic.
It is one of the curious aspects of film criticism that, frame for frame, more is probably written on the frustrations of Orson Welles than on the successes of most other directors. Not that there isn't good reason for this imbalance. For one thing, those frustrations are often more dazzling and better directed than conventional successes.
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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.
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July 12, 1991 | RAY LOYND
Movie historians and Hollywood documentary buffs will not want to miss the life story of RKO Pictures, an estimable six-part BBC series that kicks off tonight in "Hollywood: The Golden Years" (KCET Channel 28 at 10 p.m.). Each hourlong program (previously shown on cable) makes an incisive thematic point through clips and reminiscences with survivors, including some who have died since they were interviewed, about the studio's history and its impact.
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June 6, 1985 | CLARKE TAYLOR
Granada Television, producer of such highly acclaimed British series as "The Jewel in the Crown" and "Brideshead Revisited," has teamed with the recently reorganized RKO Pictures to develop, produce and distribute television movies and miniseries. Under terms of an agreement announced here Tuesday, the two companies plan to produce at least four projects over the next two years for U.S. and British TV.
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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.
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September 18, 1987 | AL DELUGACH, Times Staff Writer
Management of Gencorp's RKO Pictures unit has come up with backing from Wesray Capital Corp. to salvage its purchase of the venerable movie firm, after failing to arrange financing for the deal earlier this year. Wesray, a private New Jersey investment firm that recently bought the Six Flags amusement park chain, said it will be a partner in owning the Los Angeles company that has an extensive library of vintage RKO films including "Citizen Kane" and "King Kong."
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