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December 16, 2011 | By Steve Appleford
Roger Corman has seen a lot of things in Hollywood. He's produced and directed horror movies and biker flicks, distributed foreign films by Fellini and Truffaut and nurtured the early directing careers of Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Jonathan Demme, among others. But until now, he had never seen Jack Nicholson cry. That came with his first viewing of "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel," a new documentary looking at the astonishing career of the veteran independent filmmaker known as "the king of the Bs. " Late in the film, Nicholson pauses during an interview with real tears of affection and gratitude for Corman, among the very first to see something special in the young actor, who would go on to win three Academy Awards.
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October 31, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
With Halloween here, some classic scary films are appearing on the horizon, less graphic than their modern counterparts, but no less effective for that. A personal favorite is that eerie classic from France, Georges Franju's elegant "Eyes Without a Face," about a mad doctor who will do anything -- anything! -- to restore his daughter's destroyed face. Newly released in Blu-ray by Criterion, it's truly unnerving from start to finish. Less formally beautiful but equally memorable is the six-film "Vincent Price Collection," released by Scream Factory, which includes some of the actor's memorable collaborations with producer-director Roger Corman: "The Pit & the Pendulum," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Masque of the Red Death" and so on into the night.
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June 11, 2013 | By Susan King
Legendary indie producer/director Roger Corman, who helmed such low-budget classics as 1960's "Little Shop of Horrors" and 1961's "The Pit and the Pendulum" and nurtured such Oscar-winning filmmakers as Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, is launching his own YouTube subscription channel on Thursday. Corman and his wife producer Julie Corman have chosen 30 films from their vault of 400 films for the first month's offering of "Corman's Drive-In. " Corman 's Drive-In" kicks off with Nicholson's debut in 1958's "The Crybaby Killer," as well as "Little Shop of Horrors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Fred Katz, a musician, composer and educator who helped introduce the cello to jazz, died Sept. 7 in Santa Monica from complications of kidney failure and liver cancer. He was 94. His death was confirmed by his son, Hyman Katz. A child prodigy on piano and cello, Katz studied under Pablo Casals and performed with the National Symphony in Washington. He also backed Lena Horne and Tony Bennett on piano before bridging the gap between classical training and improvisation in the vibrant L.A. jazz scene of the '50s as part of the Chico Hamilton Quintet.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2004 | Susan King
Director-producer Roger Corman ("Little Shop of Horrors," "Wild Angels"), through his company New Horizons, will provide production funding of $100,000 to one or more UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television students to produce feature-length motion pictures. Corman has pledged to donate one-third of the profits of the completed films to the department. The king of the low-budget cinema, Corman has nurtured such filmmakers as Martin Scorsese, James Cameron and Francis Ford Coppola.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2001 | Bob Howard
Santa Monica lost its last adult movie house when the former Pussycat Theater was converted to offices last year, but the building that housed the Pussycat for 30 years is once again connected with the film industry. Roger Corman, king of the B-movie producers, has purchased the 17,000-square-foot office building on 2nd Street between Broadway and Colorado Avenue for $6 million from Santa Monica-based development firm Calstar Arvada.
NEWS
July 9, 1995 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roger Corman is truly one of America's most innovative and successful independent filmmakers. And one who certainly knows how to stretch a dollar. Corman brings his unique vision to Showtime this week with "Roger Corman Presents," a 13-week series of sci-fi and horror flicks. Corman is executive producer of the series. Corman, 69, made a reputation for making movies quickly, efficiently and cheaply. In 1957 alone, he directed nine films. Some of those he made in just a couple of days.
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September 19, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Roger Corman has never won an Oscar or received the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. But make no mistake: Over the last half-century, Corman has been one of this country's most successful and influential filmmakers.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 1996 | LEE HARRIS and SUSAN KING
Showtime kicks off a second season of "Roger Corman Presents" at 10 tonight with the ghost thriller "House of the Damned," starring Greg Evigan and Alexandra Paul. Corman, the veteran producer-director of such low-budget classics as "Little Shop of Horrors," will be serving up 11 new horror/science-fiction flicks over the summer.
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November 7, 1988 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
Joseph Kwong's half-hour "Roger Corman: Shoot to Thrill," at 7:30 tonight on Channel 28's "California Stories" series, is a lively, solid thumbnail sketch of the producer-director often called the King of the Bs. In conversations with the patrician Corman (who holds a degree in engineering from Stanford and who studied English literature at Oxford) and with his colleagues, the documentary touches on the many facets of this complex and gifted film maker.
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June 12, 2013 | By Susan King
Film Independent has announce the jurors for the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival . The jury for the DIRECTTV Narrative Competition consists of Film Independent Spirit Award-winning producer Gina Kwon ("Chuck & Buck"), Spirit Award-nominated director Sean Baker ("Starlet") and actor/producer Harry Lennix ("Man of Steel'). The DIRECTTV Documentary Competition jurors are 2010 LA Film Fest Grand Jury award-winning director Clay Tweel ("Make Believe"), award-winning producer Lesley Chilcott ("An Inconvenient Truth")
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June 12, 2013 | By Susan King
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is teaming up with Cinefamily for a program of "Unseen Hitchcock: Home Movies & Other Rarities" culled from the Academy Film Archive on Saturday at the Silent Movie Theatre. Think of it as an evening of Alfred Hitchcock's "B-Sides. " Included in the evening are a 35mm screening of "Bon Voyage," the 1944 French-language propaganda short Hitch made for the British Ministry of Information; test footage for an unmade 1960s Mod thriller "Kaleidoscope" (not to be confused with the 1966 "Kaleidoscope" with Warren Beatty)
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June 11, 2013 | By Susan King
Legendary indie producer/director Roger Corman, who helmed such low-budget classics as 1960's "Little Shop of Horrors" and 1961's "The Pit and the Pendulum" and nurtured such Oscar-winning filmmakers as Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, is launching his own YouTube subscription channel on Thursday. Corman and his wife producer Julie Corman have chosen 30 films from their vault of 400 films for the first month's offering of "Corman's Drive-In. " Corman 's Drive-In" kicks off with Nicholson's debut in 1958's "The Crybaby Killer," as well as "Little Shop of Horrors.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2012 | By Susan King
The Producers Guild of America announced Wednesday that Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, the co-chairmen of Working Title Films, will receive the 2013 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures. The duo has produced film including "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Fargo" and "Anna Karenina," which opens Friday, and the musical "Les Miserables," which is set for a Christmas Day release. They will be presented with the award at the 24th annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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December 16, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel" is a highly entertaining tribute to Roger Corman, one of Hollywood's most prolific, enduring and unconventionally influential film producers. Alex Stapleton's generous documentary is a must-see for movie buffs, particularly those old enough to remember Corman's late-1950s and '60s heyday-output of such low-budget genre hits as (the original) "The Fast and the Furious," "A Bucket of Blood," "The Wild Angels" and "The Trip. " The penny-pinching visionary's more than 500 producing credits have veered from the blatantly exploitative ("The Hot Box," anyone?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2011 | By Steve Appleford
Roger Corman has seen a lot of things in Hollywood. He's produced and directed horror movies and biker flicks, distributed foreign films by Fellini and Truffaut and nurtured the early directing careers of Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Jonathan Demme, among others. But until now, he had never seen Jack Nicholson cry. That came with his first viewing of "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel," a new documentary looking at the astonishing career of the veteran independent filmmaker known as "the king of the Bs. " Late in the film, Nicholson pauses during an interview with real tears of affection and gratitude for Corman, among the very first to see something special in the young actor, who would go on to win three Academy Awards.
NEWS
January 6, 2005 | By Susan King
A who's who of Hollywood -- Alec Baldwin, Warren Beatty and Steven Spielberg among them -- turned out Saturday night for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2009 Governors Awards. The academy bestowed its honorary awards during a three-hour-plus ceremony at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on 85-year-old actress Lauren Bacall, who made her film debut opposite Humphrey Bogart in 1944's "To Have and Have Not"; noted cinematographer Gordon Willis, 78, who brought new meaning to shadow and light in such classics as "The Godfather" trilogy; and maverick 83-year-old producer-director-writer Roger Corman, who excelled in making stylish films on a shoestring budget while giving up-and-coming directors such as Francis Ford Coppola and Jonathan Demme their start.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2006 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
MAVERICK filmmaker Roger Corman has amassed a staggering 377 producing credits over the past half-century, the Internet Movie Database says. "That would be roughly right," affirms Corman, the subject of an 80th birthday tribute this weekend at the American Cinematheque in Hollywood. "Probably it would be a little more than that because sometimes I do co-productions, or I work with younger people in the office.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2010 | By Dennis Lim, Special to The Times
Steven Spielberg's "Jaws," which opened 35 years ago this summer, is often credited — or blamed — for inventing the modern blockbuster: the art form, or rather economic model, that brought with it tentpole releases and long summers of big, expensive, aggressively hyped movies. But in its immediate wake, the influence of "Jaws" could be felt on a more literal level. The late 1970s and early 1980s saw a string of shockers that were designed with varying degrees of shamelessness to exploit the fear of carnivorous aquatic life: among many others, " Mako: The Jaws of Death" (1976)
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June 20, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Film Festival strives to be both urban and urbane with its move downtown and a far-ranging program of foreign films and documentaries. But take a closer look and you'll notice that this event covets the Comic-Con crowd as well. If you need proof, take note of the fact that at one major screening this year, fans who come dressed as Darth Vader or Yoda get free popcorn — and that's not even a joke. The festival, which runs through June 27, closes with a Nokia Theatre screening of "Despicable Me," the animated superhero farce starring Steve Carell; plus, on Wednesday, the festival hosts the West Coast premiere of "The People vs. George Lucas," a documentary that delves into the complicated legacy of the "Star Wars" films (and, yes, this is the show where anyone in costume gets free popcorn)
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