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January 4, 2014 | By David Ng
Saul Zaentz, the fiesty music industry executive turned independent movie producer who won three best-picture Academy Awards in three different decadesĀ  has died. He was 92. Zaentz died Friday at his home San Francisco from complications of Alzheimer's disease, according to his nephew, Paul Zaentz. Though he had only nine films to his name, Zaentz earned a reputation in Hollywood for producing prestige movies with a certain literary pedigree. He kept his distance from the industry, running his independent film production company in Berkeley.
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March 3, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
The Oscars' annual "In Memoriam" tribute included images of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Walker and James Gandolfini, as well as Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who died Feb. 20 in Georgia after being struck by a train during preproduction of "Midnight Rider," a biopic of musician Gregg Allman. Jones' name and photo briefly appeared in an onscreen banner just after Bette Midler finished singing "Wind Beneath My Wings," a performance that accompanied the four-minute montage of photos of notable movie industry figures who died in 2013 and early 2014.
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January 4, 2014 | David Ng, David Colker
It would be hard to find someone who worked with three-time Oscar-winning movie and music producer Saul Zaentz and came out of it feeling neutral about him. Some admired him, including director Milos Forman, who won Oscars for two Zaentz films, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus. " "It was a wonderful collaboration," Forman said Saturday. "Usually there is some friction between the producer and director or whatever. But with him, never. " And then there is John Fogerty, songwriter and singer with Creedence Clearwater Revival.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2014 | David Ng, David Colker
It would be hard to find someone who worked with three-time Oscar-winning movie and music producer Saul Zaentz and came out of it feeling neutral about him. Some admired him, including director Milos Forman, who won Oscars for two Zaentz films, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus. " "It was a wonderful collaboration," Forman said Saturday. "Usually there is some friction between the producer and director or whatever. But with him, never. " And then there is John Fogerty, songwriter and singer with Creedence Clearwater Revival.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 1988 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
It has been obvious for years that the most grievous shortage in the film industry has been of creative producers. Producers, that is, who are more than simply deal-makers or financiers who could not tell a dolly from a doll or hitchhikers on whatever bandwagon appears to be moving at the moment. There are creative producers around, men and women with the courage of their strong convictions about material and who should handle it and how.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 1997 | Patrick Goldstein, Patrick Goldstein is a regular contributor to Calendar
'There are certain words that Saul Zaentz has asked me not to use on this stage today," says Anthony Minghella, director of "The English Patient," a mischievous glint in his eyes. "The first one of them being 'stingy.' Another one being . . . " Before Minghella could finish, Zaentz rose halfway out of his seat in the audience, cupping his hands together to make himself heard: "You could say 'parsimonious'!"
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 1985
A judge has decided the Oscar-winning movie "Amadeus" doesn't belong to producer Saul Zaentz, sued for divorce by his wife who claims the film is community property. Superior Court Judge Isabella Horton Grant ruled this week that the movie about the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is the property of the Saul Zaentz Co., a Berkeley film company. According to court records, Saul Zaentz directly owns 5.6% of the company and is a beneficiary of 35% in common stock held by a trust.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Saul Zaentz Says No to Czech Festival: Producer Saul Zaentz has declined an invitation by Czechoslovakia's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to show his "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," the 1988 Philip Kaufman-directed film, based on the novel by Czech expatriate Milan Kundera. The movie dramatizes the erotic encounters of a surgeon, set against the backdrop of the Soviet invasion of the Czech capital of Prague in 1968.
BUSINESS
September 1, 2005 | Robert W. Welkos
Movie and music mogul Saul Zaentz and New Line Cinema have reached an out-of-court settlement in a suit over foreign royalties from director Peter Jackson's blockbuster "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy. Details of the settlement, reached this month, were not made public.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 1988 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, Times Staff Writer
About eight weeks ago, John Fogerty walloped a chair and broke his right hand in two places, all over a song. "I thought I was restraining myself, but in moments of passion you don't always do that well," the former lead singer, guitarist and all-around mastermind of Creedence Clearwater Revival told The Times. Fogerty's knuckle-busting anger was aroused by yet another costly round in a decade-old legal feud with his former patron-turned-nemesis, Fantasy Records president Saul Zaentz.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 2014 | By David Ng
Saul Zaentz, the fiesty music industry executive turned independent movie producer who won three best-picture Academy Awards in three different decadesĀ  has died. He was 92. Zaentz died Friday at his home San Francisco from complications of Alzheimer's disease, according to his nephew, Paul Zaentz. Though he had only nine films to his name, Zaentz earned a reputation in Hollywood for producing prestige movies with a certain literary pedigree. He kept his distance from the industry, running his independent film production company in Berkeley.
BUSINESS
September 1, 2005 | Robert W. Welkos
Movie and music mogul Saul Zaentz and New Line Cinema have reached an out-of-court settlement in a suit over foreign royalties from director Peter Jackson's blockbuster "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy. Details of the settlement, reached this month, were not made public.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 1997 | Patrick Goldstein, Patrick Goldstein is a regular contributor to Calendar
'There are certain words that Saul Zaentz has asked me not to use on this stage today," says Anthony Minghella, director of "The English Patient," a mischievous glint in his eyes. "The first one of them being 'stingy.' Another one being . . . " Before Minghella could finish, Zaentz rose halfway out of his seat in the audience, cupping his hands together to make himself heard: "You could say 'parsimonious'!"
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Saul Zaentz Says No to Czech Festival: Producer Saul Zaentz has declined an invitation by Czechoslovakia's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to show his "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," the 1988 Philip Kaufman-directed film, based on the novel by Czech expatriate Milan Kundera. The movie dramatizes the erotic encounters of a surgeon, set against the backdrop of the Soviet invasion of the Czech capital of Prague in 1968.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 1988 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
It has been obvious for years that the most grievous shortage in the film industry has been of creative producers. Producers, that is, who are more than simply deal-makers or financiers who could not tell a dolly from a doll or hitchhikers on whatever bandwagon appears to be moving at the moment. There are creative producers around, men and women with the courage of their strong convictions about material and who should handle it and how.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 1988 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, Times Staff Writer
About eight weeks ago, John Fogerty walloped a chair and broke his right hand in two places, all over a song. "I thought I was restraining myself, but in moments of passion you don't always do that well," the former lead singer, guitarist and all-around mastermind of Creedence Clearwater Revival told The Times. Fogerty's knuckle-busting anger was aroused by yet another costly round in a decade-old legal feud with his former patron-turned-nemesis, Fantasy Records president Saul Zaentz.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
The Oscars' annual "In Memoriam" tribute included images of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Walker and James Gandolfini, as well as Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who died Feb. 20 in Georgia after being struck by a train during preproduction of "Midnight Rider," a biopic of musician Gregg Allman. Jones' name and photo briefly appeared in an onscreen banner just after Bette Midler finished singing "Wind Beneath My Wings," a performance that accompanied the four-minute montage of photos of notable movie industry figures who died in 2013 and early 2014.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 1985
A judge has decided the Oscar-winning movie "Amadeus" doesn't belong to producer Saul Zaentz, sued for divorce by his wife who claims the film is community property. Superior Court Judge Isabella Horton Grant ruled this week that the movie about the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is the property of the Saul Zaentz Co., a Berkeley film company. According to court records, Saul Zaentz directly owns 5.6% of the company and is a beneficiary of 35% in common stock held by a trust.
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