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February 12, 2001 | From Reuters
Britain's Pinewood Studios, famous for James Bond movies, is buying rival Shepperton Studios for $50.55 million, creating a company capable of taking on Hollywood, British newspapers reported today. The merger of Europe's two biggest studios will enable the joint company to attract major filmmakers with the biggest budgets. Already, two-thirds of the work undertaken at Pinewood and Shepperton comes from Hollywood.
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February 12, 2001 | From Reuters
Britain's Pinewood Studios, famous for James Bond movies, is buying rival Shepperton Studios for $50.55 million, creating a company capable of taking on Hollywood, British newspapers reported today. The merger of Europe's two biggest studios will enable the joint company to attract major filmmakers with the biggest budgets. Already, two-thirds of the work undertaken at Pinewood and Shepperton comes from Hollywood.
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November 3, 2005 | Chris Pasles
Kenneth Branagh will direct a film version of Mozart's "The Magic Flute," the BBC reports. James Conlon, who becomes music director for the Los Angeles Opera in 2006-07, will conduct the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Filming will begin in January at London's Shepperton Studios. Stephen Fry, who collaborated with Branagh on the 1992 Branagh-directed film "Peter's Friends," wrote the libretto, transferring the setting to World War I.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 1990 | John M. Wilson \f7
Pocket Books, meanwhile, will re-release Levin's first-ever novel, "A Kiss Before Dying" (1953), later this year in conjunction with Universal's remake of a 1956 film adaptation. The original film starred Robert Wagner as a sociopath who weds a young woman who's unaware he's murdered her twin sister. In the new version, Matt Dillon stars opposite Sean Young.
BUSINESS
September 30, 1994 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Studios: Brothers Ridley and Tony Scott, two of Hollywood's top directors, are leading an investment group that is buying the historic Shepperton Studios in London from Lee International, subject to financial reviews of the transaction. Ridley Scott's films include "Alien" and "Blade Runner," and Tony Scott's include "Top Gun" and "Beverly Hills Cop II." Shepperton, founded in 1936, has been the shooting site for such films as "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Judge Dredd."
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June 21, 1991 | BETTY GOODWIN
THE MOVIE: "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." THE SETUP: Medieval action-adventure hero Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner, pictured) lives among friends in Sherwood Forest, steals from the rich and gives to the poor, and ousts the corrupt, evil-minded Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman). He also finds time to woo Maid Marian (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). THE LOOK: Super studs. No green tights and feathered cap for this '90s Robin Hood.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 1987 | Pat H. Broeske
The kiddie classic about the boy who refuses to grow up is finally going to become a live-action feature. After near-missing with Hollywood for years with the likes of Steven Spielberg and Michael Jackson, "Peter Pan" will shoot in the spring for Weintraub Entertainment. Lasse Holstrom ("My Life as a Dog") will direct. Said David Kirkpatrick, pres of WEG's motion-picture division, the film will shoot at Shepperton Studios outside London, where production offices are just being set up.
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March 1, 1991 | DAVID GRITTEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Universal Pictures has withdrawn from its commitment to a film about the life of Charlie Chaplin, produced and directed by British filmmaker Sir Richard Attenborough, which was to start production here this month. All but a few of the production staff on the film have been laid off at Shepperton Studios, where shooting was to begin.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 1990 | Sean Mitchell and John M. Wilson \f7
"It's a minefield, a movie that's guaranteed to offend everyone." That's how screenwriter James Dearden ("Fatal Attraction") describes his task of adapting Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita" for filming in the 1990s. Carolco Pictures International paid $1 million to the Nabokov estate to acquire rights to film a new version of the tale of 40ish professor Humbert Humbert's obsessive lust for a 12-year-old girl. Adrian Lyne ("Fatal Attraction," "9 1/2 Weeks") will direct.
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February 9, 2009 | Susan King
"Slumdog Millionaire" dominated the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday evening, taking home the prize in seven categories, including best film. "Slumdog," which revolves around an impoverished teenager who ends up competing on the Indian version of the TV game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," also won director honors for Danny Boyle, as well as adapted screenplay for Simon Beaufoy. The drama also scored in the music, cinematography, editing and sound categories.
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February 17, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
How could a movie with a Mexican director, two American stars and the backing of a major U.S. studio be named outstanding British film at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards? That's the question on many awards observers' minds after Alfonso CuarĂ³n's sci-fi thriller "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and released by Warner Bros., reaped six BAFTA trophies on Sunday, among them one reserved for demonstrations of "outstanding and original British filmmaking which shows exceptional creativity and innovation.
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