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April 30, 2011 | Patt Morrison
Mazel tov to the bar mitzvah boy -- 65 years late. Branko Lustig has two Oscars and a slew of film and television production credits, among them "Schindler's List" and "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Down" and the TV miniseries "War and Remembrance. " He also has a number, A3317, from his years as a young Croatian Jew imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps. He is now, as well, the possessor of a tallit, the prayer shawl given to boys to mark their bar mitzvahs. Lustig was presented with his this month at Universal Studios, as a prelude to the rest of the ceremony, which is set for May 2 at a place he knows all too well: Barrack 24 at Auschwitz, one of the two camps Lustig survived.
May 9, 2000 | SUSAN KING
TV & MOVIES Altman Tribute : A new print of Robert Altman's landmark 1975 film "Nashville" will be screened June 22 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in celebration of the classic's 25th anniversary. The director is scheduled to participate in a cast-and-crew reunion at the screening, which kicks off a 17-film Altman retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
September 19, 1998
Ventura * The Ventura County Jewish Council--Temple Beth Torah in Ventura will observe the Jewish High Holidays in a series of services. The two most significant days of the season are Rosh Hashana--the Jewish new year--observed Sunday through Tuesday, and Yom Kippur--the Day of Atonement--which begins Sept. 29. The first Rosh Hashana service begins at 8 p.m. Sunday. At 10 a.m.
October 30, 1998 | TOM TUGEND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Tom Tugend is the West Coast correspondent for the Jerusalem Post in Israel and contributing editor to the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles
The Italian film "Life Is Beautiful," a tragicomic fable set partly in a concentration camp, has revived the decades-old debate on the latitude allowed the creative artist in depicting the ultimate horror of the Holocaust. Particularly in the Jewish community, which holds the Nazi murder of the 6 million deeply in its collective memory, any perceived trivialization of the Holocaust in literature or film quickly inflames profound sensitivities and never-healed scars.
March 12, 2010 | By Larry Gordon
C. L. "Max" Nikias, USC's provost and second-in-command, will become its next president, succeeding Steven B. Sample on Aug. 3 at the helm of the 34,000-student university, school officials announced Thursday. Nikias, a Cypriot-born electrical engineer with expertise in radar and sonar, was long mentioned as the leading candidate to become USC's 11th president, so much so that some trustees reportedly argued against conducting a national search. But the board went ahead, considering 75 other educators before returning to a man well-known and well-liked on campus.
April 30, 2000 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, Howard Rosenberg is The Times' television critic
Documentaries or documentariezzzzzz? A speech-making TV executive in another city tells me that he begins his public talks by asking how many in the audience favor having more documentaries on the air. Nearly every hand shoots up. Then he asks how many can name the last documentary they've watched. No hands. Rim shot. This unscientific polling persuades him that, to most Americans, documentaries make better lip service than viewing.
February 9, 1995 | T.G. RAND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You wouldn't expect to find a camera crew in this man's Marina del Rey home. Generally unassuming, he now squirms under the light. The interviewer, an intense-looking woman in her 40s, leans forward, eyes narrowed. As the man speaks, his face is framed tight by the videographer. The questions are probing, relentless. At one point his voice catches and he breaks down, releasing a torrent of tears. "I can't go on," he pleads. "Shut it off."
November 15, 2005 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
IT was probably the detailed discussion about the energy uses of cow manure that really threw me. Normally when I sit in on meetings at production companies, the talk is all about outrageous actor salary demands, insane shooting schedules and botched script development. But at Participant Productions, the self-absorption of the movie business feels as far away as a distant moon of Jupiter.
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