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April 1, 2009 | Susan King
It's a long road from the projects of south London to the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, where Michael Caine is reflecting on his rough-and-tumble roots. "It's called the Elephant Castle," recalls Caine, who still retains the Cockney accent -- and the lack of pretension -- of his childhood home. "It's very, very rough."
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April 25, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Actress Katherine Heigl now has a new life as she knows it. The "New Year's Eve" star and crooner husband Josh Kelley have adopted a second daughter. " Yes they have adopted a baby," a rep for Heigl confirmed to several outlets. "No further details [are available] at this time.”   Heigl and Kelley are mom and dad to adorable 3-year-old girl Naleigh, and considering what Katherine told us last year, the family will be thrilled for the company. "I don't actually have a ton of friends with kids, it's really weird.
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April 25, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Actress Katherine Heigl now has a new life as she knows it. The "New Year's Eve" star and crooner husband Josh Kelley have adopted a second daughter. " Yes they have adopted a baby," a rep for Heigl confirmed to several outlets. "No further details [are available] at this time.”   Heigl and Kelley are mom and dad to adorable 3-year-old girl Naleigh, and considering what Katherine told us last year, the family will be thrilled for the company. "I don't actually have a ton of friends with kids, it's really weird.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2009 | Susan King
It's a long road from the projects of south London to the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, where Michael Caine is reflecting on his rough-and-tumble roots. "It's called the Elephant Castle," recalls Caine, who still retains the Cockney accent -- and the lack of pretension -- of his childhood home. "It's very, very rough."
BUSINESS
March 7, 2001 | CLAUDIA ELLER and RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Industry leaders at this week's annual ShoWest cinema convention are trumpeting the idea that the worst is over for the beleaguered movie theater industry. An influx of new investors, a recent upturn in movie attendance and a declining screen count bode well for the nation's exhibitors. Bankruptcy protection has enabled a number of major theater chains to begin the process of resuscitating their businesses. But others in the theater ranks caution against a false euphoria.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 1999
Kenneth Turan's well-documented essay was a finely detailed diary of the 25th anniversary of ShoWest in Las Vegas ("A Snapshot of Coming Attractions," March 28). But there was one oversight: the name of the man who was the engine behind this year's event. Milt Moritz had his finger on every button and his eye on every schedule as general chairman of ShoWest's silver anniversary, and the convention and its full program proved to be a well-oiled, smooth-running machine. GENE COFSKY Tarzana
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 1986 | JACK MATHEWS, Times Staff Writer
The theme of the 1986 ShoWest, a theater operators convention being held at the MGM Grand Hotel, is "If I were an exhibitor . . . Seeing ourselves as others see us." Sort of like a dog wearing a "kick me" sign, it is a potentially self-abusive gesture to invite people from the fringes of your business to tell you how they would do your job better. They even paid some of their guests to set them straight.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 1986 | JACK MATHEWS, Times Staff Writer
It all started Tuesday morning with the Las Vegas Western High School Band's rendition of the Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited." You haven't really heard "I'm So Excited" until you've heard it on a tuba. And you haven't really seen excitement until you've seen 2,000 movie exhibitors standing in line to have their pictures taken with Alan Alda.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 1996 | LEE HARRIS and SUSAN KING
The Oscars traditionally mark the end of awards season on television. But this year, the awards shows just keep on coming. The latest is the premiere telecast of "The 1996 ShoWest Awards," airing tonight at 7 on TNT.
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February 11, 2004 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Robert William Selig, a motion picture distribution executive who helped create and then headed the annual ShoWest convention, which touts mainstream movies to theater owners, has died. He was 93. Selig, who retired only eight years ago, died Dec. 31 in Los Angeles of complications from a fall. Now staged in Las Vegas, the ShoWest film festival and convention attracts about 12,000 theater owners and other professionals from 40 nations.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2006 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
"Got Milk?" helped sell dairy products. Now Hollywood is considering a branding campaign of its own. Would "Movies: Just like DVDs, but Larger," be out of the question? Dan Glickman, who now runs the Motion Picture Assn. of America said that when he was U.S. Agriculture Secretary the agency's businesses benefited from such promotional campaigns as "Got Milk?," "Pork: The Other White Meat" and "Beef: It's What's for Dinner."
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March 19, 2005 | R. Kinsey Lowe, Times Staff Writer
There were movie stars, of course. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie strolled across the stage one day to present clips from "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." There were filmmakers, naturally. Fox Filmed Entertainment recruited George Lucas -- who received an instantaneous standing ovation -- to introduce footage from "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith." There were promises of a digital, 3-D and fat-free future at the multiplex.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2004 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
The buzz began early. The two men in suits, exhibitors at theater owners' annual ShoWest Convention in Las Vegas, boarded the elevator. "You know, they are bringing out 25 stars," one said. "Really?" asked his friend. "Yes." "Is that because they had such a crappy year last year?" he asked, as his friend laughed in agreement. Paramount Pictures executives surely would not confess openly to having had a "crappy" 2003.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2004 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Robert William Selig, a motion picture distribution executive who helped create and then headed the annual ShoWest convention, which touts mainstream movies to theater owners, has died. He was 93. Selig, who retired only eight years ago, died Dec. 31 in Los Angeles of complications from a fall. Now staged in Las Vegas, the ShoWest film festival and convention attracts about 12,000 theater owners and other professionals from 40 nations.
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March 5, 2003 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
The price of making a movie soared dramatically last year, with the average major studio production costing nearly $59 million, a 23% increase from 2001, the Motion Picture Assn. of America announced Tuesday. It was the biggest percentage increase since 1997 and a little more than double the $29 million of 10 years ago.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2001 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Exhibitor Mark Gramz still cracks a smile when he recalls the grand finale at the ShoWest movie exhibitors' conference here three years ago. The sumptuous dinner was hosted by Disney, which was eager to promote clips of its latest animation project, "Tarzan." When the movie teasers were over, the curtain suddenly drew up and there was Phil Collins standing before them, a microphone in hand.
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March 11, 1994 | CLAUDIA ELLER, TIMES MOVIE EDITOR
NATO/ShoWest is a place where Hollywood really turns it on for the theater owners from America's heartland. And, boy, do they love it. The first thing Jerry Hancock and his wife, Pinkie, did when they got here from Livingston, Mont., was borrow an automatic camera from a relative. They had forgotten to bring theirs and didn't want to miss out on taking snapshots of their favorite movie stars.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 1989 | NIKKI FINKE, Times Staff Writer
There wasn't much glitz. There was even less glamour. So those attending the annual National Assn. of Theatre Owners/ShoWest convention had to settle for gossip. But it was good gossip. --About the cola war that is shaping up this summer between Pepsi-backed "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" and Coke-promoted "Ghostbusters II." --About the first joint public appearance by "Batman" leading lady Kim Basinger and the film's producer Jon Peters since their romance began.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2001 | CLAUDIA ELLER and RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Industry leaders at this week's annual ShoWest cinema convention are trumpeting the idea that the worst is over for the beleaguered movie theater industry. An influx of new investors, a recent upturn in movie attendance and a declining screen count bode well for the nation's exhibitors. Bankruptcy protection has enabled a number of major theater chains to begin the process of resuscitating their businesses. But others in the theater ranks caution against a false euphoria.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 1999
Kenneth Turan's well-documented essay was a finely detailed diary of the 25th anniversary of ShoWest in Las Vegas ("A Snapshot of Coming Attractions," March 28). But there was one oversight: the name of the man who was the engine behind this year's event. Milt Moritz had his finger on every button and his eye on every schedule as general chairman of ShoWest's silver anniversary, and the convention and its full program proved to be a well-oiled, smooth-running machine. GENE COFSKY Tarzana
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