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November 20, 1990 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Universal Studios said Monday that it will rebuild the back lot sets destroyed in a spectacular Nov. 6 fire, utilizing the design input of movie producer-director Steven Spielberg. The extent of Spielberg's involvement was not disclosed. MCA Recreation Services Group President David Weitzner confirmed that the producer and studio have had consultations on rebuilding the sets that were constructed in 1958 and used in making such hit films as "The Sting" and "Dick Tracy."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1990 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Universal Studios said Monday that it will rebuild the back lot sets destroyed in a spectacular Nov. 6 fire, utilizing the design input of movie producer-director Steven Spielberg. The extent of Spielberg's involvement was not disclosed. MCA Recreation Services Group President David Weitzner confirmed that the producer and studio have had consultations on rebuilding the sets that were constructed in 1958 and used in making such hit films as "The Sting" and "Dick Tracy."
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 1986
So people are "shocked" that Stephen Spielberg wasn't nominated for an Oscar for best director for "The Color Purple" (Calendar Letters, Feb. 16). When did the Academy ever show better judgment in the face of pressure? "The Color Purple" came out on the screen as well-acted, stunningly photographed, sentimental mush. Our heroine was a pathetically ignorant, outrageously abused, black, ugly lesbian with a heart of pure gold, so beautifully portrayed by Whoopi Goldberg; her picture was sure to turn the gallant liberal's heart to strawberry Jell-O--and make the rest of us vomit.
NEWS
December 2, 1990
Tamara De Treaux, the 31-inch tall actress who shared the role of "E.T." in the famous Stephen Spielberg movie, has died. She was 31. Miss De Treaux died Wednesday at Medical Center of North Hollywood of respiratory problems and heart failure, her longtime friend, Ken Maley, said Friday. Starting out in theaters in San Francisco, Miss De Treaux joined the backup singing group called The Medflies in 1980.
BOOKS
September 22, 1991 | Charles Solomon
During her 24-year tenure at the New Yorker, Pauline Kael's pungent essays established her as the most respected film critic in the United States. Her opinions often have been controversial, but Kael undoubtedly loves the medium of motion pictures, and she never allows hype or superficial emotional appeals to cloud her judgements.
BUSINESS
September 16, 1987 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
Disneyland's prayers weren't answered. Neither were Knott's Berry Farm's. Anaheim's Magic Kingdom and Buena Park's famous berry patch were left in limbo when Pope John Paul II turned down invitations to both Orange County amusement parks. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles couldn't give its blessing to a papal visit because of the pontiff's already-brimming schedule, said Bob Roth, a Disneyland spokesman.
NEWS
January 15, 1988 | the Fashion 88 staff
Now their stories can be told. Merv Griffin gave his chum Eva Gabor the most incredible gift for Christmas, jewelry designer Lee Brevard informs us. Mind you, Brevard is prejudiced. He spent six weeks making the "extravagant" necklace out of pearls, pave diamonds and a rare 20-carat topaz that Griffin brought back from Brazil. Set designer Jeremy Railton chose something a little more standard for Anjelica Huston. He gave her a silver charm bracelet with six different animals on it.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2013 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
The organization that brings us the Oscars aims to debut a major motion-picture museum in Los Angeles about 31/2 years from now. A star attraction will be a pair of the ruby slippers Judy Garland wore as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz. " Leonardo DiCaprio, Stephen Spielberg and former Warner Bros. executive Terry Semel teamed to buy them last year for the museum, which aims to open by mid-2017 after renovating and expanding an unused building it is leasing from the next-door Los Angeles County Museum of Art. But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wants its $300-million Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to be much more than a fancy repository for Hollywood memories.
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