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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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July 9, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"A.I. Artificial Intelligence" is Steven Spielberg's homage to his friend, the late director Stanley Kubrick. And though "A.I." is much more a Kubrick film in terms of tone, style and execution, the haunting, often disturbing sci-fi drama contains several of the themes Spielberg has explored over the past three decades. Here's a look at some of the recurring themes and patterns found in Spielberg's films and how they play out in "A.I."
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"A.I. Artificial Intelligence" is Steven Spielberg's homage to his friend, the late director Stanley Kubrick. And though "A.I." is much more a Kubrick film in terms of tone, style and execution, the haunting, often disturbing sci-fi drama contains several of the themes Spielberg has explored over the past three decades. Here's a look at some of the recurring themes and patterns found in Spielberg's films and how they play out in "A.I."
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."
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
George Lucas and his wife, Chicago investment fund chief Mellody Hobson, are giving $25 million to build a deluxe arts center for a private grade school and high school on the University of Chicago's campus -- to be named for Gordon Parks, the celebrated photojournalist and film director who in 1969 became the first black director of a major studio film. The gift, reported by the Chicago Tribune, will cover more than half the cost of the $43.7-million Gordon Parks Arts Hall, expected to open next year, housing a gallery and studios for visual art and performance spaces of 700, 250 and 150 seats.
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.
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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