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April 20, 1997 | Patrick Goldstein, Patrick Goldstein is a regular contributor to The Times
'Grosse Pointe Blank" director George Armitage figures it was fated that he'd end up making a movie with producers Donna Roth and Susan Arnold. As a young screenwriter in the late '60s, he made his first big splash writing "Gasss-ss" for American International Pictures, fabled producer Sam Arkoff's beach-blanket B-movie factory. Armitage still remembers that the most telling script notes he got were from Arkoff's daughter and unofficial D-Girl--the then-13-year-old Donna.
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April 20, 1997 | Patrick Goldstein, Patrick Goldstein is a regular contributor to The Times
'Grosse Pointe Blank" director George Armitage figures it was fated that he'd end up making a movie with producers Donna Roth and Susan Arnold. As a young screenwriter in the late '60s, he made his first big splash writing "Gasss-ss" for American International Pictures, fabled producer Sam Arkoff's beach-blanket B-movie factory. Armitage still remembers that the most telling script notes he got were from Arkoff's daughter and unofficial D-Girl--the then-13-year-old Donna.
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May 20, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Procter & Gamble Co. is combining its five units into three to focus on the most profitable businesses. The largest U.S. household-goods maker also is promoting two executives to vice chairman, making them possible successors to Chairman and Chief Executive A.G. Lafley. The three units are beauty care; health, baby and family care; and household care, which will include products in the food unit.
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May 4, 1997
Enjoyed the article on producers Donna Roth and Susan Arnold and their new film "Grosse Point Blank" ("They Came From Hollywood," by Patrick Goldstein, April 20). The interesting part was all the references to actor John Cusack and his "high school buddies" writing the film. As a script reader in the summer of '93, I had the pleasure of reading the screenplay for "Grosse Point Blank." It was funny and original. The finished film captures the characters and situations of that screenplay, but the script did not have Cusack's or his friends' names on it. In fact, Tom Jankiewicz, the original writer, is never mentioned anywhere in your story!
BUSINESS
March 10, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Procter & Gamble Co. said Susan E. Arnold had stepped down as president, leaving Chief Operating Officer Robert A. McDonald as the front-runner to be the next chief executive of the world's largest consumer products maker. Arnold, who has been P&G's highest-ranking female executive, and McDonald were both promoted in 2007 in a move some analysts perceived as setting up a succession for Chief Executive A.G. Lafley, 61. But Lafley has dismissed suggestions that he is ready to retire any time soon.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2007
Walt Disney Co. said Susan E. Arnold, vice chairman of Procter & Gamble Co.'s beauty and health business, joined its board. -- Hershey Co., the nation's largest candy maker, said it would close an Oakdale, Calif., plant with 575 workers, the fourth such closure announced in less than three months as the company seeks to cut operating costs and expand overseas. -- Diestel Family Turkey Ranch of Sonora, Calif.
BUSINESS
September 19, 1995
Tom Jacobson has stepped down as president of worldwide production for Twentieth Century Fox after six years as an executive with the studio and plans to start his own production company and return to the kind of hands-on movie making he did before joining Fox, the company said. Sources speculate that Jacobson will set up shop at Walt Disney Co., where his close friend and former Fox boss Joe Roth runs the motion picture studio.
BUSINESS
September 26, 1995
Tom Jacobson has reunited with his former Twentieth Century Fox boss Joe Roth at Walt Disney Co. under an independent production deal. Last week, Jacobson resigned as head of worldwide production at Fox to form his own company. He has now entered a four-year exclusive production agreement to develop and produce movies for the Disney motion pictures group, of which Roth is chairman.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 1999
For every "reworking" of a film that works (Nora Ephron's "You've Got Mail" comes to mind) there seem to be more than a handful of duds ("The Avengers," "Mod Squad," "Godzilla') that the paying audience has to painfully sift through ("They're 'Reworkings' Not 'Remakes,' " by Bill Desowitz, May 9). And the problem continues to escalate when you combine the material with talented and proven directors and casts, and it still fails to draw an audience and/or a profit (Gus Van Sant's shot-for-shot remake of "Psycho")
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July 23, 1999 | KATHLEEN CRAUGHWELL
Usually at a movie premiere, members of the audience will respond politely, if not enthusiastically, to the film out of deference to those involved in the making of the film who happen to be sitting all around them. But such was not the case at Tuesday evening's premiere of DreamWorks' "The Haunting" at the Mann Village Westwood.
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March 5, 2006 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Phyllis Huffman, a veteran casting director whose long collaboration with filmmaker Clint Eastwood included work on "Unforgiven" and "Million Dollar Baby," his two movies to win best picture Oscars, died Thursday in New York City after a brief illness. She was 61. In a statement Friday, Eastwood called Huffman "a visionary casting director with a true sense of what makes an actor right for the role." "I completely trusted Phyllis with the casting duties on all my movies," he said.
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