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July 4, 1986 | WENDY HASKETT
If you were casting the part of a talent agent for a movie, what sort of person would you pick? A rotund man in a checkered polyester jacket? White belt? Shaggy eyebrows? Rosy, rubbery lips that clamp around his cigar as he murmurs, "Kid, I can make you a star"? Meet Key Dee Alan. Real life San Diego talent agent. Warm, motherly, able to sing opera and responsible for guiding the entertainment careers of more than 30 San Diegans.
February 6, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Even if the rom-com "Cavemen" wasn't opening a week after the similarly themed "That Awkward Moment," it would still feel like yesterday's news. At least "Awkward," contrived and mediocre as that Zac Efron vehicle is, has some It-boy sheen. "Cavemen" writer-director Herschel Faber has sketched such a thin and unfunny look at L.A. singles, it should mark the death knell for movies about child-men on the make. Meet aspiring screenwriter Dean (Skylar Astin), a decent sort blessed with not one but two jerky circles of guy pals.
August 25, 2010 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Time waits for no man. And Hollywood's patience is even shorter. Studios will hurry movies into production to make a release date. Producers will recast lead roles in a heartbeat if an actor is unavailable for a moment. And don't even think about putting a talent agent on hold — they won't be on the line five seconds later. So when filmmaker John Luessenhop told Screen Gems five years ago that his 4-year-old son was gravely ill and that he needed to drop everything to care for him, Luessenhop could reasonably assume that the studio would find a new director for "Takers.
The outcome of a low-profile court case between an up-and-coming actor and his former manager could send a huge jolt through the working class of Hollywood, where managers are already antsy over a new push to criminalize much of what they do. At issue is whether the state should further limit the role that Hollywood managers play in finding jobs for their actor clients. California has the nation's most stringent constraints on managers in the form of the Talent Agencies Act, legal experts say.
In a roomful of egos, Democrat Kevin Murray of Los Angeles can still create his own kind of sizzle on the floor of the California Assembly, even as the oratory ends and the mood turns social. Tall, broad-shouldered, the drape of his stylish suit just right, he moves through the chamber with a big-city confidence that exudes more kissy-face Hollywood--where he once worked as a talent agent--than backslapping Sacramento.
Negotiators for the Screen Actors Guild this weekend reached a tentative agreement with the Assn. of Talent Agents that would allow agencies to make and receive investments in companies involved in production, sources said Sunday. The proposed three-year contract would significantly change the ground rules of Hollywood that have been in operation since 1939--the same year "Gone With the Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz" hit the silver screen.
June 18, 1989 | RUTH RYON, Times Staff Writer
There is a house in Brentwood that its owners can't give away. The Spanish-style home is owned by Debra and David Tenzer, a young couple who want a larger house but who don't want to move. They want to build a new home on the lot, not remodel the existing one. "And it occurred to us that we might try to donate the house to a nonprofit organization to use elsewhere," Debra Tenzer said, "because there are so many people with no place to live, so many people with no place to die."
October 15, 1986 | JACK MATHEWS
Were you turned away at the last cattle call? Does being an extra make you feel ordinary? Have you had a script returned with a note that said, "Don't give up your day job?" Did you hire a limo to take you to an audition and your driver got the part? Rejection. They ought to put the word up on the hill in place of the Hollywood sign. Same number of letters and it's more accurate. If rejection left physical scars, the only role anyone here could play is Quasimodo.
August 19, 2008 | Jean Merl
Prominent entertainment producer and talent manager Joan Hyler remained in critical condition at UCLA Medical Center after being struck by a vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on Friday evening, authorities said. Hyler, a former president of the nonprofit Women in Film, was parking her car when she was hit and "sustained severe and multiple injuries," according to a posting by family members on the website According to Variety, Hyler's clients have included Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, Madonna, Peter O'Toole and Ann-Margret.
February 15, 2002 | Claudia Eller
Hollywood agent John Lesher, who represents such clients as directors Sydney Pollack, Paul Thomas Anderson, David O. Russell, Kimberly Peirce and Jessie Nelson and actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, has left United Talent Agency to become a partner at rival agency Endeavor. UTA agreed to settle Lesher's contract, which still had 14 months to go. At this point, it is unclear which of Lesher's clients will follow him. Lesher will be one of 10 partners at Endeavor. Lesher worked at UTA since 1991.
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