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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.
March 5, 2013 | By Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times
Jeff Berg isn't the first veteran talent agent to start over. For one, his onetime arch nemesis, former Creative Artists Agency honcho Michael Ovitz, did it years ago. But at age 65, Berg, the former chairman and chief executive of International Creative Management, is one of the first to launch a new agency in the current Hollywood landscape, which has been buffeted by shifting sands and an overall retrenchment in an economically challenged entertainment...
February 14, 1997 | CLAUDIA ELLER
Is Hollywood loyalty an oxymoron? It's a question being pondered this week throughout the industry by those who were stunned that Arnold Schwarzenegger had terminated his longtime agent after a 15-year run that catapulted the Austrian bodybuilder into arguably the biggest star in the world.
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.
April 22, 2013 | By John Horn
In the annals of Hollywood disorderly conduct, Reese Witherspoon's arrest Friday in Atlanta doesn't come near the anti-Semitic abuse that Mel Gibson showered on law enforcement when he was stopped for driving under the influence in 2006. Still, Witherspoon's protestations when her husband, talent agent James Toth, was pulled over for erratic driving and was performing a field sobriety test confirms some of the worst stereotypes about people of privilege. Don't Toth and Witherspoon know that in the U.S. in 2010 (the last year for which data is available)
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.
December 13, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
Freddie Fields, a onetime vaudeville booker who became a high-flying Hollywood talent agent for such stars as Judy Garland, Henry Fonda, Steve McQueen and Barbra Streisand, and who later headed production at MGM and United Artists studios, has died. He was 84. Fields, who also produced the critically acclaimed 1989 Civil War epic "Glory," died of lung cancer Tuesday at his home in Beverly Hills, his longtime friend and publicist Warren Cowan said.
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