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July 23, 1990 | From United Press International
Lucasfilms, Coppola Sued Over 'Tucker' Engine: Lucasfilms Ltd. and Francis Ford Coppola were sued Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court for allegedly altering a rare engine used in the movie "Tucker." Allan Reinert said in the suit that he allowed the defendants to use a prototype engine made by the now-defunct Tucker Automobile Co. It was not supposed to be altered, but instead was "sandblasted and polished" when it was used in the film, the suit says.
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July 23, 1990 | From United Press International
Lucasfilms, Coppola Sued Over 'Tucker' Engine: Lucasfilms Ltd. and Francis Ford Coppola were sued Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court for allegedly altering a rare engine used in the movie "Tucker." Allan Reinert said in the suit that he allowed the defendants to use a prototype engine made by the now-defunct Tucker Automobile Co. It was not supposed to be altered, but instead was "sandblasted and polished" when it was used in the film, the suit says.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2001
New Line's big-budget sequel "Rush Hour 2" grossed a staggering $67.4 million at the box office in its opening three days, the fourth-best opener of all time and the best August debut ever. The Jackie Chan-Chris Tucker buddy movie averaged a robust $21,619 per screen. Last week's box-office champ, "Planet of the Apes," dropped to second place with $27.6 million and a 10-day total of $123.7 million.
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August 1, 1996 | BILL HIGGINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Scene: Monday's premiere in San Francisco of Hollywood Pictures' "Jack." The screening was at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater (near the Golden Gate Bridge) with an after-party in the adjacent Exploratorium. The theater structure offered the spartan ambience of an embellished warehouse, but its lawn presented the awe-inspiring neoclassical domes and colonnades built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. It was quite a contrast.
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September 28, 1998 | From Associated Press
The Jackie Chan-Chris Tucker cop movie "Rush Hour" dominated an adventure-filled weekend box office that also saw strong debuts from Robert De Niro's "Ronin" and the horror film "Urban Legend." The family drama "One True Thing" lost about a third of its audience to fall into a fourth-place tie with the resilient gross-out comedy "There's Something About Mary," which crossed the $150-million mark in its 11th week. In its second week, "Rush Hour" collected an estimated $21.
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September 1, 1988 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
When the official history of bad luck is written, it ought to include at least a footnote about Francis Coppola's "Tucker." The movie was completed last February. But timing in movie matters is all important: the right time of year to show the particular kind of material, the right week when you aren't opening against two or four or 10 other major films. Early August looked perfect for "Tucker," an ebullient celebration of the automobile, the family and the independent spirit.
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June 5, 2001 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Want to know how much the MTV Movie Awards means to Hollywood? When Disney, the studio releasing Kirsten Dunst's new movie, heard that the young actress was co-hosting this year's awards, it moved Dunst's teen drama, "Crazy/Beautiful," up a month to take advantage of her exposure on the show, which taped Saturday night at the Shrine Auditorium and will air Thursday on MTV.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 1998
Oh sure, it's summer year-round in Southern California. But there's no question that as September rolls by, our activities tend to turn indoors. So, before the days grow too short, make the most of the season's last days. Consider these suggestions for a late-summer fling, compiled by Times staff writer Booth Moore.
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