September 12, 2013 |
Paula Wagner, best known as Tom Cruise's former longtime producing partner, has been tapped to produce the 5th annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. At the gala, Angelina Jolie with be presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and costume designer Piero Tosi with be given honorary Oscars. The non-televised event is scheduled for Nov. 16. SNEAKS: Movie trailers, full coverage “Paula's expertise, coupled with her love for film, makes her the ideal person to produce this special event,” said academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “She is certain to deliver an exciting and memorable evening for our honorees and guests.” Wagner's feature film credits include the first three “Mission: Impossible” films, “Vanilla Sky,” “The Others” and “The Last Samurai.
August 1, 2013 |
As a teenager in the 1960s, Cheryl Boone Isaacs would often spend summers visiting her older brother, an advertising and publicity executive at United Artists in New York City. He would leave her in a screening room to watch movies all day long, fueling her love of film - and a career ambition. After graduating from Whittier College, she landed a job at Columbia Pictures as a film publicist. She remembers pinching herself when she first walked onto the studio lot, then in Burbank.
December 2, 2012 |
This form of validation comes with a check: Three artists from Southern California - Alison Saar, Kerry Tribe and William Leavitt - have been named USA fellows for 2012, receiving grants of $50,000 with no strings attached. United States Artists made the announcement of all 50 new fellows Sunday at a ceremony led by Tim Robbins and hosted by the Getty Museum. The visual artists who have received the honors could not be more different. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times Leavitt, 71, is a conceptual sort of storyteller who was the subject in 2011 of a major retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art that showcased his enigmatic, stage-set-style installations alongside his paintings, works on paper and photographs.
March 23, 2012 |
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has taken back full control of its legendary film label United Artists, is booking a loss on its recent release "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and has added a top TV executive to its board of directors, the independent studio revealed in financial filings this week. Formed in 1919 by film luminaries including Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, UA became part of MGM in 1981. In 2006, UA became a joint venture between MGM and Tom Cruise and his producing partner Paula Wagner, who together got 30% of the company.
January 24, 2012 |
A downtown Los Angeles theater and office complex built by silent film stars will be converted to a hotel. Ace Hotel, a Portland, Ore., chain of boutique inns catering to the young and hip, will develop a new outpost in the historic United Artists building at Broadway and 9th Street. The 180-room hotel will occupy the office building's 13 floors, Ace said. It will have a pool, restaurant, bar and 1,600-seat theater when it opens in summer 2013. "The United Artists building has an intriguing history and is an outstanding example of 1920s gothic architecture," said Alex Calderwood, a co-founder of Ace Hotel.
October 17, 2011 |
A storied Los Angeles theater and office complex built by silent film stars that was later owned by one of the city's most popular televangelists has been purchased by East Coast investors. The historic United Artists building at Broadway and 9th Street in downtown Los Angeles was sold by Wescott Christian Center Inc. to Greenfield Partners for $11 million. Greenfield, a prominent hotel investor, hasn't revealed its plans for the property that once sported neon signs proclaiming "Jesus saves.