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March 20, 2009 | John Horn
Animated movies have become a central component of the Cannes Film Festival, and now Disney and Pixar Animation Studios are joining the party in the French Riviera: the studios' "Up" was named Thursday as the festival's opening-night film. Having hosted the recent premieres of "Waltz With Bashir," "Kung Fu Panda" and "The Triplets of Belleville," the Cannes festival picked the 3-D "Up" to launch the 62nd annual festival on May 13. The animated movie about a 78-year-old man and a 9-year-old Wilderness Explorer (think: Boy Scout)
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December 24, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Where movie studios see trouble, Red Granite Pictures sees opportunities. The new finance and distribution company's business plan is both contrary and simple: Make the films the studios don't. Among its first projects are Martin Scorsese's “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which comes out Wednesday, and next year's “Dumb and Dumber To,” the intentionally misspelled sequel to the 1994 comedy. On the surface, those pictures don't exactly seem like the sort that a major studio would cast aside.
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April 29, 1999 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rory Calhoun, the handsome, lanky actor, producer, writer and rancher best remembered for his 1950s Western films and television series "The Texan," died Wednesday. He was 76. Calhoun had been hospitalized for the last 10 days with advanced stages of emphysema and diabetes, said his longtime friend Paul Dean. He worked with screen queens Marilyn Monroe in "River of No Return," Betty Grable in "Meet Me After the Show" and Susan Hayward in his longtime favorite film, "With a Song in My Heart."
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June 20, 2013 | By Daniel Miller and Meg James
Warner Bros.' Jeff Robinov is stepping down from the top position at Hollywood's largest movie studio. Robinov has served as president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group since 2007. While he has not officially left the studio, he is making arrangements to do so, according to several people at the studio. The move comes less than a week after Warner Bros.' latest Superman film, "Man of Steel," set a record for the biggest June box office opening with more than $113 million in receipts.
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June 20, 2013 | By Daniel Miller and Meg James
Warner Bros.' Jeff Robinov is stepping down from the top position at Hollywood's largest movie studio. Robinov has served as president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group since 2007. While he has not officially left the studio, he is making arrangements to do so, according to several people at the studio. The move comes less than a week after Warner Bros.' latest Superman film, "Man of Steel," set a record for the biggest June box office opening with more than $113 million in receipts.
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February 20, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher >>>
When it was announced that Marlon Wayans and not Eddie Murphy would be portraying Richard Pryor in the long-discussed biopic of the comedy giant, the news was greeted with Internet jeering. Wayans wasn't surprised when he read the disparaging comments -- you can't hang your star on films like "White Chicks" and "Little Man" without consequences. "Look, I want to be able to make the stupidest movies ever, because they make people laugh and they make money," Wayans recently said with a smirk.
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December 24, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Where movie studios see trouble, Red Granite Pictures sees opportunities. The new finance and distribution company's business plan is both contrary and simple: Make the films the studios don't. Among its first projects are Martin Scorsese's “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which comes out Wednesday, and next year's “Dumb and Dumber To,” the intentionally misspelled sequel to the 1994 comedy. On the surface, those pictures don't exactly seem like the sort that a major studio would cast aside.
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January 17, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Does your romantic relationship contain the elements of classic fiction, à la “Anna Karenina”? Or can its emotional landscape be spelled out using the tiles from a game of Internet Scrabble of the kind that Paul Rudd plays in “This Is 40”? Perhaps you take a page from Honest Abe and Mary Todd in “Lincoln” or the spirit-filled Dodds from “The Master.” Or maybe you're like the loopy lovers in “Silver Linings Playbook.”  Take the following quiz to discover which awards-season movie couple named above that you most emulate.
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October 24, 2000 | JENNIFER PENDLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cory Asrilant, 30, has the dream position for a longtime Halloween freak: creative director for Halloween at Universal Studios Hollywood. Asrilant, who started at Universal in high school as a part-time stage manager, now earns his living year-round dreaming up and executing elaborate attractions for "Halloween Horror Nights." Asrilant has been logging 100-hour workweeks lately--on two recent nights bunking on his Universal City office floor.
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February 23, 1998 | JIM URBANOVICH, Jim Urbanovich is associate pastor of children's ministries at Emmanuel Church in Burbank
A recent afternoon off afforded me the rare opportunity to catch a matinee. Being in the mood for a comedy, I chose the PG-13-rated "The Wedding Singer."
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February 23, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood considered Matt Mattox one of the best dancers in the country when he was cast to dizzying effect in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," the 1954 Oscar-winning film celebrated for its imaginative and masterful dance moves. Billed as one of the "frontier Romeos" in the musical set in the American West, the classically trained Mattox memorably vaults over a sawhorse, pirouettes on a plank and poetically wields an ax in striking choreography by Michael Kidd. "Everyone on the movie set agreed that he was the best dancer of all," Jacques d'Amboise, who was a leading figure in American ballet when he danced alongside Mattox as one of the film's rowdy brothers, said this week in a French media report.
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January 17, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Does your romantic relationship contain the elements of classic fiction, à la “Anna Karenina”? Or can its emotional landscape be spelled out using the tiles from a game of Internet Scrabble of the kind that Paul Rudd plays in “This Is 40”? Perhaps you take a page from Honest Abe and Mary Todd in “Lincoln” or the spirit-filled Dodds from “The Master.” Or maybe you're like the loopy lovers in “Silver Linings Playbook.”  Take the following quiz to discover which awards-season movie couple named above that you most emulate.
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December 21, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
When it comes to kicking butt, Tom Cruise is an old hand. He's done it as an ace pilot in "Top Gun," a soldier-turned-samurai in "The Last Samurai," a globe-trotting super-spy in the "Mission: Impossible" movies, a futuristic cop in "Minority Report" and a different globe-trotting super-spy in "Knight and Day. " Cruise's latest film, "Jack Reacher," adapted from the Lee Child novel "One Shot," gives the actor yet another chance to knock some bad...
BUSINESS
October 10, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Fallout in the exhibition industry continues over Universal Pictures' controversial move to offer its upcoming Eddie Murphy-Ben Stiller comedy on premium video-on-demand just three weeks after it debuts in theaters. On Monday, a number of independent theater chains including Sherman Oaks-based Galaxy Theatres, Regency Theatres in Calabasas and Emagine Theatres of Detroit vowed not to play the movie "Tower Heist" in any of their locations if Universal proceeds with its plans. Additionally, many small theaters representing 50 screens around the country have refused to book the movie.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and Ben Fritz
Just a month after being named chairman of Walt Disney Studios, Rich Ross has carried out a broad restructuring of marketing, distribution and operations to reflect a focus on cultivating entertainment franchises -- and finding new ways to reach audiences through technology. The moves underscore a new set of priorities for the studio driven by Ross and Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Iger, who has taken a renewed interest in the film business since ousting former Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook in September.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2009 | Claudia Eller
When it comes to marketing movies to kids, fast food wasn't to Disney's taste. But 20th Century Fox sees nothing wrong with a Big Mac. The News Corp. studio has struck a partnership with McDonald's for five of its major movie releases through 2010, beginning with the summer sequels "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" and "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs."
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February 13, 1987 | DENNIS HUNT, Times Staff Writer
Since Saturday is Valentine's Day, many will spend the evening watching rented movies--most likely romantic movies. Here are some movies that are great to cuddle by. "Wuthering Heights" (1939, Embassy). Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon play the tormented lovers--Heathcliff and Cathy--in what may be the most romantic movie ever made--and also one of the eeriest. "Casablanca" (1942, CBS-Fox).
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November 20, 2005
The Multicultural Motion Picture Assn. presents its 2005 Diversity Awards. The event at the Beverly Hills Hotel was themed `Artistic Vision That Shines.'
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April 29, 2009 | Reed Johnson
How often have you sat through a movie wishing you could talk back to the screen, reshuffle the ending or cut and paste your own dialogue to suggest what Indiana Jones is really thinking about the local Asian help? Have you ever perceived a riotous subtext lurking beneath the placid surface of some classic Hollywood narrative and wanted to leap out of your seat and regale your fellow viewers? Well, imagine no more.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
The hottest thing in movie rentals is as old as the Coke machine -- and just as red. Redbox movie kiosks are popping up by the thousands in supermarkets, drugstores, restaurants and convenience stores around the country. The kiosks stock DVDs that rent for $1 a day, a remainder-bin price that is less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks.
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