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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1991 | ANTHONY MILLICAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's understandable if entrepreneur Richard Gamarra still gets a little star-struck. After all, how many people who run a business in an industrial complex in Carson have rock stars knocking at the door? Gamarra, who has spent more than five years preparing cars for television commercials and slick magazine spots, is suddenly renting his 12-stage studio complex to the likes of Paula Abdul, Belinda Carlisle and Donny Osmond. "Some of the stars are like my heroes," Gamarra gushed.
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February 12, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Rihanna wore lots and lots of rings at the 55th Grammy Awards on Sunday, but the one on the third finger of her left hand set off alarm bells in some quarters. That and the fact that she was snuggling with Chris Brown. Could she be engaged to Brown, her sometime boyfriend and one-time abuser? No, apparently this ring was just a ring, part of more than $2 million worth of baubles on loan from jeweler Neil Lane for the occasion. [E!] Energetic fashion designer Betsey Johnson is known for performing cartwheels at the end of her shows.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1998 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prompted by reports that at least three sex film actresses have tested positive for HIV since the beginning of the year, many of the largest sex video producers have formed a pact to require the use of condoms on screen--a move the industry has avoided since the AIDS outbreak began. The decision came at a hastily called summit of industry executives earlier this month, as rumors swirled and actors and actresses threatened to walk off sets.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The board of SAG-AFTRA has approved a landmark contract for performers who work in music videos. The board, as expected, endorsed an agreement reached last month with the major record labels, including Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group, on the first industrywide contract to cover dancers and performers who work on music videos. Under the contract, which takes effect Monday, dancers who work on music videos produced by or on behalf of the labels would receive a minimum daily pay rate and health and retirement benefits.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 1997
More or fewer than five nominations in a category is a result of ties. General Categories Record of the Year: "Give Me One Reason," Tracy Chapman (Chapman and Don Gehman, producers); "Change the World," Eric Clapton (Babyface, producer); "Because You Loved Me (Theme From 'Up Close and Personal')," Celine Dion (David Foster, producer); "Ironic," Alanis Morissette (Glen Ballard, producer); "1979," the Smashing Pumpkins (Billy Corgan, Flood and Alan Moulder, producers).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1988
Video producers can apply for up to $500 assistance in production costs as part of the city's new video grant program. The program, implemented earlier this month, is designed to encourage the development of locally oriented video programs for public access cable channels, Assistant City Manager David Barrett said. The city's Cable Television Commission will select five or more applicants to receive between $100 and $500, Barrett said.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2002 | JON HEALEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vivendi Universal plans to jump into the online video business, launching a service that lets consumers and independent filmmakers share their digital movies with the public. Steven Sheiner, chief revenue officer for Vivendi Universal Net USA, said the new MP4.com service would launch soon, possibly within the next 30 days. Following the footsteps of Vivendi subsidiary MP3.com, a pioneering online music service that caters to unsigned artists, MP4.
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Rihanna wore lots and lots of rings at the 55th Grammy Awards on Sunday, but the one on the third finger of her left hand set off alarm bells in some quarters. That and the fact that she was snuggling with Chris Brown. Could she be engaged to Brown, her sometime boyfriend and one-time abuser? No, apparently this ring was just a ring, part of more than $2 million worth of baubles on loan from jeweler Neil Lane for the occasion. [E!] Energetic fashion designer Betsey Johnson is known for performing cartwheels at the end of her shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 1995 | Donald Liebenson, Donald Liebenson is a Chicago-based free-lancer who writes about home video
When the staff of "The Late Show With David Letterman" wants one-of-a-kind titles for "Dave's Video Collection," they dial 411--as in 411 Video Information, a Pebble Beach, Calif.-based marketing and consulting firm for special-interest video producers. Titles such as the "The Ottoman," "Business Networking Made Easy" and "Actors at Work: Getting the Part" may be amusing to Dave, but somewhere out there are aspiring upholsterers, business people or thespians who did know these videos existed.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 1992 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some of the best children's home videos--recognized for excellence by such groups as the American Library Assn. and the Parent's Choice Foundation--never make it to the shelves of your local video store. Their independent producers simply lack the marketing dollars to get them there.
HEALTH
April 24, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
In the eight years Krista Lang Blackwood has been artistic director of a nonprofit choral group, she's heard it all: prospective donors asking again and again why they can't get comped concert tickets, or why money should go to singers when there are starving children in Africa. It was getting a little frustrating. Instead of venting to friends, she chose to make a video about the situation — an animated one in which cute teddy bears speak dialogue like emotionless robots.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2006
To be eligible, recordings must have been released between the dates of Oct. 1, 2005, through Sept. 30, 2006. GENERAL Record of the Year "Be Without You," Mary J.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2004
GENERAL FIELD Record of the Year: "Let's Get It Started," the Black Eyed Peas (will.i.am, producer; Mark "Spike" Stent and will.i.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2002 | Alex Pham, Times Staff Writer
Despite record sales of video games, a leading Wall Street analyst Monday downgraded the stock of four major publishers and sent shares across the industry lower. Citing a possible slowdown in industry growth next year, UBS Warburg analyst Michael Wallace lowered his recommendations on Calabasas Hills-based THQ Inc., Santa Monica-based Activision Inc. and Midway Games Inc. from "strong buy" to "hold." The new rating is two grades below his earlier designation.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2002 | JON HEALEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vivendi Universal plans to jump into the online video business, launching a service that lets consumers and independent filmmakers share their digital movies with the public. Steven Sheiner, chief revenue officer for Vivendi Universal Net USA, said the new MP4.com service would launch soon, possibly within the next 30 days. Following the footsteps of Vivendi subsidiary MP3.com, a pioneering online music service that caters to unsigned artists, MP4.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2000 | SUSAN VAUGHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With his deep, rich baritone, Rob Constantine can make a humble voicemail message sound like a promo for a Hollywood epic. That's a good thing, because Constantine, a 36-year-old video producer, hopes to break into the voice-over business. He has already narrated a few corporate videotapes and audio magazines, but he knows the road ahead is tough.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1990 | DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A boy sits spellbound in front of a flickering television set. Missiles flare, cities explode and Harry S. Truman comes on, announcing that the United States has just dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Frightened, the child runs to the front lawn of his suburban home and scans the blue sky for doom. Then he picks a dandelion, closes his eyes and blows. The discarded dandelion drops to the dirt.
BUSINESS
April 25, 1992 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a place called the Creator Center, a budding video whiz might become the next Francis Ford Coppola. Armed with the latest camcorders and computerized film editing systems, at least the video buff has a fighting chance to work cinematic magic like the famed director of "The Godfather" trilogy and "Apocalypse Now."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2000 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Blair Underwood doesn't pick a trendy Hollywood restaurant in which to chat about his role in the new Tommy Lee Jones-Samuel L. Jackson military thriller, "Rules of Engagement," which opened Friday. The disarmingly charming actor instead opts to meet at the merry-go-round at Griffith Park--a favorite haunt of his two young children. The 35-year-old Underwood first came to fame on the Steven Bochco series "L.A. Law," for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.
NEWS
February 1, 2000 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Late-night cable television in two Oregon cities this week will air a graphic how-to program for committing suicide, the latest salvo in an escalating debate over physician-assisted suicide. The 34-minute "Final Exit" program, produced by Hemlock Society founder Derek Humphry, lays out the ordinary workshop hardware needed to end a life quickly and painlessly and offers advice on such practical aspects as "keeping clear of the law" and "dealing with the aftermath."
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