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December 15, 2011
LOS ANGELES - "Five Easy Pieces" producer Bert Schneider, credited for inspiring a "New Hollywood" band of independent filmmakers, died in Los Angeles at 78. With producer-director Bob Rafelson, Schneider also created the Monkees pop band. Schneider, who died Monday, produced 11 movies from 1969 to 1981, including "Easy Rider," "Five Easy Pieces" and "The Last Picture Show. " Those movies about rootlessness and discontent became symbols of a new era that helped filmmakers break out of the studio system.
NEWS
September 14, 2012
Jake Eberts, who trained to be a chemical engineer but instead built a career producing and financing such acclaimed and successful films as Chariots of Fire, Gandhi , Dances With Wolves , and The Killing Fields , died Sept. 6 in Montreal. He was 71. The cause was liver cancer, said his wife, Fiona. Mr. Eberts stumbled into making movies, and once there, he maintained a visceral approach. "He never did anything according to a plan or a strategy, ever," Fiona Eberts said.
NEWS
July 14, 2012 | By Lynn Elber| and Bob Thomas, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Film producer Richard Zanuck, 77, who won the best picture Oscar for Driving Miss Daisy and was involved in such blockbuster films as Jaws and The Sting after his father, Hollywood mogul Darryl F. Zanuck, fired him from 20th Century Fox, died Friday. Mr. Zanuck's publicist said that he died of a heart attack at his Beverly Hills home. Mr. Zanuck's run of successes as an independent producer rivaled the achievements of his legendary father who reigned over 20th Century Fox from the 1930s until age and changing audience tastes brought him down.
NEWS
July 3, 2010
Elliott Kastner, 80, a producer whose affinity for literary writers and man's-man movie stars resulted in films like Harper , Where Eagles Dare , The Long Goodbye , The Missouri Breaks , and Equus , died Wednesday in London, where he had lived and worked for many years. The cause was cancer, stepson Cassian Elwes said. Mr. Kastner, who began his professional career as a literary agent, was known for drafting accomplished novelists and playwrights into the screenwriting trade.
NEWS
December 23, 1988 | By Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
Louis W. Kellman, a motion picture producer pioneer who dreamed of making Philadelphia a film capital, died Tuesday. He was 83 and lived in the Logan section of the city. Kellman's company, Samson Productions Inc., was best known for its 1956 film, "The Burglar," starring Dan Duryea, Jayne Mansfield and Martha Vickers. It was Mansfield's first feature-length movie role. Almost all of the bit players and extras were local people. The film, bought by Columbia Pictures, was good enough to attract opportunities for Kellman to go to the West Coast and strike again while the iron was hot. But he loved Philadelphia, and for many years he lived in the Wynnefield section and later in Center City.
NEWS
March 17, 2013
Robert E. Relyea, 82, the film producer and director whose credits included The Magnificent Seven and West Side Story , died March 5 in Los Angeles. Mr. Relyea's career spanned more than 40 years. He worked with stars such as John Wayne on The Alamo and Elvis Presley on Jailhouse Rock . He collaborated with Steve McQueen on several films, including Bullitt , Le Mans and The Reivers . Mr. Relyea started as an MGM crew member in 1955 and served as president of production at MGM-United Artists from 1997 to 2001.
NEWS
July 6, 2012 | By Susan Snyder and Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jeffrey and Christina Lurie, billionaire owners of the Philadelphia Eagles and a successful filmmaking team, announced Wednesday evening that they were ending their 20-year marriage. In a letter to employees and others within the Eagles organization, the couple said they "would remain close friends" and "continue to work together as partners. " They emphasized that their breakup would have no impact on the ownership, business, or operations of the Eagles. The couple did not disclose the reason for the split.
NEWS
December 7, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis and Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Publicly, they may be clinking glasses, breaking bread, and swapping political gossip. But make no mistake. Behind the social niceties will be relentless political maneuvering on what nearly everyone in Pennsylvania politics has been talking about since last month's election: who will challenge Gov. Corbett in 2014. That will be the scene this weekend at the Pennsylvania Society's annual gathering of Pennsylvania politicians in New York City. Yes, there will be a smattering of government-like forums, but mostly it will be a time of back-slapping, networking, fund-raising, and, of course, wining and dining.
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May 16, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
WE KNOW times are tough for Justin Bieber , but the latest news out of Los Angeles is giving even the cynical staff at Tattle pause: L.A. police detectives are investigating allegations that the Biebs tried to steal a cellphone at a family entertainment center. Come on, dude. You can pick up a burner on the street for a few bucks. Police spokeswoman Rosario Herrera said yesterday that a person accused Bieber of trying to take the phone Monday night at a Sherman Oaks facility that features mini golf, arcades and batting cages.
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April 18, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The short film is grim: A young woman's life is hijacked when her husband suffers a neurological complication that completely incapacitates him, leaving her to care for him and their baby. For the film's producer, Rob Wunder III, the character's predicament hits very close to home. He became a quadriplegic after a devastating accident when he was in high school. His father gave up teaching to live with him in a dorm for four-plus years while Wunder studied film at Temple University.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like most Americans born since the video revolution, Sasha Joseph Neulinger's childhood was lived on camera. But unlike other families, the home movies his parents took at their Rosemont home showed a family in crisis. A family beset by secrets. At age 7, Neulinger told his parents (Henry Nevison and Jacqui Neulinger) that for the previous four years he had been sexually abused by his paternal uncles Howard and Lawrence Nevison and Lawrence's son, Stewart - the same men captured on video so warmly embracing Neulinger's parents, sharing jokes at birthday parties, or passing the salt across the dinner table.
NEWS
March 24, 2013 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
A giant blinking eye appears on the screen, followed by a close-up of how optic nerves are connected to the brain. Before long, viewers are whizzing through space. The computer-rendered graphics are worthy of any science-fiction film, but this is a movie about science facts. Called To Space & Back , coproduced by the Franklin Institute and a New Hampshire company called Sky-Scan Inc., the film explores the benefits of space exploration. It started showing daily at the science museum this week.
NEWS
March 17, 2013
Robert E. Relyea, 82, the film producer and director whose credits included The Magnificent Seven and West Side Story , died March 5 in Los Angeles. Mr. Relyea's career spanned more than 40 years. He worked with stars such as John Wayne on The Alamo and Elvis Presley on Jailhouse Rock . He collaborated with Steve McQueen on several films, including Bullitt , Le Mans and The Reivers . Mr. Relyea started as an MGM crew member in 1955 and served as president of production at MGM-United Artists from 1997 to 2001.
NEWS
December 7, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis and Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Publicly, they may be clinking glasses, breaking bread, and swapping political gossip. But make no mistake. Behind the social niceties will be relentless political maneuvering on what nearly everyone in Pennsylvania politics has been talking about since last month's election: who will challenge Gov. Corbett in 2014. That will be the scene this weekend at the Pennsylvania Society's annual gathering of Pennsylvania politicians in New York City. Yes, there will be a smattering of government-like forums, but mostly it will be a time of back-slapping, networking, fund-raising, and, of course, wining and dining.
NEWS
September 14, 2012
Jake Eberts, who trained to be a chemical engineer but instead built a career producing and financing such acclaimed and successful films as Chariots of Fire, Gandhi , Dances With Wolves , and The Killing Fields , died Sept. 6 in Montreal. He was 71. The cause was liver cancer, said his wife, Fiona. Mr. Eberts stumbled into making movies, and once there, he maintained a visceral approach. "He never did anything according to a plan or a strategy, ever," Fiona Eberts said.
NEWS
August 24, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
IMAGINE THE MOVIE - a controversial, outspoken film producer is threatened and blackmailed by a D-list actor. It's a bit too mainstream to be a Harvey Weinstein -produced film, but it's just what happened to the famed producer. According to deadline.com and the New York Post , Harvey received a letter in July with threats to kill him and his family - he's married and has four daughters - if he didn't pay millions. Harvey contacted the FBI and they tracked "actor" Vivek Shah by the overseas bank accounts he'd opened to receive the extortion payments from the movie mogul.
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