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.
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.
July 14, 2012 |
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.
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.
December 23, 1988 |
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.
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.
July 6, 2012 |
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.
December 7, 2012 |
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.