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  • Dick Shepherd, one of the producers behind 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' dies at 86

     Dick Shepherd, one of the producers behind 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' dies at 86
    Movie producer Dick Shepherd, whose credits include "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961), "The Fugitive Kind" (1960) and "Robin and Marian" (1976), probably saved one of the most popular film songs of all time. After a test screening of "Breakfast at...
  • Producer Richard Shepherd, Founder of Artists Agency, Dies at 86

    Studio exec and producer Richard Shepherd died Tuesday night at his Los Angeles home, his wife Patricia told Variety. He was 86. Shepherd, who was struggling from a long-time illness, produced "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and headed production at MGM and...
  • Preaching Teamwork in Hollywood, Praying It Works

    Showbiz has a long history of onscreen teamwork, from Laurel & Hardy to Brad & Angelina. But in the executive suites, it's been more erratic. The 14-year (and counting) partnership of Gary Newman and Dana Walden at 20th Century Fox TV is all the more...
  • Universal Strives to Close Its Ever-Revolving Door

    MEMO TO: STEVE BURKE FROM: PETER BART Your sweeping changes at Universal last week reflect a recognition that two elements have been missing at the movie studio over the past two decades: a strategy and a strategist. The big question: Have you now...
  • Cinematic mind games against a late-60s background

    Cinematic mind games against a late-60s background
    A peculiar anniversary party kicks things off in 1967’s “Games,” the little-known but awesomely bonkers psychological thriller starring James Caan and Katharine Ross as young Manhattanites. A pair of dabbling eccentrics with far too much...
  • Steven Spielberg: Tackling TV on His Own Terms

    Steven Spielberg has a bustling TV company led by trusted lieutenants and an insatiable appetite for producing smallscreen fare even as he stays busy as ever in film. But the DreamWorks mogul wants to work on his own terms, so he's decided to write the...
  • Talent Agents Have Lost Their Leverage in a Buyer’s Market

    The most important fact about talent agents today is that no one is scared of them anymore. In years gone by, studio chiefs and network buyers were intimidated by Lew Wasserman at MCA, Abe Lastfogel at William Morris, Michael Ovitz in his CAA prime and,...
  • Kirk Douglas on the blacklist: Why Hollywood showed so little courage

     
    Kirk Douglas has written a lively new memoir about one of his greatest triumphs. Titled “I Am Spartacus!” it recounts how Douglas helped break the midcentury anti-communist blacklist by secretly hiring Dalton Trumbo to write “Spartacus,&...
  • Hollywood legend Dick Zanuck: a princeling who earned his stripes

    Hollywood legend Dick Zanuck: a princeling who earned his stripes
    When Dick Zanuck and I had lunch last month, it would’ve been impossible to imagine that the veteran producer would be gone six weeks later. Zanuck, who was 77 when he died Friday at his home in Beverly Hills, looked at least a decade younger and...
  • Edie Wasserman dies at 95; Hollywood philanthropist and wife of studio chief

    Edie Wasserman dies at 95; Hollywood philanthropist and wife of studio chief
    Edie Wasserman, who was the widow of Hollywood powerhouse Lew Wasserman and who was known as a tireless benefactor for charitable causes, especially the Motion Picture and Television Fund, has died. She was 95. Wasserman died Thursday in Beverly Hills of...
  • Tony Curtis dies at 85; actor was star of 'Some Like It Hot' and 'Sweet Smell of Success'

    Tony Curtis dies at 85; actor was star of 'Some Like It Hot' and 'Sweet Smell of Success'
    Tony Curtis was a strikingly handsome 23-year-old native New Yorker playing the lead in an off-Broadway production of "Golden Boy" in 1948 when he was spotted by a Universal Pictures talent scout. Sent west for a screen test, he signed a seven-year...
  • Walter Seltzer dies at 96; former Hollywood press agent made a successful leap to producing

    Walter Seltzer dies at 96; former Hollywood press agent made a successful leap to producing
    Walter Seltzer, a Hollywood press agent-turned-producer who started out at MGM in the 1930s and made an enduring mark on the industry in the 1980s as a tenacious fundraiser for the Motion Picture and Television Fund, has died. He was 96. Seltzer died...