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5 items from 2010


Inside Dino De Laurentiis' Funeral

16 November 2010 5:03 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

It will be a long time before Hollywood sees another Roman Catholic funeral the likes of which Dino De Laurentiis received Monday.The legendary Italian producer, whose career encompassed everything from Fellini classics to Serpico to King Kong to Blue Velvet, was laid to rest after the ceremony at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. The Oscar winner died Thursday at age 91.The was a long list of Hollywood names filling the pews, including Bob Daly, Rob Friedman, Jeff Berg, Chris McGurk, Hawk Koch, Lou Pitt, Rick Nicita and Paula Wagner, Tom Pollock, Alan Ladd Jr., Sam Raimi, Maria Shriver and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.But most of the seats were filled by the industry's rank-and-file who'd known De Laurentiis for his movies. Many showed up in red at the request of the family. At the cathedral's entrance, next to a large sign-in book set on a table, »

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Ladd's the Victor in $3.2M 'Blade Runner' Suit (updated)

25 May 2010 4:28 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Lisa Horowitz & Dominic Patten 

A state appeals court on Tuesday upheld producer Alan Ladd Jr.'s 2007 victory against Warner Bros. in a lawsuit involving sales of movie packages to television.

“After 11 years,” Ladd told TheWrap, with relief in his voice, “I’m thrilled it's coming to an end.”

The case involved a practice called "straight-lining," in which Warner Bros. would sell a package of films to a TV or cable network and share the profits »

- Lisa Horowitz

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'Smallville' producers sue Warner Bros., CW

26 March 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"Smallville" just became the latest battleground in the war over vertical integration in Hollywood.

Creators/executive producers Miles Millar and Alfred Gough and series co-producer Tollin/Robbins Prods. on Friday sued Warner Bros. TV, the studio behind the long-running sci-fi series, and with the CW, the network that recently renewed the show for a 10th season.

Causes of action for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty are alleged against Time Warner and its divisions -- Wbtv, Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution, the now-defunct WB network, where the show started -- and the CW, a co-venture with CBS. The complaint says Wbtv made license fee deals with the WB and then the CW that "were not arms-length." The complaint does not specify damages but, given the allegations and the longevity of the series, they could total in the tens of millions of dollars.

"Warner Bros.' practices of unfair »

- By Nellie Andreeva and Matt Belloni

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Lucas & Scorsese Pay Tribute To Producer Wigan

14 February 2010 6:26 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

George Lucas and Martin Scorsese have paid tribute to beloved British producer Gareth Wigan, who died on Saturday aged 78.

Wigan was credited with steering the success of the first Star Wars in 1977, after serving as a production executive on the sci-fi movie.

He subsequently worked on other films including All That Jazz in 1979 and Alien in the same year, before he was appointed co-vice chairman of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group in the 1990s.

And his death in Los Angeles after a brief illness has shocked Star Wars creator Lucas, who will "always be grateful" for Wigan's support.

Lucas says, “Gareth Wigan was one of the most kind and thoughtful executives I’ve ever worked with. He was a real supporter of creative talent. I’ll never forget the first time he saw Star Wars. It was just Gareth and Alan Ladd Jr. seeing an early cut of the film. Gareth was so moved that he cried. As a young filmmaker facing a lot of skeptics, his genuine love of the film meant the world to me. He was there for me when I needed him and I’ll always be grateful.”

And Scorsese, who worked with Wigan on 1993 movie The Age Of Innocence, also has fond memories of the producer.

He adds, “I’ve often wished we could have worked on another production as I’ve always had great admiration for Gareth’s intelligence, diplomacy and taste.”

Wigan is survived by his wife, Pat Newcomb, four children and seven grandchildren. »

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Gareth Wigan dies at 78

13 February 2010 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

  Gareth Wigan, widely considered a rare gentleman among studio executives, died at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by his family on Saturday morning after a brief illness. He was 78.

During the course of his career, the London-born Wigan, lean and courtly, was involved with such movies as "Star Wars," "All that Jazz," "Chariots of Fire" and "Sense and Sensibility," while working at Fox, the Ladd Company and Sony, where most recently he oversaw local-language productions, such as "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" for the studio.

"Gareth was an inspirational and passionate leader. His love of movies and filmmakers was as rare and unique as the brilliant films he championed over the last four decades," Amy Pascal, Sony Pictures co-chairman said. "He led by example and while he can never be replicated, his influence on our company and our industry will last forever."

Born December 2, 1931, after graduating from Oxord, Wigan began »

- By Gregg Kilday

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