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Hal Ross, whose career in television as a talent and literary agent spanned nearly 50 years, died July 30 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86.
Ross co-founded the Ziegler-Ross Agency, where he was a pioneer in the TV packaging business and one of the first agents to represent a major sports figure when he negotiated Sandy Koufax's blockbuster deal to become an analyst with NBC Sports in 1967. The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher had suddenly retired after the 1966 season at the height of his career because of arm injuries.
During that time, Ross also packaged such hits as "Daniel Boone," "Medical Center" and "M*A*S*H." He later joined Wma as a senior vp, where he worked until his retirement in 1997.
A native Angeleno who attended Fairfax High School and UCLA, Ross served at »
Hal Ross, whose career in television as a talent and literary agent spanned nearly fifty years, died last Friday. He was 86. The native Angeleno co-founded the Ziegler-Ross Agency, where he helped pioneer the television packaging business and was one of the first agents to represent a major athlete when he negotiated Sandy Koufax's blockbuster deal with NBC Sports in 1967. During that time, he packaged such hits as The Daniel Boone Show, Medical Center and M*A*S*H. He later joined the William Morris Agency as Svp where he plied his talents until his retirement in 1997. Even then Hal could not stay away from show business: he found time after his early morning swims in Malibu to produce the motion picture version of The Honeymooners in 2005. »
- Nikki Finke
Comedian Louis C.K. is set to debut his new half-hour comedy series Louie tonight on FX with two back-to-back shows, Episode 1.01: Pilot (which follows the comedians exploits as he goes on both a field trip with his daughter and a romantic date, both of which end up badly) and Episode 2.02: Poker/Divorce (which finds Louis engaged in a friendly game of poker as his divorce proceedings become finalized).
Louie is a comedy filtered through the observational humor of Louis C.K. Each episode puts a spotlight on Louis' hectic life as a successful stand-up comedian and newly single father raising his two daughters. The single-camera comedy is a mix of Louis C.K.'s stand-up comedy and scripted short films. Louis C.K.serves as executive producer, writer and director on the show.
We recently caught up with him to »
B. Alan looks at a decade of horrible cinematic remakes and rehashes that ruined film as an art form.
Why is Pegasus black? Why did this flying horse need to be recast El Negro? It makes about as much sense as casting Cedric the Entertainer in the role of Ralph Kramden. There is no reasoning being placed behind it, other than, "We can do what we want! We can do what we feel!" It's strange that in both Clash of the Titans and 2005's The Honeymooners, the only hint of imagination or originality came from swapping ethnicities. In neither case does it pertain to, or help push along the story. It's senseless esthetic scrambling. Sure, poor black folks probably work in the sewer and beat their spouses, too. So why not update an old 1940s sitcom to reflect how far we've come? But Pegasus? Come on! Nowhere »
Perhaps in an attempt to produce films made to make black men look foolish, such as Big Momma’s House 1, 2 (and soon 3!!!!) Soul Men, Meet Dave, and The Honeymooners, producer David Friendly has optioned and will produce a film based on the non-fiction best seller Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino.
The story, which has been profiled on 60 Minutes and just recently on the Dr. Phil Show, tells the true story of Thompson, who, back in 1984, as a collage student, was raped by an unknown black assailant. She later positively identified Cotton as her attacker, and who was found guilty, and spent 11 years in prison, until eventually freed when DNA evidence proved conclusively that he was totally innocent.
Later both Cotton and Thompson met, and through a lot of soul searching, angst and reconciliation, became friends. Friendly will be financing the film independently, and a screenwriter is currently writing the »
5 items from 2010
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