John Calley
American film studio executive, film producer
John Calley
John Calley was an American film studio executive and producer. He was quite influential during his years at Warner Bros. (where he worked from 1968 to 1981) and "produced a film a month, on average, including commercial successes like The Exorcist and Superman. " During his seven years at Sony Pictures Entertainment starting in 1996, five of which he was chairman and chief executive, he was credited with "reinvigorat[ing ing]" that major film studio.
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John Calley, Hollywood Chief, Dies at 81
NYTimes - over 5 years
LOS ANGELES -- John Calley, who was known for his unusually artistic approach in running three major Hollywood studios and overseeing some of the most successful movies of the last 50 years, died Tuesday at his home here. He was 81. His death was announced by Sony Pictures Entertainment, which did not give a cause. Mr. Calley -- three-time studio
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Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones, Dick Smith to receive honorary Oscars - GoldDerby
Google News - over 5 years
In 2009, honorary Oscars went to actress Lauren Bacall, cinematographer Gordon Willis and producer Roger Corman while studio executive John Calley received the Thalberg Award. Last year, honorary Oscars were bestowed on actor Eli Wallach,
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Ben Affleck To Turn French-Flavored Harlan Coben Novel 'Tell No One' Into Feature - Deadline.com
Google News - over 5 years
John Calley bought those rights at Sony Pictures years ago but could never get a script he could make. Do they have sports agent/sleuths in France? UPDATE: Just heard Gaumont controls the Bolitar mysteries and is slowly developing Long Lost
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Terrence Malick Punched Out A Producer & 10 Other Things We Learned About ... - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
President John Calley told GQ, maintaining they liked the film as is. “I don't think we would have dared ask for changes. It would be like calling Fellini and saying, 'Hey, Fred, I think she should have bigger tits.'” But Jack Fisk is less convinced
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Guiding a Neighborhood's Appetite
NYTimes - almost 6 years
THE streets of the Upper East Side were almost deserted on a recent rainy Saturday. But inside William Poll, a food and catering shop at 1051 Lexington Avenue, things were happening. A staff of 12, many of whom have worked there for years, baked and cooked with elfish efficiency. While country hams, chocolate cakes and pots of chicken soup
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Former Sony prexy Norio Ohga dies - Variety
Google News - almost 6 years
Under the troubled reign of Peter Guber and Jon Peters, the studio racked up large losses, and Sony's decision to buy it was widely derided, but in 1996 a new management team under prexy John Calley engineered a BO turnaround, and Ohga's strategy of
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With 'Social Network,' Columbia Hopes to End Oscar Drought
NYTimes - about 6 years
LOS ANGELES -- Remember 1988? Prozac was brand-new. The Soviets were in Afghanistan. Columbia Pictures actually had an Oscar-winning movie. Now, Columbia, which took the top honors on Academy Awards night in 1988 with ''The Last Emperor,'' directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and produced by Jeremy Thomas, has a chance to finally do it again -- some 23
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NYTimes - about 6 years
LOS ANGELES -- Remember 1988? Prozac was brand-new. The Soviets were in Afghanistan. Columbia Pictures actually had an Oscar-winning movie. Now, Columbia, which took the top honors on Academy Awards night in 1988 with ''The Last Emperor,'' directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and produced by Jeremy Thomas, has a chance to finally do it again -- some 23
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Hollywood Dinner Has Oscars On Menu
NYTimes - over 7 years
Lauren Bacall admitted she had a thing for Gregory Peck, but his wife got in the way. Kirk Douglas said he tried to seduce Ms. Bacall, but she wasn't interested. Warren Beatty confessed that all his best stories seemed to wind up serving himself. Something remarkable happened on Saturday night at the new awards ceremony sponsored by the Academy of
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Modeling And All That Came After
NYTimes - over 7 years
I FIRST met Léon Bing in Pasadena, in 1998, while working on an article about Rudi Gernreich, the California revolutionary who had shocked the world with his topless bathing suit. Ms. Bing, a model in the 1960s, had not worn the famous suit; that distinction belonged to Peggy Moffitt, who also saw herself as the keeper of Gernreich's legacy. Ms.
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In Development: Early Oscar Spinoff, Away From Cameras
NYTimes - over 7 years
Two things are certain about the Governors Awards, the latest Hollywood prize event whose debut here is set for the evening of Nov. 14: There will be glitter. And there will be food by Wolfgang Puck. The rest is still being worked out. Looking to sharpen its annual Oscar show, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences plans to present its
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ARTS, BRIEFLY; Motion Picture Academy Announces Early Honors
NYTimes - over 7 years
Lauren Bacall, the producer-executive John Calley, the independent film entrepreneur Roger Corman and the cinematographer Gordon Willis will receive honors from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at its first special Governor Awards dinner on Nov. 14. The academy's board of governors chose the honorees on Thursday, setting the stage
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MOVIE REVIEW | 'ANGELS & DEMONS'; Holy Mystery! Mayhem at the Vatican
NYTimes - almost 8 years
Since ''Angels & Demons'' takes place mainly in the Vatican, and is festooned with the rites and ornaments of Roman Catholicism, I might as well begin with a confession. I have not read the novel by Dan Brown on which this film (directed, like its predecessor, ''The Da Vinci Code,'' by Ron Howard) is based. I have come to believe that to do so
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MOVIE REVIEW | 'THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB'; Bibliophiles With Pride and Prejudice, Some in Need of Gentle Persuasion
NYTimes - over 9 years
''The Jane Austen Book Club'' is such a well-acted, literate adaptation of Karen Joy Fowler's 2004 best seller that your impulse is to forgive it for being the formulaic, feel-good chick flick that it is. After all, aren't novels that fall under that noxiously condescending rubric contrived to reassure readers by offering them secondhand
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SCENE STEALER; For Studio Chiefs, the End of the Revolving Door?
NYTimes - over 9 years
LOS ANGELES THIS week, on Thursday to be exact, Brad Grey will be entitled to celebrate the 32-month anniversary of his appointment to the top post at Paramount Pictures. Two years and eight months on the job normally isn't much of an occasion. But in Mr. Grey's case -- assuming that he gets that far -- it seems fair to make an exception. For fully
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Calley
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 80
    Died on September 13, 2011.
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  • 2009
    Age 78
    He was honored with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the inaugural Governors Awards ceremony on November 11, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details For the ceremony, Calley, unable to attend in person due to illness, recorded remarks that were projected on a giant video screen, remarks characterizing the life of a film studio executive and called "one of the night's more startling bits of honesty": "You're very unhappy for a long period of time. And you don’t experience joy. At the end you experience relief, if you’re lucky." According to Mervyn LeRoy in his autobiography Mervyn LeRoy: Take One, Calley played a big role in LeRoy's exit of Warner Bros. when The Kinney Company acquired it. Calley notified LeRoy that due to a "change in corporate thinking", the studio was not going to support his effort in producing the story Thirteen Clocks. When LeRoy asked Calley about the promises that he had made before, Calley answered "We'll have to wait and see". Calley attended Columbia University in the late 1940s, and then briefly served in the Army. His early life also included working for his father—"who had possible criminal ties"—as a used-car dealer. His first significant industry job was at NBC's New York headquarters, at age 21, when he started in the mailroom.
  • 1998
    Age 67
    A best picture nomination Calley potentially missed was when, as Sony's new head, he nixed the studio's backing of Terence Malick's 1998 film The Thin Red Line, reportedly because he thought Malick couldn't keep to the budget. (The film stayed on budget and received seven Academy Award nominations.)
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  • 1995
    Age 64
    Discussion In 1995, he married actress Meg Tilly; they divorced in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details John Calley's best friend, director/producer Mike Nichols, with whom he collaborated on The Remains of the Day, as well as on Catch-22, Postcards from the Edge, The Birdcage and Closer, said this after Calley's death from a long-term, undisclosed illness: "John was unique. As a friend he was always there and always funny. He made life a joy for those he loved. As a studio head he was unfailingly supportive and didn't try to do the filmmaker's job. When he believed in someone he trusted and supported him and when very rarely he had a suggestion it was usually a lifesaver. In fact that's what he was: a lifesaver."
  • 1993
    Age 62
    Together with Mike Nichols and Ismail Merchant, Calley produced 1993's The Remains of the Day, for which the trio received an Oscar nomination—Calley's only such Best Picture nomination.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1972
    Age 41
    From 1972 until a divorce in 1992, he was married to Czech actress and former Playboy cover girl Olga Schoberová, though neither spoke the other's language in their first few years together.
    More Details Hide Details Calley adopted her daughter Sabrina, who became a set costumer. When he left Warner Brothers in the early 1980s, citing an unhappy marriage and burn-out after involvement in the production of 120 films, Calley settled into life as a virtual hermit in his 35-room house on Fisher's Island in Long Island Sound. Later in the 1990s, after marrying Sandra Cooke Lean, the widow of famed film director Sir David Lean, the couple moved to Washington, CT.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Born
    Born in 1930.
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