Robert Evans
American film producer
Robert Evans
Robert Evans is an American film producer, best known for his work on Rosemary's Baby, Love Story, The Godfather, and Chinatown.
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Thousands hope for clemency from Obama
CNN - about 1 month
Forty-year-old Robert Evans said he fell into the wrong crowd as a 17-year-old teen.
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Royal Court Theater Announces World Premiere Lineup
NYTimes - 4 months
A stage adaptation of “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” about the producer Robert Evans, is among this company’s offerings for the 2017 season.
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6 Documentaries You Should Watch 'Now!'
Huffington Post - 5 months
The second season of “Documentary Now!” started this week, with Bill Hader and Fred Armisen returning to parody famous documentaries. The series is very much a passion project for Hader, Armisen and fellow creator Seth Meyers, who all spoke to The Huffington Post about how they chose the films they would take on this season. Below is a list of the documentaries the show parodies in Season 2. You should watch them now to get ready for the upcoming episodes ― and just because they’re worth watching.   1. “The War Room”: James Carville and George Stephanopoulos try to get Bill Clinton elected president. Given this is an election year, Meyers said that “The War Room” was a natural choice to parody as it’s “the best campaign documentary that was ever made.” Further convincing the team they should go with “The War Room” was the fact that Hader could pull off a great impression of James Carville ― one of the featured political operators in the documentary ― and that 1992 fashi ...
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Five Reasons to Sail Into <i>By The Sea</i>
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Oh, to be back in the 1970s when opportunities to experience real cinema were more frequent and the likes of Paramount Pictures studio chief Robert Evans brought a kind of elan to the screen--something that feels absent in much of today's modern cinematic servings. But, what's this? In the much talked-about By The Sea, filmmaker Angelina Jolie Pitt delivers a daring spectacle indeed. The film hearkens back to the 1970s and to those dramas that took their time to unwind. The outing also smacks of a luscious European production with its simple yet remarkable cinematography and sparse dialogue. Will it be a box office hit? Probably not. But it is a kind of arty gem that's worthy of consideration. By The Sea takes place in the early 1970s, in and around a remote village on the French Mediterranean coastline. It revolves around the emotional undoing of a stylish couple, Roland and Vanessa Bertrand (Brad Pitt and Jolie Pitt--married in real life as we all know). Pitt morp ...
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CERN restarts Large Hadron Collider, seeks dark universe
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
By Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - Scientists at Europe's physics research centre CERN on Sunday restarted their "Big Bang" Large Hadron Collider (LHC), embarking on a bid to probe into the "dark universe" they believe lies beyond the visible one. CERN reported that particle beams were successfully pushed around the LHC in both directions after a two-year shutdown for a major refit described as a Herculean task that doubled its power -- and its reach into the unknown. Study of many billions of collisions in the LHC's first run from 2010-2013 produced proof by 2012 of the existence of the Higgs boson and its linked force field, a long sought mechanism that gives mass to matter. With its capacity to smash particles together at almost the speed of light and at a collision energy twice that of its first run, scientists hope that the revamped LHC will produce evidence of what has been dubbed "New Physics".
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Electric fault delays relaunch of CERN collider after two-year refit
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
By Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - Scientists at Europe's CERN research centre have had to postpone the imminent relaunch of their refitted 'Big Bang' machine, the Large Hadron Collider, because of a short-circuit in the wiring of one of the vital magnets. "Current indications suggest a delay of between a few days and several weeks," a statement from the world's leading particle physics research centre said on Tuesday. Engineers had been expected to start on Wednesday pumping proton beams in opposite directions all the way round the two 27-km (17-mile) underground tubes in the LHC, closed down for the past two years for a refit. The smashing-together of particles inside the LHC is designed to mimic conditions just after the Big Bang at the dawn of the universe.
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Revved-up CERN collider aims to shed light on dark cosmos
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
By Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - Scientists at the CERN physics research center said on Thursday the mystery dark matter that makes up 96 percent of the stuff of the universe will be a prime target for their souped-up Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in the coming years. I want to see the first light in the Dark Universe," CERN chief Rolf Heuer told a news conference, referring to a concept that includes not just dark matter but the dark energy believed to be driving the universe apart. "We don't know what dark matter is, but maybe there is a place where we can find it (in the LHC)," said Dave Charlton, spokesman for the ATLAS experiment at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research near Geneva. The press conference was called before the relaunch of the subterranean LHC later this month, after a two-year shutdown that saw its energy power doubled.
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Hollywood producer Robert Evans revels in the 'flare of the dare'
LATimes - over 3 years
With his new memoir, 'The Fat Lady Sang,' just out, the legendary producer talks about the highs and lows of his life in pictures. In his new memoir, "The Fat Lady Sang," legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans recalls taking an overnight flight from Los Angeles to New York in the late 1950s when he was an up-and-coming film actor.
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Video: Hollywood legend Robert Evans on coming back from near-death experience
CBS News - over 3 years
Businessman and movie producer Robert Evans made Paramount Pictures the most successful studio in Hollywood with "True Grit," "Chinatown" and "The Godfather." CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan sat down with Evans to discuss his success as an actor and producer, rehabilitating his health after three strokes, and his new book "The Fat Lady Sang."
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U.N. rights chief says Bangladesh trials unfair
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - A trial in Bangladesh, which brought death sentences for 152 border guards accused of murder and arson in a mutiny in 2009, failed to meet international law standards, United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Wednesday. "The crimes committed during the mutiny were utterly reprehensible and heinous," the former South African high court and International Criminal Court judge said in a statement. But she added: "Justice will not be achieved by conducting mass trials of hundreds of individuals, torturing suspects in custody and sentencing them to death after trials that failed to meet the most fundamental standards of due process." The government has in the past denied such allegations from non-governmental human rights groups, but diplomats said it would be more difficult to brush off strictures from the widely-respected Pillay. The mutiny shook the then newly-elected government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, which ended the revolt by nego ...
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Maldives judges undermining democracy: U.N. rights chief
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay accused the Maldives Supreme Court on Wednesday of undermining democracy in the Indian Ocean republic by interfering in its presidential elections. The former South African judge also argued that the court was lining up with Maldivian government efforts to cripple the opposition whose candidate led in a first round of voting on September 7. In a statement from her Geneva office, Pillay said she was alarmed that the court was "interfering excessively in the presidential elections and in so doing is subverting the democratic process" on the island chain. Pillay, officially U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, spoke as the Maldives waited to see if the first round of a new election set by the country's independent electoral commission for November 9 would be allowed to go ahead.
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"Dark universe" beckons as research target after Higgs boson wins Nobel
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - With the Higgs boson in the bag, the head of the CERN research centre urged scientists on Tuesday to push on to unveil the "dark universe" - the hidden stuff that makes up 95 per cent of the cosmos and is still a mystery to earthbound researchers. Rolf Heuer spoke after the Nobel physics prize went to Briton Peter Higgs and Belgian Francois Englert for predicting the existence of the Higgs boson particle, which explains how fundamental matter got the mass to form stars and planets. ...
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Torture rife in Libya's jails two years after Gaddafi: U.N.
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - Torture and brutality are rife in Libyan prisons two years after the overthrow of leader Muammar Gaddafi in a revolution launched under the banner of freedom and justice, a U.N. report said on Tuesday. Around 8,000 prisoners are held without trial in government jails on suspicion of having fought for Gaddafi, while countless others are detained by freelance militias out of sight and in primitive conditions, it added. No one was immediately available for comment from the Libyan government. ...
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Greg Archer: Robert Evans: 'I'm Still In The Picture'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Photo: Victoria Brenner In the introduction to the new edition of "The Kid Stays in the Picture," Robert Evans' incendiary and candid memoir, the film industry legend writes: "Writing, like music or dancing, hungers for that certain rhythm, that beat, that sound. Without it, no matter how talented the artist, his or her efforts get heaped on top of a pile, and then that gets heaped atop another pile. And no matter how high the pile rises, invariably it slides into the world of the unremembered." Evans should never worry about that. Writing aside, the man will always remain one of Hollywood's more alluring and unforgettable creatures. As the Paramount Studios chief in the 1960s and '70s, he stunned his detractors at the time, defied the odds and went on to produce some of the most critically acclaimed and successful films of all time--Rosemary's Baby, Marathon Man, Chinatown, The Godfather, Love Story. He had help, of course, most notably in the form of Peter Bart, who ...
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U.N. rights body poses tough questions to Vatican over child abuse
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights panel has posed a list of tough questions to the Vatican about child abuse by Catholic priests, a potential embarrassment for Pope Francis a few months into his papacy. The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) asked for "detailed information on all cases of child sexual abuse committed by members of the clergy, brothers or nuns" since the Holy See last reported to it some 15 years ago, and set November 1 as a deadline for a reply. ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Evans
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 78
    Michael Douglas' character in the 2009 film Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Wayne Mead, is an obvious parody of Evans, capitalizing on his well known hair, glasses, style of dress and reputation as a ladies' man who frequently entertained celebrity performers.
    More Details Hide Details Evans also appears in the Bruce Campbell novel Make Love! The Bruce Campbell Way, with Bruce impersonating him to infiltrate the Paramount Studios lot.
  • 2005
    Age 74
    He married White in Mexico on August 2005 shortly after his 75th birthday. She filed for divorce on June 16, 2006, citing irreconcilable differences.
    More Details Hide Details In the film adaptation of the autobiography The Kid Stays in the Picture, only Ali MacGraw is discussed, and their relationship is discussed at length. Evans has one son, Josh Evans, also a producer, from his marriage to MacGraw. Joe Eszterhas repeatedly describes his friend, Evans, as "the devil" in his book, Hollywood Animal, and goes on to say that "all lies ever told anywhere about Robert Evans are true." Meredith Rhule, his personal in-home movie projectionist, indicates that Evans absolutely knows how to impress potential movie backers. "I have seen almost every movie star, top models, heads of studios and heads of states walk into his home. Bob Evans is the Godfather of Hollywood." Actors have admitted imitating Evans's distinctive mannerisms. Orson Welles' unfinished final film, The Other Side of the Wind (1970-6), a scathing satire on 1970s Hollywood, has a young studio boss "Max David" played by Geoffrey Land, who Welles admitted was a spoof of Evans. While the film as a whole has never been released, certain scenes have, and numerous well-known internet video sites carry a scene of Land's performance, in which he is sceptically watching in unfinished arthouse film.
  • 2003
    Age 72
    Evans continues to produce, although the last film that he produced was released in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details He also produced and provided the voice for his eponymous character in the animated series Kid Notorious. Evans currently hosts the Sirius Satellite Radio show In Bed with Robert Evans. Evans is currently in development on a film about the life of iconic auto executive John DeLorean. Brett Ratner is attached to direct and James Toback is currently writing the screenplay. In addition, an HBO miniseries titled The Devil and Sidney Korshak is being developed with writer Art Monterastelli adapting. Evans has been married seven times but none of his marriages have lasted more than three years. His first was to Sharon Hugueny (1961–1962). After his first divorce came Camilla Sparv (1963–1965), Ali MacGraw (1969–1972), Phyllis George (1977–1978), Catherine Oxenberg (1998), Leslie Ann Woodward (2002–2004) and Victoria White (2005–2006). Evans' marriage to Oxenberg was annulled after nine days.
  • 1997
    Age 66
    In the 1997 movie Wag the Dog, a Washington, D.C. spin doctor distracts the electorate from a U.S. presidential sex scandal by hiring a Hollywood producer played by Dustin Hoffman.
    More Details Hide Details Hoffman's character was based directly upon Robert Evans. Hoffman emulated Evans' work habits, mannerisms, quirks, clothing style, hairstyle, and his large square-framed eyeglasses. The real Evans is said to have declared, "I'm magnificent in this film!" Bob Ryan, a recurring character in the HBO series Entourage is based on Evans. The character, portrayed by Martin Landau, was a successful movie producer in the 1970s who now chafes at no longer being considered a major Hollywood player. While Evans reportedly declined an offer to play the part himself, he did agree to allow his home to be used in the show as Bob Ryan's home. Evans similarly served as the inspiration for a Mr. Show sketch, in which Bob Odenkirk portrays God recording his memoirs, dressed as and speaking like Evans. Odenkirk also attributes Evans as his primary influence on his portrayal of lawyer Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1966
    Age 35
    Dissatisfied with his own acting talent, he was determined to become a producer. He got his start as head of production at Paramount by purchasing the rights to a 1966 novel titled The Detective which Evans made into a movie starring Frank Sinatra, Lee Remick, Jack Klugman, Robert Duvall and Jacqueline Bisset, in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details Peter Bart, a writer for The New York Times, wrote an article about Evans’ aggressive production style. This got Evans noticed by Charles Bluhdorn, who was head of the Gulf+Western conglomerate, and hired Evans as part of a shakeup at Paramount Pictures. When Evans took over as head of production for Paramount, the foundering studio was the ninth largest. Despite his inexperience, Evans was able to turn the studio around. He made Paramount the most successful studio in Hollywood and transformed it into a very profitable enterprise for Gulf+Western. During his tenure at Paramount, the studio turned out films such as Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Rosemary's Baby, The Italian Job, True Grit, Love Story, Harold and Maude, The Godfather, Serpico, Save the Tiger, The Conversation, The Great Gatsby, and many others. Dissatisfied with his financial compensation and desiring to produce films under his own banner, Evans struck a deal with Paramount that enabled him to stay on as studio head while also working as an independent producer. Other producers at Paramount felt this gave Evans an unfair advantage. Eventually Evans stepped down, which enabled him to produce films on his own. He went on to produce such films as Chinatown, Marathon Man, Black Sunday, Popeye, Urban Cowboy, The Cotton Club, The Two Jakes, Sliver, Jade, The Phantom, The Saint, and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1959
    Age 28
    In 1959, he appeared in Twentieth Century Fox's production of The Best of Everything with Hope Lange, Diane Baker, and Joan Crawford.
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  • 1956
    Age 25
    He was spotted by actress Norma Shearer next to the pool at The Beverly Hills Hotel on Election Day, 1956.
    More Details Hide Details She successfully touted him for the role of her late husband Irving Thalberg in Man of a Thousand Faces. The same year, Evans also caught the eye of Darryl F. Zanuck, who cast him as Pedro Romero in a film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, against the wishes of co-star Ava Gardner and Hemingway himself.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Born
    Born on June 29, 1930.
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