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Allen hasn’t taken Paes up on his offer, but the mayor continues to lobby hard. Scoring a film by the legendary director would help cement Paes’ vision for the city: to turn Rio into a cinema hub, the Los Angeles of South America. While Hollywood needn’t watch its back just yet, there’s no doubt that Brazil’s film industry is booming, as the Rio film festival that runs through Oct. 10 puts on display. The country is on track to make 100 feature films this year, up from 30 in 2003, and it’s increasingly sought out by foreign productions cashing in on the government’s generous subsidies and incentives. New studio complexes are in the works, and cinemas are mushrooming across Brazil to keep pace with ever-growing numbers of movie-goers, many of them new members of the middle class who were pulled out of poverty by a decade of booming economic growth. “The big shift is that now many more people have disposable income,” said Adrien Muselet, chief operating officer of RioFilme, the city government’s film finance company. “Once you’ve covered your basic necessities, bought your fridge and your washing machine, what do you want next? Fun. And for many people, that means the movies.” The new viewers have helped push Brazil’s box office gross from $327 million in 2008 to $737 million last year, according to the trade publication Filme B. That puts Brazil among the top 10 movie consuming countries in the world, said Muselet, and the industry is taking note. With its population of 204 million, this South American giant is increasingly factoring into the major United States studios’ strategic calculations.

He was 95. His affiliation with Paramount Studios lasted more than 80 years. (Photo: Jeff Kravitz FilmMagic, Inc) Story Highlights His last job at Paramount was “ambassador of goodwill” His last producer credit was for the 2005-2006 HBO Western series ‘Deadwood’ Production credits include ‘The Young and the Brave,’ ‘Stage to Thunder Rock,’ ‘Apache Uprising’ and ‘Johnny Reno’ SHARE 10 CONNECT 7 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE LOS ANGELES (AP) A.C. Lyles, who rose from mail boy to producer at Paramount Pictures and became the studio’s longest-serving employee during a tenure that lasted more than three-quarters of a century, has died at age 95. Lyles, whose most recent title with Paramount was ambassador of goodwill, died Friday at his Los Angeles home, longtime family friend Ben Wheeler told The Associated Press on Monday. He was just 18 when the lifelong movie fan arrived in Hollywood from his native Florida, going to work in Paramount’s mailroom in 1937. There, as the person who delivered their fan letters, the outgoing Lyles became friendly with most of the major stars of the era, including Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour and William Holden. “He was extremely close with Jimmy Cagney and Ronald Reagan,” Wheeler recalled Monday. His celebrity contacts would become invaluable when Lyles started producing such Westerns as The Young and the Brave, ‘Stage to Thunder Rock, Apache Uprising and Johnny Reno in the 1960s. He persuaded friends such as Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott, Jane Russell, Pat O’Brien and Dana Andrews to appear in his films, even talking Cagney into directing one of them, the gangster movie, Short Cut to Hell. It marked Cagney’s only directing effort, and Lyles remarked years later, “I don’t think he liked telling actors what to do.” Studio executives had recognized Lyles’ breezy manner years earlier and promoted him to the publicity department. Soon he was named publicity chief for Pine-Thomas, Paramount’s B-picture arm. The studio was named for Bill Pine and Bill Thomas, dubbed the “Dollar Bills” for their skill at making movies on the skimpiest of budgets. After Pine-Thomas folded in the 1950s, Lyles convinced Paramount’s bosses he could produce salable films with well-known if slightly faded stars on budgets the Dollar Bills had taught him how to squeeze.

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They said they’re excited about plans to make it the best police department in the country By Brittany Wallman 6:51 p.m. EDT, September 30, 2013 The new Hollywood police chief and the city manager visited the Sun Sentinel editorial board today. They had a lot to say – mostly plans to clean up the department, elevate standards and crack down on crime by focusing anew on road patrol and traffic stops. Click here to see the video. Among the things Chief Frank Fernandez told us: * Fernandez believes crime can be fought effectively by focusing hard on traffic. He’s increasing the percentage of officers doing patrol. * Federal Highway is the spine of crime in Hollywood, sapping resources from police and fire. In the future, drive carefully on this roadway because major traffic patrolling will be under way. * Hollywood ranks in the top five in the state for traffic fatalities. * Burglaries are the top crime in Hollywood – home and auto. * Officers hadn’t been trained – beyond the basic requirements – in seven years. * Half the police force has nine years of experience or less. City Manager Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark said her city aims to pay in the mid-range of local departments, but be a great place to work. She’s working to improve working conditions in Hollywood, and also to beautify and clean up Hollywood.