Is it possible that, after two decades of florid eulogies, the death of the studio-backed midbudget, character-driven pic has been greatly exaggerated?
Bud Yorkin first made his name as a director and producer of TV comedies and variety shows in the 1950s.
In 1966, President Johnson appointed Jack Valenti the third president and chief executive officer of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, a post he has held ever since.
"Joe Millionaire's" Evan Marriott and "American Idol's" Simon Cowell aside, the real stars of February sweeps were Fox's Sandy Grushow and Gail Berman.
Just as Ronald Reagan honed his skills as "the great communicator" by entering the Oval Office by way of Hollywood, Robert Evans got a taste of what it might have been like to run a studio by playing…