Yorkin first made his name as a director and producer of TV comedy and variety shows in the 1950s. In 1959 he teamed up with Norman Lear to found Tandem Productions and made his feature directing debu...
Veteran TV producer Bud Yorkin has been slapped with legal action from a former house employee amid allegations he was falsely accused of rape. Noe Massin was hired to work for Yorkin's actress wife, St. Elsewhere star Cynthia Sikes, at their Beverly Hills, California estate, but claims he was recently dismissed after rebuffing their daughter's advances.
He alleges the girl appeared at his bedroom door completely naked late one night and demanded to be let in. Massin refused, reportedly prompting her to run to her mother and accuse him of sexually assaulting her, reports TMZ.com.
The plaintiff was subsequently fired from his job and now he is suing Yorkin, demanding damages for defamation and back wages for unpaid overtime he claims he is owed.
Yorkin is known for producing a slew of hit U.S. shows, including All in the Family, Sanford and Sons and Good Times.
It is every movie’s aspiration to earn the title of “classic.” To leap beyond the reach of disparagement, to speak effectively to critics and audiences everywhere. But this is a pipe dream — all movies, no matter how celebrated, have their share of naysayers. There are plenty of people who think Citizen Kane is boring, who consider Jaws shallow and flimsy, who’d call 2001: A Space Odyssey a heap of nonsense. And throughout its three-decade lifespan, the seminal science fiction entry Blade Runner — in each of its many manifestations — has earned generations of enemies.
Since the endeavor to adapt Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? to film was braved, Blade Runner has gone through a number of forms. The original product, as viewers will remember with a laugh, was weighted down by Harrison Ford's clunky, poorly scripted voiceover (an addition to the movie at the behest of the studio).
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It wasn't only Ford and director Ridley Scott who'd vocalize their distaste for this facet of the theatrical version of Blade Runner, but apparently — as newly revelaed by these acquried producers' notes from a 1981 screening of the film — executive producers Jerry Perenchio and Bud Yorkin... who also seemed to take issue with the music, the performances, the direction, and the very plot of the movie (not to mention the deficit of "tits" in the movie):
But the removal of this ill-conceived element in filmmaker Scott's 1991 Director's Cut release didn't quite solve the flick's problems for everyone, Scott included. It wasn't until 2007 that Scott was able to publicize his uninhibited creative construction of the film: The Final Cut, which was marked primarily by technical improvements on the previous incarnation.
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Through all of history's Blade Runners, new detractors have amounted, spotting flaws in every conceivable aspect of the movie. Checking out Blade Runner's Netflix page will give you an insight into the sort of animosity this movie has sparked.
And yet through it all, Scott's '82 sci-fi is still considered a "classic." I guess Hollywood is subscribing to high school rules: just because you're popular, that doesn't mean anybody actually likes you.
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Harrison Ford starred as a detective forced out of retirement to hunt down clones in Sir Ridley Scott's futuristic 1982 tale and Hollywood bosses are now making plans to reboot the Oscar-nominated movie almost 30 years after its release.
Executives at Alcon Entertainment, the production company behind Sandra Bullock's The Blind Side, are in final negotiations to buy up prequel and sequel rights to the landmark film from original producer Bud Yorkin, with plans to create a new Blade Runner franchise.
Alcon Entertainment co-founders Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove say in a statement obtained by Deadline.com, "We are honoured and excited to be in business with Bud Yorkin. This is a major acquisition for our company, and a personal favourite film for both of us. We recognise the responsibility we have to do justice to the memory of the original with any prequel or sequel we produce. We have long-term goals for the franchise..."
Yorkin will reportedly serve as producer on the new movies.
Served as producer on "Intersection", starring Richard Gere and Sharon Stone
Directed, produced and distributed (in USA) the feature "Twice in a Lifetime" through The Yorkin Company
Last feature as director "Love Hurts"
Began producing and directing variety shows in 1950s
Served in US Navy
Co-founded Tandem Productions with Norman Lear
Formed Bud Yorkin Productions (TV)
Yorkin first made his name as a director and producer of TV comedy and variety shows in the 1950s. In 1959 he teamed up with Norman Lear to found Tandem Productions and made his feature directing debut four years later with the Neil Simon adaptation "Come Blow Your Horn" (1963).<p>Yorkin has directed several first-rate comedies (usually produced by Lear), notably "Start the Revolution Without Me" (1970); he was also responsible for the finely observed family drama, "Twice in a Lifetime" (1985). His TV hits with Lear include "All in the Family" (1971-79) and the seminal black family sitcom, "Good Times" (1974-79).
co-starred on "St. Elsewhere"
born November 3, 1992
born December 8, 1994
Member, Board of Trustees, American Film Institute