August 21, 2011 |
The Todds "When we were trying to sell 'Austin Powers,' we got a lot of pushback," Suzanne Todd recalls. "A studio head at the time [took] the point to call himself to say to me, 'Passing on this project, and I also want to tell you as your friend that I think this material is disgusting and you're a nice girl and you shouldn't sully you career by taking on this kind of material.' And I remember thinking, not only was that a pretty aggressive pass, but I was sort of insulted by the idea that he needed to look out for me. " The Todd sisters have produced some big hits, including all three of the "Austin Powers" movies, "Memento" and "Alice in Wonderland.
March 4, 1998
Today was a very happy day for me after reading Ruth Reichl's personal story, "Go Ask Alice" (Feb. 25). I was swept into someone else's life. It felt magical. Ms. Reichl's family history shows us how very much we need each other through the good times and the bad times. I only wish that I, too, could have dined with Aunt Birdie and Alice. NANCY TORRECILLAS Beverly Hills Ruth Reichl's article, "Go Ask Alice," was wonderful. The storytelling reminded me of M.F.K. Fisher (one of my favorite authors)
April 4, 2013 |
The beauty of a well-told fable is typically in its airy brevity, with a moral sharp and bittersweet. Ramaa Mosley's feature debut, "The Brass Teapot," has Aesopian pretensions with its supernatural-themed story about the titular vessel's darkly magical effect on the lives of a young, financially strapped married couple, played by Juno Temple and Michael Angarano. But the conceit - the teapot fills with money when harm is inflicted in its presence - is treated less like a starting-off point for something wise to say about societal masochism than an opportunity to indulge in weakly cynical jokes and aggressively ouch-y humor.
March 4, 2010
"Alice in Wonderland" Alice returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, to find her true destiny and to end the Red Queen's reign of terror. "Brooklyn's Finest" In the course of one chaotic week, the lives of three conflicted New York City police officers are dramatically transformed by their involvement in a massive drug operation. "Liverpool" A merchant sailor returns to his home in Tierra del Fuego after spending most of his life at sea. "Ran" A reissue of the 1985 Akira Kurosawa film about a warlord and his three sons, who find themselves struggling with greed and betrayal.
February 27, 2013 |
When screenwriter Darren Lemke first proposed the idea of contemporizing the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale with CG technology, it was 2005. Tim Burton had not yet jumped into the rabbit hole with "Alice in Wonderland. " Amanda Seyfried had yet to don the cape for "Red Riding Hood. " Snow White had no Huntsman. But due to development delays and changing technology, Warner Bros. and its New Line division didn't start production on "Jack the Giant Slayer" until early 2011. By that time, Disney's PG-rated "Alice" had earned more than $1 billion at the box office and the once-novel idea for "Jack" had some huge expectations to fulfill.
July 19, 1987 |
Sometimes, the difference between freshness and cliche is no more than a hair's breadth. What, after all, is fresher--or more predictable--than youth; what experience as unique--or as common--as falling in love? Francoise Sagan, who rocketed to fame in 1954 with her novel, "Bonjour Tristesse," has continued to tread the fine line between triteness and truthfulness.
September 11, 1987 |
"In my book, it's called 'Alice in Wonderland,' " a young audience member announced as Robin Scott's new play "Alice in Numberland" began at the California Museum of Science and Industry. Faithful to Carroll's classic and to his interest in numbers (he taught mathematics), Scott's play is a clever take-off aimed at demystifying math for elementary school-age children.
January 1, 2001 |
I am spending most of my holiday season handling--reading, deleting, answering--about 3,500 e-mails, and right now I am about halfway through. As I read all these e-mails, I am thinking of lots of advice for the writers. Of course, I write from the position of someone who already has broken one of the cardinal tenets of e-mail: Answer your mail. So please take this column in the spirit intended: Someone far from perfect is trying to pass along some helpful advice.