July 4, 1994 |
Anybody who thinks all movies should be deep-think masterpieces by visionary auteurs probably won't be camping out at the Nuart Theatre for its ongoing American International Pictures festival. Max von Sydow won't be playing chess with Death there. But other games--less taxing perhaps--are being played. Beach blanket bingo, for example. And Death is certainly not being overlooked.
July 11, 2011 |
Disco music and movies are warmly embraced these days as part of pop culture nostalgia. The era, which began in the mid-'70s, encouraged a whole generation to dance and party — often to excess. And don't even mention the outrageous clothes. It was an era that ended abruptly; a year after the final disco-themed movies were released in 1980, the AIDS epidemic began and the fun was over. Most of the disco movies are considered campy cult faves, but 1977's "Saturday Night Fever" is a bona fide classic.
December 15, 2013 |
Tom Laughlin, who came to fame as the half-Native American, half-white ex-Green Beret in the 1971 indie blockbuster "Billy Jack," died Thursday at age 82. A lot of his films are on DVD and on streaming services. If you want to go back to his earliest films, check out "The Delinquents" (1957) -- which was directed by Robert Altman -- "South Pacific" (1958) and even "Gidget" (1959). And for those who want to revisit his best-known films, or perhaps see them for the first time, here are five: PHOTOS: Tom Laughlin, filmmaker who drew huge following for 'Billy Jack,' dies "The Born Losers": Laughlin first introduced Billy Jack in this low-budget 1967 biker film, which American International Pictures released in 1968.
April 8, 2013 |
Annette Funicello, the dark-haired darling of TV's “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s who further cemented her status as a pop-culture icon in the '60s by teaming with Frankie Avalon in a popular series of “beach” movies, died Monday. She was 70. Funicello, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987 and became a spokeswoman for treatment of the chronic, often-debilitating disease of the central nervous system, died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Walt Disney Co. spokesman Howard Green said.
June 19, 1989 |
The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films will present Samuel Z. Arkoff the Golden Scroll Award on Saturday. The honor is for "outstanding career achievements" in recognition of the 503 features American International Pictures (AIP) produced and/or released. Arkoff was the co-founder of AIP and today is chairman of Arkoff International Pictures.
December 9, 1997
Al Simms, 86, entertainment industry executive for 60 years. Born Al Ciminelli in Rochester, N.Y., as one of 17 children of Italian immigrants, Simms began his career as manager of the nationally broadcast "Horace Heidt Youth Opportunity Show." He later worked with singer Frankie Laine. For 28 years, Simms was associated with American International Pictures, working as director of the music department, head of personnel, general manager and assistant to the president.