November 19, 1993 |
The Scene: The benefit premiere of "The Piano," director Jane Campion's latest film, at the Directors Guild on Wednesday night (see movie review, F1). Intense industry execs and celebs from Donna Mills to Jack Nicholson hung around after the film for brie and low-key schmooze in the lobby, where photographers excitedly tried to capture Sean Penn in their lenses. The evening netted about $40,000 for the Actors' Fund of America, which aids entertainment professionals in need.
September 30, 1988 |
"The Prince of Pennsylvania" (selected theaters) takes place in Quaker State mine country. It's a scarred-looking, played-out area of dead hills and gray skies, where memories of the Harlan County mine war era mix with punk horror, electric evangelism, drive-in promiscuity and rock 'n' roll bikers. An interesting mix. And, at first, a promising directorial debut by screenwriter Ron Nyswaner ("Smithereens"). But, sadly, Nyswaner isn't content with the texture of small-town life and character.
March 9, 1990 |
ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" isn't the only place you can send those camcorder productions you're so proud of. If you have something considerably more ambitious than a shot of junior accidentally hitting Dad in the groin with a baseball (ever notice how much of the "funny" stuff in that show is based on pain?), then you might like to submit it to the sixth annual "Visions of U.S." contest.
June 24, 1990 |
Theatrical glasnost continues, as Moscow's Theater on Spartacus Square arrives Friday at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Ludmila Rasumovskaya's modern Soviet drama, "Dear Yelena Sergievna,". "It's a very dark play," noted company general manager Pavel Belinsky via an interpreter. "Four Russian students come to their teacher to celebrate her birthday, but really to get the key for the safe where their exams are.
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November 22, 1991 |
The idea was to dramatize world hunger--to drive home just how inequitably food is distributed in the world--and most of the celebrities who attended the Second Annual Hollywood Hunger Banquet on Thursday wound up sitting on the floor and eating a meager portion of rice with their fingers.
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May 3, 1995 |
Being perfect is no big deal. At least that's what high school students Jennifer Koo, 16, and Dale Shuger, 17, said after learning that they had scored a flawless 1,600 points on the Scholastic Assessment Test, the nation's premier college placement exam. "I'm just thrilled . . .
September 2, 1990 |
Just outside this little farming town in northeast Iowa lies a baseball field where dreams refuse to die. When Universal Studios took over Don Lansing's farm and turned it into a movie set for the 1989 hit film "Field of Dreams," it became the hottest tourist attraction in the history of Dubuque County. Today, the Hollywood film crews are long gone and the farmers are back to growing corn. Still, like the movie says, the people will come. And come they do.