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December 4, 1987 | LEONARD KLADY
"Under Cover" (citywide) harks back to an era when the studios made taut thrillers on minuscule budgets. These simple tales of good guys and bad guys were the training grounds for the freshest, untried film artists and technicians. On the most basic level, "Under Cover" is a solid "B" movie that suggests reel talent waiting for a breakthrough. It's an engaging yarn, even if its logic and execution periodically falter.
September 25, 2003 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Gordon Mitchell, a bodybuilder who joined entertainer Mae West's buffed all-male chorus line in the mid-1950s and went on to make about 200 B-movies, excelling in the "sword and sandal" genre, has died. He was 80. Mitchell died Saturday night in his sleep at his Marina del Rey home of an apparent heart attack, said his personal assistant, Bill Comstock. The still-fit actor had been in good health, Comstock said, and had recently completed a film in Germany.
March 17, 1989 | DENNIS HUNT, Times Staff Writer
Are B-movies going down the drain in the home-video market? They've definitely been on the decline in the last few years. According to a recent study by the Fairfield Group, there was a 10% drop in dealer purchases of B-movies last year. Another study, by Vidmark Communications, showed dealers ordered 23% fewer B-titles last year.
June 21, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hubert Cornfield, 77, a director and screenwriter best known for the edgy 1962 film "Pressure Point," starring Bobby Darin and Sidney Poitier, and the 1968 crime drama "The Night of the Following Day," with Marlon Brando, died Sunday in Los Angeles of heart failure. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Cornfield moved with his family to France and then to the United States just before World War II. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
May 3, 2011 | Valerie J. Nelson
Yvette Vickers, an actress best known as the femme fatale in two late 1950s cult horror films, "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" and "Attack of the Giant Leeches," was found dead Wednesday at her Benedict Canyon home. She was 82. The body's mummified state suggests that she could have been dead for close to a year, police said. Residents on the street said they had not seen Vickers since last summer, said actress Susan Savage, a neighbor who discovered the body. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death, but police say foul play is not suspected.
April 26, 1993 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
It's ugly, it's shocking, it's terrifying, it's utterly criminal and all right-thinking citizens are praying that it will end. Nevertheless, Los Angeles television's epidemic of newsjacking continues. The latest sickening episode occurred on the 5 p.m. edition of KCBS-TV Channel 2's "Action News" last Wednesday. The catalyst was the city's headline-making rash of lethal carjackings, of which there had been two that morning. On the screen, being interviewed by new-to-KCBS, new-to-L.A.
It was "Mad Movie" night at Cinespace, the Hollywood cinema-restaurant-lounge hybrid, and the L.A. Connection comedy troupe was spoofing the 1958 immortal sci-fi/horror classic "The Blob," dubbing in its own dialogue as the movie was being played. The group has performed numerous "Blob" riffs, including a talking-Blob spoof available on DVD as "Blobbermouth." This time around, the troupe had the Blob vying with the film's star, Steve McQueen, for a gig as a standup comic on "The Tonight Show."
May 11, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nicholas Worth, 69, an imposing character actor who often played the darkest of villains in such B movies as "Don't Answer the Phone!" (1980), died of heart failure Monday at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, said his friend Jack Stern. Worth debuted in "For Pete's Sake" (1966) and appeared in almost 90 films and television productions. He was in "Swamp Thing" (1982), "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" (1988) and "Darkman" (1990).
November 7, 1988 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
Joseph Kwong's half-hour "Roger Corman: Shoot to Thrill," at 7:30 tonight on Channel 28's "California Stories" series, is a lively, solid thumbnail sketch of the producer-director often called the King of the Bs. In conversations with the patrician Corman (who holds a degree in engineering from Stanford and who studied English literature at Oxford) and with his colleagues, the documentary touches on the many facets of this complex and gifted film maker.
June 5, 2013 | By John Horn
An Orange County movie producer convicted of bilking mostly elderly investors out of $9.5 million in a Ponzi scam involving B movies such as “Confessions of a Pit Fighter” and “Lake Dead” has been sentenced to 27 years in state prison. Mahmoud Karkehabadi (also known as Mike Karkeh), 56, the owner of Alliance Group Entertainment, was sentenced on May 31 by Superior Court Judge Richard Toohey after Karkehabadi was convicted in a five-week jury trial of 49 counts of securities fraud and grand theft.
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