September 8, 1991 |
Though Hollywood is singing the blues over the dismal box office of some of its new releases, the industry has struck gold restoring and re-releasing such classics as George Cukor's "A Star Is Born," David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia," Bernardo Bertolucci's "1900" and Stanley Kubrick's epic "Spartacus." While not exactly a member of that august company, director Ridley Scott's own cut of his 1982 cult favorite "Blade Runner" has been unearthed by Warner Bros. and is headed for theaters.
September 30, 2007 |
Ridley Scott was living in London in 1980 but looking for a leading man for his first Hollywood movie. The script was a strange one -- it was a surreal tale adapted from a 1968 novel about murderous artificial people in futuristic Los Angeles -- and Scott didn't have a certain title since he couldn't use the more-than-a-mouthful name of the book: "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"
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January 10, 2001 |
I had a dream the other night that I was a little old lady sitting in a shabby, one-room apartment reading about a man who had been offered all the money in the city to play baseball. His salary was in the billions, but that didn't bother her. Sports were the only form of entertainment the people had left in the dream world. She was reading by candlelight because the cost of electricity had gone beyond her means.
February 20, 2005 |
In "This Is the City," a study of politics, culture and media in Los Angeles over the last century or so, Ronald J. Schmidt Jr. writes with a kind of confidence and verve that is rare in academic scholarship. He conjures up several notable figures of 19th and 20th century L.A. -- Los Angeles Times Publisher Harrison Gray Otis, movie mogul Louis B.
July 15, 2004 |
In some respects, "I, Robot" -- a sci-fi thriller starring a futuristic Audi and, oh yes, Will Smith -- is fairly programmatic. In a future world, man's artificial helpmates rebel against their organic overlords and tear up the town. Robots gone wild. They might have filmed the whole thing in Fort Lauderdale. But in the annals of cinematic product placement -- and I'm afraid we have reached the point where there are such annals -- the film is a landmark. Stockholders in the company U.S.
September 21, 2008 |
Some writers encamp at coffee shops. Others lug their laptops to leafy parks or hushed university libraries. When D.J. Caruso came to Los Angeles, though, he found some of his best creative hours were spent amid the hustle and bustle of Union Station. Watching the parade of people with suitcases and train tickets spurred his imagination.