October 5, 1997
Regarding "Devil in a Blue Dress" (Letters, Sept. 21): As capable as Carl Franklin is as a director, his film stumbled badly because it was saddled with a subpar script pure and simple. This is why the film never had a chance and failed at the box office. The failure of "Devil in a Blue Dress" had far more to do with its artistic shortcomings than it did with a failed studio marketing effort. SAM WATTERS Los Angeles
September 21, 1997
Re James Ellroy's concern that "noir" pieces like "Mulholland Falls" and "Devil in a Blue Dress" were the commercial failures that might doom "L.A. Confidential" ("L.A. Beyond Your Wildest Nightmare," by John Milward, Sept. 7). "Mulholland Falls" failed from lack of creative marketing, plain and simple. But the failure of "Devil in a Blue Dress" stemmed from two issues, both unrelated to "L.A. Confidential." First, it was an African American-themed film the studio did not know how to market.
June 12, 1994
I agree almost entirely with Walter Mosley's article "A Closed Book" (May 29). The publishing industry may talk a good multicultural game, but it still doesn't hire people of color. It's not what was written that is amazing as much as having it printed. Being in the movie industry for some 20 years and more, those same principles Mr. Mosley pointed out in the publishing business, applies to the motion picture and TV industry as well. The question for Mr. Mosley: What is the ethnic makeup of crew members above and below the line in decision making positions on the set of the film being made from his novel, "Devil in a Blue Dress?"
February 21, 1999 |
Quite frankly, I was a bit let down by the basic black and pearls that Monica S. Lewinsky wore at her deposition. It was politically correct--but boring. Everybody knows Lewinsky was the real star of the Starr report, and stars should shine. High fashion is more interesting than high crimes, anyway. It's too bad Linda R. Tripp isn't still advising Lewinsky on what to wear. But then again, Tripp's advice didn't really turn out so well. Monica definitely needs help.
July 10, 1994
As someone who has been writing about historic Central Avenue for the past dozen years, I'm surprised to read how inaccessible it was for the production designer of "Devil in a Blue Dress," the new Easy Rawlins film ("The 'Devil' Is in the Details," by Sean Mitchell, June 26). While I was researching my two books and one detective novel touching on the subject (all published within the past several years), not to mention numerous articles and two dozen R&B reissue album notes, I found enough photos, old news items and personal recollections to bring Central Avenue very much alive for me. Two other recent chroniclers--Tom Reed and Johnny Otis--also brought "the Stem" into clear focus in their books.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2005 |
When you grow up the way Regina Louise grew up -- abandoned by her parents, physically abused by caretakers, shuttled from foster home to foster home -- you learn to doubt your memories. Even the good ones, especially the good ones, come with a disclaimer: Maybe they never happened. Louise remembered that a woman once wanted to adopt her.