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March 4, 1990
I am writing in response to Spero Kessaris' Feb. 25 letter, in which he condemns director Bob Rafelson for suggesting that Sir Richard Burton, the hero of Rafelson's film "Mountains of the Moon," might have had a homosexual relationship with John Hanning Speke. Like Kessaris, I am a "Burtonophile," one of the secretive company who believes this great man of the 19th Century represents everything lacking from our world: an insatiable curiosity for the unknown, unbounded intellectual and physical courage, a swashbuckling style.
June 22, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
What's a Monkee doing on the lineup at a blues festival? Singing the blues, of course. That would be singer, guitarist, bassist and songwriter Peter Tork, who spends much of the time when he's not involved with latter-day Monkee business playing with his other band, Shoe Suede Blues, which is on the bill for this weekend's Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival . “I'm having a great time,” Tork, 69, told Pop & Hiss recently. “The drummer we have, Sturgis Cunningham, has such a lovely shuffle with a slightly modern edge to it -- between an oily Chicago blues shuffle and just a little bit of a more well-bound, slightly hip-hopier feel -- just the right combination.
September 27, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
It's hardly unusual for a veteran musician to record a batch of songs largely associated with other artists, as Monkees singer-drummer Micky Dolenz has done on his new solo album, “Remember.” It includes his takes on such familiar rock and pop oldies as the Beatles' “Good Morning, Good Morning,” Chuck Berry's “Johnnny B. Goode,” the Archies' “Sugar, Sugar” and Harry Nilsson's title tune, along with new arrangements of a handful of...
Two decades ago, star Jack Nicholson, writer Carole Eastman, and director Bob Rafelson joined up on "Five Easy Pieces," a low-budget odyssey into the country's tormented Vietnam-era psyche, and it's no hype to say it helped change the face of American film--for the better. But the trio's newest collaboration, a little man-woman-and-dog Mulholland Drive romantic comedy called "Man Trouble" (citywide), isn't going to change any faces or key any eras.
February 21, 1997 | JOHN ANDERSON, FOR THE TIMES
Since their initial, countercultural collaboration--writing The Monkees' movie "Head"--Jack Nicholson and Bob Rafelson have certainly gone down different paths. But their occasional associations have composed a mini-ouevre all its own: "Five Easy Pieces" with its complex characterizations; "The King of Marvin Gardens" with its contrarian casting; "The Postman Always Rings Twice," with its deglamorized take on murder and adultery.
February 6, 1987 | SHEILA BENSON, Times Film Critic
"Black Widow" (citywide) sounds intriguing from the moment you hear the cast and the pitch-perfect premise: the obsession of one young woman (Debra Winger) with the life and crimes of another--an irresistible young seductress (Theresa Russell) who marries, then buries a succession of extremely rich men.
December 14, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Bert Schneider, the iconoclastic producer behind a trio of influential movies — "Easy Rider," "Five Easy Pieces" and "The Last Picture Show" — that captured the rootlessness and discontent of the late 1960s and '70s and became symbols of a new era in Hollywood, has died. He was 78. Schneider had been in failing health and died of natural causes Monday at Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles, said his daughter, Audrey Simon. The son of a Hollywood power broker — his father, Abraham, ran Columbia Pictures in the late 1960s — Schneider helped revitalize moviemaking in the "New Hollywood" movement in which directors, not studios, held the creative reins and made movies that embraced the sensibilities of the emerging counterculture.
December 5, 2003 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Michael Small, a film composer best known for his work on thrillers, including "Klute," "The Parallax View" and "Marathon Man," has died. He was 64. Small died of prostate cancer Nov. 25 in a hospital in New York City. Beginning with "Out of It," a 1969 teen movie co-starring Barry Gordon and Jon Voight, Small scored more than 50 movies and TV movies, including "The Stepford Wives," "The China Syndrome," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "Comes a Horseman," "Night Moves" and "Continental Divide."
Quick--what does Gidget stand for? Give up? It's a combination of "girl" and "midget." Think hard--what's Gidget's real name? Francine. What phrase did Gidget use to say goodby? "Toodles." "Gidget" is based on a real person--the daughter of Frederick Kohner, who wrote the 1957 novel. The perky Southern California surf bunny has been a part of American culture for more than 32 years, starting with a number of Gidget films. In 1959, Sandra Dee starred in the first, which was a box-office hit.
August 9, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Though actress Karen Black never stopped working, news of her passing this week at age 74 sent me back to the 1970s. That era -- a transformative cultural moment for women in general -- had the films I remember the actress in most. It actually starts on the eve of the decade with 1969's “Easy Rider,” the movie that put Black on Hollywood's radar. (She had already made an imprint on stage).  It's hard to forget her portrayal of a leggy prostitute with a long tangle of brown curls taking an LSD-fueled trip with Dennis Hopper during Mardi Gras in that seminal film.
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