July 20, 1992 |
In an interview published almost three years ago, I mentioned I had a dream regarding black artists. My hope at that time--and it is just as strong, if not stronger, today--was that black artists be appreciated in Hollywood as much as white artists. Since that interview was published, there have been some positive strides made in the movie industry.
July 20, 1992 |
In the heart of Kenneth Turan's review of "Boomerang," he complains about Eddie Murphy's character not being a "hustler" and calls the film's setting among black professionals "silly and arbitrary" and not "dramatically motivated" (" 'Boomerang': Eddie Murphy's Romantic Fling," Calendar, July 1).
July 17, 1992 |
The "Boomerang" soundtrack, which some figured would fizzle after premiering at No. 8 on the Billboard magazine pop album chart, picked up steam, bounding to No. 4. This could be the album that dethrones Billy Ray Cyrus' "Some Gave All," which has held the top spot for seven straight weeks. One of the hottest rock albums on the chart is a re-release--"Temple of the Dog," a tribute to the defunct Seattle band Mother Love Bone.
July 10, 1992 |
"Boomerang," the soundtrack for the romantic comedy starring Eddie Murphy, is off to a fast start. The buzz about it boosted interest in it as it entered the Billboard magazine chart at No. 8. Another hot soundtrack, "Mo' Money," produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, jumped from No. 41 to No. 17 in its second week. Many thought Elton John's "The One" would fall off quickly after entering at No. 31 last week, but it moved up to No. 20.
July 6, 1992 |
Fending off an assault by two insurgents, "Batman Returns" was expected to hold onto its first-place box office position over the Fourth of July weekend, edging out new releases, "A League of Their Own" and "Boomerang," and doing an estimated $14.6 million business nationwide.
July 1, 1992 |
You can tell a performer is in trouble when his legal entanglements are more entertaining than his movies. Such is now the case with Eddie Murphy. Exhibit A is "Boomerang" (citywide), a film that is more listless than funny and could surely use some of the energy that animated both Art Buchwald and Paramount Pictures in the lawsuit surrounding authorship of Murphy's 1988 "Coming to America."
June 30, 1992 |
The Scene: The premiere of Paramount's "Boomerang" Sunday at Mann's Chinese on Hollywood Boulevard. Afterward, most guests drove (an intrepid few walked) the eight scenic blocks to the Palace for the party that had 1,000 guests, a dozen buffets and an 11-piece rhythm-and-blues band with four back-up singers. Director Reginald Hudlin said, "When I made 'House Party,' the premiere was at my house. This is a new level."
March 29, 1992 |
Bill Clinton called on former California Gov. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr. on Saturday to publicly release his tax returns, but the attempt to embarrass his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination was muted after aides acknowledged that the Arkansas governor had not released any of his own returns since declaring his candidacy. Brown, responding to Clinton's challenge, declared that his own tax records were already "out there."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1991 |
Los Angeles residents are to be applauded for their stellar conservation efforts in the face of one of the longest and worst droughts in California's history. When the Department of Water and Power enacted a mandatory water-rationing program early this year, its goal was a 15% reduction in usage. The public surpassed this level by an additional 15% over the past 11 months. Unfortunately, the public's enthusiastic response fueled another equally threatening and critical situation.
April 7, 1991 |
The African National Congress' new threat to pull out of negotiations with the government touched off a round of finger-pointing and criticism of the ANC across the political spectrum Saturday. President Frederik W. de Klerk denied ANC accusations that his security forces were ignoring the internecine warfare in the townships, and he sharply rebuked the ANC for using the blood bath for "political gain." De Klerk stopped short of rejecting the ANC's ultimatum.