October 3, 1993 |
As conventional Hollywood wisdom will tell you, success in the movie business is cyclical. You're hot, you go into a slump, and then you're hot again. Actors, by far, most often experience this bounce-back syndrome. (e.g., Richard Gere). Directors, occasionally (Robert Altman's comeback with "The Player"). But it rarely happens with screenwriters.
November 24, 1996 |
Directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Buck Henry, "To Die For" skewers America's fatal fascination with television and celebrity. Using a dead-on American accent, Nicole Kidman (pictured) plays a ferociously ambitious TV reporter who has brought an unlooked-for note of scandal to the town of Little Hope, N.H.
August 6, 2011 |
Buck Henry arguably made his showbiz debut at the age of 2, when his mother, the silent film star Ruth Taylor, took him to the Paramount lot to show him off. She denied then that she wanted him to go into movies. Sorry, Mom. Henry has become a polymath of directing, acting, and for my money, especially writing -- "The Graduate"; "Catch-22"; that fine dark comedy of manners, "To Die For"; TV's "Get Smart," with Mel Brooks; and a generation later, the seminal "Saturday Night Live" -- which he hosted for a then-record-setting 10 times.
July 6, 1986 |
Carrie Fisher's not publicizing it, but she's aspiring to a writing career. Besides some recent magazine pieces, she's penning a book of what her agent calls "human comedy fiction pieces" for Simon & Schuster, due out in 1987. And she's been deep in negotiation with ABC to write a pilot episode for a sitcom that Buck Henry would write and exec produce. Her agent told us the deal was "just closed." But ABC (at press time) said firmly that "nothing's firmed up" and negotiations are continuing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1996
A three-time killer was convicted Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court of murdering the first female U.S. Secret Service agent to die in the line of duty. Andre Alexander, 44, who already was serving a sentence of life in prison for a 1978 triple killing, was convicted of the June 4, 1980, slaying of Agent Julie Cross. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in Cross' slaying.
January 10, 2008 |
When last we saw Benjamin Braddock and Elaine Robinson, they were sitting in the back of a Santa Barbara city bus, flush with the excitement of escape. That's one of the defining pop culture images of its era, made iconic by Mike Nichols' 1967 film "The Graduate": Benjamin in his torn Windbreaker and Elaine in her wedding dress, the troubled past behind them and their lives together about to begin.