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April 5, 1990 | DENNIS HUNT, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
"Field of Dreams," the fantasy film about baseball, hit a home run in the rental market this week, moving to the top of the Billboard rental chart--finally toppling "Lethal Weapon 2." But with hot newcomer "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" breathing down its neck, "Field of Dreams" may have trouble clinging to the top spot. Among the high-profile movies debuting on the rental chart this week are "Casualties of War" (No. 10), "An Innocent Man" (No. 11) and "Shocker" (No. 24).
September 14, 1990 | Associated Press
The professor whose teaching inspired the film "Dead Poets Society" says he is not really interested in poetry, a subject he doesn't believe is practical for today's college students. "I don't even think college is practical, so I don't think it makes any difference," said Samuel F. Pickering Jr., an English professor at the University of Connecticut.
Actor Robin Williams, doing little to disguise his anger and pulling on an imaginary nose a la Pinocchio, accused the Walt Disney Co. Wednesday of lying to him and breaching an agreement not to use his voice to merchandise products inspired by the hit animated film "Aladdin."
July 12, 1989 | Kathie Bozanich
Movie (National ranking) Weekend Gross Screens/Avg. Weeks 1.Lethal Weapon II (1) $272,601 11/$24,782 1 (Warner Bros.) ($20 million) (1,803/$11,308) 2.Batman (2) $209,005 14/$14,929 3 (Warner Bros.) ($19 million) (2,201/$8,745) 2.Honey, I Shrunk ... (3) $107,253 12/$8,939 3 (Disney) ($9.4 million) (1,443/$6,537) 4.Dead Poets Society (6) $71,827 10/$7,183 6 (Disney) ($5.2 million) (1,109/$4,677) 5.Weekend at Bernie's (8) $66,797 10/$6,680 1 (20th Century Fox) ($4.
November 14, 1989 | From Times Staff and wire service reports
Samuel F. Pickering, the inspiration for the offbeat prep schoolteacher played by Robin Williams in "Dead Poets Society," still has not seen the popular movie. "To tell you the truth, I didn't know who Robin Williams was," said Pickering, 48, a professor of English literature at the University of Connecticut. "I finally saw him on TV the other day. He's a nut." Pickering, a Nashville native interviewed by phone from his home in Storrs, Conn.
April 8, 1990
I am replying to the March 25 letter on the teen-age suicide in "Dead Poets Society." It certainly is not the "central issue" of the film, as stated by letter writer Garner Simmons. Neither is the Robin Williams character's dismissal from his teaching job. These were both upsetting outcomes (tragic in the case of the young man), but underneath is a positive message: living life to the fullest by not conforming to society's often artificial standards. And it is one of the rare films that treats education and the teaching profession with respect rather than conforming to the Hollywood notion that anyone interested in school must be a "nerd" or a social reject.
February 15, 1990
Here is a complete list of nominees for the 62nd annual Academy Awards announced Wednesday. Picture: "Born on the Fourth of July," "Dead Poets Society," "Driving Miss Daisy," "Field of Dreams," "My Left Foot." Actor: Kenneth Branagh, "Henry V"; Tom Cruise, "Born on the Fourth of July"; Daniel Day-Lewis, "My Left Foot"; Morgan Freeman, "Driving Miss Daisy"; Robin Williams, "Dead Poets Society."
February 15, 1990 | Associated Press
Following is a list of the top grossing motion pictures of 1989 followed by the number of 62nd Academy Award nominations they received today. 1--"Batman," $251 million, 1 nomination. 2--"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," $196 million, 3 nominations. 3--"Lethal Weapon 2," $147 million, 1 nomination. 4--"Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," $130 million, 0 nominations. 5--"Rain Man," $126 million, 1988 release won 4 Oscars last year. 6--"Look Who's Talking," $115 million, 0 nominations.
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