July 8, 2010 |
Since iconoclastic actor-writer-producer-director-artist Dennis Hopper died in May after a long battle with prostate cancer, screenings of his 1969 masterwork, "Easy Rider," have been popping up around town. However, the Silent Movie Theatre is the first to schedule a tribute screening series to Hopper. "Dennis Hopper: Wasn't Born to Follow," kicks off Friday evening with "Easy Rider," which marked his directorial debut, and the 1971 documentary "The American Dreamer," which chronicles his post-"Easy Rider" success and the making of his next film, the ill-fated "The Last Movie."
June 16, 2010
MT. EMMY: To scale the heights of the Emmys, wrap yourself in raves and pack lots of buzz. This week's altitude readings are by Greg Braxton, Maria Elena Fernandez, Matea Gold and Tom O'Neil. PEAKING DON'T STOP BELIEVIN': The kids of "Glee" may have ended their season without (sob!) claiming a trophy at regionals, but odds are strong that the Fox show will earn some hardware gold — at the very least for Jane Lynch's cranky Sue Sylvester. CLIMBING REAL LIFE: Portraying controversial figures has been very good for Al Pacino.
June 6, 2010 |
Dennis Hopper knew how to talk to reporters, if my memory of a 1990 Toronto Film Festival press conference is an accurate gauge. It was early one gray morning, and he was jawing about "The Hot Spot," a neo-noir thriller that he'd directed, starring Don Johnson and Virginia Madsen. The questions were friendly and the banter jocular and relaxed in the packed hotel conference room. Then someone asked Hopper about how he'd dealt over the years with the premature death of his friend and former colleague James Dean.
June 1, 2010 |
There have been many tributes to renegade actor Dennis Hopper since he died Saturday at age 74 of complications from prostate cancer. But what might be the biggest tribute to the renegade artist Dennis Hopper is yet to come: The Museum of Contemporary Art here is preparing to mount a sweeping survey of his visual art to open July 11. "Dennis Hopper Double Standard," curated by Julian Schnabel, will include artwork by Hopper from the last...
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May 30, 2010 |
Dennis Hopper, the maverick director and costar of the landmark 1969 counterculture film classic "Easy Rider" whose drug- and alcohol-fueled reputation as a Hollywood bad boy preceded his return to sobriety and a career resurgence in the films " Hoosiers" and "Blue Velvet," died Saturday. He was 74. A longtime resident of Venice who also was known as a photographer, artist and collector of modern art, Hopper died at his home of complications from prostate cancer, said Alex Hitz, a friend of the family.
May 29, 2010 |
Hollywood actor Dennis Hopper, best known for directing and starring in the 1969 cult classic "Easy Rider," died on Saturday from complications of prostate cancer, a friend of the actor said. Hopper was 74. The hard-living screen star died at his home in the coastal Los Angeles suburb of Venice at 8:15 a.m. PDT (1515 GMT), surrounded by family and friends, the friend, Alex Hitz, told Reuters. In a wildly varied career spanning more than 50 years, Hopper appeared alongside his mentor James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Giant" in the 1950s and played maniacs in such films as "Apocalypse Now," "Blue Velvet" and "Speed."
May 29, 2010 |
What went down behind those corrugated steel walls of Dennis Hopper's Venice fortress as he lay dying at age 74? He was divorcing his fifth wife after 18 years together, obtaining an "emergency restraining order" to keep her at a 10-foot distance. They battled over his valuable artworks. She also filed complaints about him keeping marijuana joints throughout his compound, ready to provide quick relief from pain, and loaded guns in strategic locations, ready to provide quick resolutions.
April 16, 2010 |
Jeffrey Deitch, the incoming director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, has signaled his intent to court the film community by announcing his first show: an exhibition that promises to be an art world-meets-Hollywood spectacle. Deitch said Wednesday that a survey of works by actor and artist Dennis Hopper and curated by larger-than-life painter and movie director Julian Schnabel would open July 11. "Dennis is a very inspiring figure for me," said Deitch, the New York art dealer who officially starts work June 1 at the museum.