August 18, 1987
Clarence Brown, one of Hollywood's most prolific directors, who enhanced the careers of such diverse stars as Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Norma Shearer and Elizabeth Taylor, has died at age 97, it was learned today. Brown died late Monday night at St. John's Medical Center of kidney failure. He had been retired since the early 1950s.
February 19, 2012 |
In "Look Back in Anger," playwright John Osborne's brutal 1956 drama, the working-class antihero Jimmy Porter attacks his wife Alison, by accusing her of being "pusillanimous. " In their garbage-strewn Midlands flat, the disaffected young man cruelly barks out its meaning: "Wanting of firmness of mind, of small courage … cowardly. " "Pusillanimous" is a word one would hardly associate with Sam Gold, the ambitious 33-year-old director of the Roundabout Theater's revival of the British classic, which stars Matthew Rhys, most recently of the TV drama "Brothers & Sisters.
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September 19, 2000 |
A Costa Mesa preschool where two students were killed and five others injured after a man intentionally drove his Cadillac into a crowded playground in 1999 has quietly closed its doors. The Southcoast Early Childhood Learning Center, which survived that tragedy as well as a bruising battle with neighbors opposed to a security fence installed in the wake of the killings, closed Sept. 1.
June 26, 2005 |
When screenwriter Don Roos ("Boys on the Side," "Single White Female") cast "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow in a key role for his 1998 filmmaking debut, "The Opposite of Sex," an exciting new director-actress collaboration emerged. Roos' bitingly funny take on love, sex and responsibility took flight when Kudrow's Lucia -- a tart-tongued, opinionated, spinsterish teacher with unexpected reserves of pained optimism -- was on screen.
February 3, 2012 |
In the long, photo-decorated hallway that leads to the terrace garden dining area at Soho House, producer Michael Barnathan paused to point out a black-and-white snapshot of him and his wife grinning broadly as they celebrated their three Critics' Choice Awards for "The Help. " Barnathan and co-producer Chris Columbus are unabashedly, pinch-me-to-be-sure-this-is-real giddy about the gathering awards momentum behind the film, which focuses on the lives of black maids in Mississippi at the start of the civil rights movement.
May 30, 2013 |
I have so many questions after seeing "After Earth," the new sci-fi action-adventure starring Will Smith and his 14-year-old son, Jaden. First, just how much blinding power is in that famous smile of his? On the day Will Smith floated the idea - "sci-fi flick, father-son friction, me and the kid will star" - did its sheer warmth and radiance make everyone in the room believe that anything, including "After Earth" as an actual, viable movie, was possible? Someone wrote the checks.
November 29, 2012 |
Nicholas Jarecki was in trouble: He couldn't come up with the perfect line for Susan Sarandon to say to Richard Gere for a particular scene in "Arbitrage. " He needed a catchphrase a business tycoon would have invented. But as a film writer and director (and producer), rather than a tycoon, he just didn't have it. But he did have his actors. "What takes me a week alone in a dark room can be built in an hour by an actor," he says. "I had all this garbage, trying to come up with that line - 'confidence equals contracts' - and I said, 'Susan, can you come up with something?
November 27, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- The concept of money--filmmakers' need for it, their freedom without it--infused Monday night's Gotham Independent Film Awards, one of the first major shows of the burgeoning season. Benh Zeitlin, the director of the Southern magical-realist tale "Beasts of the Southern Wild," noted the extraordinary freedom that came from making his movie as a low-budget project outside any established system, while Jeff Skoll, the wealthy entrepreneur who founded the socially conscious film label Participant Prods., was feted as a kind of benevolent capitalist for the movie business.
March 10, 1985
Robert W. Schwenke of San Jose has been installed as president of the California Society, American Institute of Building Design, with Ann Ritberger of Sacramento, first vice president; Stanley E. Steele of Sunnymead, second vice president; Richard Roos of Long Beach, secretary-treasurer; William Holmes of Redding, northern director, and Richard Wilken of Los Angeles, southern director.
April 30, 1987
El Monte-based Birtcher Corp. named Ronald McAdams chairman and CEO, succeeding Ernest V. Jarvis, who was reelected a director. Four new elected directors include David B. Jones, Birtcher President Richard E. Maya, CEO McAdams and James R. Weersing.