April 13, 1989 |
"The Winter People," which opens the AFI/Fest tonight and plays in selected theaters beginning Friday, has so many arresting characters and facets that when it begins to go completely haywire it's like watching someone you've become rather fond of come unglued. Carol Sobieski's screenplay, adapted from the carefully wrought novel of North Carolina regional novelist John Ehle, sets a father and young daughter from more citified Pennsylvania down in the middle of an isolated Smoky Mountains community, mid-Depression time.
February 24, 1995 |
Don Michael Paul is better known to fans of Fox-TV's "Models Inc." as Craig Bodi, romance-novel-writing surfer-hunk. But when he's not catching the waves or sparring with the nasty Julie (Kylie Travis) in front of the cameras, Paul is just as happy to toil away from the bright lights on his own screenplays. In fact, he may well be the only actor in a prime-time soap who just landed a two-picture writing deal.
March 3, 2003
Here are this week's key releases on video/DVD and CD, available beginning Tuesday. *--* Video/DVDs BOX OFFICE (MILLIONS) DOMESTIC FOREIGN "The Ring" Naomi Watts, $128.6 $7.1 (Spain only) Brian Cox; directed by Gore Verbinski "Jonah -- A VeggieTales $25.6 -- Movie" Animated; directed by Mike Nawrocki and Phil Vischer "Half-Past Dead" Steven $15.
August 23, 1991 |
Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson, who have the title roles as likable drifters in "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man" (citywide), play off each other beautifully and have never looked better, but this lively but ludicrous macho fantasy should be way beneath them. Rourke is Harley, a biker, and Johnson is the Marlboro Man, a former rodeo cowboy. They're old friends who cross paths and join forces to try to save their beloved '50s-style Rock 'n' Roll Bar and Grill in Burbank.
May 8, 1991 |
"Rich Girl" (citywide) asks the question: Can a Bel-Air heiress (Jill Schoelen) find happiness with a struggling rock singer (Don Michael Paul) raised on Skid Row? The answer this unpretentious, ingratiating movie provides is more credible than one might expect, thanks to writer Robert Elliot, who seasons romantic fantasy with just enough realistic grit, and to director Joel Bender's warm-hearted yet crisp, driving direction.
February 24, 1991 |
On the shade inside his bathroom door, Mickey Rourke has scribbled his warrior credo. "I must be mentally and physically prepared so defeat does not exist in my mind and body. Shadow box in a mirror 30 minutes a day. Movement is concentrated. Positive attitude to survive and be as good as I can possibly be. No excuses for laziness. And no second chance again."