January 25, 2006 |
In the world of independent filmmaking that is the heart of the Sundance Film Festival, consider the story of "Dealbreaker" and "Siren," a sort of "INDIE" versus "indie" tale. One is a 12-minute short co-directed by Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and a friend, Mary Wigmore, and backed by Glamour magazine and Nokia. The other is a self-financed movie from Michele Fiore-Kaime -- a first-time director, actress and "official Sundance reject."
January 10, 1991 |
They called him Mellow Yellow, and quite rightly. During his mid-'60s heyday, Donovan was the Phil Collins of flower power, a British import who captivated America with a string of mild-mannered, daydream-like rockers. After two decades away from the public eye and ear, Donovan (real name: Donovan Leitch) is enjoying a revival of sorts in England, thanks primarily to--of all things--the Happy Mondays.
February 21, 2002
8pm Pop Music Reclusive singer-guitarist J.J. Cale is identified with the Tulsa, Okla., music scene that produced him and such early '60s cohorts as Leon Russell, but Cale's show at the Roxy is a homecoming of sorts. During a mid-'60s L.A. sojourn, the musician was a regular at the Roxy's sister club, the Whisky a Go-Go. So, who knows, maybe among his songs, including the Eric Clapton hits "After Midnight" and "Cocaine," he'll work in a tune from his 1966 album "Take a Trip Down Sunset Strip."
January 6, 1989 |
Movies "The Brat Pack Goes West" might have made a nice subtitle for "Young Guns" (Vestron, $89.95, R). Starring Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen and Lou Diamond Phillips (as well as old guns Jack Palance and Terence Stamp), this Western about six desperadoes led by Billy the Kid fared poorly with most critics but scooped up $42 million at the box office. A rare and pretty-much-bungled attempt to deal with metaphysics in a major motion picture, "Vibes" (RCA/Columbia, $89.
August 26, 2007 |
TIM ROBBINS took his antiwar message to the stage Aug. 18 with a reading of "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine," benefiting the Actors' Gang and Office of the Americas, a nonprofit group that promotes peace and international justice. Sharon Stone and Jeremy Piven slipped into their seats at the Kirk Douglas Theater for the sold-out show, where 1. Neil Patrick Harris showed off his theater chops alongside the big-name cast. After a standing ovation, 2.
February 25, 1991 |
The Scene: West Coast premiere and party for "Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol," a new Chuck Workman documentary about the enigmatic artist and pop culture guru. Former Warhol-ites, artists and industry types saw the film at the Music Hall in Beverly Hills, then commuted to Asylum, the latest in upscale restaurant/lounge/nightclubs. It benefited the Hollywood Policy Center's Freedom of Expression Project, combating censorship in the arts and media.
April 21, 1991 |
A young woman with jet-black hair, a nose ring and a pierced belly button (an inny with a ring through it) sits with friends at the bar at Small's and discusses the merits of having a likeness of Bart Simpson holding a peace sign tattooed somewhere on her body. She leans across the bar and says, "Hi," to a friend and asks him, "Do I look like I've been here for a long time?" "No," he replies, "you just kind of act like it." It's near 10 p.m. on a recent evening at Small's, one of L.A.'