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October 31, 2007 |
Robert F. O'Neill, 86, a longtime television producer who won an Emmy Award in 1974 for a "Columbo" episode that was part of "The NBC Mystery Movie" series, died from complications of colon cancer Oct. 23 at his home in West Hills, publicist Frank Tobin said. After starting at Desilu Productions and moving to Universal Television in the 1960s, O'Neill was a producer for numerous episodes of "Columbo," "Mission: Impossible," "The Sixth Sense," "Quincy, M.E." and "Murder, She Wrote."
March 1, 1992
Times film critic Kenneth Turan invites you to match the movie with the city in which it took place. Answers are below.
March 19, 1995 |
Elia Kazan's vibrant ode to adolescent torment and the war between generations is taken from the last third of John Steinback's Salinas Valley epic. The biblical allegory lumbers slightly, but there's a line of poetic naturalism and edgy tension throughout. All the performers, especially James Dean, pictured, in his debut as a lead, really blaze. With Julie Harris (also pictured) and Jo Van Fleet--both as extraordinary as Dean--Raymond Massey, Burl Ives and Albert Dekker.
January 5, 1997
"Read Any Good Movies, Lately" by Joseph Hanania (Dec. 18) portrays Scenario, the Magazine of the Screenwriting Art, as the really only game in town for publishing multiple screenplays (four in each quarterly issue). Let me correct the record. I am Sam Thomas, a member of the Writer's Guild for almost 30 years, and editor of the ongoing series "Best American Screenplays," published in hardcover by Crown (Random House), now three collections, with a fourth planned. All of these anthologies--the first with a foreword by Frank Capra--are still happily in print since the initial work was published in 1986.
June 20, 2011
The Hollywood Bowl has long been a favorite place to shoot movie and TV scenes. One of the first major films to shoot at the Bowl was 1937's iconic tale of Hollywood, "A Star Is Born" — that's where fledgling actress Janet Gaynor encounters drunk superstar Norman Maine (Fredric March). Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly sneak into the Bowl in 1945's "Anchors Aweigh. " Other films using the Cahuenga Pass landmark are 1944's "Double Indemnity" and 1980's "Xanadu. " TV series that have filmed there include "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Seinfeld" and "Melrose Place.
February 17, 1992 |
Vincent Bugliosi has struck again. From "Helter Skelter" to last year's desert island sex and murder yarn, "And the Sea Will Tell," L.A.'s former district attorney has turned his courtroom career into a cottage TV industry. The latest Bugliosi book-to-movie adaptation is "Till Death Us Do Part" (at 9 tonight on NBC, Channels 4, 36 and 39), which again is a fact-based, lurid case, this one from the mid-1960s and which the young Bugliosi won armed only with circumstantial evidence.