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.
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.
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.
October 19, 1997 |
The last hours of an alcoholic British consul--an impossible romantic whose marriage is crushed, whose soul is rotting--on the Day of the Dead in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Based on Malcolm Lowry's great novel, cannily directed by John Huston; with a performance of sodden, magnificent grandeur by Albert Finney (pictured) as the consul and a sympathetic portrayal of his hard-pressed wife by Jacqueline Bisset (pictured) (Bravo Saturday at 6 and 10 p.m.).
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.
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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."