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April 4, 2004 | Mark Olsen
Though perhaps still known to many as "Spike Lee's cinematographer," Ernest Dickerson hasn't worked with the director since "Malcolm X" in 1992. Though he started as cameraman on such early Lee projects as "She's Gotta Have It," "School Daze" and "Do the Right Thing," Dickerson subsequently has segued into directing, building a diverse filmography that stretches from the urban drama of "Juice" to the hip-hop horror of "Bones." With the new "Never Die Alone," Dickerson directs the first movie adaptation of writer Donald Goines, whose first-person reportage of life on the streets has made him a seminal literary figure.
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April 4, 2004 | Mark Olsen
Though perhaps still known to many as "Spike Lee's cinematographer," Ernest Dickerson hasn't worked with the director since "Malcolm X" in 1992. Though he started as cameraman on such early Lee projects as "She's Gotta Have It," "School Daze" and "Do the Right Thing," Dickerson subsequently has segued into directing, building a diverse filmography that stretches from the urban drama of "Juice" to the hip-hop horror of "Bones." With the new "Never Die Alone," Dickerson directs the first movie adaptation of writer Donald Goines, whose first-person reportage of life on the streets has made him a seminal literary figure.
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July 28, 1991 | KARI GRANVILLE, Kari Granville is a New York-based free-lance writer.
The cavernous downtown dancetorium is ablaze with the lights of a visiting movie crew, and Diamond J. Plastic Man and a few other local club deejays are hanging out, awaiting orders for an afternoon shoot. They make a very hip group of bit players, but not too hip to be impressed that they're in a film directed by Ernest Dickerson. Dickerson isn't famous, and it's not that he has directed any mega-hits--in fact, he's never before directed a movie.
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October 25, 2001 | Robin Rauzi
* The writer and director's new film, "Bones," opened Wednesday. Taking Sides: I've got four kids, three boys [ages 3, 6 and 9] are living with me, and we try to go out to dinner one night during the weekend. The boys would rather go to Ed Debevic's. I think they like the ambience of the place, the music and the fact that waiters get up and sing on the tables. The wait staff is always funny and comically rude. But we try to steer them to Gourmet 88 in Burbank, on San Fernando Road.
NEWS
November 20, 1986
Pomona police said they have no suspects in the murders of two men who were shot to death in the same neighborhood. Investigators said Robert Gonzales, 40, a transient, was asleep on a rear patio at 829 W. Monterey Avenue, and Ernest Dickerson, 52, who lived at 348 W. Holt Ave. was asleep in a car abandoned behind a laundry building at 838 W. Holt Ave., when they were struck by several .22 caliber rifle bullets, apparently fired from close range. Gonzales was pronounced dead at the scene.
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October 25, 2001 | Robin Rauzi
* The writer and director's new film, "Bones," opened Wednesday. Taking Sides: I've got four kids, three boys [ages 3, 6 and 9] are living with me, and we try to go out to dinner one night during the weekend. The boys would rather go to Ed Debevic's. I think they like the ambience of the place, the music and the fact that waiters get up and sing on the tables. The wait staff is always funny and comically rude. But we try to steer them to Gourmet 88 in Burbank, on San Fernando Road.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 1992 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
The mean streets of America's urban ghettos are suddenly teeming with filmmakers. "Boyz N the Hood," "New Jack City," "Hanging With the Home Boys" and "Straight Out of Brooklyn" have all told basically the same story of trapped teen-agers steamrollered by an unforgiving environment. "Juice" (citywide) is the latest entry in this particular sweepstakes, and though it is a vivid, promising piece of work from first-time director Ernest R.
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December 12, 1989 | Shauna Snow, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Lee to 'Do It A Cappella': After doing the right thing, this time Spike Lee is going to "Do It A Cappella" as the co-host of a TV special by that name with Debbie Allen. The show, which will air on PBS' "Great Performances" and BBC this spring, will feature a new wave of a cappella vocalists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1991
Acting on a tip, police found a 1-year-old boy Wednesday who had vanished Friday with his baby-sitter. The baby-sitter, Michelle Oliver, 38, was being sought on suspicion of kidnaping, Lt. Doc Warkentin said. Darnell Dickerson was found unharmed about noon at an apartment in the 400 block of South Bonnie Brae Avenue in Los Angeles, a few blocks from his family residence. The toddler was being watched by Roscoe Scally, who said Oliver had brought the boy over on Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 1987 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
Early on, in "Eddie Murphy Raw" (citywide), a surprisingly poor concert film of Murphy's stand-up act, he does a double imitation of Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor--casting them in a private hagiography as his good and ba-a-a-a-d comedy daddies. Cosby supposedly calls him up and complains bitterly about Murphy's foul language. Perturbed, Murphy calls Pryor ("Yo, Richard!") and is told to tell Cosby, saltily, to butt out. It's an interesting bit, though it isn't very funny.
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July 28, 1991 | KARI GRANVILLE, Kari Granville is a New York-based free-lance writer.
The cavernous downtown dancetorium is ablaze with the lights of a visiting movie crew, and Diamond J. Plastic Man and a few other local club deejays are hanging out, awaiting orders for an afternoon shoot. They make a very hip group of bit players, but not too hip to be impressed that they're in a film directed by Ernest Dickerson. Dickerson isn't famous, and it's not that he has directed any mega-hits--in fact, he's never before directed a movie.
NEWS
November 20, 1986
Pomona police said they have no suspects in the murders of two men who were shot to death in the same neighborhood. Investigators said Robert Gonzales, 40, a transient, was asleep on a rear patio at 829 W. Monterey Avenue, and Ernest Dickerson, 52, who lived at 348 W. Holt Ave. was asleep in a car abandoned behind a laundry building at 838 W. Holt Ave., when they were struck by several .22 caliber rifle bullets, apparently fired from close range. Gonzales was pronounced dead at the scene.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 1992 | DENNIS HUNT
"Hook," No. 2 on the Billboard magazine rental chart, is surprising some retailers with a stronger rental showing than expected. Though it's geared to the sales market, selling for as low as $15 in some outlets, some potential buyers are renting it--which will ultimately cut into sales figures. "Juice," writer-director Ernest Dickerson's look at some other boys in the 'hood, entered at No. 12.
NEWS
February 6, 1991
A 1-year-old Los Angeles boy and the baby-sitter suspected of kidnaping him from a Westlake apartment Friday remained at large, police said Tuesday. Ernest Dickerson, 42, left his son, Darnell, in the care of Michelle Oliver, 38, who lives in the same building at in the 400 block of South Lake Street, north of MacArthur Park, said Rampart Station Detective Lt. Doc Warkentin. "She was supposed to baby-sit for two hours, but both she and the boy disappeared," Warkentin said.
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