December 1, 1996
Kathleen O'Steen's article on Hollywood's animal trainers brought up an interesting point (Film Clips, Nov. 17). If the Screen Actors Guild fights for residuals and other benefits for them, they will be doing a service. What would these movies be without these wonderful animals? SYLVIA J. HIRSCH Preferred Artists Talent Agency Encino
August 8, 1993
It would appear that those marketing execs at Fox and the usually hilarious Mel Brooks all missed the target with "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" (Film Clips, Aug. 1). My idea of a bull's-eye would have been "Prince of Tights." ROXANA KOHAN Los Angeles
November 18, 1990
The recent "Horror Hall of Fame" (Channel 9, Oct. 28) show was much more entertaining than any Academy Awards show I have seen in recent years, as it had humor, good film clips and behind the scenes shots, interesting guests and some innovative ideas. Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Cypress
May 15, 1994
Regarding "The American Way . . . That's Litigation!" (Film Clips, April 24): I was appalled that Robyn Astaire is charging to show clips from Fred Astaire's movies; how rich does one have to get? I understand he left her millions. Fred & Ginger movies are part of our American heritage; they are part of movie history. You'd think she'd be proud to lend out clips from his movies so that many more people in the world can be enriched to see Fred & Ginger dancing, like only they could do. I can't believe Fred would have wanted it this way!
October 26, 1997
As a screenwriter, I read with interest Claudia Puig's article detailing which script ideas are dead in Hollywood (Film Clips, Oct. 19). Let's see if I have this straight: no boring literary adaptations, no sci-fi, no pirate movies, no film noir thrillers in which people seek revenge, no action-adventure unless the characters have a "soul" to speak of, no evil robots . . . in other words, none of the 50 movies in current release. If anyone wants to read my new screenplay, which consists of 120 blank pages, call me. We'll do lunch.
July 21, 1985
Three cheers to Palm Beach, Fla., councilwoman Nancy Douthit and the Palm Beach city council for refusing to allow Jerry Weintraub and his film crew on the streets of their city (Film Clips, by Jack Mathews, July 12). For much too long, film companies have taken the position that it is a God-given right for them to shoot anywhere and anytime they choose. They take the attitude that because they are "the movies," the average citizen is happy to put up with just about any inconvenience to get a glimpse of Hollywood glamour.
April 8, 1996
Sketches, paintings, photographs and film clips that illustrate the relationship between film and architecture will be displayed at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences starting Tuesday to June 9. Films as diverse in style and period as "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (1919) to "Blade Runner" (1982) are on display at the academy, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Academy gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends, noon to6 p.m. Admission is free.