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
March 6, 2003 |
With all the talk of "icons," good deeds and pure hearts, Tuesday night's Welton Becket celebration at the Arclight Cinerama Dome had the feel of the canonization of a saint. The dome's designer was put forward as a key player in creating, perhaps even the unassuming emperor of, what one speaker called the "imperial California" of the mid-20th century. The event, "Built by Becket: Centennial Celebration," belatedly marked the architect's 1902 birth.
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.