October 4, 1987 |
We'd just gotten over the shock that "Michael Collins," director Michael Cimino's epic saga of a 1920s Irish rebel, was postponed (variously reported as due to budget, weather and script problems) when news arrived that he'll be back behind the camera in early December for "Santa Ana Wind." The contemporary romantic drama is set in L.A., from a screenplay by Floyd Mutrux and bankrolled by Nelson Entertainment, which also backed the now-postponed "Collins."
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April 28, 2006 |
Tony Casas, 77, former deputy director of corrections for the state of California and technical advisor for the film "American Me," died Sunday of pancreatic cancer at his Palm Desert home, his daughter Belinda said. As a member of the Department of Corrections' Prison Gang Task Force, he helped educate law enforcement officers about the workings of the so-called Mexican Mafia.
December 16, 1994 |
The best coming-of-age '60s period pieces--"American Graffiti" foremost among them--typically tend toward teen high jinks, with just a chaser of social portent. Floyd Mutrux's Malibu-set "There Goes My Baby" loosely fits these genre parameters, but, despite a soundtrack chockablock full of guileless pop, it's all portent and no high jinks. The foreshadowing is so thick you could surf on it.
January 15, 1989
Chevy Chase returns as Clark Griswald in Warners' "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," next March. Beverly D'Angelo is also back in Julianne Gavin's screenplay, which finds the couple besieged by in-laws during the holiday season. Matty Simmons produces; commercial director Jeremiah Chechik makes his big-screen debut . . . George C. Scott takes a menacing pose as the villainous Big Boy in Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy," filming for Disney in March. Michael J. Pollard also is cast as a mug.
March 13, 1992 |
"American Me" opens in theaters citywide today, but it has been playing in Edward James Olmos' head for 18 years. He not only stars in, directed and co-produced this powerful, pointed film about the self-perpetuating cycle of gang life in East Los Angeles, but he also just about willed it into existence.