February 6, 1993 |
From the director of "Officer and a Gentleman" and the producer of "La Bamba," a new film opening for a limited engagement in . . . Tucson,nt Ariz . ? Taylor Hackford's new film, "Blood In, Blood Out" marks the first time Hollywood Pictures and Buena Vista Pictures--both subsidiaries of Disney--have released a drama about the lives of East Los Angeles Latinos, and the studio is handling its distribution with care.
November 16, 2009 |
If the Shirelles can't quite do for "Baby It's You!" what Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons did for "Jersey Boys," please don't blame the music. The sound of this path-breaking girl group, which skyrocketed up the charts in the early '60s with such hits as "Dedicated to the One I Love" and "Soldier Boy," still has an infectious charm. But these singers deserve a better-written vehicle for the roller coaster of fame than this patchwork musical, which had its world premiere Friday at Pasadena Playhouse.
August 4, 2011
Years of wrangling over whether the Autry National Center has a right to shed a costly and inconvenient subsidiary, the Southwest Museum, has spilled into the courts. Southwest backers are asking a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to overturn two recent decisions by Los Angeles city officials allowing the Autry to undertake what it has characterized as a routine gallery renovation at its Griffith Park museum but which opponents say would be the first step in an irreversible sequence that would end the Southwest's nearly 100-year run in Mount Washington as the home of a prized collection of Native American artifacts.
May 11, 2000 |
Since its release 20 years ago, the raucous youth comedy "Hollywood Knights" has developed a huge cult following. And now Columbia TriStar Home Video has finally released the movie on video (for rental) and DVD ($25). Written and directed by Floyd Mutrux of "American Hot Wax" fame, "Hollywood Knights" follows the outrageous and often tasteless adventures of a car gang that decides to raise hell throughout Beverly Hills on Halloween night 1965.
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June 2, 2010 |
William A. "Bill" Fraker, a cinematographer who was nominated for six Academy Awards including for "Looking for Mr. Goodbar," "Heaven Can Wait" and "1941," died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 86 and had cancer. Fraker, a larger-than-life figure, was one of America's most respected cinematographers, known as much for the enduring images he crafted on classic movies like "Rosemary's Baby" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" as for his efforts to mentor young camera operators.
December 5, 1991 |
The years 1987 and 1988 were a watershed for Latino films, with Luis Valdez's "La Bamba," Richard (Cheech) Marin's "Born in East L.A.," and Ramon Menendez's "Stand and Deliver." But since then, few Latino projects have reached the big screen, and those that have did poorly at the box office. Now, a pair of major studio films about Chicano and prison gangs--"American Me," directed by Edward James Olmos, and "Blood In . . .
September 1, 1991 |
It's always the job of the actor to convince. Even so, there's no mistaking the anguish of Edward James Olmos' tone as he describes the making of "American Me," Universal's $16-million story about the implosive pressures of Latino gang life in East Los Angeles and the California prison system. "It makes me cry and overwhelms and humbles me, what people have given at this point in my life," said Olmos. "This is my life, my barrio. I've given my life and soul to it."
June 10, 1990 |
You gotta give it to the gumshoe: "Dick Tracy" is brash, irresistible fun. Warren Beatty's vision of a comic strip on film comes in paint box-bright colors with nicely irreverent dialogue, a gaggle of crisp performances and one with million-dollar moxie. It's a film of enormous style, with a sure sense of itself.
March 7, 1992 |
Wait long enough and someone will make the movie. That's the message of hope that might be found in the historic logs of two movies heading our way, both examples of the strange currents that cause some scripts to sail and others to flounder. So this is for all the people who write and wait and who think they have what it takes to pull off the Great American Movie Story.
January 20, 1991 |
FALL/CHRISTMAS By the time September rolls around, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II" and whatever else has gone through the roof in the first half of the year will be all but forgotten. Now, we will all agree, the fun begins; the "serious films" will open, followed by the Holiday Box Office Derby, then the onset of Awards Season. But as this past fall and Christmas showed, the lineups for these seasons tend to look better on paper than they do in theaters. The two seasons are distinct from one another, by subject matter as much as dates.