September 7, 1992 |
In recent weeks, that capable actor Jeffrey Jones has appeared in three films that have opened without benefit of press previews, but the latest, "Out on a Limb" (citywide), is not an instance of the third time being the charm. This numbskull comedy may in fact be even worse than "Mom and Dad Saved the World" and "Stay Tuned."
January 24, 1988 |
Will box-office lightning--the French kind--strike twice for Touchstone? Riding the success of the $100-million-grossing "Three Men and a Baby," based on the French hit "Three Men and a Cradle," Touchstone is readying "The Fugitives" to star Nick Nolte and Martin Short. It's a farce about a reformed bank robber taken hostage by a desperate man during an armed robbery, based on "Les Fugitifs," which starred Gerard Depardieu and Pierre Richard.
November 3, 1989 |
As a journalist for Rolling Stone, Cameron Crowe was the envy of many colleagues when it came to interviews. Youthful, handsome, charming and unassuming, he had a knack for getting his subjects to open up. Crowe brought the same qualities to the first movie he wrote and directed. "Say Anything," now available on video from CBS/Fox ($89.98, PG-13), is a youthful, handsome, charming and unassuming, boy-meets-brainy-girl comedy/drama starring John Cusack and Ione Skye.
February 4, 1994 |
The arrival of "My Father, the Hero" (citywide) begs the question: Why does Hollywood persist in remaking French sex comedies? Most of the originals--including "The Tall Blonde Man With One Black Shoe" and "Les Fugitifs," remade as "Three Fugitives"--weren't all that sexy or funny to begin with. And with the exception of "Three Men and a Little Lady," none of these remakes, which also include "The Toy," "Blame It on Rio," "Partners" and "Buddy Buddy," has been a smash hit. Or sexy. Or funny.
February 8, 1994 |
With comical television ads and a PG-13 rating making it accessible to teens, Morgan Creek Production's "Ace Ventura Pet Detective" tracked down a solid $12 million in its opening weekend. It grossed nearly double that of its closest rival--"Mrs. Doubtfire," which was pushed to second place but claimed the rank of the second-highest grossing movie released in 1993. With $181.
July 14, 1999 |
L.A.'s French community came out en masse Monday for the West Coast premiere of "The Dinner Game"--the latest comic farce by writer-director Francis Veber (1, left). In fact, so many people showed up at Laemmle's Music Hall Theater in Beverly Hills that not everyone made it in. Good news for those who were turned away: The film opens Friday at five area theaters.