May 8, 2003 |
The American Cinematheque's Alternative Screen independent film showcase presents Lance Laspina's "Frazetta: Painting With Fire," a splendid example of a documentary that makes full use of the rich potentials of the form. It is a comprehensive survey of the life and work of Frank Frazetta, the fantasy illustrator and painter perhaps most widely known for his covers for the "Conan the Barbarian" novels that inspired the look of the 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.
November 20, 2011 |
Super 8 Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $44.99 There hasn't been a Hollywood movie yet this year with a better first hour than "Super 8. " J.J. Abrams' sci-fi/actioner about teenage filmmakers in late-'70s Ohio understands how kids relate to each other and how much fun it can be to gather with friends and make something. All of this comes through in the early scenes of likable young folks shooting a zombie movie in and around their small town. "Super 8" loses some of its specialness in its second hour — when the amateur Spielbergs discover that an alien has been abducting their neighbors — but the spirit of camaraderie and youthful adventure never dims.
December 16, 1987 |
At 71, the nation's premier collector and fan of science fiction and fantasy memorabilia says he can't wait another eight years for the City of Los Angeles to make up its mind. So Forrest (Forry) Ackerman sold a small part of his legendary 300,000-item cache at auction in New York, even as officials from Mayor Tom Bradley's office, yet again, were saying that they hope to house the rest of his collection in a city museum.
August 2, 1988 |
Beecham Cosmetics will reissue a 10-year-old commercial by Richard Williams, animation director of the Touchstone-Amblin Entertainment hit "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." Drawn by Williams himself, the 30-second spot for Jovan Musk Oil Cologne features a muscular hero based on the drawings of legendary fantasy illustrator Frank Frazetta.
December 19, 1992 |
Leave it to Alfred E. Neuman to turn a venerable auction house into a Mad-house. Dozens of bidders from around the country jammed Christie's on Friday and others bid by phone to claim their own twisted piece of Mad magazine memorabilia as the anything-for-a-laugh journal put its archives up for sale. Those laughs may have been cheap, but the prices weren't.
December 11, 2009
'Wicked' challenge is met An understudy who was getting a chance to play the green witch Elphaba in a touring production of "Wicked" didn't let screaming and swearing in the audience ruin her performance in Cleveland this week. The show's tour manager, Steve Quinn, said a drunken brawl broke out at the performance Tuesday night. Understudy Kaye Clark was on stage during one of the show's quietest moments when the scuffle started. Clark broke into the song "I'm Not That Girl" and kept on singing even as police handcuffed and removed a screaming woman.