October 15, 1988 |
Actress Ann Robinson learned about the television remake of producer George Pal's science-fiction classic "War of the Worlds" by reading about it in Variety. Then she contacted Paramount about a role, and within 10 days the writers wanted her in the show. Talk about your deja vu. Robinson starred as USC librarian Sylvia van Buren in the 1953 film and returns as the same character in the new TV series "War of the Worlds" that begins tonight at 9 on KCOP-TV Channel 13.
June 12, 1987 |
Before George Pal (1908-1980) produced and directed his landmark science-fiction features, he created a series of charming short animated films known as "Puppetoons." Arnold Leibovit's "The Puppetoon Movie" (in a nine-day run at the Nuart) is a commendable but often misguided homage to them.
October 25, 1992
The eminent film producer Ray Stark appears to be having a difficult time finding an exciting plot in the life of Harry Houdini. This is about as demanding as discovering a sports theme in the Babe Ruth story ("Houdini, the Movie: Many Have Escaped Already," Film Clips, Oct. 11). Houdini, one of 10 children of a failed Hungarian rabbi, rose from a poor home in Appleton, Wis., to become the unchallenged king of all the magicians who ever lived, and his name is still invoked to describe various impossibilities achieved by those performers today who emulate his feats.
June 12, 2013 |
Seth Rogen's raunchy comedy “This Is the End,” which opens Wednesday, is the latest entry in a long line of apocalyptic films set in Los Angeles that includes 1991's “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and 2009's “Terminator Salvation.” Here are some other end-of-the-world examples that run the gamut from comedies to sci-fi epics to zombie thrillers: “Night of the Comet” (1984) Thom Eberhardt directed this sci-fi, horror, zombie, apocalypse, comedy and romance story about what happens when the tail of a comet -- the same comet that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years earlier -- passes by Earth.
September 11, 1989
French author and film maker Pierre Jenn will draw comparisons between the "magic" turn-of-the century films of Georges Melies and the current science fiction/fantasy pictures of George Lukas and Steven Spielberg at tonight's 7th annual George Pal Lecture on Fantasy in Film. The 8 p.m. event will be at the academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
August 2, 1997
Oscar-winning visual effects specialist John Dykstra ("Star Wars," "Star Trek--The Motion Picture," "Batman & Robin") will deliver the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' George Pal Lecture on Fantasy in Film on Aug. 7 at the academy headquarters at 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Clips from several of Dykstra's films will be shown at the 8 p.m. event. Tickets are $2 for the general public and free to academy members and students. Information: (310) 247-3600.