July 5, 1998
MOVIES "Madeline" brings to the screen Ludwig Bemelman's classic series of books about a tiny schoolgirl. Set in Paris, the film, which opens Friday in general release, features Hatty Jones as the title character and Frances McDormand as Miss Clavel, right, along with Nigel Hawthorne as Lord Covington. MOVIES Mel Gibson and Danny Glover reunite as L.A. police detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh in "Lethal Weapon 4."
August 12, 1999
Some broadcast and cable programs contain material included in the public school curriculum and on standardized examinations. Here are viewing tips: Today--"Art of the Western World: In Our Own Time" (KLCS 2:30-3:30 p.m.) Final installment of art history series looks at American accomplishments, including environmental art, feminist art and works by Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol. Also, "20th Century With Mike Wallace" (HIST 4-5 p.m.) Documentary explains the 1953 discovery of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick.
July 16, 1998 |
"Madeline" director Daisy von Scherler Mayer could see it clearly: The world's most beloved French boarding school student, played in the movie by Hatty Jones, and her 11 classmates would wear yellow wool coats during their perambulations through Paris. That was until costume designer Michael Clancy brought her to her senses. "Think about it," Clancy told her. "They'd look like rain slickers." "It was an awful idea," Mayer says. Still, it wasn't entirely without logic.
April 3, 2000 |
With the news that Chris Columbus has been selected to direct the first "Harry Potter" film, many of the books' countless fans made a collective grimace. Children may have loved "Home Alone" or "Mrs. Doubtfire" but they can't see the connection between the boy wizard who springs from pages laced with subtle humor and the "silly, slapstick" movies the director is known for. Ouch. Adult fans--and there are many--also tend to greet the choice of Columbus with a raised eyebrow.
May 10, 1998
Monsters and natural disasters get all the attention, but there's more to the summer movie lineup. FRIDAY Bulworth. Producer-writer-director Warren Beatty plays an imperiled U.S. senator who becomes involved with young South-Central L.A. resident Halle Berry. (Fox) Clockwatchers. Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Toni Collette and Alanna Ubach are credit-firm temp workers whose bond is threatened by a new arrival. (BMG Independents) French Exit.
July 19, 1998 |
Actresses who win an Oscar usually move swiftly to capitalize on their success. With their agents they seek high-profile, lucrative screen roles to ride the wave of their new-found visibility. For who knows how long it will last? Acting is precarious, especially for women; this year's hot face easily becomes next year's "remember her?" That's how most Oscar-winning actresses react to their triumph. Frances McDormand, it's fair to say, follows another path entirely.