May 13, 1988 |
"Jack's Back" (citywide) is a psychological shocker that carves up the Jack the Ripper legend in convoluted but predictable ways. It's set in a modern-day Los Angeles onto which a strange, nacreous half-fog seems to have descended, indoors and out. There, a copycat killer is duplicating the Ripper's modus operandi to the last slash.
May 4, 1986 |
One day in 1976, Jack Vacek wrote a letter to his folks back in Omaha: "I'm making a movie in L.A. Sell the house and come on out. Love, Jack." Vacek, a former baseball star in Nebraska, had come to Los Angeles several years earlier to go to college in the sunshine. While at USC he audited a couple of film courses. These were not courses tracing the rise of the auteur or explaining how to operate hand-held cameras.
February 8, 1986 |
Actor Tom Laughlin has returned home to finish recovery from a concussion and neck injuries suffered during a fight sequence on a "Billy Jack" movie set in Canada, a publicist said Friday. Doctors at first had feared that Laughlin, 47, suffered a hairline skull fracture, but that was not the case. Laughlin was injured last week when struck three times over the head by a breakaway prop which failed to break.
July 1, 2010
The bizarre grit of lowbrow 1970s cinema is perfectly embodied in writer/director/actor Tom Laughlin's 1971 film "Billy Jack." The movie, which follows the path of righteous destruction cut by a mystic ex-Green Beret with mad karate skills, remains a cult classic. It will be screened with another Laughlin classic, "Born Losers," at the Cinefamily, with Laughlin as the guest of honor and Process Media and Filter magazine as hosts. The Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri. $12. (323)
July 26, 1992 |
Although Tom Clancy seems to have found a nice home for his novels at Paramount Pictures--the studio has already turned two of his blockbusters, "The Hunt for Red October" and the recent "Patriot Games," into hit films and they're currently working on a third installment, "A Clear and Present Danger"--it's not necessarily a permanent residence. Sources say his latest book, "The Sum of All Fears," will most likely end up at Paramount, but the studio has other plans in case it doesn't.
June 1, 1989
Ventura city officials have been negotiating with actor Jack Nicholson on a request to film part of the sequel to the movie "Chinatown" in Ventura's historic City Hall. Nicholson, director of the film, visited City Hall twice last month for a firsthand look at the City Council chambers, which could be used in "The Two Jakes" for a courtroom scene. City Manager John Baker said the city is supportive of the idea. But he said he has insisted that the movie's producers pay overtime for Ventura police and fire personnel who will be needed for security.