January 25, 1992
The Michael Russnow-Hal Elias correspondence about the honorary Oscar selections (Saturday Letters, Jan. 4, 11, 18) begins to open up the cumbersome process by which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences grants its honorary awards. In my mind and as an academy member, the honorary Oscar is best served by acknowledging those artists who have been bypassed due to the vagaries of the regular awards procedure. In recent years, the academy has been shameful in not acknowledging the remaining great stars who made us love the movies, and the ill-conceived stagings of the Mary Pickford and Myrna Loy bestowals will most certainly make a potential honoree's current appearance a top selection factor.
November 21, 1988 |
There's a lot to admire in the film adaptation of Larry Ketron's play "Fresh Horses" (citywide), especially compared to most other recent American movies on young love. Ketron's dialogue is fresh, sad and funny; the film digs into American society more perceptively and compassionately than most.
October 9, 1989 |
For most actors, acting is nothing so simple as a craft or a job or work. It is an obsession that neither fame, fortune nor age can assuage. The number of star actors who have turned their backs on the profession is very small. Cary Grant and Jean Arthur made it stick. Jimmy Cagney didn't. It's a very short list. Bette Davis, who died on Friday at the age of 81, was not on the roster of retirees. Her wish was to act to the end of her days, and she very nearly did.
September 24, 2007 |
In a universe in which nothing is really ever created or destroyed, there are only so many stories to tell; you can switch the atoms around, but most everything will look like something you've seen before. This week sees the premiere of two series so structurally alike they might have been created from the same "Mad Libs" page.
October 25, 1990 |
Lester Cowan, an individualistic producer whose films depicted subjects ranging from the antics of W. C. Fields to the battlefield exploits of war correspondent Ernie Pyle, has died at his home in New York City. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that he died Sunday of an apparent heart attack at 83. After studying at Stanford University, Cowan went to work in 1928 for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
September 29, 1996 |
The timeless, cross-generational appeal of James M. Barrie's "Peter Pan," with its poignant theme of lost childhood, has been proved in many incarnations, from the 1904 stage play and the 1950 Jean Arthur production to the most-performed 1954 Mary Martin version and the animated Disney film. Composer-conductor Donald Fraser, creator of the clever albums "Heigh-Ho!
November 20, 2008 |
George Stevens directed such classic films as "Giant," "Shane," "A Place in the Sun" and "The Diary of Anne Frank." He also has a lecture series created in his honor by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which tonight screens one of the Oscar winner's last great comedies, 1943's "The More the Merrier," at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.
April 1, 2010
SERIES Known Universe: This six-part series illuminates the latest research into some of the most astonishing aspects of our universe. The premiere "Cosmic Collisions," explores what is being done to prevent a potentially devastating asteroid impact on our planet (7 and 10 p.m. National Geographic). The Mentalist: Jane and Lisbon (Simon Baker, Robin Tunney) and the rest of the team prepare to meet their new boss (Aunjanue Ellis) in this new episode (9 p.m. CBS)
January 29, 2009 |
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art turns the clock back to before the Berlin Wall came down in its new film series "Torn Curtain: The Two Germanys on Film," which begins Friday and runs through Feb. 21. The 16 featured films made from the end of World War II and the collapse of the wall shine a spotlight on what life and filmmaking was like in that era in West and East Germany.
December 29, 2005 |
HUNGRY downtown office workers and shoppers in midweek mode might want to consider a theater break some Thursday soon: "Intervention" at the Pacific Center. This latest lunchtime outing by TheatrExpresso, although no less prone to limitations of concept than the company's previous bills of fare, is an amusing novelty. The script, co-written by director Michael Wilder, TheatrExpresso managing director George Shohet and Neal R.