February 5, 2014 |
TCM has added three screen legends and a tribute to an Oscar-winning actor to the roster of the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, which takes place April 10 to 13 in Hollywood. Maureen O'Hara, who is best known for her work in John Ford films including 1952's "The Quiet Man," will present the world premiere restoration of Ford's Oscar-winning 1941 drama "How Green Was My Valley," in which she stars. Funny man Mel Brooks will stop by for a screening of his 1974 comedic masterpiece, "Blazing Saddles," and Margaret O'Brien will be on hand for the screening of Vincente Minnelli's beloved 1944 Technicolor musical, "Meet Me in St. Louis," for which she won a juvenile Oscar as Judy Garland's little sister.
May 17, 1992 |
In 1985, at the age of 88, Frank Capra suffered the first of a series of strokes that left him fuddled and twilit until his death in 1991. Although he could still recognize visitors, as one of them reported, "he doesn't really know who he is anymore." But did he ever? Joseph McBride's biography, superbly researched and almost continually surprising, is a Faustian story of false identity as the price of fame.
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 15, 2012 |
You can almost hear the clanging of the typewriters in the writers courtyard at Hollywood's Sunset Gower Studios, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The Spanish-style courtyard of offices housed such scribes as Ben Hecht ("His Girl Friday") and Sidney Buchman ("Mr. Smith Goes to Washington") when the facility was home to Columbia Pictures. According to Brent M. Christo, sales and marketing coordinator for Sunset Gower and the neighboring Sunset Bronson Studios, one of the bungalows was the office of Oscar-winning producer-director Frank Capra ("It Happened One Night," "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town")
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.
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!
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.