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.
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")
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 6, 1998 |
To many, Mary Martin is still the quintessential Peter Pan. Sandy Duncan won fans for her impish, surprisingly gutsy stage portrayal, however, and Cathy Rigby is downright astonishing. Actresses of the early 20th century were also lauded when they played the part of "The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up." So why has it so often taken a woman to do a boy's job?