April 23, 1989 |
Ronald Reagan's last film was supposed to be the first TV movie. But "The Killers," which also starred Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson and John Cassavetes, was deemed "too violent" for television and was released in the theaters instead. That left it to John Forsythe and his mobster chase drama, "See How They Run," to inaugurate the genre on NBC on Oct. 7, 1964. A month later, NBC was back with "The Hanged Man," starring Robert Culp and Vera Miles, and a new industry was born. Nearly 2,500 films have followed.
March 24, 1996 |
Since filmmakers first arrived in Hollywood, the enterprise of making motion pictures has often involved a brutal collision of art and commerce, with commerce generally coming out on top. That film can be art now seems beyond question, but in Hollywood, where "Leprechaun II" co-exists with "12 Monkeys," discussions about the place film occupies in high culture--common during Oscar season--often seem disingenuous, at best.
June 9, 2006 |
Jean Picker Firstenberg, who helped turn the American Film Institute into a Hollywood cultural landmark and a leading film school -- and generated plenty of controversy in the process -- is stepping down as director and chief executive officer in 2007. Only the second person to lead AFI in its 40-year history, Firstenberg disclosed her retirement plans Thursday morning to AFI's board of trustees.
June 27, 2007 |
Bob Gazzale was only 9 years old when he watched a tribute to actor James Cagney on the American Film Institute's "Life Achievement Awards" television special, but from that moment, he began to fall in love with movies and moviemaking. Years later Gazzale would find himself producing and writing the same show, even receiving multiple Emmy nominations as producer and writer. He also conceived another AFI special that became a vital moneymaker for the organization -- the "AFI's 100 Years ..."
July 24, 1989 |
The Directors Guild of America will present a tribute to former DGA president Franklin Schaffner at 6 p.m. today in the Directors Guild Theater in Hollywood. Schaffner died July 2 from cancer at age 69. DGA president Arthur Hiller will conduct today's memorial and speakers will include Patricia Berry, Fielder Cook, Gordon Davidson, Jean Firstenberg, Charlton Heston, Fay Kanin, Karl Malden and George Schaefer. Excerpts from Schaffner's long career in television and films will be shown.
June 21, 2003
A passion for film PATRICK Goldstein's attack on American Film Institute director Jean Firstenberg ("AFI's Declining 'Best of' Moments," June 17) -- someone willing to dedicate her life to the preservation of film art, develop passion in the hearts of new filmmakers and inspire associations with benefactors -- is unfair. The path she has chosen to make it happen is just that -- her choice. You want to do it differently? Have the courage to quit your job and apply for hers. Deborahm Pratt Los Angeles