October 27, 1995 |
One of Danny DeVito's favorite lines in his new film "Get Shorty" comes when the main character--a Miami loan shark trying to break into Hollywood--explains to a low-level mobster, "I don't think the producer has to do much, outside of maybe knowing a writer." Sitting in his trailer on the Sony Pictures lot, where he's directing the children's movie "Matilda," DeVito and his two producing partners, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, find that notion particularly amusing.
March 20, 2001 |
Seeing him sitting in a cramped trailer on a film set, dressed in all black except for a pair of purple-flower patterned socks, his cell phone constantly chirping, it's hard to imagine that Michael Shamberg has ever been anything but a movie producer. If you were making "Get Shorty" today, you'd cast him as the producer--until you remember he actually produced the original movie.
October 30, 1987 |
It was like the film "Top Gun," Jim Lindelof once told a reporter, "only we were the targets." He was talking about Soviet-occupied Afghanistan in 1985 and the daily bombing raids by MIG jets that rocked the village where he was working undercover as a medic tending to the sick, the wounded and the dying. He never forgot the sound, or the smell, or the simple fear that gripped his stomach during those three months.
December 25, 1992 |
Jimmy Hoffa never drove a truck for a living but he turned the Teamsters into the largest and strongest union of its day. He trafficked with thugs but used a sophisticated grasp of the intricacies of trucking industry economics to consolidate his gains. A devoted family man who never developed champagne tastes, he disappeared on July 30, 1975, probably a victim of organized crime. He was a complex, contradictory personality whose life might have made an exceptional movie. It hasn't quite.
March 4, 2001 |
More than three years have passed since Kasi Lemmons made her feature directing debut with "Eve's Bayou," not exactly a typical entree into the world of movie-making. With an all-black cast headlined by Samuel L. Jackson (who also co-produced) and a challenging story line infused with magical realism and hallucinatory imagery, "Eve's Bayou" was 1997's most commercially successful independent film.
June 29, 1997 |
He walks with a slight limp. In a twisted way, that's refreshing: At 67, a man should show some wear and tear, and when you're dealing with Dick Clark, you take that wear and tear wherever you can find it. Even if it's nothing more than the lingering effects of a mishap when he stepped out of an RV. * At any rate, Clark limps slightly as he mounts the stairs to the stage of the Shrine Auditorium.