January 27, 2012 |
From the earliest days of cinema, audiences have loved to be scared. The three-minute film from French cinema pioneer Georges Méliès, "The Haunted Castle," hit screens in 1896 with celluloid skeletons, ghosts, witches and even the devil himself, and our appetite for thrills hasn't abated since. Franchises such as "Saw" and "Paranormal Activity" continue to redefine the horror genre while setting records at the box office. Directors John Landis and Joe Dante know about horror: Their respective films "An American Werewolf in London" and "Gremlins" are classics of the genre (even if they do have elements of humor)
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October 23, 2010 |
James F. Neal, a formidable lawyer who won noteworthy victories on both sides of the courtroom ? as a prosecutor he sent Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa and top Watergate figures to prison, and as a defense attorney he saved film director John Landis and Ford Motor Co. from serious criminal charges ? died Thursday at a Nashville hospital. He was 81. The cause was esophageal cancer, said his longtime law partner, Aubrey B. Harwell. Neal's reputation for tenacity and brilliance in the courtroom began with the 1964 prosecution of Hoffa, who had successfully fended off two dozen indictments until Neal, a stocky, cigar-chomping ex-Marine with a Tennessee drawl, was assigned to his case.
January 29, 2009 |
"Thriller" may be headed to Broadway, but first Michael Jackson's song and groundbreaking music video may be headed to court. John Landis, the director who co-wrote the video and shot "Thriller," is suing Jackson, claiming the pop star has failed to pay him royalties for the project for the last four years. Landis' Levitsky Productions Inc. sued Jackson for unspecified damages in Santa Monica last week, days before a Broadway producer announced he had bought the rights to adapt "Thriller" for the stage.
October 16, 2007
Rickles on film: John Landis has directed a documentary about comedian Don Rickles, "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project," that will air on HBO on Dec. 2.
June 29, 2004 |
When John Landis visited the Paramount Pictures lot last year, he was surprised to find himself greeted everywhere with a burst of nostalgic warmth. "When the guard waved me in, he said, 'Good to see you, Mr. Landis, you making a picture here?' " Landis recalled the other day. "As I was walking across the lot, people were leaning out of their windows, saying, 'John, how are you? Are you making a picture here?'
November 8, 1997
Writer-director-producer John Landis will deliver the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 11th George Stevens Lecture at 8 p.m. Friday at 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. The lecture was established in 1980 in honor of the Oscar-winning director and past academy president. The evening will include a screening of Stevens' 1935 Oscar-nominated picture "Alice Adams." Tickets are $2 for the general public and free to academy members. Information: (310) 247-3600.