February 23, 2011
MOVIES John Waters : This Filthy World Goes Hollywood Baltimore's favorite rotten renaissance man ? whose film "Hairspray" was recently turned into a Tony Award-winning musical ? provides real-time commentary for a screening of his cult classic "A Dirty Shame," starring Tracey Ullman and Johnny Knoxville. Modern-rock recording artist Elvis Perkins opens the show with a solo set, and actor Matthew Gray Gubler serves as the evening's emcee. Royce Hall , 405 Hilgard Ave., UCLA.
June 3, 1990
I enjoyed the article on John Waters ("Still Waters," by Margy Rochlin, April 8). While it was rather informative, I was puzzled that there was no mention of the fact that he's gay. I'm not exactly "outing" him when you notice that he is the cover story of "The Advocate" (the national gay news magazine--April 24), which also emblazons on its cover "Director John Waters Discusses Life After Divine, Going Hollywood, and Being Gay." Why do I make so much of this? Because the usual story about gay people in the news is one of the following: the horrors of fag-bashing, the horrors of AIDS, the horrors of a peaceful demonstration turned ugly by insensitive police (my slant on the latter)
July 1, 2010 |
Is John Waters a victim of his own popularity? The pencil-mustached favorite son of Baltimore started out as a purveyor of the outrageous; his greatest star, the 300-pound transvestite Divine, once ate dog feces on screen. (No, it wasn't a special effect.) But Waters' gleeful tastelessness has been softened by mainstream acceptance, beginning with his 1988 film "Hairspray," which became a modest breakthrough hit. The story of a hefty girl who integrates an early 1960s TV dance show, it was eventually turned into a Broadway show that won eight Tony Awards, including best musical — and then was remade as a big-budget film.
July 14, 2012 |
Though different people may know him in different guises — filmmaker, writer, artist, performer, personality, originator of the unlikely movie-to-musical-to-movie franchise of "Hairspray" — there really is only one John Waters. Emerging from his hometown of Baltimore during the cultural confusion of the late 1960s-early 1970s, Waters developed his aesthetic at the intersection of underground films, foreign art cinema and exploitation movies, creating pictures that were sharp, startling, playful, disturbing and undeniably singular.
September 27, 1998 |
In John Waters' 13th film, "Pecker," Edward Furlong--co-starring with Christina Ricci, Lili Taylor and Martha Plimpton--plays an amateur photographer who photographs residents in his Baltimore neighborhood and innocently turns them into art sensations. Sound like Waters himself? Yup, except Waters, 52, denies any innocence in making the cult faves "Pink Flamingos," "Hairspray" and "Cry Baby." SENTIMENTAL FOOL: "It does make some people mad that I made a nice movie.
March 12, 2009 |
It's not easy to live down a nickname like "The Pope of Trash," especially when it was bestowed on you by William S. Burroughs, so John Waters is living up to it instead. For the last 40 years, he has been gleefully producing some of the weirdest, gutter-dredging films in American cinema, such as "Mondo Trasho," "Pink Flamingos," "Female Trouble" and "Desperate Living," peopled by bodacious drag queens and margin-dwellers and marked by outlandish plots and fantastic musical numbers.