March 21, 2003 |
"Dreamcatcher" is not only based on a Stephen King novel, the first he wrote after his near-fatal 1999 accident; the experience of watching it also uncannily duplicates what it feels like to read one. Which is sometimes, but not always, a good thing.
September 24, 1999 |
Larry Kasdan orders a lamb sandwich, fries with vinegar and flat mineral water--very Hollywood in his specificity. But that appears to be the only thing Hollywood about him. In fact, the director of "Body Heat," "The Big Chill," "Silverado," "The Accidental Tourist," "I Love You to Death," "Grand Canyon," "Wyatt Earp" and "French Kiss" (not to mention writing or co-writing "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi" and "The Bodyguard") has an even rarer quality.
October 16, 1995 |
The obvious take on the characters central to "Four Dogs and a Bone," John Patrick Shanley's scathing sendup of the movie business, is that they're some kind of subhuman life form. Ruthlessly ambitious, shallow, duplicitous--in short, your basic industry types. However, filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan, whose production of the play will inaugurate the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood when it opens there Thursday, sees them differently.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1992 |
Furious that the movie "Grand Canyon" portrays their city as a crime-torn ghetto, Inglewood officials threatened Thursday to ban movie production in the city unless the movie's producers apologize. In an open letter to the Hollywood community, Inglewood officials called the movie an "assassination of an entire municipality's character" and "a dangerous display of social irresponsibility."
January 26, 1992 |
Faithful readers of the Cathy comic strip already know the character's fondness for Lawrence Kasdan films, but Cathy's affection for Kasdan's "Grand Canyon" has become a passion as consuming as dieting, shopping and her relationship with her boyfriend Irving. Cathy, the creation of cartoonist Cathy Guisewite, first noticed "Grand Canyon" in the Dec. 27 strip, when Cathy went to the movies with Irving and her parents.
December 24, 1991 |
Director Lawrence Kasdan is holed up in his office on the 20th Century Fox lot awaiting the release of "Grand Canyon" which opens in Los Angeles Wednesday. Alternately anxious and philosophical, practical and idealistic, he's a walking billboard for a central theme of the film: the difficulty of pursuing a life of honor and principle in a world which works against it. "Working in Hollywood is a constant battle with yourself," Kasdan says, "because the criteria for success are very confusing.