April 8, 1999 |
From the moment they sit beside each other on the sofa, their rapport is obvious. Robert Altman, one of film's elder statesmen, is explaining in his soft drawl to Liv Tyler, latest initiate to the Altman circle of films, about his knee surgery six weeks earlier. The surgeon replaced the bone with pieces of titanium. "It's still swollen," Altman says, "though I've been getting around all right now." Tyler looks on with genuine concern. "I'm so glad you're better," she coos.
July 20, 1997 |
Whenever the mood hits her, Hollywood film producer Ilene Staple gathers several friends and heads to Little India in Artesia, where she slips inside Ziba Beauty Salon to have her hands stained with henna in the ancient style of Indian adornment called mehndi. Staple, 36, says she prefers to dress simply but that "this is a way of marking myself for special occasions that is beautiful and meditative. We plan a whole day around it. We have lunch, buy music, go to the shops for spices and bangles.
October 5, 1997 |
With blithe assurance and considerable success Tom Hanks made his debut as a writer-director with the the cheerful and high-spirited 1996 film. The story of a 1964 rock band's climb to the pinnacle of teen mania is so thoroughly Hanks' project that he cast a look-alike, Tom Everett Scott, pictured with Liv Tyler, in the leading role (HBO Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 9:30 p.m.).
April 9, 1995 |
It's Friday, and Shelley Winters is craving red meat. Lying on a daybed in the cluttered living room of her Spanish-style Beverly Hills duplex, the 72-year-old two-time Oscar winner is chatting on the phone. "I'm sorry about last night," she purrs to an anonymous friend. "Wanna come over for lamb chops?" Then comes the kvetching. "I'm just soooo tired," she moans after hanging up the phone. She is lounging in a bright red, blue and green muumuu and wears no makeup.
June 24, 2004
Broadway bound: Billy Crystal will make his Broadway debut Nov. 12 in "700 Sundays," the autobiographical one-man show that he performed at La Jolla Playhouse earlier this year. Teenage Bond: Miramax Books says it has acquired the U.S. publishing rights to the first two books in what will be a series of children's novels about James Bond's adventures as a teenager. The Young Bond series has the blessing of the British company founded by Bond creator Ian Fleming.
December 7, 1997 |
This is a small, quiet miracle of a movie in which tenderness, compassion and insight combine to create a tension that yields a quality of perception that's almost painful to experience. In his 1996 feature debut, writer-director John Mangold brings remarkably sensitive powers of observation to bear upon ordinary people living ordinary lives and draws superb ensemble performances from a cast headed by Pruitt Taylor Vince, Liv Tyler (both pictured), Shelley Winters and Deborah Harry.