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June 4, 2004 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
Few people pay $1 million for therapy in their lifetime. Mario Van Peebles spent that in one fell swoop while making his film "Baadasssss!," an affectionate but unsentimental portrait of his father, director Melvin Van Peebles. "There's been some real healing," said Mario Van Peebles earlier this week as he continued a promotional tour for "Baadasssss!
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August 27, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Actor-director Mario Van Peebles has sold his wooded compound in the Hollywood Hills for $1.225 million. The nearly half-acre rustic retreat includes an early-1960s main house, patio space and a guesthouse. Custom details include stairway handrails made from recycled metals, a double wooden entry door, mosaic tile accents, a glass ceiling in the master bathroom and an outdoor brick barbecue. There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a fireplace and 4,255 square feet of living space.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 1993 | LEO W. BANKS, Leo W. Banks is a free-lance writer based in Tucson
The cowpuncher's cracked-leather face showed a look of profound surprise. He stood at the side of a narrow dirt road in southeastern Arizona's Santa Rita Mountains and watched as the passenger vans rumbled past. One after another went by, each packed to the windows with black cowboys. When the long parade was complete, the man ambled through a storm of dust to a visitor's car, leaned into the open window and drawled: "What in the blue lightning is all that bidness?"
BUSINESS
October 22, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor-director Mario Van Peebles has listed a wooded compound in the Hollywood Hills at $1.675 million. The nearly half-acre lot includes a main house, patio space and a guest house. Custom details include stairway handrails made from recycled metals, a double wooden entry door, mosaic tile accents, a glass ceiling in the master bathroom, a rope swing for children in the master bedroom and an outdoor brick barbecue. There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a fireplace and 4,255 square feet of living space.
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April 30, 1995 | Kristine McKenna, Kristine McKenna is a frequent contributor to Calendar. and
Brace yourselves. With the release this week of "Panther," director Mario Van Peebles' fictionalized history of the Black Panther Party, every '60s radical with breath left in his body threatens to crawl out of the woodwork to take issue with the film. Because one thing nobody's ever been able to agree on, then or now, is the truth of what went down with the Black Panther Party.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 1994 | Richard Natale, Richard Natale is a frequent contributor to Calendar
A drive along Carroll Avenue, slightly uphill from Echo Park Lake, is a voyage to another era. Architecturally significant Victorian-style houses in various stages of renovation grace the street. Magisterial and imposing, they are out of character with the stucco, tiled-roofed, single-story dwellings on the neighboring streets. It's a warm, sunny, slightly humid day. The time is exactly 3 p.m. The year is 1966.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 1993
I admire Mario Van Peebles for taking the next step with "Posse." I am tired of films like "Fried Green Tomatoes" and "Basic Instinct." I want to see more movies directed by blacks--starring blacks. I hope that other African-Americans realize that we must change the status quo by supporting black films--or run the risk of spending the rest of our viewing lives watching white people live. ROSEMARY C. WATSON Los Angeles
NEWS
May 4, 1995 | BILL HIGGINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Scene: Tuesday's West Coast benefit premiere of Gramercy's "Panther" at the Motion Picture Academy. The controversial film, directed by Mario Van Peebles and written by his father, Melvin, does for the Black Panthers what Oliver Stone did for the Kennedy assassination--proves that nobody agrees on anything that happened in the '60s. * Who Was There: The Van Peebleses, the film's stars, Kadeem Hardison, Courtney B.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2004 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Back in 1971 Melvin Van Peebles, already one of the first black directors to have had a film in general release with "Watermelon Man" the year before, scorched screens across America with "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song," a surreal odyssey in which Van Peebles played a pimp on the lam after becoming involved in the killing of a brutal cop. The film's seeming incoherence, intended or otherwise, became expressive of Sweetback's predicament and induced identification with him.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 1998 | DAVID CHUTE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The phrase appended to the title, "Los Locos: Posse Rides Again," is a bit of a cheat: "Los Locos" isn't actually a sequel to the 1993 "Posse," in which director-star Mario Van Peebles rode tall as the leader of a mostly black outlaw gang in the Old West, defending a frontier settlement of freed slaves from the Klan and an evil would-be railroad tycoon.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2012 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Writer-director Mario Van Peebles' hectic version of a coming-of-age romp, the L.A.-set "We the Party" depicts a multi-ethnic group of friends and acquaintances at a fictional Baldwin Hills high school, who have sex, grades and an uncertain future on their minds. Van Peebles' son Mandela stars as Hendrix, a smart charmer with an eye for studious babe Cheyenne (Simone Battle) but a disdain for education that worries his hectoring dad (director Van Peebles), a teacher at his school.
NEWS
September 16, 2004 | Susan King
Man on Fire Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning Fox, $30 Two-time Oscar winner Washington continues to grow and push himself as an actor; witness his exceptional performances this year as men on the edge, in "The Manchurian Candidate" and in this dark, often violent story set in Mexico City. Washington plays an alcoholic former special-ops assassin who finds redemption in the form of an endearing young girl (a winning Fanning) whom he is hired to guard.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2004 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
Few people pay $1 million for therapy in their lifetime. Mario Van Peebles spent that in one fell swoop while making his film "Baadasssss!," an affectionate but unsentimental portrait of his father, director Melvin Van Peebles. "There's been some real healing," said Mario Van Peebles earlier this week as he continued a promotional tour for "Baadasssss!
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2004 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Back in 1971 Melvin Van Peebles, already one of the first black directors to have had a film in general release with "Watermelon Man" the year before, scorched screens across America with "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song," a surreal odyssey in which Van Peebles played a pimp on the lam after becoming involved in the killing of a brutal cop. The film's seeming incoherence, intended or otherwise, became expressive of Sweetback's predicament and induced identification with him.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2003 | Gina Piccalo, Times Staff Writer
Long after Bob Dylan's moody antics at his movie premiere and Beck's equally studied midnight acoustic set at Harry O's, a throng of sweaty dancers -- among them Chloe Sevigny and Kieran Culkin -- swarmed as one young festival-goer rhythmically shed her sweater to the throbbing dance beat. "Oh, my God!" said one of the party's hosts, "Party Monster" co-director Randy Barbato. "We're in Utah! Can you believe it! There's flesh! It's so hot people are taking off their clothes!"
NEWS
January 3, 2002 | Robin Rauzi
* The actor and director plays Malcolm X in the movie "Ali." Dancing Man: My two connections right now are Alex and Fez. Fez knows the celebrity L.A. scene, what's hot, what's not. Alex happens to know the whole salsa scene, which I've been getting into lately. Alex de Silva, he's my salsa aficionado, and my teacher. So Friday night, I go down and get my little class at the Mayan, and maybe stay there or go to the Conga Room. Saturday, there's a class during the day at the Edge Dance Studio.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 1995 | Elaine Dutka
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) got plenty of attention when he scolded Hollywood about sex and violence in movies, TV and pop music. But, as The Times reports today (see Page A1), Dole's comments aren't changing the face of show business. Yet. The creative and business powerbrokers will tell you they've always been thoughful about what they produce.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 1996 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the title role of "Solo," a lackluster action-adventure, Mario Van Peebles--his head shaved and his body buffed to the max--certainly makes a statuesque android. Judging from the evidence, Van Peebles worked lots harder getting into shape than director Norberto Barba and writer David Corley did in doing the same for the film.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 1998 | DAVID CHUTE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The phrase appended to the title, "Los Locos: Posse Rides Again," is a bit of a cheat: "Los Locos" isn't actually a sequel to the 1993 "Posse," in which director-star Mario Van Peebles rode tall as the leader of a mostly black outlaw gang in the Old West, defending a frontier settlement of freed slaves from the Klan and an evil would-be railroad tycoon.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 1996 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the title role of "Solo," a lackluster action-adventure, Mario Van Peebles--his head shaved and his body buffed to the max--certainly makes a statuesque android. Judging from the evidence, Van Peebles worked lots harder getting into shape than director Norberto Barba and writer David Corley did in doing the same for the film.
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