November 25, 1988 |
Television earnestly addresses already resolved issues in "Disaster at Silo 7" (Sunday at 9 p.m., Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42). The movie is a docudrama based on an explosion that shook a Titan II missile silo in Arkansas in 1980. At the end of the movie, we're told not to worry--the last Titan II missile wing was deactivated in August, 1987.
August 10, 1986 |
It happens every year. Certain summer films give certain actors a chance to bloom. But what happens once the warm weather ends? We checked in on a decade's worth of summer stars to see what's happened since. 1978: MARY LOUISE WELLER IN 'ANIMAL HOUSE' Weller readily admits, in a voice that sounds thickened with gravel, that she'll never quite live down the scene in "National Lampoon's Animal House" in which John Belushi stands atop a ladder, peeping through a window as she undresses.
November 16, 1991 |
For the first time in history, the interior of the Kremlin has been used as a film location. Shooting has been taking place here inside Lenin's original office on the TV film of "Stalin," an HBO production starring Robert Duvall in the title role and Maximilian Schell as Lenin. Few people manage to obtain access to Lenin's office, which is in a continuous state of restoration and is kept as a museum and archive.
February 8, 1985 |
Did it really happen? Somewhere, sometime, in some vanished parochial school, did a nun inform the little girls in her class that they shouldn't wear patent leather shoes--because the white-reflected flash of panties would madden their little boy classmates, would fill them with unholy desires? Perhaps not. But that apocryphal, repressed world is the one writer Charles Purpura re-creates in "Heaven Help Us" (citywide).
April 27, 1997 |
So what's the big difference between Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film version of "The Shining" and ABC's six-hour adaptation of horror meister Stephen King's classic 1977 novel? The original film, explains director Mick Garris, is "Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining.' It's not Stephen King's 'The Shining.' It was really easy to set up a line of demarcation there because we are making the book."
February 8, 1985 |
Three weeks after MGM/UA's surprise split into two production companies, the film industry is watching closely for signals of who will ultimately control the studio. This week there was new grist for speculation when "Wise Guys," a long-planned MGM/UA comedy, was put on hold during pre-production. The comedy is due to begin shooting in New York on Feb. 25, with Danny De Vito and Joe Piscopo starring, under director Brian De Palma.