March 15, 1991 |
"Firehead," as inept and dismal a political thriller as you would never wish to watch, is making a quick stopover at selected theaters on its way to the video stores. The gist of it is this: when a Russian defector (Brett Porter) with telekinetic powers starts blowing up weapons factories all over America in an anti-war gesture, an ambitious top government agent (Christopher Plummer) decides to exploit the rampage for his own evil purposes.
May 20, 2013 |
There was the spectacle, the runaway budget, the fights with the studio. But almost everyone thinks about the 1963 movie "Cleopatra" for one thing: Liz and Dick. Martin Landau remembers the day when he realized "Cleopatra" stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were having an adulterous affair during the troubled production in Rome of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 243-minute epic. "There were days when we literally had 10,000 extras," recalled Landau, who played Rufio, the loyal right-hand man to Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison)
October 28, 2004 |
Dawn of the Dead Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames Universal, $30 You can't keep the undead down in this fast-paced, thrilling remake of the George Romero classic. It marks a more than promising feature debut for its young director, Zack Snyder, who imbues the old zombie formula with style, zest and gore aplenty. This time around, a disastrous worldwide viral outbreak causes the undead to rise and attack the living. The digital edition is as much fun as the movie.
March 28, 1995 |
Dianne Wiest won the Best Supporting Actress award on Monday night for her role in "Bullets Over Broadway" and Martin Landau won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in "Ed Wood." Among other early winners at the 67th Academy Awards presentation at the Shrine Auditorium were "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" for costume design and "Ed Wood" for makeup. Security was airtight around the ceremony, but that didn't keep the crowds of screaming fans away.
November 2, 2009 |
Who can forget those images -- Cary Grant on a deserted highway being chased by a crop dusting plane? Grant and Eva Marie Saint scampering over the president's noses on Mt. Rushmore as they are pursued by a group of nefarious spies? Then there's the pulsating score by Bernard Herrmann, one of the great screen composer's most evocative works. In fact, Alfred Hitchcock's romantic thriller "North by Northwest" is so viscerally entertaining, it's hard to believe the classic is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
September 15, 2010 |
Martin Landau has worked with some of cinema's most accomplished filmmakers, including Alfred Hitchcock ("North by Northwest"), Francis Ford Coppola ("Tucker: The Man and His Dream"), Woody Allen ("Crimes and Misdemeanors") and Tim Burton ("Ed Wood"). But the 82-year-old Landau, who won the supporting actor Oscar for his uncanny performance as Bela Lugosi in 1994's "Ed Wood," doesn't hesitate to declare that, "I haven't been directed by anybody in 20 or 30 years. I come in with stuff about my character and I figure if they don't like it, they will tell me. If they don't tell me, I hit my marks, say my words and get the heck out. I know what my role is and how to fill that space and if they don't like what I have been doing they will say something.
September 17, 2010 |
There's a push-pull dynamic coursing through the late-in-life romance "Lovely, Still" that keeps the film intriguing even when it looks like it's going to sink into sentimentality. It's probably the first movie to premiere at the AARP's national convention to sport original music from indie-rock favorite Conor Oberst and a score from members of his band, Bright Eyes. And what does Oberst sing? Mostly Christmas songs, natch. Oberst's unlikely involvement comes through his friendship with fellow Omaha native Nik Fackler, who wrote and directed "Lovely Still" and shot it in his hometown.
August 4, 2012 |
Once upon a time, before she was the ultimate screen sex symbol, before she became an icon and source material for generations of writers and artists, Marilyn Monroe was a working actress. She died 50 years ago this Sunday at the age of 36 from an overdose and in the intervening years the actual person has disappeared behind the myth of "Marilyn Monroe. " A visit to her place of rest at the Westwood Village Memorial Park offers testimony to the power of her memory. The wall of her crypt had to be replaced multiple times because of fans who made a pilgrimage there to caress, embrace and kiss it. But she was real, and to those who knew her Monroe was a devoted, if troubled, actress who took her craft seriously.
March 27, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See note below for details. Renée Taylor is a very funny lady known for such comedic roles as Eva Braun in Mel Brooks' 1968 classic "The Producers," Fran Drescher's ultimate Jewish mother on "The Nanny" and Brian Benben's ultimate Jewish mother on HBO's "Dream On. " But her career didn't start out that way. FOR THE RECORD: Renee Taylor: A profile of actress Renee Taylor in the March 27...