CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1996
It's touted as the biggest Mother's Day celebration in the world, and it's happening today at the Jewish Home for the Aging's Eisenberg Village Campus in Reseda. More than 2,000 people--including celebrities Martin Landau, Mary Hart and Renee Taylor--are expected at the festivities that will include brunch, music, comedy and a magic performance. The celebration, in its second year, attracted 1,500 people last year.
May 31, 1996
Sony Pictures Entertainment named Bruce Stein, head of Sony Interactive Entertainment, president of its new consumer products marketing group. Stein had headed the interactive unit, working on such products as the company's PlayStation video game unit, since late last year. In his new job, Stein is expected to work on enhancing the Sony brand name. Sony Signatures, a merchandising and licensing unit of the company, will become part of Stein's new group.
June 30, 2008 |
If you've seen any of a hundred movies about star-crossed lovers, the fate awaiting the titular teens in "David & Fatima" can be predicted from the start. Still, this journey of David (Cameron Van Hoy), an idealistic Israeli Jew who falls for the gentle Fatima (Danielle Pollack), a Palestinian Muslim, is an earnest, reasonably absorbing drama, particularly in its first half.
March 20, 2013 |
Jon Fitzgerald, co-founder and former executive director of the Slamdance, AFI Fest, Santa Barbara and Abu Dhabi film festivals, was named executive director of the 17th Hollywood Film Festival. "Jon's experience in the online, film festival and worldwide film communities will be a great asset to the growth and new direction of our festival," said Carlos de Abreu, founder of the Hollywood Film Festival, in a statement Wednesday morning. Fitzgerald will be in charge of development, artistic direction, programming, marketing and overall festival management.
July 4, 2004 |
The Tiffany Theaters are being resurrected, at least briefly. The twin 99-seat Sunset Strip theaters closed in 2002 because the building that houses them was to be demolished as part of a mixed-use real estate development. That's still the plan, but the wrecking ball isn't expected until next year. So the developer of the proposed Sunset Millennium project, Apollo Real Estate Advisors, is donating the use of the Tiffany spaces to the Actors Studio for at least the rest of 2004.
January 8, 1990 |
"Max and Helen" (tonight at 5 and 7 on TNT cable) is a suspenseful and textured production with a burnished performance by Martin Landau as Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal pursuing the only case against a barbaric Nazi that Wiesenthal felt compelled to close--to destroy the evidence--in order to protect the living.
July 29, 1990 |
The Chair (IRS Media). Shooting in L.A. Rod Steiger, "Poltergeist's" small medium Zelda Rubinstein and "Drugstore Cowboy's" Heather Graham all star in this darkish, revenge comedy. A man constructs a homemade electric chair in his basement with which to fry rapists and murderers who get off via technicalities. Another plot jolt involves a malicious politician and his vindictive spouse. Producer Randy Gale. Director Sam Irvin. Screenwriter Charles Gale. The Color of Evening (Christara Pics.).
December 29, 1989
By now, most of America's film critics have weighed the 1980s and sorted out the 10 films they considered the decade's best. But how about the best director and the best performances? The Times' Sheila Benson, Peter Rainer, Kevin Thomas and Michael Wilmington have submitted their five favorites in the four acting categories and their choices of the five best-directed movies of the decade.