March 3, 1996 |
United Artists has asked me if I would interview Mike Nichols for the L.A. Times in order to get some free publicity for "The Birdcage," which Mike directed and I wrote. Since it opens Friday, I quickly tracked Nichols down to Connecticut, where he and his wife, journalist Diane Sawyer, live on a 15-acre trout farm (he races trout and has since 1986). There, sitting in his trophy-filled office, stroking one of his beloved trout, Mr.
September 22, 1986 |
Mike Nichols is returning to television. The co-executive producer of the acclaimed 1976 series "Family," best known as a director of stage productions as well as the films "The Graduate" and, most recently, "Heartburn," Nichols is developing and producing two half-hour series for ABC. Both series, along with any other Nichols TV projects, will be produced by Reeves Entertainment Group, with which Nichols last week announced an exclusive agreement.
March 7, 1996 |
The Scene: Tuesday's premiere of United Artists' "The Birdcage" at the Village theater in Westwood. There was a wildly baroque party afterward. The cross-dressing farce that star Robin Williams called "an antidote for Pat, Bob and the caucuses" was a major hit. "When they give out the award for best actor and best actress," said Martin Mull, "they're going to have to rethink the categories."
February 20, 2005 |
Don't let anybody tell you otherwise -- Clive Owen is a movie star. People can talk all they want about his character-actor face or brooding remove, but the 40-year-old Englishman radiates the insouciant charm, strange charisma and dark mystery of a McQueen, Bogart or Mitchum.
April 17, 1992 |
It was a scene that called for Jack Ego, the unctuous radio talk-show host who called everyone, including his buddy "Al" Schweitzer, a "very close, very personal friend," and for Barbara Musk, the eager Hollywood starlet who was making "The Big Sky," the life story of God--whom Ego immediately claimed as a very close, very personal friend.
February 7, 2004 |
In 1966, Mike Nichols got a Directors Guild of America nomination for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," his feature film debut. His sophomore outing, "The Graduate," won him the award -- as well as a best director Oscar. Over the years, such movie and TV projects as "Silkwood" (1983), "Working Girl" (1988) and last year's critically acclaimed "Angels in America" have reaffirmed his talent.
July 17, 1985 |
Tim Conway's last movie was "The Private Eyes," a slapstick detective spoof co-starring Don Knotts. Mike Nichols' last movie was "Silkwood," an Oscar-nominated biographical drama starring Meryl Streep. Paul Bartel's last movie was "Lust in the Dust," a raunchy Western starring Divine. Now, as if united by a computer with a warped microchip, their three careers converge on "The Longshot," a film written by and starring Conway, and being directed by Bartel for executive producer Nichols.
July 14, 1991 |
M ike Nichols has been making movies for 25 years. His films include "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), "The Graduate" (1967), "Carnal Knowledge" (1971), "Silkwood" (1983), "Working Girl" (1988) and "Postcards From the Edge" (1990). His newest film, "Regarding Henry," stars Harrison Ford as a slickly successful New York attorney who is forced to re-evaluate the meaning of his life after being shot in the head during a convenience store holdup.
June 9, 2010 |
If it hadn't been for a girlfriend's mother, Mike Nichols might never have become one of the few artists to earn Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy awards — much less the 38th recipient of the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, which is being presented Thursday night at a gala ceremony at Sony Studios. The teenage Nichols and his then-girlfriend Lucy were given tickets by her mother to see a new play on Broadway: Tennessee Williams' seminal 1947 drama "A Streetcar Named Desire," starring Marlon Brando and directed by Elia Kazan.
June 9, 2010 |
On the eve of being honored by the American Film Institute, Mike Nichols shared memories of some of the actors he has directed. Elizabeth Taylor (Nichols directed her to the best actress Oscar in 1966's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"): She understood, since she had been doing it since she was 4 years old, what movie acting was, and she had that kind of secret deal with the lab that, overnight in the bath, what we had seen her do on the set was about three times better [on screen]