May 23, 1993 |
Edward James Olmos stands amid the cacti in the desert, a brilliantly plumed fighting rooster cradled in his right arm, a cellular phone glued to his left ear. A black cowboy hat with a feather in its band shields the actor from the midday sun. Sans phone, he is El Gallo, the long-absent patriarch who rules the roost around these parts.
November 22, 1992 |
Two years ago, former producer Julia Phillips set the town on its ear with her No. 1 bestseller "You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again," a scathing tale of her own rise and fall that pretty much reinvented the kiss-and-tell Hollywood tome. Not one to rest on her laurels, Phillips is working on a follow-up that has a few of the movie industry's most powerful women on pins and needles.
November 12, 1992 |
The Oscar ceremonies, marked this year by controversy over the role of women in the film industry, will be designed next year to honor women, organizers said Wednesday. "Oscar Celebrates Women and the Movies" will be the theme of the 65th Academy Awards, film and TV producer Gilbert Cates revealed at an event where it was announced that he will produce the internationally televised awards show for a fourth consecutive year.
November 8, 1992 |
In March, even while the best actress Oscar race of '91 was being determined, the battle for the '92 statue had pretty much been called. Two-time nominee Michelle Pfeiffer, according to industry sources and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences insiders, was considered a shoo-in. At that point, the actress had three films scheduled for release this year: "Batman Returns," the intimate period piece "Love Field" and the Martin Scorsese drama "The Age of Innocence." How could she lose?
November 24, 1991 |
In an interview published a few months ago in the now-defunct national sports daily the National, baseball commissioner and former Columbia Pictures executive Fay Vincent was asked why people are angry about the exorbitant salaries paid to baseball players and not about those paid to movie stars. The commissioner's answer was like a little manifesto of sexism, even though gender was hardly mentioned.
October 5, 1991 |
Just how hard is it being a woman director, dealing with male bonding? It's one thing, says Nancy Savoca, on a business level, just to break through the buddy system that is upper-echelon movie studio management. It's another thing altogether to earn the trust of actors and direct scenes of sexism in vivid action.
September 29, 1991 |
In the world of independent film, director Julie Dash is drawing a strong following as a fresh and innovative voice. Her ambitious "Daughters of the Dust"--set on the Sea Islands off the South Carolina coast in the early 1900s--earned top honors for its lush cinematography at this year's Sundance Film Festival. But Dash can't even get a Hollywood agent. In August, friends sponsored a screening of the film on Sony Pictures' Culver City lot--hoping for a turnout of influential insiders.
September 5, 1991 |
High atop a mountain overlooking the small town that was the site of the 18th annual Telluride Film Festival this week, director Martha Coolidge had every reason to feel on top professionally as well as altitudinally. Here, at the festival's mountaintop Labor Day picnic, Coolidge was the most sought-after of the filmmakers who had ascended the long ski lift for lunch and an outdoor seminar.
August 13, 1991 |
Women in the film and television business are moving into more powerful decision-making jobs, but they are still not represented at the highest levels of most companies, according to a study conducted by Women in Film to be released today. "The 'glass ceiling' has cracked, but it's still there," said Sally Steenland, who surveyed 20 companies and wrote the report.
April 14, 1991 |
The May sweeps--April 24 to May 22--will see a host of TV movies featuring lead actresses who are at the edge of 40--and beyond. CBS has two: JoBeth Williams is featured in "Victim of Love" May 5, about a woman in the middle of a dangerous love triangle. Ellen Burstyn, in "Running Out," May 12 plays an aging woman whose increasing loss of memory and other faculties prevent her from properly caring for her 9-year-old grandson.