CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2008 |
Malvin Wald, a prolific writer for film and television best known for co-writing the Academy Award-nominated screenplay for the 1948 film "The Naked City," died Thursday of age-related causes at Sherman Oaks Hospital, said his son, Alan. He was 90. Wald wrote the story for the archetypal police drama, which ended with the now-famous line, "There are 8 million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them." He and writer Albert Maltz, one of the blacklisted Hollywood 10 who refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee, were credited with the screenplay, which was also nominated for a Writers Guild Award.
April 15, 2007 |
JULES DASSIN was one of the key filmmakers of postwar America. In the late 1940s, having escaped the restrictive employment of MGM, he reinvented himself as a director of brash, socially conscious pulp. By 1950, he was on the blacklist, and the Hollywood career of this committed leftist, the Connecticut-born son of a Russian Jewish immigrant, was effectively over.
March 18, 2007 |
The life after: Edward Zwick's "Blood Diamond," which arrives Tuesday on DVD, received mixed reviews when it opened in December. And its American box office, $56.5 million, certainly didn't sparkle. But the thriller -- set in Sierra Leone in 1999 -- about an ex-mercenary-turned-diamond smuggler (Leonardo DiCaprio) who forms an uneasy alliance with a fisherman (Djimon Hounsou) was a hit during award season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2006 |
Herbert B. Leonard, a film and television producer who brought "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin" and the classic TV dramatic series "Naked City" and "Route 66" to television in the 1950s and '60s, has died. He was 84. Leonard died of cancer Saturday at his home in the Hollywood Hills, said his daughter Gina Leonard.
September 17, 2006 |
"NAKED CITY," which debuted in 1958, eventually left its mark on the cultural vernacular with its sign-off, "There are 8 million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them." But the show's real novelty was something else -- how it took viewers into the nooks and crannies of New York.
May 6, 2005 |
I'm not sure the best way to kick off a movie that wants to expose the dark heart of the true Los Angeles is to contrast it with "real cities" where "people walk, you brush past people, people bump into you," but that's what writer-director Paul Haggis does in the first few moments of "Crash," a grim, histrionic experiment in vehicular metaphor slaughter.