July 7, 1994 |
This World Cup is becoming too surreal for comfort. Let us simply try and count the ways in which what passes for normality in soccer has been transformed into something of an illusion. One, a team from the U.S., most of whose players are obscure--to put it mildly--and whose goalkeeper is more intent on an acting career, comes within 15 minutes of forcing Brazil into extra time. This was in no script written outside Hollywood.
March 23, 1997 |
T.H. Lawrence, enigmatic adventurer, is the focus of David Lean's beautifully photographed epic--shot by Freddie Young and Nicolas Roeg. Literate, serious, full of sweep and action, and--though Lean and writers Robert Bolt and (uncredited) Michael Wilson are too literal to penetrate fully the Seven Pillarsof Wisdom--still a deluxe, gorgeous adventure.
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January 12, 2002
Henri Verneuil, 81, a prolific filmmaker who directed some of France's greatest movie stars, died Friday, according to the French Fine Arts Academy. The cause of death was not announced. Verneuil directed such giants of the French cinema as Jean Gabin and Jean-Paul Belmondo. Both appeared in Verneuil's 1962 film "Un Singe en Hiver" (A Monkey in Winter). Born Achod Malakian in Rodosto, Turkey, Verneuil was a naturalized French citizen of Armenian ancestry.
July 13, 1995 |
Dolly Parton's younger sister, a prominent C & W singer in her own right, has put together a cookbook entitled "Stella Parton's Country Cookin' " (Adams Publishing: $7.95). The recipes come from her family and friends and have a nice homey feel, but surprise--they're not mostly old Southern dishes like fried okra and matrimony cake.
February 14, 1991 |
Video Store Magazine, published in Irvine, has these suggestions for Valentine's Day video rentals: "An American in Paris," 1951. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron. Music by George Gershwin. "Wuthering Heights," 1939. Starring Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon. "Romeo and Juliet," 1968. Starring Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey. "Pretty Woman," 1990. Starring Julia Roberts, Richard Gere. "Adam's Rib," 1949. Starring Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn. "An Officer and a Gentleman," 1982.
November 1, 2012 |
Turner Classic Movies announced Thursday that the restored 1968 musical "Funny Girl," for which Barbra Streisand won the best actress Oscar as famed comedian Fanny Brice, will open the fourth TCM Classic Film Festival. The festival is to take place April 25-28, 2013, at various locations in Hollywood, including Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Streisand earned a Tony Award nomination for her iconic role as Brice in the 1964 Broadway production of "Funny Girl," which features such Jule Styne and Bob Merrill standards as "People" and "Don't Rain on My Parade.
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May 15, 1989 |
Fifteen years after being immortalized as "King of the Gypsies" in a movie and best-selling book, Steve Tene says it is time for him to help Gypsies forsake their old ways for a piece of the American Dream. No more fathers selling teen-age daughters as wives, no more keeping Gypsy children out of school, no more of the cloistered existence that has fostered the Gypsy reputation for thievery and distrust. "Tradition has to be broken," declared Tene, who extolled the virtues of Americanization from his Laguna Beach home with an ocean view.
July 8, 2004 |
The Butterfly Effect Ashton Kutcher, Eric Stoltz New Line, $28 New Line tries to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear with its special edition of this psychological thriller, in which Ashton Kutcher plays a college student who can go back in time. But no amount of documentaries or commentaries can hide that the film is a big fat turkey. The DVD features a documentary on chaos theory; a look at time traveling in movies; a behind-the-scenes documentary in which writer-directors Eric Bress and J.