July 1, 1991 |
The hot pair of the evening may have been Warren Beatty and Norman Mailer, but the hot topic was the resignation earlier that day of liberal Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Appropriately, the Hollywood Women's Political Committee honored civil rights attorney Morris Dees with its Barbara Jordan Award Thursday evening at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. (Jordan congratulated him via video as did Julian Bond, Ethel Kennedy, George McGovern and Rosa Parks.
September 22, 1993 |
It was a crowd one guest described as "Hollywood adjacent" that made the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation's Torch of Liberty Awards dinner the most successful in the organization's history. By this, the guest meant that Monday's affair at the Regent Beverly Wilshire was populated less with actors and filmmakers than with lawyers, agents and music industry powers.
August 23, 1995 |
The Scene: Monday's premiere of HBO's "Truman" at the Paramount studio theater with a festive, campaign-style lawn party after the screening. As a tie-in with the film's theme, the evening was co-hosted by the Hollywood Women's Political Committee. Said HWPC executive director Lara Bergthold: "This is an opportunity to celebrate our political commitment without any chance of losing an election."
June 14, 1993 |
Laudatory awards shows are the routine stuff of Hollywood, and Friday's 17th Annual Women in Film luncheon easily could have fallen into instant hazy memory if not for the uninhibited remarks by recipient Michelle Pfeiffer. Taking the podium to accept her Crystal Award, the last of several given out during the ceremonies recognizing individuals who "represent the highest ideals of the film and television industry," the actress admonished some of the people there to honor her. "So . . .
July 18, 1993 |
Sydney Pollack, whose latest film "The Firm" has taken in more than $85 million in less than three weeks of release, is mulling a suitable follow-up. Press reports had the director committed to the Warner Bros. film version of the bestseller "The Bridges of Madison County" by Robert James Waller. Pollack calls such talk premature. "I am seriously considering the project," the director says. "I did agree to try to get a screenplay together in the hope we could make it this fall.
December 6, 2006 |
GRAHAM KING is the kind of producer Hollywood likes, in part because he's good at raising money. Having developed an expertise buying and selling the foreign rights to films, the British native made a splash when he used foreign sales to secure much of the money needed to fund 2002's "Gangs of New York." The film featured two of King's most frequent collaborators, director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
April 30, 2004 |
Wasting the conceptually ripe pairing of Ben Stiller and Jack Black and the considerable potential of its premise, "Envy" is a woeful little comedy that runs out of steam shortly after its opening sequence. Directed by Barry Levinson from the first produced screenplay by veteran writer Steve Adams, the movie explores the destructive nature of its title emotion on a friendship. One of its many problems is that there is little evidence why these guys are even friends other than proximity.