April 6, 1994 |
"CUT. . . . AAAAAHHHHH!" director Penelope Spheeris yells into a bullhorn on "The Little Rascals" set on Stage One of the Universal lot. It's nearing the end of the 58-day shoot--and working with an American bulldog, a pair of Capuchin monkeys and two-dozen children ages 4 to 9 is taking its toll.
November 3, 1991 |
A giant papier-mache skeleton drapes the back of the Universal Amphitheatre stage, the artificial smoke curling around its base tinted with lime-green lights. Alice Cooper, middle-aged icon of the heavy-metal scene, steps through the chest cavity, a riding crop in his hand, ghoulish eye makeup visible to the back row, and launches into a growling performance of something called "Feed My Frankenstein": Feed my Frankenstein I'm hungry for love, and it's feeding time Feed my libido .
October 2, 1992 |
Head for the Hills: Penelope Spheeris, who directed "Wayne's World" for Paramount, has been signed by 20th Century Fox to direct a big-screen version of the 1960s TV comedy series, "The Beverly Hillbillies." Production is to begin in January. No release date or casting was announced.
August 7, 1990 |
Having made movies about teen killers and punk misfits and two documentaries called "The Decline of Western Civilization," Penelope Spheeris isn't exactly a shrinking-violet filmmaker. Still, after directing a video portrait of 2 Live Crew, she was amazed at how quickly she got caught up in the notorious rappers' mind set. "I know it sounds weird, but the lyrics really stay with you," said Spheeris, who spent a week on the road with the controversial rap outfit last month.
November 19, 1986
A.K. Allen, "The Ladies Club" (New Line); Laurie . Anderson, "Home of the Brave" (Cinecom); Ronee Blakley, "I Played It for You" (AUC Films); Lizzie Borden, "Working Girls" (no distributor); Zane Buzby, "Last Resort" (Concorde); Joyce Chopra, "Smooth Talk" (Spectrafilm); Joan Darling, "The Check Is in the Mail" (Ascot); Donna Deitch, "Desert Hearts" (Goldwyn); Sara Driver, "Sleepwalk" (no distributor); Linda Feferman, "Seven Minutes in Heaven" (Warner Bros.
July 3, 1988
Don't expect to see Sammy Hagar scheduling a duet with George Michael anytime soon. The Van Halen crooner recently surveyed Michael thusly: "The guy looks like he walked into a beauty parlor and said, 'Make me look rough and tough like I hadn't slept for four days--but I have really.' ". . . Just how short was that Mike Tyson-Michael Spinks title fight? KRTH-FM morning deejay Steve Morris offered the most imaginative illustration of the spectacle's stunning brevity.