August 16, 2013 |
METAIRIE, La. - In the summer of 1992, an aspiring filmmaker named Craig Borten drove from Los Angeles to Dallas to see a man named Ron Woodroof. Borten was just a few years out of Syracuse University and didn't know what kind of movies he wanted to make, or if he wanted to make them at all. But he'd read about Woodroof, a fast-living - and, as it happened, deeply homophobic - straight electrician and rodeo habitue who had been diagnosed with AIDS in 1986. First out of self-preservation and then as a grudging crusade, Woodroof began smuggling unapproved drugs from Mexico and other countries, prolonging his life and the lives of thousands of others.
December 26, 2011 |
Donna Reed was more than just a TV mom to actress Shelley Fabares. Fabares played Reed's teenage daughter, Mary Stone, on the well-loved 1958-66 ABC family sitcom "The Donna Reed Show," which revolved around Donna Stone (Reed), the wife of handsome pediatrician Dr. Alex Stone (Carl Betz), and mother to Mary and energetic younger son Jeff (Paul Petersen) "She definitely became my second mother," said Fabares, 67, who left the series in 1963. "She was a role model and remains so to this day. I still periodically hear her voice in my head when I am making a decision about doing something, I hear her urging me on to make the stronger decision of the two. I just adored her. " Petersen echoes her sentiments.
October 14, 2007
RYAN GOSLING'S feelings for Bianca, a lifelike/life-sized silicone doll in "Lars and the Real Girl" brings to my mind a play, "KRZY" by Bruce Reisman, that we did at the Second Stage in Hollywood in the late '80s. My character, Arthur, was in love with a life-sized doll named Mary Ann. I experienced the same sort of bond with her as Gosling did with Bianca. I wonder if "Real Girl's" writer, Nancy Oliver, saw our play or has/had some sort of symbiotic relationship with Reisman?
August 16, 1994 |
Despite an impressive vocal cast that includes Ruby Dee and Linda Lavin, "Whitewash," an animated special on HBO dealing with the issue of racism among children, is more notable for its good intentions than its effectiveness. Based on a real incident, "Whitewash" focuses on Helene Angel (Serena Henry), an African American fourth-grader who is attacked by a street gang on the way home from school. The gang members spray her face with white shoe polish to "make her white for a day."
March 27, 1994 |
In 1930 a young Romanian came to Calcutta to live and study with a renowned Indian philosopher. He fell passionately in love with the philosopher's 16-year-old daughter, Maitreyi, herself a poet and disciple of Rabindranath Tagore. Eventually their love was discovered and the young man was thrown out of the house. Three years later Mircea Eliade--who was to become widely known as a writer, philosopher and historian of religions--published a highly charged novel about his experience.
September 18, 2008 |
Nancy Oliver, the writer of "Lars and the Real Girl," and Ronald Harwood, who wrote "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," shared the feature film award Wednesday at the annual Humanitas Prizes, which honor film and TV scripts that "explore the human condition . . . and reveal our common humanity." Television winners included Daniel Giat for the HBO movie "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," Kirk Ellis for the opening chapter of the HBO miniseries "John Adams," Dave Tennant for an episode of NBC's "Scrubs" called "My Long Goodbye," Brian Hohlfeld for an episode of "My Friends Tigger & Pooh" and Ann Austen, Douglas Sloan, Max Enscoe and Annie DeYoung for "Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board."
May 11, 2010
Dadetown 1995 IFC 9:10 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. The Sixth Sense 1999 Starz 10:30 a.m. Bowfinger 1999 Comedy Central 11 a.m. Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 AMC 12:15 p.m. The River Wild 1994 Cinemax 12:30 p.m. Lemon Tree 2008 Sundance 1 p.m. My Cousin Vinny 1992 Encore 2:15 p.m. The Great Debaters 2007 TMC 2:50 p.m. Medicine for Melancholy 2008 Showtime 3 p.m. Murder, My Sweet 1944 TCM 3:15 p.m. Marley &...
April 6, 2012 |
Late last year, Joachim Cooder began feeling that life as a sideman wasn't enough. Cooder is the son of one of the most lauded names in L.A. rock - singer-guitarist Ry Cooder. For years he played drums for his father, Mavis Staples,Dr. John and the Cuban collective Buena Vista Social Club while composing for indie films like "Lars and the Real Girl. " His life was the archetype of a successful behind-the-scenes musical mercenary . But late last year during a hobbyist's stint as an apprentice chef at the downtown L.A. pop-up restaurant Le Comptoir, he began to suspect that new challenges might be good for him musically as well.
December 12, 2007 |
Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" received a leading seven nominations for the Critics' Choice Awards, announced Tuesday by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. "Juno" got six nominations, and "Atonement," "Michael Clayton," "No Country for Old Men," "Sweeney Todd" and "Hairspray" tied with five each. The 13th annual awards will be presented during a live VH1 broadcast Jan. 7, with D.L. Hughley as host. The Broadcast Film Critics Assn.
March 5, 2002 |
Memo to Mattel: Thin is not in. The hottest doll at last month's International Toy Festival in New York doesn't have a super-spunky kid sister, a townhouse or a shiny pink sports car. But she does come equipped with something Barbie doesn't have: hips. Emme, the plus-size model who made it more than OK for cover girls to be a size 12, is bringing an industry not known for positive body images up to size. Tonner Doll Co. last week introduced a toy created in the image of Emme.