January 8, 2012 |
The quietest room in Hollywood may be the office where John Williams composes. In a bungalow on the Universal Studios lot, steps from the production company of his most frequent collaborator, director Steven Spielberg, Williams works alone at a 90-year-old Steinway grand piano, with fistfuls of pencils and stacks of composition paper nearby, and worn books of poetry by Robert Frost and William Wordsworth piled on the coffee table. "My relationship with Steven is the result of a lot of very compatible dissimilarities," Williams said in a late December interview during a week that saw the U.S. releases of both of the duo's latest joint efforts, the comic-book adaptation "The Adventures of Tintin" and the World War I epic "War Horse.
December 4, 1988 |
E. C. Comics' vintage '50s "Tales from the Crypt"--ghoulish and darkly humorous--are being dusted off by HBO and attracting the likes of directors Walter Hill, Bob Zemeckis and Richard Donner and producers Joel Silver and David Giler. Supervising producer Bill Teitler told us three episodes will be produced as an HBO special for airing next May and theatrical release in foreign markets. The cable network also has the option to turn it into a series.
May 19, 2010
The Honeymoon Killers 1969 IFC 10:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Doubt 2008 Starz 10:30 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. Caramel 2007 Sundance 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. War/Dance 2007 Sundance 12:10 p.m. Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut 1980 AMC 12:30 p.m. Hellboy II: The Golden Army 2008 HBO 1 p.m. Lymelife 2008 TMC 1 p.m. The Last Wave 1978 IFC 2:25 p.m. Poliwood 2009 Showtime 2:30 p.m. Traitor 2008 Starz 2:30 p.m. ...
March 9, 1990
A former Newport Beach luxury yacht dealer who allegedly stole more than $2 million from his clients and then wrote them cheerful letters and Christmas cards as he traveled the world on their money has been arrested in Florida. Toni Bell, 51, who allegedly left the United States with more than $2 million that his customers had deposited for custom yachts he promised to build, was arrested at a recreation vehicle dealership in Winter Park, Fla., on Wednesday.
December 3, 2006
GEOFF BOUCHER missed a key point in his dissection of the machinations against director Richard Donner by producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind on "Superman II" ["The Cape Crusader," Nov. 26]. "The Godfather" films were not models that the Salkinds were looking at while deciding to film two Superman movies simultaneously. Rather, it was their "The Three Musketeers" and "The Four Musketeers," both of which were filmed in 1973 as one long epic and later split into two films and released a year apart.
May 22, 1994 |
We all know that "Maverick" started out as a TV series, running on ABC from 1957 to 1962, with numerous cast changes over the years. In those days, "adult" Western dramas ruled the airwaves, much like today's so-called reality shows. In 1960, there were 21 Westerns on the prime-time schedule. In Warner Bros.' big screen version of "Maverick," the film's climactic poker game shows card tables sprinkled with faces familiar from past TV Westerns.
December 5, 1993 |
Geronimo, the legendary Chiricahua Apache leader whose name is on the tip of the tongue of every schoolboy about to try something daring, died on a reservation in Oklahoma in 1909. "Geronimo," the movie that director Walter Hill hoped would help set the record straight about the man behind the legend, died four years ago in Hollywood. Or so it seemed. "We had a really good script, but I couldn't make any headway with it," said Hill, whose association with the "Alien" and "48 HRS."
May 20, 1994 |
"Maverick" is smart-alecky without being very smart. It's full of spoofy, har-dee-har-har ribaldries--this film practically winks at you. As sophisticated Western comedies go, it's somewhere between "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "The Apple Dumpling Gang." Crammed with such big-name crowd-pleasers as Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner, "Maverick" reaches for that Feel Good feeling. It settles for Feel OK.
August 9, 1991 |
Ever have a really bad dream? "Delirious" (citywide) plays like one. Yet, superficially, it's a movie that shouldn't have gone so wrong, so completely. Imagine it: John Candy, in a comedy about a TV soap opera writer who gets bonked on the head and dreams he's inhabiting his own show. Isn't that a vaguely funny idea?