August 20, 2004
(Un)finished business "Exorcist: The Beginning" takes possession of theaters today after a rewrite, recast, reshoot by a different director (Renny Harlin) than an earlier finished version (Paul Schrader). Harlin stepped in after the late John Frankenheimer dropped out because of his health. Another high-profile project based on an idea that sprang from "The Graduate" recently replaced director Ted Griffin with Rob Reiner.
January 5, 1992 |
In Hollywood, nothing much gets done the last few weeks of December. Ordinarily, if Christmas and New Year's fall on a Monday or Friday, executives take a three-day weekend. If the holidays fall on a Tuesday or Thursday, make it a four-day weekend. But as the holidays fall on a Wednesday this year, hey, there's no point in coming to work Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. And that's for two weeks. So, if they're not at the studio, where is everybody?
May 14, 1989 |
Will Irish eyes be smiling when a crop of Irish-American-themed pictures arrive at movie theaters in the next year or so? A handful of titles that touch on NYC dockside gangs and Irish Republican Army gun-running are currently in development or preproduction, not necessarily casting those of Irish ancestry in the most positive light. First up is Orion's "State of Grace," to film in June, with Sean Penn as an undercover cop infiltrating Irish gangs of NYC's Hell's Kitchen. Dennis McIntire wrote the script, which Phil Joanou directs.
December 4, 1988
The Fabulous Baker Boys (Gladden/Mirage). Shooting in L.A. Ivory-tinkling lounge musicians Jeff Bridges and bro' Beau perform the title roles with Michelle Pfeiffer tagging along for the fun. Director/screenwriter Steve Kloves. Distributor Fox. Summer release. Lethal Weapon 2 (Silver). Shooting in L.A. Richard Donner directs wacko cop/title character Mel Gibson and cautious partner Danny Glover in this sequel set three years later.
January 21, 2010 |
Come on, get happy. Why? Because in between all the John Ford manliness at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre presentation that my colleague Kenneth Turan mentions above, will be a visit with Mrs. Partridge herself. Shirley Jones won't be talking about any of David Cassidy's behind-the-scenes shenanigans, though. She'll be there to discuss her Oscar-winning role as a prostitute in 1960's "Elmer Gantry," following the 50th anniversary screening of the drama on Saturday. The Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre offers a digital restoration retrospective beginning Friday with Martin Scorsese's hard-hitting "Raging Bull" from 1980.
February 28, 2013 |
Attention, children of the '80s: Conan O'Brien and Johnny Galecki -- a.k.a. Rusty from "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" or David from "Roseanne" -- have teamed up to re-create one of the decade's finest cinematic achievements, "The Goonies. " As Galecki -- known to children of the '00s as Leonard from "The Big Bang Theory" -- told O'Brien on Wednesday night, "Conan" is filmed on the same Warner Bros. lot as Richard Donner's beloved adventure comedy film. He then asked O'Brien for a "personal favor": Would he join him in a reenactment of one of the movie's most memorable scenes?