July 11, 1999 |
Rick Famuyiwa steps into the marble-lined entryway of Pangaea, a restaurant on the first floor of the Hotel Nikko on La Cienega Boulevard. A couple of patrons glance up from their breakfast plates; the 6-foot-4 26-year-old is a quietly commanding presence. Famuyiwa scans the room uncertainly, then forges ahead, past leather booths filled with executives in crisp business suits.
May 4, 1997
Rick Famuyiwa is not making movies for the simple reason that he is obviously a smart, insightful storyteller who has to function in an industry that all too frequently rewards filmmakers with contracts for making inane, unimaginative and redundant films ("The Path," by David Weddle, March 23). I hope that Famuyiwa is able to hang in there and keep coming up with alternatives to what's out there. We of the moviegoing public should attempt to support talented directors and writers of his kind.
July 16, 1999 |
When several years ago a friend told aspiring filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa that he was getting married, the two of them started reminiscing about growing up in the African American middle-class neighborhood of Inglewood (now becoming increasingly Latino). Famuyiwa, a 1996 USC film school graduate, came away hours later with the idea for his fresh and funny first feature,"The Wood," which he adapted from a story he wrote with one of his former USC professors, Todd Boyd.
July 18, 1999
David Weddle, in his article on filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa ("Selling Out Was the Deal Breaker," July 11), erroneously attributed the phrase " 'the bitch-goddess' of success" to Jack Kerouac; it was William James, the American psychologist and philosopher, who, in a letter to H.G. Wells of Sept. 11, 1906, first used the phrase, referring to "the moral flabbiness born of the exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS." CHRIS KELEDJIAN Venice
June 6, 1999
Tommy Lee is paired with Snoop Dogg for a song to be featured on the soundtrack of "Heavy Metal II," the sequel to the '70s animated cult favorite. The movie and album are due in the fall, with a new Monster Magnet track also featured. . . . Mystikal and OutKast have teamed up on "Neck Uv Da Woods" for the soundtrack of "The Wood," the semi-autobiographical film by director Rick Famuyiwa that's something of "The Wonder Years" set in '80s Inglewood. . . .
March 10, 1991
An exciting finish and a large crowd were the ingredients for success in the inaugural South Bay All-Star Basketball Classic Friday night. The game, which matched 24 of the area's top senior high school players, drew an estimated 900 fans to South Torrance High, where the Red team hung on for a 98-93 victory over the Blue. Mira Costa center Chris Davis, who had nine points and rebounded well for the Red team, was named the game's most valuable player.