September 25, 2005
AS a native Kentuckian, I grew up with Nick Clooney's strong, principled presence on my television and still read his newspaper column three times a week online. George's warm respect for the legacy of his father's integrity reveals his own integrity. He could easily cash in and coast on his clout. Instead, he uses it to try to create work of originality and resonance. I'll look forward to "Good Night, and Good Luck." CHARLES EDWARD POGUE Hollywood IN the mid-'60s, in the wake of the popularity of Joe Pyne's call-in radio programs, a number of stations around the country started similar shows.
May 22, 2005
In "The Big Sleep That Awaits the Big Screen" [May 15], David Freeman repeats a common historical error, that the vertically integrated film companies had to sell off their theaters. What they were really ordered to do was get out of one of the areas -- either production, distribution or exhibition. It would have been economically foolish to get out of distribution, and because they were going through a major box office slump, which reminded them of a similar slump during the Depression that put all but one of the theater-owning companies into receivership, they chose to sell off the exhibition wing.
September 14, 2003
Robert Welkos' article on the decline in filmed drama ("Muscled Aside," Sept. 7) overlooks the primary reason why such projects are more likely to be found on cable: The potential over-30 audience for such films doesn't patronize them in sufficient numbers to justify the cost of their production because they have the alternative of waiting to see them on TV -- over-the-air, cable, or home video. This wait has declined from five years between theatrical and TV release 40 years ago to as short a span as two months between theatrical and home-video release today.
August 31, 2003
"Fire Engine Limits Set" (Aug. 19), subsequent letters and "Curbing the Obstructionists" (editorial, Aug. 27), on the L.A. Fire Department setting speed limits for emergency vehicles, overlook a major reason why motorists don't yield: They often have no place to do so. This is definitely a problem on major thoroughfares that now carry more traffic than they were originally designed for, such as Cahuenga Boulevard, the route used by emergency vehicles leaving...
March 23, 2003
Larry Alexander is wrong in claiming that "Demetrius and the Gladiators" was rushed into production to capitalize on Jay Robinson's performance as Caligula (Letters, March 16). When the decision was made to shoot "The Robe" in CinemaScope, the sets had to be rebuilt and Darryl Zanuck assigned writer-director Delmer Daves to come up with a sequel that would use most of the sets and spread the additional costs over two pictures. "Demetrius" began shooting a couple of weeks after "The Robe" finished.
June 27, 1998
Kenneth Turan's commentary on "Gone With the Wind" ("A Real Steel Magnolia," June 24) sadly perpetuates one of today's more popular American myths, that the movie is racist, primarily because Prissy, a childlike black woman, is so "painful" to watch. Aunt Pittipat is an old white woman, just as ditsy as Prissy. Why isn't she painful to watch? "GWTW" is about a pampered, indulged girl whose life is destroyed around her and how she uses everything from drapes to deceit to keep from going hungry again.