October 8, 1999 |
When French filmmaker Catherine Breillet cast an Italian pornography star in her newest movie, "Romance," some members of her cast were taken aback. A wall had been breached. The line separating pornography and art was being blurred. Filmgoers who have seen David Cronenberg's "Crash" in 1997 or some of the more sexually daring movies from Europe may ask if that line even exists anymore. If it does, then "Romance" was intentionally crafted to obliterate it.
March 18, 1989 |
He's an irresistibly charming magician with a past. She's a sweet and innocent, uh, television producer. Love kindles, passion rages . . . and yawns abound in the Showtime cable channel's "Harlequin Romance Movie: Magic Moments" (Sunday at 8 p.m.). There's plenty of blame to go around for this soggy bonbon. Terence Brady and Charlotte Bingham wrote the cliche-ridden teleplay, based on Nora Roberts' novel, "This Magic Moment."
June 9, 2002 |
Working in the camera department at Paramount Studios during the early '90s, Steve Gainer often spotted tripod legs beckoning from dumpsters on the lot. For a fledgling cinematographer who had followed his outsize love of cameras into the movie world, those ungainly limbs proved signposts to a gold mine of old lenses, filters and other camera accessories tossed out thanks to the premium on storage space at studios.
March 12, 1998 |
If you love glitzy novels and the movies, plan a stop in Santa Barbara on Saturday. Jackie Collins, the glamorous and prolific author whose books sell in the millions, will be at the Santa Barbara Borders Books, 900 State St., to sign her new novel "Thrill" at 11 a.m. Collins has just signed with Pocket Books to write "L.A. Connection" a four-part novel with each title, "Power," "Obsession," "Murder" and "Revenge," to be released monthly beginning in September.
May 5, 2011 |
If Britain's royal wedding put you in the mood for love, or at least nuptials, get thee to a cinema: There's an onslaught of marriage movies coming to theaters in the next few months. The timing is mere coincidence; most of these films were in production before Prince William popped the question to Catherine. But if the royal couple is aiming for a drama-free happily-ever-after, filmmakers love the wedding genre exactly because it's rife with drama — and romance, scandal and conflict.
July 17, 1998 |
Many movies start out with a man being discharged from prison, but "Buffalo '66," Vincent Gallo's compelling debut film as a writer-director, has come up with a way for us to identify immediately with his ex-con: The guy has to urinate and there's no place to do it, a universal predicament. The guard thinks he's crazy to be asked to let back in the prison to go to the restroom, so there's nothing to do but take the bus and wait till it pulls into the Buffalo, N.Y.