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August 11, 1993 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roy London, a highly respected Hollywood acting coach who made his directing debut last year with "Diary of a Hit Man," starring several of his students, has died. He was 50. London died Sunday in his Los Angeles home of lymphoma, a complication of AIDS. His low-budget 1992 film, which London co-wrote with Kenneth Pressman from Pressman's off-Broadway play "Insider's Price," won the Best of the Fest popularity poll when it was introduced at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.
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September 24, 1995
I think Brad Pitt is incredibly talented, likable and handsome ("Don't Call Him Sexy," by Bronwen Hruska, Sept. 17). However, either his memory is faulty or Hruska is misinformed. It is not true that Pitt never had any acting training because I (and our fellow classmates) was enthralled by his scene work in the late, brilliant Roy London's acting class. Let's give (some) credit where it's due! JOEY JUPITER-LEVIN Van Nuys
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 1992 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cast of the low-budget film "Diary of a Hitman," which opened Friday, includes some of the hottest young actors in Hollywood--Sharon Stone, Sherilyn Fenn, Forest Whitaker and James Belushi. They worked on the film for a first-time director on location in rural Pennsylvania. In the winter. For scale. "Money is not why we did it," said Stone. "Roy London is why we did it. When you hear that he is finally going to direct a film, you crawl through broken glass to be there."
NEWS
August 11, 1993 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roy London, a highly respected Hollywood acting coach who made his directing debut last year with "Diary of a Hit Man," starring several of his students, has died. He was 50. London died Sunday in his Los Angeles home of lymphoma, a complication of AIDS. His low-budget 1992 film, which London co-wrote with Kenneth Pressman from Pressman's off-Broadway play "Insider's Price," won the Best of the Fest popularity poll when it was introduced at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 1995
I think Brad Pitt is incredibly talented, likable and handsome ("Don't Call Him Sexy," by Bronwen Hruska, Sept. 17). However, either his memory is faulty or Hruska is misinformed. It is not true that Pitt never had any acting training because I (and our fellow classmates) was enthralled by his scene work in the late, brilliant Roy London's acting class. Let's give (some) credit where it's due! JOEY JUPITER-LEVIN Van Nuys
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 1991 | Pat H. Broeske
When acting coach Roy London cast the feature film that marks his directorial debut, casting wasn't much of a problem. "It seemed only natural--and right--to use my students," London says. The film is "Hit Man," a thriller currently shooting for Vision International, which London co-wrote with Kenneth Pressman from Pressman's off-Broadway play, "Insider's Price." It revolves around a hit man (Forest Whitaker) who has a change of heart when he's hired to kill a young mother (Sherilyn Fenn).
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 1992 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hit men are on the periphery of many a gangster thriller, but a movie about a hit man is a rarity. As a psychological study, or even as a thriller, "Diary of a Hit Man" (citywide) is arch and overwrought in a way that's compelling without being very good. But, in the lead, Forest Whitaker gives another of his freshly thought-out performances.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 1988 | CHRIS WILLMAN
"Tiger Warsaw" (citywide) is a movie that not only dares to pose the question "Is it true you can't go home again?" but dares to have its title character pose it, early on, for our benefit. From the heart-tugging strings and woodwinds on the sound track, it's a safe bet that the answer in this sleepy, well-meaning melodrama of reconciliation will be a big, sloppy yep .
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 1992 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cast of the low-budget film "Diary of a Hitman," which opened Friday, includes some of the hottest young actors in Hollywood--Sharon Stone, Sherilyn Fenn, Forest Whitaker and James Belushi. They worked on the film for a first-time director on location in rural Pennsylvania. In the winter. For scale. "Money is not why we did it," said Stone. "Roy London is why we did it. When you hear that he is finally going to direct a film, you crawl through broken glass to be there."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 1991 | Pat H. Broeske
When acting coach Roy London cast the feature film that marks his directorial debut, casting wasn't much of a problem. "It seemed only natural--and right--to use my students," London says. The film is "Hit Man," a thriller currently shooting for Vision International, which London co-wrote with Kenneth Pressman from Pressman's off-Broadway play, "Insider's Price." It revolves around a hit man (Forest Whitaker) who has a change of heart when he's hired to kill a young mother (Sherilyn Fenn).
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 1992 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Josef Woodard is a Santa Barbara-based free - lance writer specializing in film and music. and
Despite grumbling about funding, teeth-gnashing and general alarm about an uncertain future, the 10-day Santa Barbara International Film Festival turned out to be one of the strongest in the festival's seven-year history, in artistic depth and reaction from the audience.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 1995 | JUDY BRENNAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hunky young college refugee arrives from points east, pays dues for a few years doing odd jobs, finally making a splash with shirt off and pecs bulging in a film otherwise dominated by women. Brad Pitt in "Thelma & Louise," sure, but the description also applies to "How to Make an American Quilt's" Johnathon Schaech, a fast-rising 26-year-old actor whose looks and talent have gained the attention of some heavy Hollywood hitters.
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