CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1996
We confess a twinge of nostalgia on learning that the Winnetka 6 Drive-In could go the way of cheap gasoline, tail fins and all flesh: Pacific Theatres has announced it will replace this icon of the auto age with a 26-screen megaplex with shops and restaurants. We'd barely digested that news when Northridge Fashion Center announced plans for a competing entertainment complex, with multiple movie screens and other enticements.
August 21, 1994 |
How's this for a game plan? Let director Duwayne Dunham coach Warner Bros.' peewee football movie, "Little Giants," until the last 3 1/2 weeks of shooting and then bring aboard another director to drive the movie home. It's very rare that a director is ever pulled off a picture this late in the game. But for the movie, which was behind schedule, to be finished for its Oct. 14 release, the move was a necessary one, say sources involved with the film.
September 28, 2009 |
When "Chicago" and "Hairspray" producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan were looking for their next big movie musical last November, the two ended up in what would seem like an unlikely place: the El Segundo headquarters of Mattel Inc. The duo found their inspiration in the prototypes for an as-yet unreleased line of monster dolls from the toy manufacturer. Welcome to Hollywood's latest gold rush. Movie studio development slates are rapidly filling up with projects based on well-known toys and games.
April 5, 2014 |
BEIJING -- Sculptor, dissident, activist, blogger, rock 'n' roller, barber. Multi-hyphenate Ai Weiwei wasn't really in need of another descriptor, but now you can add this: actor. The roly-poly, 56-year-old Chinese artist makes his acting debut in a 10-minute sci-fi short called "The Sand Storm" filmed in Beijing in early 2013. The existence of the project wasn't widely known until this week, when the film's writer-director, Jason Wishnow, launched a $33,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund post-production work (it's already exceeded the goal)
January 27, 1995 |
Labor and management are grappling with new technologies and new players. And the decisions they make in the next few months will have far-reaching ramifications. On Wednesday, a three-day meeting of the boards of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists ended with a 128-8 vote in favor of a plan to merge the two groups.
August 12, 2001 |
Week after week this summer, Hollywood's blockbuster movies have opened to the kind of eye-popping numbers that get breathlessly splashed across TV and newspaper reports. Often exceeding $40 million, the numbers come packaged with the kind of arcane statistical records Hollywood compiles, such as: best Wednesday ever ("Jurassic Park III"), highest-grossing non-sequel ever ("Pearl Harbor"), best August opening ever ("Rush Hour 2") and second-best three-day total ever ("Planet of the Apes").
October 1, 1989 |
When director Luis Puenzo made his Oscar-winning film "The Official Story" in 1984, he shot scenes in his own bedroom in a pleasant upper-middle-class Buenos Aires suburb. At night, he slept below his own klieg lights. He spent just $465,000 to make the film, an intimate and searing study of a woman who discovers that her adopted daughter was stolen from a prisoner murdered by military officers during the last Argentine dictatorship.
May 18, 1999 |
Certain that many consumers will be downloading movies from the Internet within a year or two, executives of online firms are for the first time scouring the film market here for movie rights and for partnerships with companies that control film libraries. Their presence, along with some recently announced deals, is sparking a widespread recognition among movie industry leaders that a vast change in the methods of distribution is coming much sooner than they expected.
November 5, 2001 |
Just six weeks ago, as the events of Sept. 11 shook America, Hollywood rushed to postpone any terror-related films that might offend public sensibilities, abruptly pulling a number of completed pictures such as the Arnold Schwarzenegger action thriller "Collateral Damage," and the comedies "Big Trouble" and "Bad Company." The World War II drama "Windtalkers" was also pushed back from November to next year because of fears that Americans wouldn't want to see war movies any time soon.
July 31, 1993 |
In the summer rush of movie images--cliffhangers, dinosaurs, Tom Cruise on the run, Clint Eastwood in a sweat--one should certainly take its memorable place: The sight of Nancy Travis' unguarded face smiling a winsome hello while she slams a meat cleaver into a sheep's skull.