CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1999
A 39-year-old woman was convicted Monday of misdemeanor battery and elder abuse for attacking adult film director Russ Meyer. Meyer, 77, was attacked May 26 while asleep on a couch at the Hollywood Hills home he shared with Debra Angela Masson. Prosecutors said Meyer and Masson had a 14-year relationship. The director is best known for a series of soft porn films produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including, "Faster, Pussycat, Kill! Kill!" and "Supervixens."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2011 |
Tura Satana, an actress who gained cult status for her role in the 1965 Russ Meyer movie "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!," died Friday of heart failure at a hospital in Reno. Satana's death was confirmed by her manager, Siouxzan Perry, who said Satana was 72. In "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" Satana played Varla, the leader of a "daredevil trio of sports car-driving vixens," wrote film critic B. Ruby Rich in the Village Voice in 1995. "She drove her Porsche like a bat out of hell, delivered her dialogue with an arched eyebrow that let the audience in on the joke and tossed men into the air like they were pancakes.
September 16, 1999
Vocal gymnast Bobby McFerrin, who has worked with symphony orchestras and countless jazz musicians and is best known for the feel-good anthem "Don't Worry, Be Happy," will go it alone as he whoops, pounds his chest and otherwise creates vocal mischief. * Bobby McFerrin, Royce Hall, UCLA, 8 p.m. $35 to $50. (310) 825-2101. 8 pm: Dance Amalia Hernandez's Ballet Folklorico de Mexico has always been big, but this season it's bigger than at any time in the past quarter-century of U.S.
September 9, 2001 |
"Your personality has many different aspects, and you need to find out what they are. It's a part of self-examination," says Cliff Benjamin. It's a California ethos (remember "finding yourself"?) for a home-grown nonconformist. So far, the Many Faces of Benjamin have turned to art--painting, curating, teaching and, most recently, sales.
December 9, 2004 |
Two alternative filmmakers get successive tributes this week at the American Cinematheque -- L.A. punk auteur David Markey and the late King of the Nudies, Russ Meyer. It's an appropriate pairing, for Markey's two low-budget "Lovedolls" films are demented homages to Meyer's "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" (1979), itself a lurid spoof of "Valley of the Dolls" (1967). Made for a reported $250 and shot on Super 8 in the seedy backyards, side streets and beaches of L.A.
December 11, 1994 |
It was the first and last word in "riot grrrl" movies, albeit about three decades ahead of its time. And now "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!," the classic black-and-white low-budgeter from that avatar of big-breasted feminism, Russ Meyer, is back in theatrical release, to claim the honor it was denied the first time out.