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December 12, 2010 | By Steve Ryfle, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Sal Mineo A Biography Michael Gregg Michaud Harmony: 410 pp., $25.99 Near the climax of "Rebel Without a Cause," three angst-filled adolescents played by James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo take refuge in an abandoned mansion. As Dean reclines on an old couch, Mineo innocently rests his head on the other boy's arm, a display of male affection unseen before on screen. Mineo's emotionally charged performance as John "Plato" Crawford would be recognized years later as the movies' first gay teen, a prototype of the openly gay youths on Fox's "Glee" and other shows today.
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January 1, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
Built upon a movie-history footnote, "Interior. Leather Bar. " is an hourlong provocation from directors James Franco and Travis Mathews - a cheerfully unsettling exploration of mainstream representations of male homosexuality. Their jumping-off point is William Friedkin's controversial 1980 murder mystery, "Cruising," in which Al Pacino's undercover cop entered a lurid pre-AIDS club scene in Manhattan's pre-gentrification Meatpacking District. Friedkin, who filmed actual club patrons' "activities in their entirety," has said he cut 40 minutes to avoid an X rating and subsequently lost that footage.
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February 12, 2006
Returning home from a play rehearsal, 37-year-old actor Sal Mineo was stabbed to death after parking his Chevette in the carport of a West Hollywood apartment building. He appeared in 1955's "Rebel Without a Cause" with James Dean, Natalie Wood and Nick Adams. All died unusual or violent deaths. Mineo's killer, 19-year-old pizza deliveryman Lionel Ray Williams, was convicted of second-degree murder, as well as 10 robberies in the neighborhood, and sentenced to 51 years in prison.
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October 31, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
At the time of his 1976 murder, Sal Mineo was the rare celebrity to have publicly acknowledged his homosexuality, which might be why the killing was instantly engulfed in rumor-fueled scandal. In "Sal," director James Franco and screenwriter Stacey Miller set out to separate the random stabbing from the life it ended. Val Lauren, charismatic in the title role, suggests the vulnerability that was intrinsic to Mineo's screen work, most famously in "Rebel Without a Cause. " But the results are muddled as the film imagines the last day of Mineo's life, the drama unfolding as an enervated countdown to the fatal hour.
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June 28, 1992 | T.H. McCULLOH, T.H. McCulloh writes regularly about theater for Calendar.
It is the first time actor Carlos Gonzalez has been to the Griffith Observatory, one of the most recognizable film locations in movie history. He looks around at the planetarium, the view, the bronze bust of James Dean. The bust is a surprise. He feels, as he puts it, "eerie." He knows the gun was fired on the steps leading up to the building's entrance, and he knows that around the building to the left, down the road, at the back, was where the stabbing took place.
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October 31, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
At the time of his 1976 murder, Sal Mineo was the rare celebrity to have publicly acknowledged his homosexuality, which might be why the killing was instantly engulfed in rumor-fueled scandal. In "Sal," director James Franco and screenwriter Stacey Miller set out to separate the random stabbing from the life it ended. Val Lauren, charismatic in the title role, suggests the vulnerability that was intrinsic to Mineo's screen work, most famously in "Rebel Without a Cause. " But the results are muddled as the film imagines the last day of Mineo's life, the drama unfolding as an enervated countdown to the fatal hour.
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December 18, 1997
Last week's Top 5 rentals: "Men in Black," "George of the Jungle," "Face/Off," "Speed 2: Cruise Control" and "Breakdown." Last week's Top 5 sellers: "Men in Black" (pan & scan); "George of the Jungle," "Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas," "Annabelle's Wish" and "Scream." What's New In stores this week: "Contact" (Warner), Robert Zemeckis' sci-fi epic starring Jodie Foster. "A Simple Wish" (Universal), family comedy about the first male fairy godmother (Martin Short).
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July 1, 2010
SERIES 100 Questions: The romance-themed sitcom starring Sophie Winkleman presents its first-season finale (8:30 p.m. NBC). Rookie Blue: The fledgling officers join in the hunt for an escaped convict in this new episode of the police drama (9 p.m. ABC). So You Think You Can Dance: Ne-Yo performs, and another is eliminated, on tonight's results show (9 p.m. Fox). Burn Notice: Drug dealers cause trouble for a doctor and his clinic in this new episode of the action drama (9 p.m. USA)
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January 1, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
Built upon a movie-history footnote, "Interior. Leather Bar. " is an hourlong provocation from directors James Franco and Travis Mathews - a cheerfully unsettling exploration of mainstream representations of male homosexuality. Their jumping-off point is William Friedkin's controversial 1980 murder mystery, "Cruising," in which Al Pacino's undercover cop entered a lurid pre-AIDS club scene in Manhattan's pre-gentrification Meatpacking District. Friedkin, who filmed actual club patrons' "activities in their entirety," has said he cut 40 minutes to avoid an X rating and subsequently lost that footage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2010 | Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Corey Allen, an actor-turned Emmy Award-winning director who earned a slice of film immortality in the 1950s playing the doomed high school gang leader who challenges James Dean to a "chicken run" in "Rebel Without a Cause," has died. He was 75. Allen died at his home in Hollywood on Sunday, two days before his 76 t h birthday, said family spokesman Mickey Cottrell. The specific cause was not given. Allen had Parkinson's disease for the last two decades, Cottrell said, but he remained active directing plays until a few years ago. Allen's death came a month after that of another "Rebel" alumnus, Dennis Hopper , who played one of the high school gang members.
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May 25, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
James Franco's "Rebel" fills a Hollywood furniture warehouse with movie and TV-style stage sets, sculptural installations and video projections - some made by Franco, many made by other artists. Inspired by "Rebel Without a Cause," the celebrated 1955 movie, as well as by the tabloid mythology that almost instantly grew up around actor James Dean's best-known film, "Rebel" suffers a predictable fate: It withers by inevitable comparison. Art that seeks to appropriate, honor, deconstruct or otherwise make reference to an icon of earlier art faces a very high hurdle - namely, the icon itself.
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December 12, 2010 | By Steve Ryfle, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Sal Mineo A Biography Michael Gregg Michaud Harmony: 410 pp., $25.99 Near the climax of "Rebel Without a Cause," three angst-filled adolescents played by James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo take refuge in an abandoned mansion. As Dean reclines on an old couch, Mineo innocently rests his head on the other boy's arm, a display of male affection unseen before on screen. Mineo's emotionally charged performance as John "Plato" Crawford would be recognized years later as the movies' first gay teen, a prototype of the openly gay youths on Fox's "Glee" and other shows today.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2010
SERIES 100 Questions: The romance-themed sitcom starring Sophie Winkleman presents its first-season finale (8:30 p.m. NBC). Rookie Blue: The fledgling officers join in the hunt for an escaped convict in this new episode of the police drama (9 p.m. ABC). So You Think You Can Dance: Ne-Yo performs, and another is eliminated, on tonight's results show (9 p.m. Fox). Burn Notice: Drug dealers cause trouble for a doctor and his clinic in this new episode of the action drama (9 p.m. USA)
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June 30, 2010 | Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Corey Allen, an actor-turned Emmy Award-winning director who earned a slice of film immortality in the 1950s playing the doomed high school gang leader who challenges James Dean to a "chicken run" in "Rebel Without a Cause," has died. He was 75. Allen died at his home in Hollywood on Sunday, two days before his 76 t h birthday, said family spokesman Mickey Cottrell. The specific cause was not given. Allen had Parkinson's disease for the last two decades, Cottrell said, but he remained active directing plays until a few years ago. Allen's death came a month after that of another "Rebel" alumnus, Dennis Hopper , who played one of the high school gang members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2006
Returning home from a play rehearsal, 37-year-old actor Sal Mineo was stabbed to death after parking his Chevette in the carport of a West Hollywood apartment building. He appeared in 1955's "Rebel Without a Cause" with James Dean, Natalie Wood and Nick Adams. All died unusual or violent deaths. Mineo's killer, 19-year-old pizza deliveryman Lionel Ray Williams, was convicted of second-degree murder, as well as 10 robberies in the neighborhood, and sentenced to 51 years in prison.
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October 25, 2000 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When fresh-faced 18-year-old Dennis Hopper was cast to play a gang member in the classic 1955 drama "Rebel Without a Cause," he thought he was "the best young actor around." That was until he witnessed "Rebel" star James Dean in action. Hopper was flummoxed by Dean's commitment to realism and intensity. He recalls confessing to Dean: "I don't have a clue what you are doing, but I know how great you are. What should I do? Should I stop my contract [at Warner Bros.
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July 4, 1992 | RAY LOYND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sal Mineo continues to cast a bizarre shadow over our imaginations. When he was stabbed to death outside his West Hollywood carport in 1976, this tousle-haired, baby-faced actor was already identified as a bedeviled Hollywood victim. Was he really that misunderstood and strange? The solo performance "Sal," at the Zephyr Theatre, is an accessible, compassionate portrait that clarifies much of the murkiness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1990 | AL MARTINEZ
I think the guy's name was Dean, but don't hold me to that. He flew by so fast and flipped into the air so radically that I couldn't read his name tag. Later, he moped about in a corner, trying not to cry in despair or wince in pain, so I didn't pursue it. Dean was at an open audition for a new show at Universal Studios called the Riot Act. They were looking for agile men and women who could be trained to do stunts and who could say a few lines without tripping over their own tongues.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 1997
Last week's Top 5 rentals: "Men in Black," "George of the Jungle," "Face/Off," "Speed 2: Cruise Control" and "Breakdown." Last week's Top 5 sellers: "Men in Black" (pan & scan); "George of the Jungle," "Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas," "Annabelle's Wish" and "Scream." What's New In stores this week: "Contact" (Warner), Robert Zemeckis' sci-fi epic starring Jodie Foster. "A Simple Wish" (Universal), family comedy about the first male fairy godmother (Martin Short).
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 1992 | RAY LOYND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sal Mineo continues to cast a bizarre shadow over our imaginations. When he was stabbed to death outside his West Hollywood carport in 1976, this tousle-haired, baby-faced actor was already identified as a bedeviled Hollywood victim. Was he really that misunderstood and strange? The solo performance "Sal," at the Zephyr Theatre, is an accessible, compassionate portrait that clarifies much of the murkiness.
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