August 20, 2007 |
In May 1997, the Los Angeles Times published J.R. Moehringer's heartfelt story "Resurrecting the Champ," chronicling the sad life of a professional boxer who was homeless and living on the streets. More than just a tale about the downfall of a sports figure, the article also dealt with Moehringer's relationship with "The Champ," as well as the writer coming to terms with his own father's abandonment of the family when he was a baby.
August 31, 2008 |
The 25 best L.A. films of the last 25 years "Los ANGELES isn't a real city," people have said, "it just plays one on camera." It was a clever line once upon a time, but all that has changed. Los Angeles is the most complicated community in America -- make no mistake, it is a community -- and over the last 25 years, it has been both celebrated and savaged on the big screen with amazing efficacy. Damaged souls and flawless weather, canyon love and beach city menace, homeboys and credit card girls, freeways and fedoras, power lines and palm trees . . . again and again, moviegoers all over the world have sat in the dark and stared up at our Los Angeles, even if it was one populated by corrupt cops or a jabbering cartoon rabbit.
May 4, 2003
The title may not sing, but you have to say the cast is intriguing. Few young actors have grabbed moviegoers' attention as effectively as Colin Farrell ("Minority Report," "Phone Booth," Us Weekly) and Olivier Martinez ("Unfaithful") did in the past year. Add the perennially powerful Samuel L. Jackson, "The Fast and the Furious' " Michelle Rodriguez and LL Cool J, and you hope this promising crew has a good script. Contributors to this one include "Training Day's" prolific David Ayer.
July 26, 2011 |
Twenty years ago this month, a small, hip-hop infused coming-of-age drama set in South-Central Los Angeles called "Boyz N the Hood" was causing extreme reactions from two very different audiences. Written and directed by John Singleton, a brash 23-year-old just months out of USC's film school, and made for a mere $5.7 million, largely with an unknown and untested cast of African American actors, the film had just played May's prestigious Cannes Film Festival where it received a 20-minute standing ovation.
February 3, 2003
Here are this week's key releases on video/DVD, available beginning Tuesday. *--* Video/DVDs BOX OFFICE (MILLIONS) DOMESTIC FOREIGN "Sweet Home $126.4 $7.6 (United Kingdom only) Alabama" Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas; directed by Andy Tennant "Igby Goes Down" $4.7 -- Kieran Culkin, Susan Sarandon; directed by Burr Steers "Formula 51" $5.1 $6.1 (United Kingdom only) Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle; directed by Ronny Yu *--* *--* Source: Internet Movie Database *--*
January 8, 2005
Halle Berry has shed husband Eric Benet for good. Celebrity Justice has confirmed that the final divorce settlement, filed in court earlier this week, allows the Oscar-winning actress to keep all assets she brought into the marriage. Berry has been living in the Hollywood Hills but recently bought a Malibu home for $8 million. Benet, a singer, did not challenge the prenuptial agreement.
March 4, 1997
Jodie Foster and Ossie Davis are the honorary chairs of the 12th annual Independent Spirit Awards, taking place March 22 at a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. This year's awards, which will be broadcast the same night on cable's Independent Film Channel, are hosted by actor Samuel L. Jackson with a keynote speech by director Mike Leigh.