December 18, 2006
Re "Voters favor McCain over Clinton in '08," Times / Bloomberg Poll, Dec. 14 It sickens me to read that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) would easily defeat Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) if an election were held today. It is not that Clinton would be my candidate of choice. The point is the apparent lack of severe criticism of McCain by the American public. This man has proved himself to be more than willing to suck up to the Bush administration in order to curry favor down the road.
October 17, 2003 |
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art's film department is celebrating the life and career of the actor with a two week-retrospective, "Gregory Peck: An Actor and a Gentleman," which kicks off tonight at the Leo S. Bing Theatre with two of his earliest films, "Spellbound" from 1945 and 1947's "Gentleman's Agreement." Peck, one of Hollywood's favorite sons, died in June at 87.
January 26, 2001 |
A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. So goes the ethos of masculinity from the western right through to some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. But a funny thing happened on the way to the box office this season: Nobody got "Carter," Sylvester Stallone's latest take on the man's man role, and after yet another big-budget action flop, even the uber-masculine and once ultra-reliable Arnold Schwarzenegger may be reaching the end of his days.
March 26, 2000 |
The following is from the journal of a Hollywood reporter who's suffering a bout of clarity. Wednesday, 8:42 p.m. "Random Hearts" press screening. Directed by Sydney Pollock. Starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas. How long, Lord, how long? This movie is a three-hour slow-motion train wreck.
August 23, 1996 |
"A Sensitive Man" proves a double-edged label for nice guy Jerry Hart, a play-by-the-rules husband and modestly ambitious executive who finds himself suddenly single again in Nat Colley's bittersweet comedy at Moving Arts in Silver Lake. Featuring versatile Richard Whiten and April Grace in multiple roles, Colley's perceptive, well-written play cuts a wide swath through issues of male identity, relations between the sexes, and race as it traces Jerry's disastrous forays into the dating scene.
June 4, 1995
Elaine Dutka's ability to get Sylvester Stallone to talk about his failed relationships, his movie bombs, his fears as well as his success was insightful ("Give This Guy $20 Million," May 14). Stallone may be a hard, unemotional good guy in his movies but Dutka's piece makes him a realistic, sensitive man who has stress and makes mistakes just like anyone else. This human side of Stallone that the feature projected makes him more appealing to the public and I plan to see his future movies.