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December 29, 2004 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
In "A Love Song for Bobby Long," Scarlett Johansson plays Purslane Hominy Will, a high school dropout who returns to New Orleans after her musician mother's death to find a pair of highly literate alcoholics living in the house she thought she'd inherited.
August 10, 1997 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Balzar is a national correspondent for The Times. Books to Go appears the second and fourth week of every month
BLUE ROOMS: Ripples, Rivers, Pools, and Other Waters by John Jerome (Holt, $25). There is an adage about travel. Anyone can venture far, but it takes genius to travel at home--"to make any progress between porch and gate." Thoreau said that. The observation returns to me, particularly that mysterious word "progress," after reading late into the night, hooked on this small, placid, eloquent book, which is part memoir, part meditation and, for the attentive, part traveler's lesson plan.
Shainee Gabel and Kristin Hahn are two young local filmmakers who decided to take off for six months to discover if the American Dream was still alive as the 20th century draws to a close. They returned with a documentary for a time capsule. Of their ambitious and rewarding project, they remarked, "The legacy of the American on the road is largely male, from Lewis and Clark to Steinbeck and Kerouac. We felt it was time for some women to get behind the wheel and see what we could find." Amen.
May 17, 2003 | Claudia Eller and James Bates, Times Staff Writers
The William Morris Agency said Friday that it is forming an alliance to set up El Camino Pictures, a new film finance company named after the Beverly Hills street where the agency is headquartered. But Morris executives insisted they weren't edging toward owning a direct stake in film production -- a move that was long barred by the Hollywood agencies' now-lapsed agreement with the Screen Actors Guild.
October 8, 2004 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
He isn't a Power List 100 studio executive, nor is he an A-list filmmaker or even a manager or agent to one. Yet today, Carlos de Abreu has carved out a unique place during the intense Hollywood awards season. The film festival he launched after discovering that nobody had copyrighted the term "Hollywood" is back for its eighth incarnation, culminating in a star-studded ceremony Oct. 18 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills that is already sold out.
November 14, 2004 | Robert Abele, Special to The Times
As Gabriel Macht parks himself at a table at Il Cielo in Beverly Hills, his polite, smiling demeanor doesn't immediately suggest that he would be the type to burst into performance over a public meal. But that's exactly what this sturdily handsome actor did just over a year ago to land a coveted part in the indie drama "A Love Song for Bobby Long."
Twenty women, age 18-23, were all desperately seeking to break into filmmaking. So they took out a full-page ad in the May 13 issue of Entertainment Weekly that read: "Please, please, please, please, please, can we have some money to finish our film? Before you say no, picture this: Twenty ethnically diverse young women with vision, passion, and absolutely no money."
July 20, 1997 | Kathleen Craughwell, Kathleen Craughwell is a member of The Times' film staff
When Shainee Gabel and Kristin Hahn hit the road in a borrowed Saab in the summer of 1995 to make "Anthem," a documentary about the American Dream, they never thought that they would become characters in their own film. They had an impressive list of interviewees lined up--Studs Terkel, Michael Stipe, George McGovern, Willie Nelson--but were unsure about what would thread the narratives together.
December 24, 2004 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
As a producer and a studio executive, Richard Gladstein was involved in any number of graphic and sadistic films, including "Reservoir Dogs," "Hurlyburly" and "Pulp Fiction." So what's he been up to lately? "Finding Neverland," a tender account of writer J.M. Barrie's loving relationship with a fatherless family. "Having made a lot of dark movies in my life, I can't really watch human suffering anymore," says Gladstein, the father of a 4-year-old boy.
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