May 14, 1999 |
When Stephen Sommers' expensive monster movie "Deep Rising" bombed at the box office last year, his phone didn't ring for a week. This week, the director's phone hasn't stopped ringing. Nor has his agent's. Producers and studio executives are now clamoring to be in business with the 40-year-old writer-director. It's no wonder. Sommers' ambitious $82-million remake of "The Mummy" for Universal Pictures debuted last weekend as the nation's highest-grossing film. It took in a whopping $43.
December 23, 1994 |
Though aimed at younger audiences, "Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book" makes its case for the nobility of the "wild child" in a manner more entertaining and far less condescending than the recent Jodie Foster vehicle, "Nell." This is Hollywood's third pass on Kipling's adventures of Mowgli, the young Indian raised by wild animals. In Zoltan Korda's 1942 adaptation, Mowgli simply wandered from his family before encountering his bestial tutors.
February 4, 1994 |
"Gunmen" (selected theaters) is the kind of picture people are talking about when they express concern over excessive screen violence. Murky in plot, sketchy in characterization, routinely crafted--except for Hiro Narita's fine noirish camerawork--it exists only as an excuse to depict the piling up of bullet-riddled corpses. Considering its relentless mediocrity, it is amazing that it was actually previewed for critics rather than opening cold.
October 28, 1999
Theater "Wonderful Town," the Music Theatre of Southern California's revival of the Leonard Bernstein-Betty Comden-Adolph Green musical, closes its run Sunday. Lucie Arnaz and Cliff Bemis head the cast. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, (800) 233-3123. Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 2 p.m. $22 to $42. Howard Crabtree's award-winning off-Broadway musical comedy, "When Pigs Fly," closes its run at the Coronet Theatre, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., on Sunday.
April 19, 2002 |
Someone's gone to the trouble of making a comic-book version of "The Scorpion King," but it's not clear why they bothered. The movie itself is a live-action cartoon, a fast-moving and cheerfully simplistic 88 minutes of exaggerated action put together with the preteen boy in mind.
April 2, 1993 |
In all the annals of boyhood, has there ever been a lad quite like Huckleberry Finn? Irreverent and intrepid, prone to doing whatever's handiest and not likely to let the truth get in his way, good-hearted Huck is the most engaging urchin in American literature, and in scamp-and-a-half Elijah Wood he comes to life more than he ever has before.