February 23, 1986
So people are "shocked" that Stephen Spielberg wasn't nominated for an Oscar for best director for "The Color Purple" (Calendar Letters, Feb. 16). When did the Academy ever show better judgment in the face of pressure? "The Color Purple" came out on the screen as well-acted, stunningly photographed, sentimental mush. Our heroine was a pathetically ignorant, outrageously abused, black, ugly lesbian with a heart of pure gold, so beautifully portrayed by Whoopi Goldberg; her picture was sure to turn the gallant liberal's heart to strawberry Jell-O--and make the rest of us vomit.
December 2, 1990
Tamara De Treaux, the 31-inch tall actress who shared the role of "E.T." in the famous Stephen Spielberg movie, has died. She was 31. Miss De Treaux died Wednesday at Medical Center of North Hollywood of respiratory problems and heart failure, her longtime friend, Ken Maley, said Friday. Starting out in theaters in San Francisco, Miss De Treaux joined the backup singing group called The Medflies in 1980.
September 22, 1991 |
During her 24-year tenure at the New Yorker, Pauline Kael's pungent essays established her as the most respected film critic in the United States. Her opinions often have been controversial, but Kael undoubtedly loves the medium of motion pictures, and she never allows hype or superficial emotional appeals to cloud her judgements.
February 25, 2014 |
George Lucas and his wife, Chicago investment fund chief Mellody Hobson, are giving $25 million to build a deluxe arts center for a private grade school and high school on the University of Chicago's campus -- to be named for Gordon Parks, the celebrated photojournalist and film director who in 1969 became the first black director of a major studio film. The gift, reported by the Chicago Tribune, will cover more than half the cost of the $43.7-million Gordon Parks Arts Hall, expected to open next year, housing a gallery and studios for visual art and performance spaces of 700, 250 and 150 seats.
September 16, 1987 |
Disneyland's prayers weren't answered. Neither were Knott's Berry Farm's. Anaheim's Magic Kingdom and Buena Park's famous berry patch were left in limbo when Pope John Paul II turned down invitations to both Orange County amusement parks. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles couldn't give its blessing to a papal visit because of the pontiff's already-brimming schedule, said Bob Roth, a Disneyland spokesman.