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.
November 2, 2013 |
The organization that brings us the Oscars aims to debut a major motion-picture museum in Los Angeles about 31/2 years from now. A star attraction will be a pair of the ruby slippers Judy Garland wore as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz. " Leonardo DiCaprio, Stephen Spielberg and former Warner Bros. executive Terry Semel teamed to buy them last year for the museum, which aims to open by mid-2017 after renovating and expanding an unused building it is leasing from the next-door Los Angeles County Museum of Art. But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wants its $300-million Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to be much more than a fancy repository for Hollywood memories.
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.
January 22, 2013 |
The spirits of two great men, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., stood watch over the West Front of the United States Capitol on Monday as Barack Obama took the oath to serve a second term as president with his left hand placed on two Bibles -- one Lincoln's and one King's. The event not only fell on the King holiday and 50 years after King's “I Have a Dream” speech, but also came within days of the 150thanniversary of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Without the revolutionary changes for which Lincoln and King were martyred, Barack Obama's presidency would not be possible.