CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1993 |
Like some modern-day caveman, Jason Lems adjusts his sunglasses and motions toward the Vasquez Rocks--twisted, angry stone formations that have been the Santa Clarita Valley's loneliest landmarks for 20 million years. "There," says the 21-year-old park ranger, pointing toward a half-finished structure the color of cartoon orange. "That's Fred's house. Barney's going to live right next door." He's talking, of course, about Fred Flintstone and his pint-sized pal, Barney Rubble.
February 23, 1993 |
It's not your typical Hollywood casting call. The reading material scattered around the waiting area tends more toward "The Berenstein Bears Learn About Strangers" than Drama-logue. And none of the hopeful thespians is giving others the evil eye, even though--horror of cattle-call horrors--each one has at least a counterpart in the room who's shown up with exactly the same look.
June 13, 1994 |
Twentieth Century Fox's "Speed" dispatched the competition over the weekend, swiping front-runner box-office status from "The Flintstones" with estimates of about $14 million grossed from more than 2,100 screens. The vehicular thriller starring Keanu Reeves and Dennis Hopper is about a mad bomber who obviously doesn't think the L.A. traffic situation is tangled enough and booby-traps a city bus.
March 29, 1994 |
Fred Flintstone has a lion on his tail. For months, the world's most famous caveman has been prepackaged as the summer's movie and merchandising hit in the upcoming Universal Pictures film, "The Flintstones." But there are rumblings from the licensing world that "The Lion King," an animated Disney film about a lion cub that becomes king, could give "Flintstones" a rumble in the merchandising jungle.
June 10, 1996 |
It's Showtime For 31 years, one of Universal Studios' most popular acts has been its "Animal Actors Stage," a live show featuring 60 creatures who have made it big in the movies and TV. . . . Among the players: Beethoven the dog, Babe the pig and Jethro the orangutan from "The Flintstones" movie. "All the animals are stars in their own right," says company spokesman Javier Mendoza.
June 2, 1994 |
Hoyt Curtin, 70, of Westlake Village has been humming a tune for 34 years. Everywhere he turns he hears it. "Flintstones! Meet the Flintstones. They're the modern Stone Age family." "It's a catchy little tune," Curtin said. "Just a simple thing arranged for jazz and singers." Curtin's attachment to the cartoon theme goes deep. As music director for Hanna-Barbera, he wrote the tune in 1960. "I did the music first with timpani, boom boom. BOOM boom boom boom.