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ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 1990 | SEAN MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Edwards Cinema chain and the film distributor Cinecom were telling different stories Tuesday about Edwards' decision not to open the movie "Last Exit to Brooklyn" at the chain's Lido Cinema in Newport Beach on Friday.
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BUSINESS
October 14, 1986 | JEFF ROWE, Jeff Rowe is a free-lance writer
If Mark Rodriguez has his way, hundreds of Orange County car owners will soon be cruising into the Anaheim Drive-In theater, and walking home. On Nov. 1, Rodriguez will launch the Orange County Automart--booking it into the drive-in from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 2 and every weekend thereafter, he hopes. Drive-in theaters long have been a hot spot for giant swap meets, generally featuring antiques, food, clothing and auto and motorcycle parts.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 1996 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Meet Frank, Barbara, Martin, Gale, Jerry, Linda and, of course, Denise. Please. Because even though they're all great friends, they won't meet one another. Not in person. Not ever. "Denise Calls Up," one of the surprise treats of last year's Cannes Film Festival, is an unconventional burlesque of the modern age. It's about lives lived through telephones, modems, faxes, computers, conference calls and answering machines. Consider it a call-waiting comedy.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND
Disputes between a movie's distributor and its exhibitor rarely get a public airing. So it was unusual last week to see Richard Ingber, marketing president of the independent distributor New Century/Vista, quoted on the front page of Daily Variety. He was venting his frustration over some Southern California movie-theater operators who, after just one week's run, pulled the new fantasy-suspense-horror picture "Lady in White" from their theaters.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 1998 | DAVID KRONKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Clockwatchers," which premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, is the estrogen version of a celebrated alumnus of that year's festival, "In the Company of Men." It explores how the soulless machinery of the workplace can destroy the spirit and reduce worker drones to, if not exactly the amoral monsters of Neil LaBute's scabrous work, then at least unpleasantly petty bickerers.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 1996 | JOHN ANDERSON, FOR THE TIMES
We all know about the survival of the fittest, but how about the propaganda of the species? By the end of "The Leopard Son"--the Discovery Channel's first theatrical release and a first-rate nature film--there's no arguing that leopards are the king of beasts. And that, in fact, lions are filthy pirates, cheetahs are cowardly, hyenas are opportunists, baboons are demonic and that man does well to stay at the far end of a telephoto lens.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 1998 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Imagine a square cage, 14 by 14 feet, covered on all sides by what looks to be translucent panels with geometric Art Deco designs. This is the space in which Canadian filmmaker Vincenzo Natali has trapped six people in his highly ambitious and cerebral sci-fi thriller "Cube," a veritable nightmare of a movie.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 1990 | SEAN MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Edwards Cinema chain and the film distributor Cinecom were telling different stories Tuesday about Edwards' decision not to open the movie "Last Exit to Brooklyn" at the chain's Lido Cinema in Newport Beach on Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 1998 | DAVID CHUTE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There are times when the indomitable drive to get a labor-of-love movie made and released is not a triumphant occurrence. We tend to hear only about the cases in which the filmmakers' faith was justified and noteworthy screen careers were launched. But what about the others? At times it might be a mercy to dash the aspirants' hopes, so that they can get on with their lives.
NEWS
July 28, 1991 | DICK WAGNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Francis, a veteran actor and director, has had a long run at Rio Hondo College. One of its first students 27 years ago, he is now a theater professor who for the past two weeks has been directing the musical "42nd Street." "I just kind of latched on, and it's been a big love affair ever since," said Francis, who was the 20th student to enroll at the college when it opened in 1964 at the old Little Lake Elementary School in Santa Fe Springs.
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