November 8, 1996 |
Larry Bishop, the writer, director, co-producer and featured performer of the gangster farce "Mad Dog Time," is the son of comedian Joey Bishop, and was in his teens when his dad and his pals Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford--the "Rat Pack"--were in the prime of their middle-age adolescence.
November 6, 1998 |
The voices we hear on the soundtrack of the ambitious but flawed "Williamstowne" tell us that the anguished spirit of a beautiful woman, killed in a tragic accident, returns each year on the anniversary of her death to her quaint New England seaside village. Those are almost the last words we're going to hear in this essentially silent drama that its maker Richard Horian matched to the tempestuous music of British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.
November 1, 1996 |
"Beautiful Thing," which is two-thirds of a good film, is a tender coming-of-age love story set in London's Thamesmead Estates, which has bold, dramatic architecture that bespeaks of social progress but has the same lack of privacy and small quarters typical of housing projects. Living side by side are teenagers Jamie (Glen Berry) and Ste (Scott Neal), neither of whom likes school or playing rugby, although Ste loves sports and is a good swimmer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1995 |
In its first year as a venue for plays, concerts and the performing arts, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza made nearly half a million dollars more than sponsors expected, financial reports show. City finance Director Bob Biery said part of the surprise $454,000 windfall can be attributed to a short season. Original budget estimates were based on 12 months of operation, and the building was only open for nine months of the fiscal year.
May 2, 1990 |
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.
October 14, 1986 |
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.
April 12, 1996 |
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.
May 6, 1988 |
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.
May 15, 1998 |
"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.
September 27, 1996 |
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.