April 4, 1993 |
It was October in Germany, and Frankfurt was aflutter. The literati had gathered for publishing's preeminent international trade show. In one week, across acres of exhibits and at countless lavish parties, the world's booksellers would spend millions on current titles while agents, editors and publishers wheeled and dealed in the background, buying, selling and shaping next year's lists.
June 30, 1991
MIDDLE PASSAGE by Charles Johnson (Plume: $8.95). In the Colonial era, a free black man mistakenly boards a slave ship bound for Africa in this 1991 National Book Award-winning story. ZOOT SUIT MURDERS by Thomas Sanchez (Vintage: $10). In post-World War II Southern California an undercover agent struggles for the soul of a woman immersed in a religious cult. SILHOUETTE SUMMER SIZZLERS 1991 by Kathleen Eagle, Marilyn Pappano and Patricia Gardner Evans (Harlequin: $4.95).
December 4, 1988
The Fabulous Baker Boys (Gladden/Mirage). Shooting in L.A. Ivory-tinkling lounge musicians Jeff Bridges and bro' Beau perform the title roles with Michelle Pfeiffer tagging along for the fun. Director/screenwriter Steve Kloves. Distributor Fox. Summer release. Lethal Weapon 2 (Silver). Shooting in L.A. Richard Donner directs wacko cop/title character Mel Gibson and cautious partner Danny Glover in this sequel set three years later.
June 29, 1991 |
Aspiring New York actor Kurt Anthony said he was "in shock" after he went to see Wesley Snipes in the movie "New Jack City" last March. So much so, that earlier this month he filed suit against Snipes and the makers of the Harlem-set, anti-drug movie, claiming they had lifted characters and plot points from a script that Anthony had written in 1987. The complaint, filed recently in New York City, names actor Snipes, film distributor Warner Bros.
March 12, 1990 |
Even though "The Last of the Finest" opened citywide last Friday without benefit of press previews the fact that Brian Dennehy was billed above its title was encouraging. As it turns out, it's a terrific cop-action picture, imaginative and entertaining, that could have benefited from opening-day reviews.
June 6, 1993 |
AFIFEST 93 opens Thursday with a gala invitational showing of the restored version of Anthony Mann's 1961 epic "El Cid" a few tickets to which are still available for the public--and then begins in earnest Friday at Laemmle's Sunset 5 theaters, where 150 films and shorts will be screened over the next three weeks, from Friday to July 1.