March 26, 2000 |
Dear Mr. Grant, You may not remember me, but then again, I think you probably would. We spent part of an evening together in the spring of 1974, just a few days after I attended my first Academy Awards. I was only 33, and my filmmaking career was barely 5 years old. A friend had called to ask a favor. She was in charge of the world premiere of "The Great Gatsby," a charity event. Would I loan a few cars for the evening?
June 7, 1992 |
On a sweltering May afternoon, a film crew sprays fake snow on the sidewalk in front of Jim's Coffee Shop and Bakery. Christmas decorations are strung overhead, and an old-fashioned Santa-drinking-Coke billboard looms on the next block. Cast and crew of "The Baboon Heart" have become regulars at the diner, the principal locale for this tragicomic love story starring Christian Slater, Marisa Tomei and Rosie Perez and directed and produced by Tony Bill. Jim's looks like the real thing, all right.
February 5, 1995 |
This 1993 release would be unimaginable without Kathy Bates, (top right) who brings a tart presence to what would otherwise be a predictable and sentimental saga about a single L.A. mother, circa 1962, packing her six kids into a beat-up Plymouth and landing in a tiny Idaho town. Bates is so absolutely natural and captivating an actress that the film, written by Patrick Duncan and directed by Tony Bill, becomes a touching, involving experience.
November 2, 1988 |
Movie producer Tony Bill saw something he liked last week when Dukakis spoke in Los Angeles. Dukakis looked businesslike and passionate addressing a big rally at the Scottish Rite Temple, but, as they say in the movie and TV business, if the cameras aren't rolling it didn't happen. Fortunately for Dukakis, Bill happened to have his cameras on, and snippets from the speech will show up, starting today, in ads airing only in California.
March 11, 1990 |
Everybody in Hollywood likes to boast about making a great deal. But one of the enduring unsolved mysteries of Jim Thompson's Hollywood years is how in 1970 Tony Bill managed to buy the rights to Thompson's novel, "South of Heaven," for the astonishing sum of $10. The book, originally published in 1967, is now being made into a major motion picture, with producer Mark Lipson and the "Rain Man" production team of Barry Levinson and Mark Johnson at the helm.
May 1, 1991 |
They came from Los Angeles with Hollywood money and haute cuisine. But four months later, the celebrity proprietors of a glitzy Aspen, Colo., restaurant left in a rush, stiffing workers on their paychecks and leaving suppliers with thousands of dollars in unpaid bills, police say. "They have left owing money," confirmed Aspen police Sgt.