April 26, 1991 |
On a gray day last week on the Universal Studios back lot, film director John Landis pulled his black Volvo station wagon up to a busy construction site. Dressed in a natty blue suit, he eased through a work area of hard hats and flannel shirts. Landis made his way to the place where his new film "Oscar" was shooting before a devastating blaze in November swept across the back lot, causing $25 million in damage and consuming the New York brownstones Landis was using.
December 16, 2009 |
"The Lovely Bones" has all the adornments of a prestige drama aimed at adults. It was made by an Oscar-winning director, adapted from an acclaimed novel and features weighty subject matter. Given that pedigree, Paramount Pictures was stunned to discover that the film's most promising target audience is teen and college-aged girls. Directed by Peter Jackson and based on Alice Sebold's bestselling 2002 novel, "The Lovely Bones" tells the tale of a 14-year-old girl who is raped and murdered, then watches over her family and killer from the afterlife.
May 5, 2010 |
Next month, the Los Angeles Film Festival will likely welcome a new contingent: throngs of screaming girls. The annual event, which announced its lineup on Tuesday, will feature the world-premiere screening of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," the long-awaited third installment in the popular vampire franchise. It's not exactly typical film festival fare, but organizers are hoping it will serve a larger purpose. "If we program a movie like 'Twilight' that draws audiences that might not otherwise attend film festivals, hopefully we'll expose them to other cinematic experiences that we think are inspiring," said festival director Rebecca Yeldham.
August 28, 1988 |
SEVERAL WEEKS after the "Twilight Zone" trial ended last year, one of the case's five defend ants, helicopter pilot Dorcey Wingo, escorted a visitor through the dusty parking lot of the Western Helicopter Co. in Rialto. Wingo stopped to stare at the light planes circling the adjacent airport and at the row of enormous helicopters parked on a nearby landing ramp. He had piloted dozens of combat missions in Vietnam, and since that time, flying has been his life, as well as his livelihood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1985
Lawyers for film director John Landis and four others asked the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to block their prosecution on charges of involuntary manslaughter in the July, 1982, deaths of actor Vic Morrow and two children during filming of the "Twilight Zone" movie.
January 2, 2012
This generation of young film-goers has the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" movie franchises. But more than 70 years ago, audiences couldn't get enough of MGM's wholesome "Andy Hardy" series. It starred Mickey Rooney as energetic teenager Andy Hardy, Lewis Stone as his wise father, Fay Holden as his mother, Cecilia Parker as sister Marian and Ann Rutherford as girlfriend Polly Benedict. This white-picket-fence, idealized vision of small-town America spawned 16 films between 1937 and 1958.
June 21, 2011 |
Premier Fiesta Mexicana is the kind of working-class bar that most Southern Californians drive past without even seeing. The Bell Gardens restaurant and nightclub offers a dinner show with mariachi music and is packed most weekends, but on a summer night nearly a year ago, Carlos Galindo wasn't there looking for a good time. He was looking for a truck — and a way out of a desperate situation. Carlos, the lead character in director Chris Weitz's "A Better Life" — a new movie about the personal struggles of a Mexican gardener in the United States illegally — had scraped together every last dollar to buy a used pickup.
November 18, 2010 |
Teen retailer Hot Topic Inc., struggling with weak sales and earnings, is cutting staff and closing 40 to 50 stores by early next year. The City of Industry chain, which operates 680 Hot Topic stores and 155 Torrid stores for plus-sized teen girls, said it would cut about 14% of management positions as part of "a cost reduction plan to meet the challenges of the current environment. " The company plans to shutter 15 Hot Topic locations and two Torrid stores in next two months, with the rest to follow next year, Chief Financial Officer Jim McGinty said in a conference call.
March 22, 2011 |
Beleaguered teen retailer Hot Topic Inc. announced the resignation of Chief Executive Betsy McLaughlin amid continuing weak sales and earnings. Board member Lisa Harper, a former CEO of children's retailer Gymboree Corp., is to take the helm of the City of Industry-based company, which operates 653 Hot Topic stores and 151 Torrid stores. McLaughlin, who became CEO in 2003, will stay three months to assist the transition, the company said Monday in a statement. Hot Topic has posted year-over-year revenue declines for seven straight quarters.
June 25, 2010
A roundup of Friday morning's arts and entertainment headlines: "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer says she's burned out on vampires. (Sci Fi Wire) Meanwhile, the latest "Twilight" movie has finally premiered. ( Los Angeles Times) Michael Jackson died one year ago today. (Los Angeles Times) The Weinstein brothers raid their film library to settle debts. (Los Angeles Times) Mariah Carey is being sued over an unpaid $30,000 vet bill. (Los Angeles Times)