July 4, 2004 |
Veteran director Vincent Sherman can't believe he'll be 98 on July 16. And for good reason: He looks and acts like a man in his 70s. He has a girlfriend, actress Francine York, who is a good 30 years his junior. He even has a website where he sells his autobiography and autographed photos. Sitting in the dining room of his pleasant Malibu hilltop home, Sherman is nattily dressed -- his blue sweater and ascot show off his blue eyes and white hair.
September 3, 1994 |
"Cinecon '30"--the Society of Cinephiles' 30th annual convention--is being held through Labor Day at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., where lovers of vintage movies will watch more than 30 features, most of them rarities. There will be guest appearances and a movie collectibles show on the mezzanine floor. Screenings will be held in the Blossom Room, site of the first Oscar presentations, and the Cinegrill, except for a Sunday morning double feature at the El Capitan.
November 14, 2006 |
Despite all the hype -- and controversy -- "The Da Vinci Code" (Sony, $30), Ron Howard's lavish adaptation of Dan Brown's religious thriller, landed in theaters with a critical thud. Still, "Da Vinci," which stars Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Jean Reno and Paul Bettany, managed to earn more than $200 million domestically at the box office.
July 29, 2004 |
KEYSTONE KOPS never looked so good. A painstakingly restored version of Mack Sennett's "Tillie's Punctured Romance" -- which featured Marie Dressler, Charlie Chaplin and a cast of comic Sennett legends -- screens tonight as part of UCLA Film Archive's 12th Festival of Preservation. An 82-minute six-reeler based on the play "Tillie's Nightmare," it is regarded as the first feature-length comedy and is still hilarious.
June 12, 2005 |
The Bette Davis Collection; the Joan Crawford Collection Warner Home Video. $50 for each collection, $20 for an individual film Bette DAVIS and Joan Crawford were two of cinema's biggest female stars, racking up 200 pictures between them, along with three Oscars and 13 Academy Award nominations. The two also nursed a bitter rivalry, which came to a head when they made "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" in 1962. Crawford once said of Davis, "I resent her.
August 28, 1997 |
Hollywood's loss is Glendale's gain. After six years at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Cinecon, the Society for Cinephiles, will hold its 33rd annual film festival at the Red Lion Hotel and Alex Theater, the Glendale's magnificent, fully restored movie palace, tonight through Monday morning. Over the extended Labor Day Weekend, Cinecon will present a wide array of silent pictures and early talkies and whenever possible, panel discussions with the actors and technicians involved in their making.