November 2, 1995 |
When the film "Thousand Pieces of Gold" was released in 1991, critics went wild. Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Wilmington compared it to "Dances with Wolves" and raved: "Independent in the best sense of the word, 'Thousand Pieces of Gold' . . . gives us the Old West through a piece of candle-lit silk, hardship diffused through tears and smoke. ... The movie is a small but genuine triumph. Shot for less than $2 million, it's a superb Western."
March 13, 2014 |
Director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi were on a worldwide promotional tour for "Venus," the 2006 film that earned Peter O'Toole his last Oscar nomination, when the two collaborators' seemingly nonstop travel schedule hatched the concept for a new film. "We had lots of airplane flights and came up with this idea of a couple going to Paris for 48 hours as a very easy and beautiful structure," Michell said. He and Kureishi decided to take their own 48-hour trip to Paris to outline the characters and the plot.
May 14, 2012 |
Often film sequels are slam dunks at the box office, a seamless continuation from where a previous hit left off. But as the new installment of the 15-year-old franchise "Men in Black" proves, getting to the big screen isn't always a cakewalk. One of the most troubled productions in recent Hollywood memory, Sony Pictures' latest movie in the Will Smith-Tommy Lee Jones sci-fi-comedy franchise encountered multiple script rewrites, a discontented star and a three-month production shutdown as writers and studio executives scrambled to fix a project that nearly fell apart . By the time it was over, the studio had run up a tab of nearly $250 million - making "Men in Black 3" one of the most expensive releases of the summer.
September 6, 1996
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will host a monthlong weekend film series featuring Beat writer William S. Burroughs that starts tonight at 7:30 with a screening of Conrad Rooks' 1966 film "Chappaqua," as well as a selection of short films. The museum's Bing Theater is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Tickets are $4 for museum members and $6 for all others. To order tickets, call (213) 857-6010.
June 14, 1993 |
Top Openings on Holiday Weekends Four-day holiday weekend: "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" $42.2 million May 23, 1984. (During the Friday-Sunday of the long weekend, the film grossed $33.9 million) Five-day holiday weekend: "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" $52.3 million July 3, 1991 (During the Friday-Sunday of the long weekend, the film grossed $31.7 million) Movie Total (millions) Release Date 1. "Batman Returns" $47.7 June 19, 1992 2. "Batman" $42.7 June 23, 1989 3. "Lethal Weapon 3" $33.
February 9, 2012
Whether you're in love or not, you're sure to cry your heart out at the American Cinematheque's Valentine's Day weekend romantic film bonanza, featuring such classics as "City Lights," "His Girl Friday," "Gone With the Wind" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's. " Egyptian and Aero Theaters, Hollywood and Santa Monica. Fri. to Tue. Schedule varies. $11. http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com
February 27, 2009 |
This week I was asked to speak at an evening program at a local temple on the ever-popular topic of "Jews in Hollywood." I brought along a true Hollywood Jew, Sony Pictures' Amy Pascal, who spoke quite eloquently and insightfully about her faith and how it's sometimes tested by her job.