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August 8, 2009 |
In the wake of the disapproval that greeted last week's announcement that he was red-lighting the 40-year-old weekend film series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, museum director Michael Govan has some good news: Potential donors have stepped up, interested in helping underwrite the series. "If people didn't complain, we'd be in real trouble. It would mean people don't value film at the museum," Govan said Friday from New York, where he's vacationing. "The stir . . . has already resulted in calls from people who can lend a hand."
July 29, 2009 |
For four decades, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has fed film aficionados a steady diet of movie classics -- retrospectives that included works from Roman Polanski, Cary Grant, Ernst Lubitsch and, in a current series, James Mason. But the museum's weekend film program was losing both money and its audience, and LACMA said Tuesday that it was pulling the plug on its cinematic centerpiece.
February 13, 2008 |
You should never, ever tell your Valentine's Day date that she or he reminds you of an old girlfriend or boyfriend (and never compare your date to a parent!), but when it comes to movies premiering on the romantic holiday, there's no prohibition on bringing up old acquaintances. Four new movies will hit the multiplex on Thursday, and in varying degrees each new film is being sold as much for what it is as for what it's related to.
March 25, 2002 |
"Blade 2" and vampire slayer Wesley Snipes sucked $33.1 million out of moviegoers to debut as the top weekend film and help continue a March box-office boom. "Ice Age," the animated comedy about prehistoric creatures caught by a big freeze, was close behind with $31.1 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. In third, the 20th anniversary reissue of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" pulled in $15.1 million, the fourth-best weekend opening for a re-release.
November 8, 2001
Elmer Bernstein will be honored at 8 tonight at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Carl Reiner will host the event, which will include tributes from directors John Landis ("National Lampoon's Animal House") and Carl Franklin ("Devil in a Blue Dress"); producer Noel Pearson ("My Left Foot"); actor James Coburn ("The Magnificent Seven"); composer Terence Blanchard; and Cecelia DeMille Presley, granddaughter of director Cecil B.
June 23, 1998 |
Last summer, "Speed 2: Cruise Control" debuted at the top of the weekend box-office charts. To the casual observer, the sequel's $16.2-million opening weekend made it seem like a sure winner, topping the opening of the huge moneymaker "Speed."
September 26, 1997 |
"Love and Death on Long Island" (unrated): Richard Kwietniowski's feature debut is a beautifully structured and perfectly performed culture-clash comedy about an insulated British novelist's romantic obsession with an American pop star. John Hurt plays Giles De'Ath, an intellectual with such disdain for pop culture, he doesn't even know movies like "Hotpants College II" exist, let alone feature an actor who could become the love of his life.