November 14, 2000 |
Hollywood needs to stop marketing sex and violence to our nation's children. I'm young enough to have felt the full force of Hollywood's marketing machine. By the time I entered high school, I had seen countless murders on the screen. I had seen women degraded and family values mocked. And I had heard enough swearing to make even the crudest sailor blush. Only recently was I able to unlearn some of the "lessons" I received. For example, for years I thought zombies were evil flesh-eating creatures who only wanted to destroy the human race.
March 28, 2004 |
In his book Adventures in the Screen Trade, Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman observed that "nobody knows anything," widely regarded as the most knowledgeable assessment of the way things do and don't work in Hollywood. Bruce Graham, the playwright who has forged a successful second career in Tinseltown despite defiantly staying home near Media, learned the wisdom of Goldman's celebrated observation a few years ago. Disney flew Graham to Los Angeles for a script meeting at its headquarters and put him up at a suitably baronial hotel.
August 23, 1991 |
In an age when Hollywood movies have become almost remedial - aimed at an alarmingly low common denominator - Joel and Ethan Coen are striking out in the opposite direction. "Barton Fink" is their latest in a series of increasingly complex pictures, beginning with the spare murder mystery "Blood Simple" and continuing through with the cockeyed "Raising Arizona" and the brooding "Miller's Crossing. " "Barton Fink" is easily the Coens' most challenging picture - a morbid comedy about the perils of the creative process, and of writing for motion pictures in particular.
March 7, 1995 |
In the summer of 1976, a phone call yanked me out of the shower at my mother's house. Dripping all over the kitchen floor, I listened as a newspaper editor offered to take me on as a cub reporter at 150 bucks a week. Telling him I'd think about it, I hung up, got dressed and proceeded with my evening's plans, seeing a new movie, All the President's Men. The next morning I called and took the job - or as I saw it at that moment, joined the heroic quest to defend the Republic.
January 14, 2000 |
As a Mummers Parade watcher for more than 30 years and a String Band fan, I admit I am disappointed when my favorite band does not finish in the top 5. But I also appreciate the other 18 bands' hard work. Who decided that in order to win, the string bands must put on a "Hollywood production?" The elaborate props are expensive, unnecessary and distracting. The less affluent bands will never place higher because they simply cannot raise the kind of money necessary to compete. Yet year after year, they try their best and deserve some recognition.
December 16, 1994 |
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April 12, 1995 |
Closed captioning is not just for the hearing-impaired anymore, and dozens of companies are popping up to prove it. A cottage industry in closed captioning is burgeoning within the entertainment world, fueled by new federal requirements mandating the devices in most televisions sold in the United States. A handful of large companies that pioneered the service - and dozens of smaller ones that appeared in the last two years - now are being relied upon by large Hollywood studios to add printed dialogue to their television programs and videos.
August 27, 1999 |
"The Muse," with its faith in mysticism and mythological creatures, seems like a fanciful story, but it's based on a very believable premise. That in Hollywood, there's only one person with original ideas. The problem for Steven Phillips (Albert Brooks) is finding that person. Steven is an aging screenwriter just dumped from his studio contract by a shallow young executive, who informs him that he's lost his "edge. " To get it back, Steven consults a more successful colleague (Jeff Bridges)
April 26, 1990 |
For Pat Tobin, the reception for Sidney Poitier was one more chance to hustle. Roger Mosley of Magnum, P.I. was there. Jasmine Guy and Dawnn Lewis of NBC's A Different World were there. Soul crooner Howard Hewitt and producer- director-comedian Robert Townsend were there. Tobin moved from one group to the next, pausing to squeeze Mosley's well- muscled arms, to compliment the wife of 227 star Hal Williams, to scold a Hollywood talent scout for not calling her, to pose with actors for pictures that later would appear in celebrity magazines.
October 29, 1992 |
Hollywood may be coming to the Snow White luncheonette at 19th & Chestnut streets, but if chef Eddie Kalessi is starstruck, he's hiding it well. He has been making cheeseburger specials there for 31 years. He is not rattled that his next platter may be served to Tom Hanks or Denzel Washington. The cast and crew of "Philadelphia" are making a stop soon at the Snow White, a small restaurant, with about a dozen stools, that prides itself in making tasty milkshakes and serving reasonably priced food.