Archive for February 11th, 2009

‘The Caller’ Opens in New York…

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009


The Caller


The Caller


The past catches up with the present in Richard Ledes’ riveting neo-noir. A quiet cat-and-mouse thriller, THE CALLER is led by the captivating Frank Langella and stellar Elliott Gould. Langella plays Jimmy Stevens, an executive at an international energy firm. When he decides to blow the whistle on his company’s corrupt practices in Latin America, he knows his fate-he will be killed for treason, so he anonymously hires private detective Frank Turlotte (Gould) to stay on his tail. Turlotte reluctantly accepts the job, but unbeknownst to him, the man he was hired to investigate and the man who hired him are one and the same. As Stevens’ and Turlotte’s lives continue to intertwine, puzzle pieces fall together, and the secrets of the past start to explain the future. Ledes-whose first feature, A Hole in One, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2004-displays an assured growth and versatility with The Caller. With A Hole in One, he showed a flare for using a strong, somewhat surreal visual style, but The Caller employs a more restrained and muted grace that heightens the underlying tension throughout. Frank Langella delivers an understated performance that subtly evokes all the complexities of his character. Gould is a natural complement to Langella, and along with Laura Harring (Mulholland Drive) as an exquisite femme fatale, the trio brings a natural sophistication to Ledes’ and Alain Didier-Weill’s sharp, labyrinthine script. –David Kwok, Tribeca Film Festival


Opens Friday, February 13, 2009

Quad Cinema

34 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10011




A Job for Superman?…

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009


Costumed characters on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame allege attacks by music vendors, seek officials’ help


Hollywood Blvd. characters


Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
Actors dressed as Cleopatra, Tinker Bell and Batman hang out on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood & Highland shopping complex. Dozens of costumed characters work a short stretch of the street, charging passersby who want to snap photos. There is said to be increasing tensions between the characters and music vendors who work the same area.

A series of assaults near Grauman’s Chinese Theatre has led to a plea for a city licensing system that costumed actors who pose for photos hope will protect them.

By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times
February 11, 2009


Holy Hollywood ending, Batman! Maybe this is a job for Superman!


That’s what Robin was probably thinking after the superhero sidekick was attacked and pummeled as he strolled in his mask, cape and tights among tourists on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.


A series of assaults near Grauman’s Chinese Theatre has led to a plea for a city licensing system that costumed characters who pose for visitors’ photos hope will protect them.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 100th Birthday…

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009


Joseph L. Mankiewicz


Joseph L. Mankiewicz





  • BORN: February 11, 1909, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • DIED: February 5, 1993, Bedford, New York
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Heart failure
  • BURIAL: Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Churchyard, Bedford, New York


Joseph L. Mankiewicz-grave

( / Rob Leverett)



Hugh Beaumont’s 100th Birthday…

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009


Hugh Beaumont


Hugh Beaumont with Jerry Mathers





  • BORN: February 11, 1909, Lawrence, Kansas
  • DIED: May 14, 1982, Munich, Germany
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Heart attack
  • BURIAL:  Ashes scattered at his summer retreat, not far from the Twin Cities in Minnesota.