Milos Forman, the Czech immigrant to Hollywood who would be awarded two Oscars, has died at age 86. Forman was a rising star in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s, directing such lighthearted, quirky films as "Black Peter" and "The Fireman's Ball". Forman's films were breaking new ground at a time when the progressive Czech government was pushing the envelope against Soviet control and enjoying new freedoms. All of that came crashing down in 1968 when the short-lived "Prague Spring" was crushed by the Soviet invasion. Forman immigrated to America and found the opportunity to make films for major studios. However, his first effort, the critically acclaimed 1971 generation gap comedy "Taking Off" failed at the boxoffice. In 1975, Forman was given another chance, this time by producer Michael Douglas to direct the film version of Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". The film swept the major Oscar categories and Forman was honored as Best Director. Forman was painstaking in his choice of film projects, motivated more by passion for the subject than finding a wide audience, although he did direct the film adaptation of the Broadway stage musical "Hair" in 1979. However, the movie came along years too late to click with young viewers. In 1981, Forman adapted E.L. Doctorow's bestseller "Ragtime" to the screen. The massive production was at odds with his tendency to direct smaller, more personal stories. The film won wide acclaim in some quarters but was an expensive failure at the boxoffice. He rebounded, however, in 1984 with the film version of the stage hit "Amadeus", and once again won the Best Director Oscar. Forman worked only sporadically in the following years, directing such diverse fare as "Heartburn", "Valmont", "Man on the Moon" and "The People vs. Larry Flynt". For more click here.
film director Richard Rush, actor Steve Railsback and actress Sharron Farrell
to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Mr. Rush’s The Stunt Man,, They will be among the
nearly 70 celebrities who will be appearing together at the upcoming Hollywood
Show which will include personal appearances, autograph signings, and photo
opportunities. Celebrities will be appearing on both Saturday, April 28th
and Sunday April 29th. A special preview night will be held on
Friday, April 27th although no celebrities will be in attendance. This
event will take place at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel at 5400 West
Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045
Rush will be appearing only on Saturday, April 28th and will be
charging $30.00 to sign photos and other memorabilia, and $50.00 to sign
posters. This is the first time that he has ever made an appearance at a
convention will also host the following reunions: Walker Texas Ranger reunion, The
Twilight Zone reunion, Land of the
Lost reunion, and more.