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Posts Tagged ‘Val Kilmer’

When Val Kilmer Made Bob Dylan a Mix Tape

The latest name to grace KCRW’s “Guest DJ” project is actor Val Kilmer. If you’ve never heard of this series from one of LA’s two public radio flagships, it’s essentially Desert Island Discs re-imagined.

Among Kilmer’s song picks is Bob Dylan‘s “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding).” He took the opportunity to tell a great story about the singer, who it turns out is a huge fan of the actor’s 1993 Western Tombstone. Thanks to a mutual friend, Kilmer was able to welcome the singer to his NYC apartment:

“He shows up and sits down and he wants to talk about Tombstone, but I just can’t, you know, nor can I talk about any of his stuff. Eventually he says, ‘Ain’t you going to say anything about that movie?’ and I said, “Do some “Blowing in the Wind” and I’ll…”

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Actor Taylor Negron Celebrates the Life, Legacy of an LA Murder Victim

A piece posted Friday afternoon on xojane.com by actor Taylor Negron about the horrific murder of 81-year-old LA resident Catherine Davis is getting a lot of attention this weekend. Deservedly so.

Negron fills in the many blanks contained in the rash of sensational media coverage more concerned about leveraging the SEO potential of a Katy Perry ex-boyfriend reference than discovering the true identity of Sons of Anarchy actor Johnny Lewis’ alleged victim. During his early years as an actor in LA, Negron rented every room in Davis’ “writer’s villa” abode in Los Feliz. It was a place that welcomed numerous other performers such as Val Kilmer, Parker Posey and Thomas Jane.

Negron notes that Davis and her daughter were both writers. Margaret penned “biographies of prominent Los Angeles figures and families,” with Negron and co. attending related book launch events. Mom meanwhile was working on an equally ambitious portrait:

Cathy, always the writer and reader, began writing her own historical biography on the life of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, mother of William Randolph Hearst. She was working on the book in her room when she was murdered.

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Australian Reporter Exposes LA Film Distributor

Karl Quinn, entertainment editor of Australia’s The Age newspaper, has authored a fascinating look at the latest business dealings of thirtysomething brothers Matthew and Richard Clapham. The trigger for the piece was an October 1 third-party blog mention of their company Movie Rights Group, which is going after illegal Internet downloaders.

Quinn details a massive Internet porn empire and suggests this nascent legal action may be a tactical prelude to going after U.S. surfers of free X-rated sites. He also reveals that a Santa Monica film distributor the brothers do business with, Lightning Entertainment, has a parent company in Colorado that makes most of its money from pay-per-view and subscription TV channel porn:

The Lightning website does not reveal that it is also a subsidiary of New Frontier Media, a publicly listed Colorado-based company… Lightning Entertainment promised a response from Los Angeles via its legal counsel, but after a week and follow-up approaches by The Age had provided none.

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LA Critic Experiences ‘The Horror’ of Coppola’s Twixt

This year’s contingent of LA reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival includes Drew McWeeny of HitFix.com. On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, he suddenly found himself mired in a Colonel Kurtz-like stupor after exiting a screening of Francis Ford Coppola‘s 3D horror flick Twixt:

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LA Set Designer Makes Good Use of Ohio Vacation Home

Six years ago, set designer Robert Harbour (The Mentalist, Heroes, The X-Files) bought a lakeside property in Goshen, Ohio sight unseen. Later this summer, the native of nearby Anderson will be renting out the vacation home as the principal filming location for Seven Below Zero, a low-budget thriller starring Ving Rhames and Val Kilmer.

What really caught FishbowlLA’s eye is the way news of this upcoming under-$5 million production was reported by WCPO Channel 9. Seriously, in LA, Kilmer remains the butt of tired, has-been jokes. But removed from the jaded confines of Hollywood, the 51-year-old actor becomes part of the reason Ohioans can “almost feel the excitement”:

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