Dignified and reserved, Ostin had been in the music business a long time. He had started as Frank Sinatra's accountant and then ascended to become the head of the Warner Bros. Behind the doors of the Beverly Wilshire's Le Grand Trianon ballroom, an array of stars waited for the two men. Balloons and streamers hung from the ceiling, and in a carnival theme, a fire-eater, knife thrower, cyclist, fortune-teller, and two mimes were scattered through the room. Only a few years earlier, Geffen had been laboring in the mail room at the William Morris Agency, arriving early every morning to intercept a letter from UCLA informing his employers that he had not, in fact, graduated from the school, as he had told them. Now the A-list celebrities who had patiently gathered in the posh ballroom measured how quickly Geffen, still only thirty-one, had scaled the entertainment industry's highest peaks.
Richard Glatzer dies: A look back at his ‘Quinceañera’ breakthrough
Richard Glatzer dies: A look back at his 'Quinceañera' breakthrough - Los Angeles Times
Quinceanera by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland is an Anglo take on Mexican-American culture in Los Angeles which approaches its subject with an easy sentimentality that spoils, I think, what might otherwise have been an interesting glimpse into contemporary Chicano life. As Glatzer and Westmoreland see it, all that is needed by their picturesque and sympathetic Mexicans is a wholesome lesson in socially and sexually progressive values from Anglos like themselves. Her father, Ernesto Jesus Castanos , works as a security guard and, in his spare time, is an evangelical lay preacher. We soon learn the reason. Carlos has been kicked out of the house because he is gay. For when Magdalena stuns everyone by becoming pregnant, and her college-bound boyfriend, Herman Ramiro Iniguez — for whom his family has the sort of high hopes that make his early marriage and fatherhood unthinkable — does a midnight flit, she naturally goes to live with Uncle Tomas too.
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IN the filmmaker Richard Glatzer put aside his big-screen ambitions and took a job as a producer in reality television. Glatzer, who is 54, bookish and a native of Queens. Glatzer and Mr. Westmoreland have never quite mastered past the basic greeting stage.
Author Ronald Brownstein has borrowed that title for his new book about a time he says Los Angeles was at peak creativity. It was when a young director, Steven Spielberg, was shooting his first blockbuster, "Jaws," a forerunner of movies laden with special effects. And it was when, on TV, shows were addressing social issues. Brownstein said, "L. Jackson Browne said, "Some part of me resists the idea that that was the peak of my creativity.