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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterKurt Vonnegut, an American cultural hero celebrated for his wry, loonily imaginative commentary on war, apocalypse, technology, materialism and other afflictions in "Slaughterhouse-Five" and other novels, has died. He was 84. One of the last of a...
Tribune movie critic2½ stars (out of four) Robin Williams is such a great comic virtuoso that it can almost hurt to see him straining to pump life into a conventional, uninspired, sometimes-goofy big-studio comedy such as "RV." Why does Williams--an improvising wonder...
Times Staff WriterThe Silent Movie Theatre is getting a new voice. After decades of near-exclusive devotion to the pre-talkie era, the theater is being sold to two brothers who plan to add more modern revival fare to the bill. Charlie Lustman, who bought the shuttered...
Tags: Politics, Murder, Crimes, Bruce Springsteen, Al Pacino
Zap2It.comAlthough John Cleese isn't suffering from a flesh wound this time, the Monty Python comedian is taking a rest from performing. The 66-year-old actor announced that he's retiring in order to become a "comedy professor" and write a history of comedy for...
Tags: Harold Lloyd, BBC, Ricky Gervais, Death, Comedy (genre)
Chicago TribuneIf you haven't already had your fill of horror movies in which sexy high schoolers are gruesomely murdered — either by a maniacal killer, a ghoulish monster or, as in the "Final Destination" series, by the fickle fingers of fate and death —...
The EnvelopeWhen protagonists grow up, they become antagonists. This is the Hollywood cycle of life. Early generations saw Gloria Swanson and Buster Keaton transformed into bridge-playing ghouls, Bette Davis transformed into Baby Jane, Joan Crawford transformed into...
Tribune movie critic1 star (out of four) Watching Heather Graham, Tom Cavanagh and a stridently adorable Alan Cumming do their wide-eyed, moony thing in the romantic comedy "Gray Matters" raises the question: Is it possible for a filmgoer to be twinkled to death? In its...
Tags: Death, Sissy Spacek, Comedy (genre), Dance, Entertainment
Physical comedy is a huge part of Inspector Clouseau's awkward body of work. So when planning the pratfalls for Steve Martin's second turn as the clueless constable in "Pink Panther 2," whose work did director Harald Zwart build from? Peter Sellers?...
Keanu meets Klaatu. It could be a match made in heaven, or at least in a galaxy far, far away. Which is just what "The Day the Earth Stood Still" wants us to think. This contemporary remake of the science-fiction classic knew what it was doing when it...
Tribune staff reporter1. "Brokeback Mountain" -- A movie that lives up to its hype, director Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" is as powerful and poetic as it is haunting. Screenwriters Larry McMurtry ("Lonesome Dove") and Diana Ossana faithfully adapt Annie Proulx's short...
Times Staff WriterThe essence of telling stories with moving pictures has changed little since the earliest days of cinema. But the story of Hollywood is punctuated by technological innovations that opened new paths for directors, actors, writers and audiences. And as...
Tribune movie criticWhen the Oscar nominations come out Tuesday, there are bound to be cries of injustice -- and in many cases, those charges will have merit. Can anyone really defend the exclusion from the Oscar nominee list in various years of movies such as "Some Like...
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