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Zap2It.com"My life looks like a fairy tale in many ways, but you have to remember that life is not a fairy tale. I'm the American Idol ... but I can't even read a fairy tale to my 4-year-old daughter." In her best-selling 2005 memoir, "Life Is Not a Fairy Tale,"...
Zap2It.comLoretta Devine, seen occasionally on "Grey's Anatomy" as the Chief's estranged wife, is angling for a more regular gig on ABC. The "Waiting to Exhale" star has signed on to the network's pilot "Eli Stone," where she'll star opposite Jonny Lee Miller ("...
Times Staff WriterThe only thing punk about "Punks," a groundbreaking black gay male romantic comedy, is its cheesy trailer that suggests it's primarily a drag performance film. In fact, it is terrific entertainment, full of wit and energy, alternately hilarious and...
TIMES STAFF WRITER"I Am Sam" is a warm, hard-to-resist story of a mentally challenged single father fighting to retain custody of his 7-year-old daughter. It's the kind of skilled heart-tugger that opens at this time of year, both to qualify for the Oscars--Sean Penn as...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday December 25, 1998 Unflinchingly, "Down in the Delta" goes straight to the heart with its powerful story of a young Chicago woman who finds redemption by returning to her ancestral roots in rural Mississippi. In adding feature-film...
Tags: Restaurants, Entertainment, Alfre Woodard, Family, Slavery
SPECIAL TO THE TIMESFriday September 22, 2000 The coolest single element in the walk-don't-run horror sequel "Urban Legends: Final Cut" may be its atmospheric setting, the actual rural campus of Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario. With blocky poured-concrete...
Tags: Entertainment, Genres, Arts and Culture, Brain, Hart Bochner
2 1/2 stars Screenwriters, who can be awfully formulaic about these things, call it the "gang's all here" approach to storytelling. Find an event that requires all the principal members of a clan to get together. (Baptisms and weddings are good; holidays...
A "love-hate" relationship exists between African-American actor Chi McBride and the "N-word," the vilest epithet for his race. "I go through periods in my life where I use the word, and I go though periods in life where I swear the word off completely,...
Tags: Schools, Spike Lee, Entertainment, Culture, Black History
Some actors can rise above their movies; some are so good, they elevate the entire picture. In "I Am Sam," Sean Penn plays a mentally disabled Los Angeles Starbucks employee named Sam Dawson, a gentle, loving single father with the mind of a 7-year-old....
Courant Film CriticWith kindly and wicked monsters already on hand, and wizards young and old in the wings, fantasy rules in a holiday season shadowed by persistent mourning and pervasive fears. What better time for flying brooms and an all-powerful ring? The end-of-year...
Tags: Jim Belushi, Todd Field, Emma Watson, Romance (genre), Genres
Times Staff Writer"King's Ransom" is one of those movies you suspect was built from the title up. Somewhere in a pitch meeting someone must have piped up: "I know. We'll have a guy named 'King' and he gets kidnapped, see? So there's a 'ransom'! 'King's Ransom,' get it?...
TRIBUNE STAFF REPORTER1 ½ stars (out of 4) Contrary to the similar title, "Woman, Thou Art Loosed" isn't a sequel to the Coens' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Instead, it's a TV-movie-caliber polemic based on preacher T.D. Jakes' best-selling seminar, novel and stage play of...
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