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MetromixNow that she's traded in her seat behind the Weekend Update desk, Tina Fey is ready to make the leap from Saturday Night Live to primetime Wednesdays as the creator/head writer/star of the much-anticipated new sitcom 30 Rock. You may already know 30...
Zap2It.com"Goodfellas" star Ray Liotta wasn't being so good Saturday when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The actor was pulled over on Feb. 17 after crashing his SUV into two parked vehicles in Pacific Palisades, report news sources....
Tags: Television, Health, Tim Allen, Vehicles, Hospitals and Clinics
What will be the worst Martin Lawrence movie of the year? The competition is always fierce and it's still early, but we may have a winner in "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins." A groundbreaking achievement in blandness, the film has nothing other than a few...
Tags: Movies, Steve Martin, James Earl Jones, Spike Lee, Family
Until "No Country for Old Men" took the final two awards of the evening, it was beginning to look like the U.S. was "No Country for Oscar Winners." In an Oscar convocation with the least xenophobic results in years, the Kodak Theatre seemed more like a...
Times Staff Writer"National Security," a funny, raucous action comedy, effectively teams Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn in a film that's both laugh out loud funny and surprisingly subtle. Lawrence's Earl Montgomery is so overzealous an LAPD cadet that he gets drummed out...
Tags: Eric Roberts, Organized Crime, Racism, Bill Duke, Steve Zahn
Autobiography has always been the most fertile ground for high-impact, audience-engaging comedy. Bad boys Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce both lived their lives on stage, for better or worse, and became legends for it. Actor-comedian Martin Lawrence...
Tags: Television, Movies, Death, Richard Pryor, Comedy (genre)
OK, 2001 hasn't been the greatest movie year so far, but fall tends to be the season on which top-10 lists are built. The next few months look especially crowded thanks in part to the studios having rushed movies into production in preparation for the...
NewsdayApplying the scruffy, slacker mood of "Friday" to a caper plot that seems downloaded from Elmore Leonard's out basket seems presumptuous at best. Yet "All About the Benjamins" shows this blend can go down more smoothly than one would have imagined....
Tags: Tommy Flanagan, Death, Fraud, Eddie Murphy, Corporate Crime
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: FBI, Cameron Crowe, Ben Stiller, Patrick Stewart, Cate Blanchett
Chicago Tribune Movie Writer3 1/2 stars (out of 4) Imagine if "Ali" kept cutting from Will Smith's portrayal to actual Muhammad Ali fight footage, or if "Man on the Moon" interspersed clips of Andy Kaufman's comedy routines with Jim Carrey's impression of him. Those performances...
Tags: Health, Film Festivals, Andy Kaufman, Ted Hope, Will Smith
Tribune movie reporterThe sequels and franchise flicks scored big last summer, so what do we get? More of the same this year. Check out the titles, and you might conclude that this is the year of the colon. But don't be fooled by the amount of noise generated by the highest-...
Tags: Family, Nikki Reed, Kate Hudson, Jeff Garlin, Natalie Imbruglia
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday July 18, 1997 "Nothing to Lose" is Exhibit A in what's right and what's wrong with current Hollywood comedy. There's no lack of wickedly funny people to place in films, but once they're cast, no one seems to know exactly what to do with them....
Tags: Kelly Preston, Death, Jim Carrey, John C. McGinley, Sex
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