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In the Indian feature "Dostana," two straight men pretend to be a gay couple to live in a luxurious Miami apartment. When they realize their new roommate will be a gorgeous (straight) woman, the charade immediately becomes more complicated. The film...
Special to The TimesThe streets of Hollywood are littered with the corpses of R-rated action trilogies that once were, with their Terminators and Aliens and Rambos all hobbling around on canes and pulling oxygen tanks. So it's no wonder that as the release of the fourth "Die...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIn Hollywood, filmmakers generally fall into one of two camps. Commercial directors such as Michael Bay appeal to the masses, while indie film specialists like Mike Leigh create more positive reviews than long lines in front of theaters. Clint Eastwood...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe Oscars telecast was a ratings disaster this year. Twenty-one percent less of America tuned in Sunday night than did last year, and in even worse news for the academy, the awards were abandoned by a full 25 percent more of the coveted 18-to-49...
Times Staff WriterOnce upon a time, within the memory of those still living, if a film was successful, it inspired toys and games without number. Now, apparently, it is the other way around. "Transformers," the new movie by director Michael Bay, is based not on a novel or...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIn a battle near the end of box-office smash "Iron Man," the villain is stomping on the hero when an Audi R8 smashes into the bad guy, knocking him off balance and allowing Iron Man to escape. For Audi, the scene was a dream, a chance for its new...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterRODENT lovers and rat rights activists, consider yourselves warned. In the surrealistically violent action blockbuster "Wanted" -- which premieres at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Thursday and arrives in theaters June 27 -- several thousand rats are...
Tags: Entertainment, Society, Christopher Nolan, Arts, Fiction
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterA budget of about $25 million may not be much for director Michael Bay, maker of such mega-budget movies as "Armageddon" and "Pearl Harbor." But it's enough to get him launched on a new passion: creating a video game that matches the quality of a feature...
At 34, Masashi Kishimoto is one of the most successful manga-ka, or manga artists, in the world. His long-running series about ninja-in-training Naruto Uzumaki has sold tens of millions of books around the world. Kishimoto, born in the rural prefecture of...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAcross the entertainment landscape of the Internet, perhaps no director is so reviled as Brett Ratner. The bloggers, it seems, really, really hate him. And although they gleefully admit to hating lots of people, their most searing venom tends to be...
Tags: Entertainment, Brett Ratner, Death, Music Industry, Paris Hilton
Times Staff WriterA thousand feet above Van Nuys, J.T. Alpaugh sat in the rear seat of a news copter, joystick in hand, ready to show off the high-definition video camera that hung orb-like from the front of the aircraft. "OK, see that car up there?" Alpaugh asked....
ON his way to school each morning, Tristan Rodman sees a giant billboard on the side of a building advertising "Transformers," the Michael Bay action fantasy film that hits theaters this July. You'd think that would be a good thing — advertisers...
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