Only the strong survive
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12:00 AM, May. 16, 2003 For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday May 13, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 33 words Type of Material: Correction
Release date -- “Marooned in Iraq,” a drama from Wellspring, will be released May 23. The May 4 Summer Sneaks issue of Sunday Calendar incorrectly listed the film as coming out May 9.
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Los Angeles Times Friday May 16, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 30 words Type of Material: Correction
Iraq film -- “Marooned in Iraq,” a drama from Wellspring, will be released May 23. The May 4 Summer Sneaks issue of Sunday Calendar incorrectly listed it as May 9.
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Los Angeles Times Sunday May 18, 2003 Home Edition Sunday Calendar Part E Page 2 Calendar Desk 0 inches; 30 words Type of Material: Correction
Release date -- “Marooned in Iraq,” a drama from Wellspring, will be released May 23. The May 4 Summer Sneaks issue of Sunday Calendar incorrectly listed it as May 9.
the Paris Opera Ballet
The idea: Weaves together footage of the troupe, founded in 1713 by Louis XIV, on the road, in rehearsal and in scenes from classic ballets.
Director: Nils Tavernier.
So? Tavernier is son of French cineaste-turned-filmmaker Bertrand.
A Family Affair
With: Helen Lesnick, Arlene Golonka, Barbara Stuart, Michelle Greene.
The idea: Woman returns home to San Diego from New York, seeks new girlfriend.
So? Sharp observations.
With: Don Cheadle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Michael Bacall.
The idea: Psychologist tries to help an ensemble of troubled youngsters overcome their demons.
Writers: Bacall, Blayne Weaver.
Director: Jordan Melamed.
So? Dusty, as in on the shelf awhile.
The Man on the Train
With: Jean Rochefort, Johnny Hallyday.
The idea: Unexpected encounter between a retired poetry teacher and a crook leads them both to contemplate the road not taken.
Writer: Claude Kotz.
Director: Patrice Leconte.
So? Fateful longing.
Marooned in Iraq
With: Shahab Ebrahimi, Faegh Mohammadi, Allah-Morad Rashtian.
The idea: Kurdish musician enlists his two sons in an effort to rescue his ex-wife from the chaos of Iraq after the Iranian war.
Writers: Bahman Ghobadi, Fairbor Kamkari.
So? Coincidentally topical.
Only the Strong Survive
With: Isaac Hayes, Sam Moore, Mary Wilson, Rufus Thomas and others.
The idea: Catching up with soul singers of the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Directors: D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus.
So? The amazing legacy of a musical moment in time.
The Shape of Things
With: Rachel Weisz, Paul Rudd, Gretchen Mol, Frederick Weller.
The idea: Tale of love and art in college setting focuses on two couples.
Writer-director: Neil LaBute, based on his play.
So? The sting of truth, delivered as only LaBute does it.
The Matrix Reloaded
With: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett Smith, Monica Bellucci.
The idea: Freedom fighters continue rebellion against the Machine Army.
Writer-directors: The Wachowski brothers.
So? Future tense.
With: Romain Duris, Cecile de France, Audrey Tautou, Judith Godreche.
The idea: Young Parisian gets an education in life when he spends his senior year in Barcelona.
Writer-director: Cedric Klapisch.
So? The French loved it.
With: Choi Min-sik, Ahn Sung-ki.
The idea: Nineteenth century Korean painter Jang Seung-ub pursues art through hedonism.
Writers: Im Kwon-taek, Kim Yong-ok, Min Byung-sam.
So? Im tied for best director with Paul Thomas Anderson last year at Cannes.
With: Richard Serra, Matthew Barney, Aimee Mullins.
The idea: Protagonist Barney’s adversaries include the Order of the Rainbow for Girls and two New York rock bands.
So? Arty films by art-world cult figure.
Down With Love
With: Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, David Hyde Pierce, Sarah Paulson, Tony Randall.
The idea: She’s sworn it off, he doesn’t need it.
Writers: Eve Ahlert & Dennis Drake.
Director: Peyton Reed.
So? Homage to Rock Hudson-Doris Day romps.
Friends and Family
With: Greg Lauren, Christopher Gartin, Tony Lo Bianco, Anna Maria Alberghetti.
The idea: Gay couple tries to conceal the truth (they’re mob enforcers) from parents.
Writer: Joseph Triebwasser.
Director: Kristen Coury.
So? Friend or faux?
With: Voices of Veronica Taylor, Eric Stuart, Rachel Lillis, Maddie Blaustein.
The idea: A mysterious city on water and two new Pokemon figures.
Writers: Hideki Sonoda, Jim Malone.
Directors: Kunihiko Yuyama, Malone.
So? Fifth grade.
With: Harry Altman, Angela Arenivar, Ted Brigham, April DeGideo, Neil Kadakia, Nupur Lala, Emily Stagg and Ashley White.
The idea: Fourteen-year-olds compete in the National Spelling Bee.
Director: Jeff Blitz.
With: Larry Sullivan, Steve Braun, Alexis Arquette, Jill St. John.
The idea: Politically mismatched gay couple navigates political and social changes of ‘70s and ‘80s America.
Writer-director: Miles Swain.
So? Patronizing and stale.
With: Vladimir Mashkov.
The idea: Idealistic academic makes a killing in post-Soviet business scheme, becomes richest man in Russia -- and a target for assassination.
Writers: Alexander Borodianski, Pavel Lounguine, Yuli Dubov, adapted from the novel by Dubov.
So? Ruthless, cynical, blunt.
With: Josh Hamilton, Harold Perrineau, Isabel Gillies, John Fleck.
The idea: An erotic Web site is the hub of activity in the streaming-video story of some peculiar Net denizens.
Writers: Andrew Osborne and Jed Weintrob.
So? Seems rather dial-up in a broadband world.
Sony Pictures Classics
With: Valeria Golino, Vincenzo Amato, Francesco Asisa, Veronica D’Agostino.
The idea: Free-spirited young mother raises eyebrows among the locals on a small Sicilian island.
Writer-director: Emanuele Crialese.
So? That’s Italian.
With: Gunar Eyjolfsson, Hilmir Snaer Guonason, Helene de Fougerolles, Kristbjorg Kjeld.
The idea: Icelandic patriarch summons his children to a difficult homecoming.
Writers: Baltasar Kormakur, Olafur Haukur Simonarsen.
So? Kormakur made his international rep with “101 Reykjavik” in 2000.
With: Martin Compston, William Ruane, Annemarie Fulton, Michelle Coulter, Gary McCormack.
The idea: Scottish teen plans for a new start upon his mum’s release from prison.
Writer: Paul Laverty.
Director: Ken Loach.
So? High art, low life.
With: Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Baker Hall.
The idea: God hands TV reporter an unusual assignment: play God.
Writers: Steve Koren & Mark O’Keefe, Steve Oedekerk; story by Koren & O’Keefe.
Director: Tom Shadyac.
So? High uplift potential.
A Decade Under the Influence
The idea: Casts an eye on the revolution in filmmaking in the 1970s, the age of Coppola, Scorsese, Altman, et al.
Directors: The late Ted Demme and Richard Lagravenese.
So? The elders are interviewed by disciples such as Neil LaBute, Nick Cassavetes and screenwriter Scott Frank.
With: Voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Geoffrey Rush.
The idea: Overprotective father fish undertakes an epic search for his son.
Writer-director: Andrew Stanton.
So? No. 5 for Pixar, which so far is four for four.
Gigantic (A Tale
of Two Johns)
With: They Might Be Giants (John Flansburgh, John Linnell).
The idea: Chronicles the 20-year saga of the eccentric alt-pop duo.
Director: AJ Schnack.
So? Appearances by Janeane Garofalo, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, etc.
The Italian Job
With: Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton (against his will), Charlize Theron, Donald Sutherland, Seth Green, Frankie G.
The idea: Double-crossed thief tracks former partner to L.A.
Writers: Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Donna Powers & Wayne Powers; based on the 1969 film written by Troy Kennedy Martin.
Director: F. Gary Gray.
So? High-speed high jinks.
With: Liu Peiqi, Chen Hong, Wang Zhiwen, Chen Kaige.
The idea: Violin prodigy and his father move from small village to big-time Beijing.
Writers: Kaige, Xue Xiaolu.
So? Sentimental journey.
With: Jeremy Sisto, Eliza Dushku, Desmond Harrington, Emmanuelle Chriqui.
The idea: Kids become fast food when they stumble into West Virginia wilderness.
Writer: Alan B. McElroy.
Director: Rob Schmidt.
So? Stan Winston creature feature.