May 23, 2010 |
Back when Shrek, a fearsome, swamp-dwelling ogre, first entered the film landscape nearly a decade ago, hardly anyone involved imagined the unsightly animated creature could become internationally beloved. Even the man who wound up voicing the role had early reservations. "Jeffrey asked me if I'd be interested in being in an animated movie … called 'Shrek,' " Mike Myers said with a grimace last week as he recalled his conversation with DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg.
June 8, 2009 |
"Tough luck, duck!" the narrator drawled amid the cheerful hullabaloo of choreographer Robyn Gardenhire's family-friendly 1960s-retro ballet, "Peter and the Wolf Jump Cool," which opened John Anson Ford Amphitheatre's 17th summer season Saturday. Seated on a perch smartly clad in emerald green, actress Sloan Robinson read her own scripted version of the children's fable, her witty words interwoven with jazz composer-arranger Oliver Nelson's 1966 adaptation of Prokofiev's beloved score.
September 11, 2008 |
Sit beside Steve Martin for a screening of "The Jerk," share a theater with Mike Myers for a showing of "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" or squirm in your seat alongside Jodie Foster during "The Silence of the Lambs." These stars -- plus Dustin Hoffman, Cameron Diaz, Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Jim Carrey, Shirley MacLaine, Rita Moreno and Keanu Reeves -- will share some of their films at "Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies." The Oct. 1 event will be at the ArcLight Hollywood, the American Film Institute announced Wednesday.
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July 19, 2008 |
Actor Verne Troyer dropped his $20-million lawsuit against a celebrity sex-tape broker and an adult film distributor Friday after they agreed not to market a video of him having sex with a former girlfriend. "We got what we wanted: a permanent injunction," said Edwin F. McPherson, an attorney for the actor best known for playing Mini Me in the "Austin Powers" films. Troyer also abandoned his suit against the gossip site www.TMZ.com, which had posted clips of the video. According to terms of the settlement filed in federal court, broker Kevin Blatt and distributor SugarDVD are barred from selling the video without permission from Troyer and his ex-girlfriend, Ranae Shrider.
March 17, 2008 |
Texas point guard D.J. Augustin's freshman season ended with a thud in the Longhorns' 87-68 loss to USC in the second round of the NCAA tournament. "You watch it all the time when you're younger, on TV. You always dream of those moments. Then once you get there, it's kind of scary," said Augustin, who fouled out with only six points on one-for-eight shooting. "I felt like once we were on the court, we played our hearts out. But last year we didn't know much. We're coming in more experienced this year.
March 20, 2004 |
Republicans likened John F. Kerry to the comic movie character Austin Powers on Friday in a short video e-mailed to GOP partisans that describes the presumed Democratic presidential candidate as an "international man of mystery." For their part, Democrats circulated an e-mail to their supporters that uses a cartoon format to criticize President Bush for allowing the federal budget deficit to balloon. The e-mails sent by the Republican and Democratic national committees showed how the two parties are searching this year for fresh ways to communicate with activists and attract attention to their messages at low expense.