May 10, 1995 |
"Magic has to be believed to be real," an understanding father tells his daughter in "A Little Princess," a philosophy this enchanting fantasy has taken as its own. Unlike the creators of far too many children's films, those responsible here have taken their story's events exactly as seriously as they expect their small audience to, with appealing results.
March 30, 1988 |
"Beetlejuice" (citywide), an uproarious ghost comedy, kills off its likable stars after eight minutes, but that's just the first of the chances it takes. By the time this irresistible treat is over, it has created some of the funniest moments and most inspired visual humor and design we may expect to experience at the movies all year. The film is a dazzling display of director Tim Burton's unique pop culture sensibility.
July 11, 2000 |
"Austin Powers" star Mike Myers returned fire Monday in an intensifying legal battle over aborted plans to make the movie "Sprockets." The star countersued Universal Pictures for damages in excess of $20 million alleging assault and invasion of privacy, as well as fraud. The countersuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, follows a $30-million breach of contract suit filed last week by Imagine Entertainment, which was producing "Sprockets" for Universal.
March 18, 2004 |
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat Mike Myers, Alec Baldwin Universal, $27 This big-budget version of the beloved Dr. Seuss book is far from the cat's meow. Though the production design, costumes and the animated title sequence beautifully capture the mood and style of the book, the script is a crude mess unfit for kiddie consumption. And Myers comes across as a feline version of the "Coffee Talk" character he created for "Saturday Night Live," and his cat quickly wears out all of his nine lives.
June 8, 2000 |
It's hardball time again in Hollywood. Universal Pictures has sued "Austin Powers" star Mike Myers for breach of contract, angered that the comedian has abruptly walked away from his new film, "Sprockets," which was due to begin shooting in early August. The movie, Myers' first project since last summer's runaway hit "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," was slated to be Universal's big summer comedy for 2001.
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December 17, 1995 |
"Leaving Las Vegas," the downbeat drama about a hopeless alcoholic and the prostitute who loves him, was voted best picture of 1995 on Saturday by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. The movie by Mike Figgis captured four of the critics' awards. Nicolas Cage won for best actor, and best actress went to Elisabeth Shue. Figgis received honors for best direction. Figgis also was runner-up in the screenplay category.