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ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Hall Pass Warner Bros., $28.98; Blu-ray, $29.98/$35.99 The Farrelly brothers return with the lightweight buddy comedy "Hall Pass," which takes a promising premise and defangs it in disappointing ways, given this is coming from the men behind "There's Something About Mary" and "Kingpin. " Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis play sexually frustrated middle-agers whose wives give them a week off from marriage, which they proceed to squander through their own timidity and ineptitude.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2009 | Noel Murray
Twilight Summit, $32.99; Blu-ray, $34.95 Stephenie Meyer has banked a fortune with her series of young adult novels about a lovelorn teenager and the supernatural creatures who pine for her. The first volume, "Twilight," became a smash-hit movie last year, making stars out of Robert Pattinson (playing a moody vampire) and Kristen Stewart (as the mortal high school girl he loves and protects).
BUSINESS
March 11, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
"Battle: Los Angeles" is expected to wipe out the competition at the box office this weekend, leaving "Mars Needs Moms" searching for any signs of life. Sony Pictures' "Battle: L.A.," an alien invasion story starring Aaron Eckhart, could open with ticket sales of $30 million to $35 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. But the biggest news at the box office this weekend is projected to be a disastrous debut of "Mars Needs Moms," a big-budget animated movie from Walt Disney Studios that is on track to open at just $10 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Veteran Hollywood marketer Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been elected the first African American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that hands out the film industry's Oscars each year. Isaacs, a longtime academy insider who most recently held the job of first vice president, will serve a one-year term with eligibility to stay in the role for three additional years. She was elected Tuesday evening by the academy's 48-member board of governors over Rob Friedman, a board member and Lionsgate motion picture group co-chair.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 2004 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
Sofia Coppola's eccentrically low-key film "Lost in Translation" swept the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, winning best feature, screenplay and director, and Bill Murray was named best actor for his role in the film as a sleepless, past-his-prime action star who crosses paths with a younger but similarly alienated American in Tokyo.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 1995 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Watching "Tank Girl" is as disorienting as waking up in someone else's bad dream. You want to get out as fast as possible, but all the exits seem to be blocked. Busy on the surface but numbing everywhere else, this largely live-action version of the cult comic book plays like an extended video for a group that is never going to make it. Heavy on attitude and posturing, it is the kind of production that tarnishes the word cartoonish .
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2012 | By Nardine Saad
Bella "was born to be a vampire. " Stewart quite literally vamps it up in the new teaser, getting gussied up in that gorgeous-vampire sort of makeup of the "Saga" and that bloodthirsty-red contact lens treatment. And yes, she kind of dazzles us too. Lautner's Jacob Black is eating his words about Bella's transformation. "I didn't expect you to seem so -- you?" Those hoping that Bella would shed the T-shirt, thermals and tousled hairdo will have to keep hoping.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2008 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
There's no way to put a pretty frame around this picture. After Catherine Hardwicke delivered an immensely lucrative franchise starter with "Twilight," a film that will put Summit Entertainment on the map, wiping away all the company's other losses and missteps, she was rewarded by being pushed aside, with Summit making it clear over this past weekend that it's beginning work on a "Twilight" sequel without her. There is an enormously complicated back...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
All grown up, Hansel and Gretel return to the forest to exact revenge on their childhood tormentors. Snow White escapes the Evil Queen and takes up with a group of Shaolin monks. And after leaving Kansas, carnival barker Oscar Diggs remakes himself as a wizard in the Emerald City. Childhood classics as seen through a fun-house mirror? Well, yes. But for the film business, it's also something far more consequential: its future. Movie studios are taking timeless stories from authors such as the Brothers Grimm and L. Frank Baum and reimagining them with a modern, playful sensibility.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It breaks my heart to tell you that "Breaking Dawn" is broken. The movie that's carved out of the first half of the last book of Stephenie Meyer's vampires-in-love series, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, is weighted down by more than its title, to say nothing of the expectations. For the record, it's called "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1," as if 5 billion insanely attentive Twihards wouldn't be able to find it. Maybe the studio suits have begun to believe the franchise, like the classy Cullen clan, is immortal, that almost nothing can kill it. They'd better hope that last bit is true, because "Breaking Dawn" kinda sucks, in the metaphoric rather than the vampiric sense.
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