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ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
This last weekend saw the last tent city for the diehard fans of "The Twilight Saga. " Hundreds of loyal devotees of the epic romance between a mortal teenager and her vampire boyfriend braved cold nights camped out at the L.A. Live complex awaiting Monday night's premiere of the fifth and final "Twilight" movie, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II. "  The film's nationwide debut in theaters this Friday marks the end of an era for the five-part...
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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 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.
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
January 23, 2010
SERIES Mexican Made Easy: This series premieres with recipes for Chilaquiles casseroles; eggs Benedict with chipotle hollandaise sauce and Mexican coffee (9:30 a.m. Food). Demons: A battle of epic proportions looms as Quincey (Ciaran McMenamin), a charismatic bad-boy vampire from Mina's (Zoe Tapper) past, returns, prompting a sharp change in her behavior as he tries to seduce her into giving in to her half-blood heritage. Philip Glenister and Christian Cooke also star in this new episode (6 and 9 p.m. BBC America)
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
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
March 8, 2009 | Dennis Lim
Vampire stories are always about desire and repression, which makes the teenage vampire an especially potent symbol of the hormonal confusion and awkward intensity of the wonder years. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" confirmed the pop-culture potential of adolescent bloodsuckers, and the phenomenon reached a frenzied peak with the recent teen-girl hit "Twilight" (out on DVD and Blu-ray March 21).
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2003 | Manohla Dargis, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles sun can make for very deep shadows, nowhere deeper it sometimes seems than in the movies. There are those directors like Robert Altman who take great pleasure in tossing their characters into these pools of dark, usually to drown. Not Lisa Cholodenko: In the young director's new movie "Laurel Canyon," the characters don't ride out earthquakes or brave any of the other plagues that filmmakers are so fond of launching against us.
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