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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 20, 2009 | Jen Chaney, Chaney writes for the Washington Post.
It's every adolescent's fantasy: Meet a fascinating, remarkably pale member of the opposite sex, fall in love, then realize that he or she is a full-on, blood-guzzling vampire.
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
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).
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.
NATIONAL
January 26, 2003 | From Associated Press
"American Splendor," a sly film biography that stars Paul Giamatti as churlish underground comic-book writer Harvey Pekar, won the grand jury prize, the top dramatic honor at the Sundance Film Festival. Sundance jurors gave the documentary grand prize to "Capturing the Friedmans," which traces the disintegration of a family after the father and youngest son are arrested for child molestation.
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
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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