August 2, 2009
New DVDs: In the July 19 Calendar listings of new DVDs, "The Great Buck Howard" was said to contain no special features. In fact, it has commentary by director Sean McGinly and star Colin Hanks, deleted and extended scenes, outtakes and three featurettes.
January 1, 2002 |
Atop a beautifully generic suburban bluff in the western San Fernando Valley, director Jake Kasdan is trying to capture Orange County, the setting--and the title--of his comedy about a high school senior trying to get into Stanford. But the sunlight required to shoot a swimming pool scene in the Southern California dystopia of Mike White's script is fading fast, and now, even after the 12th take, Kasdan isn't happy.
May 19, 2010 |
Despite its deceptively generic title (with its unfortunate association with the electronics chain), "The Good Guys" has very sophisticated ambitions. While films like this spring's "Cop Out" and the upcoming "The Other Guys" love to cross-pollinate police procedural with odd-couple bromance, satire with sentimental morality tale, the Fox show may be TV's first buddy-cop dramedy. Going for the same sort of sneak attack that launched "Glee," the network is pre-premiering "The Good Guys" on Wednesday before it begins its official run on June 7. Though it too is a genre mash-up, with over-the-top choreographed gunfights instead of big musical numbers, "The Good Guys" doesn't have quite the pop of "Glee."
January 17, 2002
* The five top-grossing movies at the box office last weekend: 1. "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"; 2. "A Beautiful Mind"; 3. "Orange County," starring Colin Hanks, above; 4. "Ocean's Eleven"; 5. "The Royal Tenenbaums."
July 15, 2011 |
"Lucky" has the crushing task of making two completely soulless, unbelievable individuals — brought together by emotional stuntedness — seem interesting, to no avail. Lucy (Ari Graynor) is a ditzy, gold-digging receptionist who ignores officemate Ben (Colin Hanks), a nerdy mama's boy nursing a crush on Lucy since childhood. Then Ben wins the lottery, and Lucy is suddenly all smiles. But piled on to this setup is one of those dark indie-comedy gimmicks that screenwriter Kent Sublette and director Gil Cates Jr. think is an instant game changer but is really a sign of creative inertia: Ben's a fledgling serial killer.
December 8, 2005 |
Hankerin' for the Deep South? Southern comfort makes its way to Hollywood tonight, as folks get a sneak preview of Memphis, a restaurant and bar set to open to the public next week. Taking its cues from the Deep South (think fried chicken and blackened catfish), Memphis is located in a landmark building at 6541 Hollywood Blvd. that was a schoolhouse in the 1920s.