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February 15, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Following in the footsteps of fellow senior action stars Arnold Schwarzenegger ("The Last Stand") and Sylvester Stallone ("Bullet to the Head"), Bruce Willis is back with a new shoot-'em-up of his own, reprising his role as the wisecracking New York City cop John McClane in "A Good Day to Die Hard. " The film finds McClane traveling to Moscow and teaming up with his son (played by Jai Courtney) to thwart a terrorist plot. Many movie critics, however, feel it wasn't worth bringing McClane out of retirement.
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March 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Seeing as how "Veronica Mars," the big-screen adaptation of the cult TV show about a young sleuth in a tony beach town, was funded directly by fans via Kickstarter, it should come as relief but little surprise that film critics are saying the movie will delight devotees. For moviegoers unfamiliar with Kristen Bell's whip-smart, case-cracking title character, however, reviewers say "Veronica Mars" will hold less appeal. The Times' Betsy Sharkey noted that more than 91,000 fans ponied up to fund the film  and said "it is clear in every frame that the filmmakers and actors really appreciate that loyalty.
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February 19, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times
Bruce Willis says he's never had a grand strategy for his career. But, thanks to a fateful decision he made just as he was on the cusp of major Hollywood stardom in the late 1980s, he's managed to navigate the tricky waters of fame and remain vital even while many of his peers have fallen on hard times. "I was doing TV for a long, straight shot - four, four and a half years - and I realized somewhere in there that I didn't want to be in every frame of every day," said the former star of "Moonlighting," whose latest movie, "A Good Day to Die Hard," debuted Thursday.
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February 19, 2014 | By Dianne de Guzman
The saying "old habits die hard" usually refers to unsavory behavior, but in this case, it's not: Actress Jane Fonda continues to be an activist for many causes, including taking part in the recent "One Billion Rising for Justice" rally in West Hollywood. Those familiar with Fonda may recall that the actress has a long-running history of causes. A mugshot of hers from the 1970s shows the actress posing with a raised fist; her arrest was seemingly connected with her outspokenness against the Vietnam War. The " One Billion Rising for Justice " event was a call to demand justice for violence against women, and photographer Skylar Aud was there to capture the moment.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2007 | Paul Davidson, Special to The Times
The streets of Hollywood are littered with the corpses of R-rated action trilogies that once were, with their Terminators and Aliens and Rambos all hobbling around on canes and pulling oxygen tanks. So it's no wonder that as the release of the fourth "Die Hard" film, "Live Free or Die Hard," draws near, Bruce Willis finds himself reaching out directly to angry fans to avoid that fate.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before a much-needed three-day weekend! The Skinny: As you Angelenos drive into work today and gripe about traffic, be grateful you don't live in D.C. The traffic here makes Los Angeles look like a paradise. But we do have a football team! I'm looking forward to being back home this weekend. Friday's headlines include the box office preview, a new partner for CBS and a review of "Safe Haven. " Daily Dose: Now that the cable channel has struck a deal with CBS for more content (see below)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Given how successful its four predecessors have been, it's not surprising that "A Good Day to Die Hard" plays like an extended victory lap for star Bruce Willis and the entire "Die Hard" franchise. Not surprising, but not overwhelmingly entertaining either. Starting with the original "Die Hard" in 1988, over the next quarter-century the series has grossed an estimated $1.2 billion worldwide, a hefty sum which apparently convinced 20th Century Fox to commission this fifth time in the trenches for Willis' regular-guy action hero, New York City police Det. John McClane.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1990 | SHEILA BENSON, TIMES FILM CRITIC
In order to let go and really get into "Die Hard 2" (citywide), it's necessary to take one's willing suspension of disbelief, hit it over the head with a blunt instrument and bury it three miles underground. This is the most cheerfully preposterous film of a jaw-dropping summer, which is not to say it's not fun, it's simply orchestrated Looney Tunes.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2009 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
Films without end have been made about the heroes of sport, but who speaks for the fans, the fervent admirers and supporters no team can exist without? Who especially speaks not for the weekend dabbler but for the hard-core fanatic, the zealot who devotes an entire life to a team with the single-minded intensity of a monk meditating in a cave? "Big Fan" does, and it does it exceptionally well. Written and directed by Robert Siegel and starring an ideally cast Patton Oswalt in the title role, "Big Fan" is a poignant, dead-on character study, an examination of a crisis in the life of the most die-hard of die-hard New York Giants football fans.
SPORTS
March 13, 1993
As a die-hard Washington Redskin fan, I've been in quite a few disputes with fans from Dallas, Philadelphia and New York. But all I ever had to say to restore the harmony was, "Don't you just love Joe Gibbs?" Now what am I going to do? PATTY CLOUGH Los Angeles
SPORTS
January 15, 2014 | Chris Erskine
Pro ball seems always to just elude my soft, suburban hands. I have this dream, over and over, where the QB zips a pass high over the middle, and I am unable to go up for it. I look down, and I see two newspaper editors wrapping their arms around my legs, preventing me from reaching the ball. One looks like Naomi Watts, the other .... Look, details aren't import. What's important is that something always seems to be holding us back from our dreams. Don't let it. Paper Lion? Meet Paper Kiss.
OPINION
August 9, 2013 | By Wendy Wood and David Neal
On a recent doctor's visit, a compelling health video was looping in the reception room. It incorporated many of the accepted rules for achieving a healthy weight. The motivational video, tailored to the doctor's clientele, illustrated simple ways to eat more fruits and vegetables and get exercise. It was striking, however, that many of the nursing staff, who must have heard this video a thousand times, didn't seem to have taken it to heart. Nurses, as a national study revealed, are just as likely to overeat as the rest of the population.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
As the first of two movies this year portraying a terrorist takeover of the White House, "Olympus Has Fallen" (opening today) has often been mentioned in the same breath as its upcoming summer counterpart, "White House Down. " For movie critics, however, it's a different film that "Olympus" brings to mind: "Die Hard. " As many reviews point out, Gerard Butler follows in Bruce Willis' footsteps as a lone good guy (in this case, a former Secret Service agent) who becomes the last line of defense in a building commandeered by evildoers (in this case, the White House)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - One of Jim Brulte's first acts Sunday as the newly elected leader of the California Republican Party was to hand-deliver a $50,000 check from a friend, with the promise of another one this week. They will only dent the state party's debt, which is in the high six figures, but Brulte's ability to tap a vast network of donors is among the reasons that the former legislative leader was elected to try to salvage the beleaguered party. "Look, wherever - wherever - there is a willing heart and a checkbook that's willing to write a $5, $10, $15, $20, $50, $100, $1,000, $10,000 check, I'll go," Brulte told reporters after the weekend's party convention ended.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2013 | Sandy Banks
I expected fireworks in South Los Angeles this week, when LAPD Chief Charlie Beck showed up at a community meeting to talk about Christopher Dorner, the ex-cop turned killer whose manifesto cast the department in an ugly light, resurrecting decades of buried wrongs. The crowd at the Vermont Avenue community center was small, about 100 people. But the line to speak stretched from the stage to the back of the room. Some came for answers, some just to vent. There were stories of ugly street stops and police harassment.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting back into work mode. The Skinny: I watched "The Following" last night and fear it has started to take a bad turn. I don't want to play spoiler but I do hate it when a character does something they never would do in the name of another plot twist. Tuesday's headlines include a recap of the holiday box office and a look at the battle over mixed martial arts TV supremacy. Daily Dose: No, Al Pacino isn't doing voice-over ads for Jeep.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 1991 | Associated Press
Here is a list of the top-grossing movies of 1990 and the number of Academy Award nominations they received today: 1. "Home Alone," $222 million, two nominations. 2. "Ghost," $214 million, five nominations. 3. "Pretty Woman," $178 million, one nomination. 4. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," $133 million, no nominations. 5. "The Hunt for Red October," $121 million, three nominations. 6. "Total Recall," $118 million, two nominations. 7. "Die Hard 2," $115 million, no nominations. 8.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 1991
It doesn't take much talent to act tough and beat people up, so who can hold it against Godunov for turning down roles such as the one he played in "Die Hard"? In "The Money Pit," he was warm, expressive and funny. In "Witness," he looked the part of the Amish farmer, not like a ballet star playing the role. (When Mikhail Baryshnikov acts, he sounds as if he's just reciting his lines and he doesn't play anyone but himself.) Godunov is a lovable hunk who's about as intimidating as Jimmy Stewart.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times
Bruce Willis says he's never had a grand strategy for his career. But, thanks to a fateful decision he made just as he was on the cusp of major Hollywood stardom in the late 1980s, he's managed to navigate the tricky waters of fame and remain vital even while many of his peers have fallen on hard times. "I was doing TV for a long, straight shot - four, four and a half years - and I realized somewhere in there that I didn't want to be in every frame of every day," said the former star of "Moonlighting," whose latest movie, "A Good Day to Die Hard," debuted Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Presidents Day was almost a bad one for "A Good Day to Die Hard. " The fifth installment in the Bruce Willis action franchise narrowly won the holiday weekend at the box office, just stealing No. 1 from "Identity Thief," the Melissa McCarthy comedy holdover. The latest "Die Hard" flick collected a so-so $24.8 million over the weekend and has grossed a total of $37.5 million since debuting late Wednesday, according to estimates from distributor 20th Century Fox. After its robust opening last weekend, "Identity Thief" only saw its ticket sales tumble 32% to $23.4 million, raising its overall total to $75.2 million.
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