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January 6, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
"Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire" dominated the nominations for the 41st NAACP Image Awards on Wednesday morning, earning eight nods -- best film, best director for Lee Daniels, screenplay for Geoffrey Fletcher, best actress for Gabourey Sidibe, supporting actress for Mariah Carey, Mo'Nique and Paula Patton and supporting actor for Lenny Kravitz. Competing with "Precious" in the best picture category are "The Blind Side," "Invictus," "Michael Jackson's: This Is It" and "The Princess and the Frog."
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November 6, 1996 | MARK EHRMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Scene: What a racket. Hollywood Boulevard was chock-a-block with shrieking fans as a line of early '60s, low-riding Chevy Malibus wound their way to Mann's Chinese Theater on Monday night, each one jettisoning another handful of celebrities. The occasion for the high-decibel hoopla was the premiere of New Line's "Set It Off," a lead-splattered romp about a female posse who set off on a bank-robbing spree.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2010 | By Susan King
"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" dominated the nominations for the 41st NAACP Image Awards on Wednesday morning, earning eight nods: best film, best director for Lee Daniels, screenplay for Geoffrey Fletcher, best actress for Gabourey Sidibe, supporting actress for Mariah Carey, Mo'Nique and Paula Patton, and supporting actor for Lenny Kravitz. Competing with "Precious" in the best picture category are "The Blind Side," "Invictus," "Michael Jackson's This Is It" and "The Princess and the Frog."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2003 | Elaine Dutka
Seth Green is that rare breed of child actor: one who's still working at 29. He made his feature-film debut at 7, playing opposite Jodie Foster and Rob Lowe in "Hotel New Hampshire." Five years later, he traded quips with Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show" after portraying the young Woody Allen in "Radio Days." Green's career took off in the late 1990s when he was cast as a super-mellow werewolf guitarist in TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," as Dr. Evil's troubled son in all three "Austin Powers" movies, and as a wannabe homeboy in "Can't Hardly Wait."
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April 26, 1995 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Friday" is about two South-Central homeboys, Craig Jones (Ice Cube) and his best friend Smokey (Chris Tucker), and the long day they spend together hanging out in the 'hood. There's no plot really, just a series of lowdown comedy sketches that follow each other like skits in a variety show. If you don't like one sketch you may like the next.
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October 19, 2009 | Dennis Lim
If the revenge thriller seems like an especially inflexible genre, it might be because its founding formula is basically a biblical credo: an eye for an eye. In film after film, a vigilante hero is wronged and because of the failures of the legal system must take matters into his -- or, in some cases, her -- own hands. There is no real suspense over the outcome -- payback is exacted, in due course -- but the nominal pleasures of most of these movies lie precisely in their familiarity, in their brazen appeal to our most basic instincts.
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October 9, 2003 | Susan King
The Italian Job (2003) Mark Wahlberg; Edward Norton Paramount, $30 The Italian Job (1969) Michael Caine, Noel Coward Paramount, $20 One of the summer's most entertaining flicks was this stylish, energetic caper ably directed by F. Gary Gray that was loosely based on the 1969 Caine classic. The 2003 version boasts an attractive cast, which includes Charlize Theron, Donald Sutherland and Seth Green, and two exciting chase sequences -- the latter involving Mini Coopers on the streets of L.A.
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July 29, 1998 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
How does "Titanic's" Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter top that herculean achievement? He doesn't. After spending the better part of a year aboard the massive luxury liner, Carpenter welcomed the opportunity to shoot a smaller, more intimate craft like "The Negotiator," starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. "When I read the script, I thought, what a wonderful break," Carpenter says, "a psychological drama that would be shot mostly in two rooms.
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September 4, 2003 | Susan King
Identity John Cusack, Ray Liotta Columbia TriStar, $28 James Mangold ("Kate & Leopold") directed this fun thrill ride, a combination film noir and R-rated thriller. On a dark, rainy night, 10 seemingly unrelated travelers find themselves at an isolated motel, and each proceeds to die in a violent, shocking manner. Mangold switches back and forth from the motel madness to the story of a murderous psycho (Pruitt Taylor Vince) who is being transported that same evening to a hearing about his case.
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