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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."
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2003 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Now that there's a real war going on, the euphemistic war on drugs that has taken up so much screen time seems more and more meaningless, and movies about it, like the current "A Man Apart," feel increasingly anachronistic. We may still be, as the film's voice-over doesn't let us forget, the No.
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2006 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
Writer-director Paul Haggis, whose "Crash" won best picture in an Oscar upset Sunday, will next direct the pilot for NBC's crime drama "The Black Donnellys." And as pilot season gathers steam over the next few weeks, Haggis will have plenty of company from other noted feature directors overseeing shows that are jockeying for a spot on fall schedules. Take a look at various deals, many reported in the trades or on tvtracker.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 1996
Here are the major winners of the 27th annual NAACP Image Awards, which were presented Saturday night at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
NEWS
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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