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May 13, 2011
'Hesher' MPAA rating: R for disturbing violent behavior, sexual content including graphic dialogue, pervasive language, and drug content — some in the presence of a child Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes Playing: At ArcLight Hollywood and Edwards University Town Center 6, Irvine
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April 22, 2012
SUNDAY From the animated antics of "The Simpsons" to the ratings powerhouse that is "American Idol," a once-upstart network and some of its stars, past and present, will celebrate a quarter-century of TV goodness in "Fox's 25th Anniversary Special. " (Fox, 8 p.m.) She debunked the so-called "Seinfeld" curse with her hit series "The New Adventures of Old Christine," so we've no doubt that Julia Louis-Dreyfus will have us laughing with her — as well as at her — in her new D.C.-set sitcom "Veep.
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May 13, 2011 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Joseph Gordon-Levitt isn't playing an uninvited guest so much as a manifestation of chaotic grief in "Hesher," told from the point of view of a 13-year-old boy (Devin Brochu) whose struggle to overcome the sudden death of his mother is upended by the imposed arrival of the titular character. Gordon-Levitt's long-haired, chain-smoking, often-shirtless metal-head squatter and his prankishly, profanely violent antics initially go unremarked on by young TJ's catatonic father (Rainn Wilson)
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May 13, 2011
'Hesher' MPAA rating: R for disturbing violent behavior, sexual content including graphic dialogue, pervasive language, and drug content — some in the presence of a child Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes Playing: At ArcLight Hollywood and Edwards University Town Center 6, Irvine
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May 13, 2011 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
With a cast including Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson, "Hesher" rode a wave of anticipation into the Sundance Film Festival in January 2010. But when audiences actually got a look at the movie, the response was decidedly mixed, leaving some enthralled and others scratching their heads. The story of a boy and his father dealing with the death of the boy's mother and the arrival of an anarchic speed-metal enthusiast who wanders into their lives, "Hesher" is deliriously odd. Many who saw it at Sundance wondered: Is it a sad comedy or a rambunctious drama?
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April 22, 2012
SUNDAY From the animated antics of "The Simpsons" to the ratings powerhouse that is "American Idol," a once-upstart network and some of its stars, past and present, will celebrate a quarter-century of TV goodness in "Fox's 25th Anniversary Special. " (Fox, 8 p.m.) She debunked the so-called "Seinfeld" curse with her hit series "The New Adventures of Old Christine," so we've no doubt that Julia Louis-Dreyfus will have us laughing with her — as well as at her — in her new D.C.-set sitcom "Veep.
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April 4, 2010 | By Mark Olsen
A pair of illicit lovers, a bag of money and a slim hope for a new life -- these are some of the essential building blocks of crime fiction. They are also the backbone of the story in "The Square," an Australian-made film from brothers Nash and Joel Edgerton that is something of a self-conscious throwback to the post-"Reservoir Dogs" crime thrillers of the 1990s. Directed by Nash and co-written by Joel (with Matthew Dabner), the film tells the story of Ray (David Roberts), a middle-aged, married guy who begins an affair with a married woman (Claire van der Boom, currently in HBO's "The Pacific")
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January 17, 2010 | By Mark Olsen
Starring Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "The Office's" Rainn Wilson and teenager Devin Brochu, "Hesher" features a father and son grieving over the recent death of their wife and mother, respectively, and the perversely philosophical, mayhem-inspiring metal head who appears in their house one day. Set to have its world premiere as part of the prestigious U.S. Dramatic Competition section of the Sundance Film Festival (which kicks off Thursday),...
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August 23, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Premium Rush," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon, is a lot like the ticking-clock thriller of "Speed," except instead of a big bus and a bigger bomb, there's a brakeless bike and a small envelope. Which actually doesn't sound like it would work at all as a tightly wound slice of street action, but it does, and in radically fresh ways. In a sense, the movie has its bomb in Shannon's dirty NYPD Det. Bobby Monday. He's a wired whack job with a gambling habit and rage issues.
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October 15, 2009 | Rebecca Ascher-Walsh REPORTING FROM NEW YORK
Natalie Portman perches on a stool at the counter of a vegan restaurant in downtown Manhattan, nibbling on a soy-cheese sandwich and minding her own business. The same cannot be said of her fellow patrons, two of whom grin smugly, imagining they go undetected snapping pictures of her -- still in full makeup from a photo shoot and wrapped in a trench coat -- with their cellphones. Hanging by the counter behind Portman is framed testimony of how often this occurs: A paparazzi shot of the 28-year-old pixie, who is holding a bottle of the restaurant's juice while her dog mistakes her leg for a fire hydrant.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2011 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
With a cast including Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson, "Hesher" rode a wave of anticipation into the Sundance Film Festival in January 2010. But when audiences actually got a look at the movie, the response was decidedly mixed, leaving some enthralled and others scratching their heads. The story of a boy and his father dealing with the death of the boy's mother and the arrival of an anarchic speed-metal enthusiast who wanders into their lives, "Hesher" is deliriously odd. Many who saw it at Sundance wondered: Is it a sad comedy or a rambunctious drama?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2011 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Joseph Gordon-Levitt isn't playing an uninvited guest so much as a manifestation of chaotic grief in "Hesher," told from the point of view of a 13-year-old boy (Devin Brochu) whose struggle to overcome the sudden death of his mother is upended by the imposed arrival of the titular character. Gordon-Levitt's long-haired, chain-smoking, often-shirtless metal-head squatter and his prankishly, profanely violent antics initially go unremarked on by young TJ's catatonic father (Rainn Wilson)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2010 | By Mark Olsen
A pair of illicit lovers, a bag of money and a slim hope for a new life -- these are some of the essential building blocks of crime fiction. They are also the backbone of the story in "The Square," an Australian-made film from brothers Nash and Joel Edgerton that is something of a self-conscious throwback to the post-"Reservoir Dogs" crime thrillers of the 1990s. Directed by Nash and co-written by Joel (with Matthew Dabner), the film tells the story of Ray (David Roberts), a middle-aged, married guy who begins an affair with a married woman (Claire van der Boom, currently in HBO's "The Pacific")
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2010 | By Mark Olsen
Starring Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "The Office's" Rainn Wilson and teenager Devin Brochu, "Hesher" features a father and son grieving over the recent death of their wife and mother, respectively, and the perversely philosophical, mayhem-inspiring metal head who appears in their house one day. Set to have its world premiere as part of the prestigious U.S. Dramatic Competition section of the Sundance Film Festival (which kicks off Thursday),...
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March 22, 2001 | HEIDI SIEGMUND CUDA
It's like, omigod! It's so hot out there right now, we got flames for shadows. OK, I know I'm not the only girl who loves Mark Mahoney's homeboy stance, but the famed Sunset Strip tattoo artist seems to be standing 10 feet taller these days 'cause his wife is due in June. . . . Speaking of proud papas, I got jiggy with actor Norman Reedus at Bar Marmont and discovered we've got something in common--neither of us has seen a movie in six years.
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August 22, 2010 | By Caroline Ryder, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Denim and rock 'n' roll go hand in hand, so it makes sense that indie rock goddess Jennifer Herrema would eventually come out with her own jeans collection, a series of patched-up, skinny-fit, shred-to-hell designs that blend two unlikely extremes: high-fashion and "hesher" culture (hesher being a slang term for music fans of the raggedy-haired, headbanger variety). Think Brigitte Bardot meets cult film "Heavy Metal Parking Lot," and you get the picture. Six feet tall, with heavy blond bangs, Mick Jagger pout and more often than not a cigarette hanging out of her mouth, Herrema is a Nico for our times, an underground rock icon blessed with supermodel stats.
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