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July 8, 2013 | By Susan King
Versatile character actor James Cromwell has always looked askance at authority. "There used to be a bumper sticker that said 'resist authority,'" said Cromwell, best known for his Oscar-nominated supporting turn in 1995's "Babe" as the taciturn farmer who teaches an adorable pig to herd sheep, although he's had memorable roles in such Oscar-winning films as "L.A. Confidential" and "The Artist" and landmark TV series "All in the Family" and "Six Feet Under. " "That has sort have been my byword," said Cromwell, 73, who added that his defiant attitude often got him into trouble in school.
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March 4, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Effusive praise is usually the order of the evening at gala awards ceremonies, but the news that James Cromwell will be the emcee March 15 when REDCAT and California Institute of the Arts confer their annual REDCAT Award on Herb Alpert raises certain questions. In his Oscar-nominated turn as the farmer in “Babe,” Cromwell may have set some kind of celluloid record for laconic expression, culminating in his closing encomium to the picture's titular wonder pig: “That'll do, pig. That'll do.” Only a beatific smile signaled this was praise, rather than, say, a warning to knock off the squealing.
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March 4, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Effusive praise is usually the order of the evening at gala awards ceremonies, but the news that James Cromwell will be the emcee March 15 when REDCAT and California Institute of the Arts confer their annual REDCAT Award on Herb Alpert raises certain questions. In his Oscar-nominated turn as the farmer in “Babe,” Cromwell may have set some kind of celluloid record for laconic expression, culminating in his closing encomium to the picture's titular wonder pig: “That'll do, pig. That'll do.” Only a beatific smile signaled this was praise, rather than, say, a warning to knock off the squealing.
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October 21, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
“William Wilson,” episode 43 of HBO's “Boardwalk Empire,” refers to an Edgar Allan Poe short story about a college student who in effect commits suicide by murdering his doppelganger. Analyzing the cautionary tale proves too much for freshman William Thompson (Ben Rosenfield). Guilt-stricken after accidentally killing a classmate and then letting an innocent person go to jail, Willie storms out of class. By turning his back on education and turning to gangster Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi)
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December 25, 1997 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For a guy who can see eye to eye with an NBA player, actor James Cromwell is not an imposing figure. Even at 6 feet, 7 inches, his gentle manner, soothing voice and caring smile put him more in line with Mr. Rogers than a power forward. These are qualities Cromwell brings to his latest film, "The Education of Little Tree," which opens today, and ones he alluded to in "Babe," the film that earned him an Academy Award nomination in 1996. But Cromwell is no one-note actor, as his role in "L.A.
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July 10, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Call it "Amour" on the farm or "Away From Her" with power tools, but either way, writer-director Michael McGowan's "Still Mine" offers a strong and dignified look at growing old while maintaining one's long-held convictions. The estimable James Cromwell splendidly anchors this tender, true-life tale of Craig Morrison, an elderly New Brunswick, Canada, farmer hellbent on personally building a new house for his Alzheimer's-afflicted wife despite scads of bureaucratic red tape threatening to shut him down.
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August 5, 2012 | By Robert Abele
Thrill-seeking one-percenters become mercenary underdogs in "Soldiers of Fortune," a loud, cynical whiz-bang-boom dud that barely serves as an appetizer for the type of grizzled-geriatrics mayhem we can expect from the upcoming "The Expendables 2. " Christian Slater plays a recently retired, down-on-his-luck special forces soldier recruited by an "extreme vacation" company to give wealthy adventurers makeshift special-ops training, only it's really...
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September 27, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The problem with ABC's perfectly dreadful new drama "Betrayal," well, OK, the main problem is that it takes itself too seriously. There is no shame in selling soap, as the highly-successful and Emmy-nominated "Scandal" has proven, but it does require a lightness of touch, an ability to acknowledge the camp factor without giving way to it. "Betrayal" enters instead with prestige-drama pretensions and quickly devolves into a lumbering form of...
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June 11, 2004 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
After a mysterious two-week disappearance, the body of Lisa (Lili Taylor), Nate Fisher's (Peter Krause) sweet, gentle, murderously passive-aggressive wife, washed ashore somewhere near Santa Barbara. The news, which came at the end of the final episode of "Six Feet Under" last June, broke the fever that had raged throughout much the third season. Thanks in part to Taylor's moony presence, the congenitally repressed Fisher family had plunged headlong into lunacy.
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July 10, 2013 | By John Horn
Two of the producers behind January's successful reboot of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” have snapped up the remake rights to George A. Romero's 1985 zombie classic, “Day of the Dead.” Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell, who produced “Texas Chainsaw 3D,” which grossed $34.3 million early this year, said they acquired the rights from James and Robert Dudelson, whose Taurus Entertainment produced an earlier "Day of the Dead" remake in...
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September 27, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The problem with ABC's perfectly dreadful new drama "Betrayal," well, OK, the main problem is that it takes itself too seriously. There is no shame in selling soap, as the highly-successful and Emmy-nominated "Scandal" has proven, but it does require a lightness of touch, an ability to acknowledge the camp factor without giving way to it. "Betrayal" enters instead with prestige-drama pretensions and quickly devolves into a lumbering form of...
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August 2, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
He's the creepster that made us do double-takes any time we came across a lampshade. Zachary Quinto, who spooked us as the spectacled psychiatrist/flesh-loving serial killer Bloody Face on "American Horror Story: Asylum" (not to mention as Sylar on "Heroes"), will join us for a live video chat today at 4 p.m. PDT. Eek ! Eek! Eek! Hide your faces! BUZZMETER: Emmy 2013 pundit's picks Quinto joined the second season of the FX anthology drama alongside Jessica Lange, James Cromwell and Lily Rabe.
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July 10, 2013 | By John Horn
Two of the producers behind January's successful reboot of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” have snapped up the remake rights to George A. Romero's 1985 zombie classic, “Day of the Dead.” Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell, who produced “Texas Chainsaw 3D,” which grossed $34.3 million early this year, said they acquired the rights from James and Robert Dudelson, whose Taurus Entertainment produced an earlier "Day of the Dead" remake in...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Call it "Amour" on the farm or "Away From Her" with power tools, but either way, writer-director Michael McGowan's "Still Mine" offers a strong and dignified look at growing old while maintaining one's long-held convictions. The estimable James Cromwell splendidly anchors this tender, true-life tale of Craig Morrison, an elderly New Brunswick, Canada, farmer hellbent on personally building a new house for his Alzheimer's-afflicted wife despite scads of bureaucratic red tape threatening to shut him down.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2013 | By Susan King
Versatile character actor James Cromwell has always looked askance at authority. "There used to be a bumper sticker that said 'resist authority,'" said Cromwell, best known for his Oscar-nominated supporting turn in 1995's "Babe" as the taciturn farmer who teaches an adorable pig to herd sheep, although he's had memorable roles in such Oscar-winning films as "L.A. Confidential" and "The Artist" and landmark TV series "All in the Family" and "Six Feet Under. " "That has sort have been my byword," said Cromwell, 73, who added that his defiant attitude often got him into trouble in school.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2012 | By Robert Abele
Thrill-seeking one-percenters become mercenary underdogs in "Soldiers of Fortune," a loud, cynical whiz-bang-boom dud that barely serves as an appetizer for the type of grizzled-geriatrics mayhem we can expect from the upcoming "The Expendables 2. " Christian Slater plays a recently retired, down-on-his-luck special forces soldier recruited by an "extreme vacation" company to give wealthy adventurers makeshift special-ops training, only it's really...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
He's the creepster that made us do double-takes any time we came across a lampshade. Zachary Quinto, who spooked us as the spectacled psychiatrist/flesh-loving serial killer Bloody Face on "American Horror Story: Asylum" (not to mention as Sylar on "Heroes"), will join us for a live video chat today at 4 p.m. PDT. Eek ! Eek! Eek! Hide your faces! BUZZMETER: Emmy 2013 pundit's picks Quinto joined the second season of the FX anthology drama alongside Jessica Lange, James Cromwell and Lily Rabe.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
“William Wilson,” episode 43 of HBO's “Boardwalk Empire,” refers to an Edgar Allan Poe short story about a college student who in effect commits suicide by murdering his doppelganger. Analyzing the cautionary tale proves too much for freshman William Thompson (Ben Rosenfield). Guilt-stricken after accidentally killing a classmate and then letting an innocent person go to jail, Willie storms out of class. By turning his back on education and turning to gangster Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi)
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May 9, 2007 | Patrick Day, Times Staff Writer
The lesson we can take away from Monday night's episode of "24" ("2 a.m.-3 a.m.") might be this: Ask long enough and eventually ye shall receive. Finally, after weeks of begging and whining on the part of "24" fans everywhere, the Powers That Be at the Fox series saw fit to give us the return of James Cromwell as Jack Bauer's dad.
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January 31, 2007 | Patrick Day, Times Staff Writer
As the cloud of radioactive dust dissipated over Simi Valley, and Season 6 of "24" headed into the lunch hour on Monday night's episode, one wondered why a nuclear bomb had gone off in a major U.S. city and everyone wasn't acting a little more freaked out. But logic aside, the potential of this season instantly became clear with the appearance of a single guest star: James Cromwell as Jack's dad.
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