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March 31, 2006 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
No relation to the wacky 1973 James Caan-Peter Boyle-Sally Kellerman laugher of the same title, "Slither" is an uproarious hybrid horror-comedy about a small town visited by a rapidly evolving, unearthly organism that gives new meaning to the phrase "divide and conquer." Written and directed by James Gunn, a veteran of Lloyd Kaufman's Troma Entertainment, the film is an affectionate shout-out to low-budget 1980s gore-fests.
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March 31, 2006 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
No relation to the wacky 1973 James Caan-Peter Boyle-Sally Kellerman laugher of the same title, "Slither" is an uproarious hybrid horror-comedy about a small town visited by a rapidly evolving, unearthly organism that gives new meaning to the phrase "divide and conquer." Written and directed by James Gunn, a veteran of Lloyd Kaufman's Troma Entertainment, the film is an affectionate shout-out to low-budget 1980s gore-fests.
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L istings and commentary for Week 2 of the American Film Institute Film Festival of Los Angeles, which runs through March 26: TODAY "With All Hands" (France, 1986, 12:30 p.m.). Yet another Gallic translation from American pulp literature that misses the mark by a wide margin. Author James Gunn's mystery (more fortuitously filmed in 1947 by Robert Wise as "Born to Kill") centers on a homicidal gigolo who marries a rich heiress and then begins to eye her attractive half sister.
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August 20, 2012 | By Gina McIntyre
The apparent suicide of filmmaker Tony Scott sparked a number of Hollywood collaborators and admirers to take to Twitter on Sunday night to express their grief over the death of the director of such movies as "Top Gun. " Scott, brother of Ridley Scott, jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, according to Los Angeles police. Scott was known primarily as a director of sleek, stylish action films, with a resume that included "Days of Thunder," "True Romance," "Enemy of the State" and more recently a remake of the 1974 film "The Taking of Pelham 123. " His most recent directorial effort was "Unstoppable"with Denzel Washington.
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June 14, 2002 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The movie version of "Scooby-Doo" has been hanging like a threat over the happy childhood memories of my funky '70s TV-watching habits. Like so much other pop-culture--"Star Wars," "Josie and the Pussycats," "Rocky & Bullwinkle"--would the cool crime solvers with the groovy van be ruined when Hollywood revisited them? Would a look inside the Mystery Machine reveal nothing but an ugly conversion van? I'm afraid so.
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August 27, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A team of astronomers says it has discovered a quasar that is the most distant object known in the visible universe. The quasar is believed to be about 12.1 billion light-years away, 40 million light-years farther away than the previous record-holder. One light-year equals 5.88 trillion miles, the distance light travels in one year. Astronomers Donald P. Schneider of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., Maarten Schmidt of Caltech in Pasadena, Calif., and James E.
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March 26, 2004 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Last summer's "Scooby-Doo," a live-action feature derived from the animated TV series, found the Mystery Inc. gang solving supernatural goings-on that plagued the Spooky Island theme park outside their hometown, Coolsville, U.S.A. At the opening of "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed," the Coolsonian Criminology Museum is honoring the Mystery gang -- Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.
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February 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The first trailer for Marvel's upcoming cosmic adventure "Guardians of the Galaxy," based on the comic book of the same name, has been released, and you might say it's full of unusual suspects. Amid clips of zooming spaceships, heavily armed humanoids and exotic alien worlds, the trailer introduces  Chris Pratt as the antihero Star-Lord, né Peter Quill, who steals a mysterious orb and finds himself at odds with the intergalactic villain Ronan (Lee Pace). Quill then teams up with a motley crew of alien outlaws to survive and save the universe.
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November 20, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Scientists have discovered the most distant object seen so far in the universe, a quasar that is about 14 billion light-years away. Using the Palomar Observatory in northern San Diego County, scientists from Caltech, Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton detected the quasar in the direction of the constellation Ursa Major just below the bowl of the Big Dipper.
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March 19, 2004 | Manohla Dargis, Times Staff Writer
Good zombie fun, the remake of George A. Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" is the best proof in ages that cannibalizing old material sometimes works fiendishly well. The story opens with a hush in a Milwaukee hospital as an emergency-room nurse (Sarah Polley) wearily moves through her final hour at work. Too exhausted to notice the casualties flooding into the ward, Ana returns home to her last untroubled sleep, only to wake to the nightmare vision of a child ripping a man's throat out with its teeth.
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September 22, 2000 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Specials" is an unfortunate name for a film that's anything but. It's all talk and no action in the most literal sense, yet its title refers to a team of superhumans dedicated to putting their unusual powers in the service of doing good deeds in the tradition of Superman. Alas, they are always coming in second in comparison to other such teams.
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