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December 2, 2007 | Mark Salisbury, Special to The Times
As one half of the fatalistic couple at the tragic heart of "Atonement," director Joe Wright's adaptation of Ian McEwan's complex, decade-spanning novel, James McAvoy looks every inch the classic leading man -- even if McAvoy himself doesn't happen to agree. "I'm 5 foot 7, and I've got pasty white skin," he insists. "I don't think I'm ugly, don't get me wrong, but I'm not your classic lead man, Brad Pitt guy."
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July 25, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Ned Benson has had a pretty typical life toiling on the Hollywood assembly line. Relocating to Los Angeles after graduating from Columbia in 2001, the former English major and aspiring filmmaker placed a few scripts on the industry's coveted Black List and landed work-for-hire writing jobs with some respected producers.   But as he banged out scripts for others' conventional projects, he wondered whether there weren't a different kind of movie to be made.   Or, rather, he wondered whether there weren't a different kind of movies to be made.
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January 14, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
JAMES McAVOY doesn't look like a traditional movie star. He's not tall, dark or classically handsome. In fact, the 28-year-old Scotsman is rather slight and talks in a brogue so thick at times it makes you desperate for a translator. But the Glasgow native has that indefinable something that makes him eminently fascinating to watch on screen. With that kind of presence and his flurry of recent movies (six in the last two years), he's bound to soon become better known in this country.
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May 20, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Jennifer Lawrence returns as Mystique in "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and she's got a costumed photo to prove it. Director Bryan Singer is bringing new meaning to the phrase "behind the scenes," using social media to pique fan interest for his next film in the comic book franchise, due in theaters July 18, 2014. He's already showcased Halle Berry as weather-manipulating mutant Storm and shared teaser photos and videos of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan on the set. But now he seems to be targeting the new generation of fanboys and fangirls by bringing Lawrence into the mix. "First look: #JenniferLawrence as a vengeful #Mystique.
NEWS
December 4, 2007
James McAvoy: An article in Sunday's Calendar section about actor James McAvoy said he received an Oscar nomination this year for "The Last King of Scotland." He was not nominated.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2010
"The Last Station" is a paean to the enduring power of both love and that long list of irritations between couples who've spent a lifetime together. Newly Oscar-nominated Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren as writer Leo Tolstoy and wife Sofya create such an authentic sense of long-suffering affection that it's easy to imagine that life off-screen. But Tolstoy's estate is a bitter issue, with Sofya intent on leaving the rights to his works to their children and the writer planning on giving them to the Russian people.
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March 28, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Swathed in gunmetal blues and grays and motored by a deliriously heaving pulp sensibility, the British gangsters-and-cops thriller "Welcome to the Punch" is derivative, dumb fun. Writer-director Eran Creevy shows himself to be well versed in the mythic sweep of Christopher Nolan's and Michael Mann's crime sagas, if not their intelligence with storytelling. Plotted like a British conspiracy miniseries (think "State of Play") that's been reduced to only the juiciest, silliest moments, it pits James McAvoy's dogged, renegade detective against Mark Strong's brooding criminal mastermind, and eventually the two together against a greater threat with - naturally - political connections.
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December 10, 2009 | By Yvonne Villarreal >>>
Don't call her the new it girl. She'll fidget with her sleeves; the pressure makes her a bit squeamish. The new lit girl? She's OK with that. Saoirse (pronounced SIR-sha) Ronan burst onto the scene at 13 with her Academy Award-nominated performance in the cinematic adaptation of Ian McEwan's " Atonement." She played Briony in the period drama -- a child who meddles in her sister's love affair, causing devastating results -- and held her own opposite the film's lead actors, Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
"Rory O'Shea Was Here" is a shameless heart-tugger of considerable appeal that, like many movies that start off with much going for them, could have been so much better had its makers aimed higher.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Ned Benson has had a pretty typical life toiling on the Hollywood assembly line. Relocating to Los Angeles after graduating from Columbia in 2001, the former English major and aspiring filmmaker placed a few scripts on the industry's coveted Black List and landed work-for-hire writing jobs with some respected producers.   But as he banged out scripts for others' conventional projects, he wondered whether there weren't a different kind of movie to be made.   Or, rather, he wondered whether there weren't a different kind of movies to be made.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Don't look to be entranced by "Trance. " It starts out like a house afire, but by the time it's over we're the ones feeling burned. A slick heist tale with more twists than sense, this is one movie that ends up outsmarting itself. Both the good and the bad things in "Trance" are traceable to director Danny Boyle, who assembled the capable cast (James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson) and has long wanted to film this project. As co-written by Joe Ahearne (whose 2001 British TV movie was the basis for this production)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Swathed in gunmetal blues and grays and motored by a deliriously heaving pulp sensibility, the British gangsters-and-cops thriller "Welcome to the Punch" is derivative, dumb fun. Writer-director Eran Creevy shows himself to be well versed in the mythic sweep of Christopher Nolan's and Michael Mann's crime sagas, if not their intelligence with storytelling. Plotted like a British conspiracy miniseries (think "State of Play") that's been reduced to only the juiciest, silliest moments, it pits James McAvoy's dogged, renegade detective against Mark Strong's brooding criminal mastermind, and eventually the two together against a greater threat with - naturally - political connections.
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November 23, 2011 | By Michael Phillips, Tribune Newspapers critic
Five years ago the Bristol, England-based Aardman animation folks — who created the stop-motion legends Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep and therefore are eligible for sainthood — made the digitally animated British/American co-production "Flushed Away. " Jam-packed with peril, if not with charm, the film had both eyes on a crossover American audience that never materialized. Now comes happier news and a much better film. The company's second digitally animated feature, billed as "an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation," carries the name "Arthur Christmas.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2010
"The Last Station" is a paean to the enduring power of both love and that long list of irritations between couples who've spent a lifetime together. Newly Oscar-nominated Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren as writer Leo Tolstoy and wife Sofya create such an authentic sense of long-suffering affection that it's easy to imagine that life off-screen. But Tolstoy's estate is a bitter issue, with Sofya intent on leaving the rights to his works to their children and the writer planning on giving them to the Russian people.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2009 | By Yvonne Villarreal >>>
Don't call her the new it girl. She'll fidget with her sleeves; the pressure makes her a bit squeamish. The new lit girl? She's OK with that. Saoirse (pronounced SIR-sha) Ronan burst onto the scene at 13 with her Academy Award-nominated performance in the cinematic adaptation of Ian McEwan's " Atonement." She played Briony in the period drama -- a child who meddles in her sister's love affair, causing devastating results -- and held her own opposite the film's lead actors, Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2009
Where you've seen him At 30, James McAvoy has already laid a career path of enviable variety. He may be best known for appearances in the blockbusters "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" (as Mr. Tumnus, the fawn) and "Wanted" (with Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman). He has also appeared in prestige pictures such as "Atonement" (with Keira Knightley and Saoirse Ronan) and "The Last King of Scotland" (opposite Forest Whitaker). His first major exposure stateside came in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Jennifer Lawrence returns as Mystique in "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and she's got a costumed photo to prove it. Director Bryan Singer is bringing new meaning to the phrase "behind the scenes," using social media to pique fan interest for his next film in the comic book franchise, due in theaters July 18, 2014. He's already showcased Halle Berry as weather-manipulating mutant Storm and shared teaser photos and videos of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan on the set. But now he seems to be targeting the new generation of fanboys and fangirls by bringing Lawrence into the mix. "First look: #JenniferLawrence as a vengeful #Mystique.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2009 | By Michael Ordoña
James McAvoy had to wait a few years for "The Last Station" to come together before he could play Valentin Bulgakov, personal secretary to exalted Russian writer and philosopher Leo Tolstoy. But when it finally did, with Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy, Helen Mirren as his long-suffering wife and Paul Giamatti his chief acolyte, with a script McAvoy loved (adapted by director Michael Hoffman from Jay Parini's novel), the Scottish actor found it all something to sneeze at. His character has the distracting habit of sneezing violently when nervous.
MAGAZINE
February 3, 2008 | Ginny Chien
JAMES MCAVOY / 'Atonement' James McAvoy is having his Laurence Olivier moment--he's the handsome, romantic lead in the most romantic movie of the year, "Atonement." The film has already won the Golden Globe for best drama, but at a sad, hobbled ceremony the actor was nowhere near. It's a strange time for actors and writers, the kind of year in which they must consider all eventualities. Oscar nominations were not yet announced as this magazine went to press, nor was it known whether the Academy Awards ceremony would go on Feb. 24 as planned.
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