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January 1, 2009 | Michael Ordona
The story didn't start at last year's observance of National Holocaust Memorial Day in Liverpool, England, but it did provide a key moment. There was Jason Isaacs with, as he called them, "the great and the good; ministers, archbishops" and the like, a local hero taking part in the presentation. Organizers apologized profusely that this famous actor should have to share a dressing room. Isaacs shrugged it off, hoping he'd "get someone fun to hang out with."
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December 19, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan
An unusually strong year with numerous candidates combined with a draconian ukase mandating that choices fit in Twitter format (O brave new world!) have led me to a number of extreme stratagems. First, I am limiting my 10-best list to English-language films. Foreign-language standouts will be treated separately, and documentaries will be similarly served at a later date. Second, my 10-best list will have 11 films on it. Everyone will just have to live with that. One personal tradition I am hewing to is that, with the exception of the No. 1 film, I will rank my choices alphabetically rather than by preference.
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April 8, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
On NBC's psychological procedural "Awake," Jason Isaacs plays a man moving between two realities. In one: His son is alive, but his wife is dead. In the other: His wife is alive, but his son is dead. Which reality is a dream is up for debate. Not up for debate, however, are Isaacs' own dreams. "I would never share that," he said gently on a recent weekday over the ambient noise at a crowded Venice restaurant. "I learned years ago that you have to rope some things off. " Then again, the 48-year-old actor claims to be an insomniac.
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April 8, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
On NBC's psychological procedural "Awake," Jason Isaacs plays a man moving between two realities. In one: His son is alive, but his wife is dead. In the other: His wife is alive, but his son is dead. Which reality is a dream is up for debate. Not up for debate, however, are Isaacs' own dreams. "I would never share that," he said gently on a recent weekday over the ambient noise at a crowded Venice restaurant. "I learned years ago that you have to rope some things off. " Then again, the 48-year-old actor claims to be an insomniac.
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February 19, 2007 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
At last, Jason Isaacs gets to wear a suit. Best known to U.S. audiences in various villainous, frightening and brutal roles ("The Patriot," "Harry Potter," "Brotherhood"), the actor leads a multinational cast in "The State Within," a complex political thriller on BBC America. His character, the British ambassador to the U.S., who is caught up in an all-too-believable international crisis, is almost as complicated as the plot of the three-part miniseries.
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August 18, 2003 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Jason Isaacs probably became an actor "because I like not being me. I guess I come from that European tradition of acting. It's a theatrical tradition of wanting, at least aspiring, to be a chameleon," he says. "I don't even really want to recognize myself." At least in his Hollywood movies, the British actor, 40, has managed to reinvent himself for each role.
SPORTS
May 27, 1989 | SAM FARMER, Times Staff Writer
Not one to buck a trend, Bud Murray, Hart High's baseball coach, recently followed the lead of his players and had a "30"--his uniform number--carved into the back of his neatly cropped coiffure. Vanity be damned--these are the Southern Section playoffs. And that's an attitude the Hart pitching staff seems to share with its coach. The Indians used four pitchers--one of which was pulled, re-entered and pulled again--to topple top-seeded Buena, 10-7, in a 4-A Division quarterfinal game Friday at Hart.
NEWS
May 25, 1989 | Sean Waters
A Ventura County film festival that features previously unreleased home movies is drawing national attention. In these films, quarterbacks Johnel Turner of Oxnard, Jason Isaacs of Buena and Tim Gutierrez of Santa Clara receive top billing--and they're earning rave reviews. It's the beginning of the recruiting season and college football scouts are driving to high schools for special screenings of last year's game films. In May, scouts are allowed to contact coaches. However, NCAA rules prohibit them from talking to potential recruits.
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December 19, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan
An unusually strong year with numerous candidates combined with a draconian ukase mandating that choices fit in Twitter format (O brave new world!) have led me to a number of extreme stratagems. First, I am limiting my 10-best list to English-language films. Foreign-language standouts will be treated separately, and documentaries will be similarly served at a later date. Second, my 10-best list will have 11 films on it. Everyone will just have to live with that. One personal tradition I am hewing to is that, with the exception of the No. 1 film, I will rank my choices alphabetically rather than by preference.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Awake,"whose first hour has been available online since mid-February, finally makes its television premiere Thursday on NBC. I have been waiting for this moment since last summer, since the pilot first went out to the press. Notwithstanding a certain stylistic chilliness and my sense of it having been pitched on the back of"Inception," it promised to be one of the year's best and most interesting new series. Having seen four episodes now, I'd say the promise has been largely kept. Jason Isaacs, a soulfully aging actor whom hundreds of millions know as Lucius Malfoy in the "Harry Potter" movies but whom I tend to think of as the star of Showtime's excellent and insufficiently celebrated "Brotherhood," plays Michael Britten, a police detective who has survived a car crash that has and has not killed his wife, Hannah (Laura Allen)
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October 15, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
If for no other reason than that you get to spend six hours with Jason Isaacs, I am going to recommend "Case Histories," the latest British import to take up residence under the banner of "Masterpiece Mystery" Sunday on PBS. It is not the only reason to recommend it, but it is by itself sufficient; indeed, it overwhelms any small arguments in its disfavor. Most people who know Isaacs' work will have seen him in a long blond wig as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies — and that is many more people, certainly, than saw him in Showtime's great "Brotherhood" (2006-08)
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January 1, 2009 | Michael Ordona
The story didn't start at last year's observance of National Holocaust Memorial Day in Liverpool, England, but it did provide a key moment. There was Jason Isaacs with, as he called them, "the great and the good; ministers, archbishops" and the like, a local hero taking part in the presentation. Organizers apologized profusely that this famous actor should have to share a dressing room. Isaacs shrugged it off, hoping he'd "get someone fun to hang out with."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2007 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
At last, Jason Isaacs gets to wear a suit. Best known to U.S. audiences in various villainous, frightening and brutal roles ("The Patriot," "Harry Potter," "Brotherhood"), the actor leads a multinational cast in "The State Within," a complex political thriller on BBC America. His character, the British ambassador to the U.S., who is caught up in an all-too-believable international crisis, is almost as complicated as the plot of the three-part miniseries.
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December 28, 2003 | Susan King
Rachel HURD-WOOD seems like a typical 13-year-old. She loves to shop, especially in a big department store in New York, though she simply can't remember the name of it. She enjoys ice skating, canoeing and hanging in with her friends. And Hurd-Wood is attached to her tube of pink lip gloss as if it were an extra finger. But what sets her apart from most girls her age -- besides a flawless peaches-and-cream complexion most women would kill for -- is that she's starring in one of the big Christmas movies, "Peter Pan."
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August 18, 2003 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Jason Isaacs probably became an actor "because I like not being me. I guess I come from that European tradition of acting. It's a theatrical tradition of wanting, at least aspiring, to be a chameleon," he says. "I don't even really want to recognize myself." At least in his Hollywood movies, the British actor, 40, has managed to reinvent himself for each role.
NEWS
May 4, 1989 | STEVE HENSON, Times Staff Writer
Superstition and baseball go together like soda pop and potato chips. At least they do if you play for Buena High. The Bulldogs have played 18 consecutive games without a loss and have clinched their first Channel League title since 1981, winning each time after lunching on junk food. Make that junk food lite. Eating anything more than a bag of chips, the Bulldogs believe, would be as disastrous as hanging a curveball with the bases loaded. "Early in the season the guys were loading up on carbohydrates during lunch, but they said they felt sluggish," Coach Stan Hedegard said.
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December 28, 2003 | Susan King
Rachel HURD-WOOD seems like a typical 13-year-old. She loves to shop, especially in a big department store in New York, though she simply can't remember the name of it. She enjoys ice skating, canoeing and hanging in with her friends. And Hurd-Wood is attached to her tube of pink lip gloss as if it were an extra finger. But what sets her apart from most girls her age -- besides a flawless peaches-and-cream complexion most women would kill for -- is that she's starring in one of the big Christmas movies, "Peter Pan."
NEWS
November 23, 1989 | SEAN WATERS
When he led Buena High on a length-of-the-field scoring drive earlier this season to beat Oxnard in the final seconds, quarterback Jason Isaacs earned the nickname, "Jason 99." Now Isaacs will have to pull off another last-minute stunt to continue his football career through the college ranks. Call him Jason Come Lately.
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