June 9, 2011
BOOKS Whatever idea you have about reading groups — that they're a bunch of fusty librarian-types sitting around, talking about the interior lives of Jane Austen characters — you can probably throw away when it comes to Jeff Garlin. The rotund funny man from "Curb Your Enthusiasm" leads his own group at Book Soup, which will meet Friday to discuss Tim O'Brien's "Tomcat in Love," a tale of an irascible fellow who can't decide between winning back his ex-wife and seducing every new woman he meets.
February 6, 2003 |
The polka music goes down, the lights come up and Jeff Garlin, comedian, executive producer and co-star of HBO's hit series "Curb Your Enthusiasm," takes the stage. He's got plenty to talk about, but first he wants to take care of some business. "I'm thinking of moving this show to Friday nights at 10," he tells the audience. It's a Sunday night and the crowd sits quietly. This is a stand-up comedy show and they're just here to listen, right?
July 5, 2009 |
Knowing Summit, $26.99; Blu-ray, $34.99 There's a substantial amount of "not this again" weighing down the sci-fi thriller "Knowing," which stars Nicolas Cage as a divorced, reluctant prophet of doom with a son who talks to spirits. Although the dialogue's overheated and the tone heavy-handed, "Knowing's" thoughtful depiction of how one man reacts to a coming apocalypse is lovely to look at and even haunting at times. Just try not to think about how much of it you've seen before.
July 17, 2013 |
Like Adam Sandler, writer/director/comedian Jeff Garlin makes movies merely to hang out with his funny friends and a camera - and, like Sandler, he barely bothers to create a character for himself. In "Dealin' With Idiots," co-written with Peter Murrieta, the father and filmmaker plays a father and filmmaker who wants to make a movie about his son's baseball team. This isn't actually a movie about kiddie sports - it's a movie about Garlin interviewing the other parents and players to see if there's an interesting movie to be made at all. Answer: There isn't.
September 13, 2007 |
Jeff Garlin is a seriously funny guy, both as Larry David's agent and friend Jeff Greene on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and as a veteran stand-up comic in the storytelling tradition of Woody Allen and Shelley Berman. But the 45-year-old Garlin is also pretty serious about his latest role as a filmmaker. "In terms of the movies I want to make, I'm only interested that they have pathos and humanity in them," he says. "There are plenty of people making cynical movies. There are tons of them.
January 19, 2014 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- Megan, a young woman about to move on to the next chapter in her life, makes some borderline decisions in "Laggies. " Played by Keira Knightley in a Sundance Film Festival feature from director Lynn Shelton, Megan isn't sure she's ready to get married, isn't sure what she wants to do for a career, and isn't sure what she really thinks of a single man she meets (played by Sam Rockwell). In an ensemble that includes Chloe Grace Moretz and Kaitlyn Dever as high school students, Mark Webber as Megan's boyfriend and Jeff Garlin as Megan's father, "Laggies" (a high school nickname for somebody who's lagging behind)