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August 22, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
With his "Dallas Buyers Club" starring Matthew McConaughey as an AIDS patient already among the most highly anticipated films of the fall festival season, director Jean-Marc Vallee looks to already be lining up his next project. He will helm an adaptation of the bestselling memoir "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. As had been previously reported , Reese Witherspoon is set to star in and produce the film for Fox Searchlight. The script is being handled by Nick Hornby, author of "High Fidelity" and "About a Boy" and Oscar-nominated for his adaptation of "An Education.
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August 22, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
With his "Dallas Buyers Club" starring Matthew McConaughey as an AIDS patient already among the most highly anticipated films of the fall festival season, director Jean-Marc Vallee looks to already be lining up his next project. He will helm an adaptation of the bestselling memoir "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. As had been previously reported , Reese Witherspoon is set to star in and produce the film for Fox Searchlight. The script is being handled by Nick Hornby, author of "High Fidelity" and "About a Boy" and Oscar-nominated for his adaptation of "An Education.
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April 21, 2008 | Susan King
Life for an independent filmmaker -- especially a first-time writer-director -- isn't easy. Jeff Nichols knows that all too well. Nichols' feature directorial debut, "Shotgun Stories," is a stark, Eugene O'Neill-esque tale set in southeastern Arkansas about a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers after their father dies. Nichols, who was born in Arkansas and now lives in Austin, Texas, finished principal photography on the film in late 2004. Only now is it opening, on Friday.
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August 4, 2013 | By Noel Murray
Mud Lionsgate, $19.98; Blu-ray, $24.99 Available on VOD beginning Aug. 6 One of the best pieces of news of this movie year has been the quiet box office success of writer-director Jeff Nichols' coming-of-age drama, starring Matthew McConaughey as a fugitive criminal who enlists two teenage boys to help him fix up a boat so he can escape with his troublemaking childhood sweetheart (Reese Witherspoon). Like Nichols' "Shotgun Stories" and "Take Shelter," "Mud" is about the stress of family obligations and the quirks of lives lived well outside the big city.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2013 | By Noel Murray
Mud Lionsgate, $19.98; Blu-ray, $24.99 Available on VOD beginning Aug. 6 One of the best pieces of news of this movie year has been the quiet box office success of writer-director Jeff Nichols' coming-of-age drama, starring Matthew McConaughey as a fugitive criminal who enlists two teenage boys to help him fix up a boat so he can escape with his troublemaking childhood sweetheart (Reese Witherspoon). Like Nichols' "Shotgun Stories" and "Take Shelter," "Mud" is about the stress of family obligations and the quirks of lives lived well outside the big city.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
The Cannes Film Festival is making a statement at this year's gathering: We still really like Americans. The main competition will feature four directors from the U.S. -- Alexander Payne (“Nebraska”) Joel and Ethan Coen (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), James Gray (“The Immigrant”) and Steven Soderbergh (“Behind the Candelabra”) -- equaling last year's strong total of North American helmers in competition. In addition, new movies from U.S. filmmakers James Franco, Sofia Coppola, James Toback and J.C. Chandor will play in other sections.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
You might not expect to find a glorious, uninhabited island in the middle of the Mississippi River. And even if you did, you probably wouldn't expect to find an unkempt and unsmiling Matthew McConaughey hiding out on it. That such a thing feels credible in the new film "Mud" is a testament to the skill of young Austin, Texas-based director Jeff Nichols, whose new coming-of-age adventure is rich with geographic specificity yet concerned with...
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April 25, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Do you love her?" Wistful and hoping for a yes, the rough-hewn Arkansas boy who asks that question can't quite hold the gaze of the stranger, but his voice is insistent. The question comes early in "Mud" and will haunt the 14-year-old and the movie until the final frame. The answer - to what loving means, to how urgent it feels the first time, to how easily it can slip away, like the Mississippi River that runs through this tale - is wily and willful. MOVIE REVIEWS: Latest reviews from The Times The movie itself, filled with miscreants, mysteries, a scandalous hero named Mud and a couple of boys as headstrong as Huck Finn, is one of the most creatively rich and emotionally rewarding movies to come along this year.
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April 25, 2008 | Michael Ordona, Special to The Times
"Shotgun Stories," which traces three very different brothers whose bond is tested by a vengeful eruption with another family, is an understated gem. Writer-director Jeff Nichols, making his feature debut, has created a richly textured world. The air is palpably heavy; the film flows at a calm, rural Arkansas pace. In one scene, the camera captures a quietly ominous conversation as a cloud passes under the sun. The fine detail of the setting could be achieved only by a native, which Nichols is.
NEWS
December 15, 2011 | By Randee Dawn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Writing doesn't happen just like that. Except when it does. Either way, writers have to be prepared for all eventualities, and that means having the right space, the right instruments and the right mind-set to get down to business. Here, we speak with four original screenplay contenders about where their latest script idea came from, and how they first create their space (whether an office, a noisy coffeehouse or an RV) before they create that next prize-bait screenplay. Thomas McCarthy ("Win Win")
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
You might not expect to find a glorious, uninhabited island in the middle of the Mississippi River. And even if you did, you probably wouldn't expect to find an unkempt and unsmiling Matthew McConaughey hiding out on it. That such a thing feels credible in the new film "Mud" is a testament to the skill of young Austin, Texas-based director Jeff Nichols, whose new coming-of-age adventure is rich with geographic specificity yet concerned with...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Do you love her?" Wistful and hoping for a yes, the rough-hewn Arkansas boy who asks that question can't quite hold the gaze of the stranger, but his voice is insistent. The question comes early in "Mud" and will haunt the 14-year-old and the movie until the final frame. The answer - to what loving means, to how urgent it feels the first time, to how easily it can slip away, like the Mississippi River that runs through this tale - is wily and willful. MOVIE REVIEWS: Latest reviews from The Times The movie itself, filled with miscreants, mysteries, a scandalous hero named Mud and a couple of boys as headstrong as Huck Finn, is one of the most creatively rich and emotionally rewarding movies to come along this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
The Cannes Film Festival is making a statement at this year's gathering: We still really like Americans. The main competition will feature four directors from the U.S. -- Alexander Payne (“Nebraska”) Joel and Ethan Coen (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), James Gray (“The Immigrant”) and Steven Soderbergh (“Behind the Candelabra”) -- equaling last year's strong total of North American helmers in competition. In addition, new movies from U.S. filmmakers James Franco, Sofia Coppola, James Toback and J.C. Chandor will play in other sections.
NEWS
December 15, 2011 | By Randee Dawn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Writing doesn't happen just like that. Except when it does. Either way, writers have to be prepared for all eventualities, and that means having the right space, the right instruments and the right mind-set to get down to business. Here, we speak with four original screenplay contenders about where their latest script idea came from, and how they first create their space (whether an office, a noisy coffeehouse or an RV) before they create that next prize-bait screenplay. Thomas McCarthy ("Win Win")
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2008 | Michael Ordona, Special to The Times
"Shotgun Stories," which traces three very different brothers whose bond is tested by a vengeful eruption with another family, is an understated gem. Writer-director Jeff Nichols, making his feature debut, has created a richly textured world. The air is palpably heavy; the film flows at a calm, rural Arkansas pace. In one scene, the camera captures a quietly ominous conversation as a cloud passes under the sun. The fine detail of the setting could be achieved only by a native, which Nichols is.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2008 | Susan King
Life for an independent filmmaker -- especially a first-time writer-director -- isn't easy. Jeff Nichols knows that all too well. Nichols' feature directorial debut, "Shotgun Stories," is a stark, Eugene O'Neill-esque tale set in southeastern Arkansas about a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers after their father dies. Nichols, who was born in Arkansas and now lives in Austin, Texas, finished principal photography on the film in late 2004. Only now is it opening, on Friday.
SPORTS
April 3, 1994
Amy Palmer of Laguna Niguel placed first at the U.S. Diving Zone Championship, qualifying for the U.S. Indoor Diving National Championship in Minneapolis April 19-23. Mission Viejo's Caroline Kelly finished fourth and also qualified for nationals. Jeff Nichols of Laguna Hills was second in the men's division.
SPORTS
May 10, 1991
Jeff Nichols of Laguna Hills High School placed third at the Southern Section 2-A Diving Championships Thursday at Rancho Simi Community Park in Simi Valley. Nichols' score of 381.60 was third behind Matt Dahl of Calabasas (432.60) and Toby Reclusado of Walnut (422.05).
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