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September 5, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
"Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" is full of sass and sentiment, managing to be both raunchy and sweet-natured. It fits David Spade like a glove, as well it should since he and fellow "Saturday Night Live" alumnus Fred Wolf wrote the script. With Sam Weisman's sharp-edged direction, this sleek and sunny comedy is an all-too-rare example of smart and inventive Hollywood filmmaking. Roberts is only 35 but a has-been, once a top TV child star now parking cars at Morton's.
June 1, 2005 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
I hope this doesn't come across as hopelessly girly, but sometimes a teen is more than just a teen. Sometimes, she's a unique opportunity for synergistic emotional branding across a broad spectrum of media platforms. Written by Delia Ephron and Elizabeth Chandler, and directed by Ken Kwapis, "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" is based on a successful book series by 'tween author Ann Brashares, former co-president and editor of a leading teen "concepting" company.
November 26, 2003 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
What's missing, gone, vanished almost (but not quite) without a trace from "The Missing" is the Ron Howard most of America has come to know and love. The master sentimentalist has made a dark, menacing film, a lean and disturbing western with some modern subtexts that goes where no Ron Howard film has gone before. A change like that doesn't come without expert assistance, and Howard got it from his two stars, Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett.
The small blond girl peeks out from her upstairs bedroom, anxious about the clamor downstairs where her parents are hosting a boisterous party populated with swingers. Soon after she retreats to her bed, her door slowly opens, and she gazes at a stranger. Hours later, police are investigating her disappearance.
February 7, 2014 | By Meg James
Nickelodeon's new cartoon was hatched not through traditional television channels but in a Studio City efficiency apartment nicknamed the "Doodle Chamber. " The 41/2 -minute cartoon about two feisty, accident-prone ducks was intended to be a one-off, a little film crafted to entertain fellow animators at a short-film festival held at a New York bar. But in the hurly-burly world of children's television, network executives are desperate to find that next big hit. When animator Gary Di Raffaele, who goes by the name Gary Doodles, got an inquiry from a Nickelodeon executive about his duck cartoon, which he had posted on YouTube: "I thought it was spam," Di Raffaele said.
November 9, 2003 | Editor -- Kinsey Lowe; Capsules -- Richard Cromelin and Kevin Crust
Friday Anything for Love Musical romance IDP/Samuel Goldwyn With: Isabel Rose, Cameron Bancroft, Andrew McCarthy, Eartha Kitt The idea: Woman whose reality doesn't live up to her dreams must choose between life with or without music. Writers: Robert Cary, Rose Director: Cary * So? Provocatively quaint. Bobby G. Can't Swim Drama Gabriel Film Group With: John-Luke Montias, Susan Mitchell, Vincent Vega The idea: Small-time drug dealer overreaches, plunging into a dark journey of redemption.
May 8, 2005
May 13 Brothers Drama IFC Films With: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Connie Nielsen, Ulrich Thomsen The idea: A Danish soldier and family man welcomes back his ex-con sibling before being deployed to Afghanistan. Writer: Anders Thomas Jensen Director: Susanne Bier * So? Wounds of war, Dogme style A Hole in One Drama Beach Hill Films With: Michelle Williams, Meat Loaf Aday, Bill Raymond The idea: A young woman considers a transorbital lobotomy to solve her problems in 1953.
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