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August 9, 1998 | Steve Hochman
Jesse Peretz once played bass in the Lemonheads. Now he's directed his first feature, "First Love, Last Rites," a low-budget indie from a story by English writer Ian McEwan. In between, Peretz, 30, has paid the bills doing music videos (the Foo Fighters' Mentos ad spoof, "Big Me"), the cabdriver spots for MTV, and commercials. He's now working on a script about a singer obsessed with '50s French chanteuse Francoise Hardy.
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August 21, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
For the last five years, Jesse Peretz has been in director jail. While he didn't actually sit behind steel bars, he was exiled, he said, to a place where "the phone doesn't ring a lot" after the 2006 release of "The Ex," a romantic comedy he directed starring Zach Braff that earned scathing reviews and grossed only $3.1 million at the domestic box office. "Let's just say it wasn't a great experience. I wasn't really happy with how the movie ended up," said Peretz, referring to the film's marketing and release, handled by hard-charging studio head Harvey Weinstein.
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August 21, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
For the last five years, Jesse Peretz has been in director jail. While he didn't actually sit behind steel bars, he was exiled, he said, to a place where "the phone doesn't ring a lot" after the 2006 release of "The Ex," a romantic comedy he directed starring Zach Braff that earned scathing reviews and grossed only $3.1 million at the domestic box office. "Let's just say it wasn't a great experience. I wasn't really happy with how the movie ended up," said Peretz, referring to the film's marketing and release, handled by hard-charging studio head Harvey Weinstein.
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August 29, 2002 | ANDRE CHAUTARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When writer-director Jesse Peretz was an undergraduate at Harvard, he was living what he calls a "total male fantasy," touring the world as bass player for the Lemonheads between semesters. Then, just before the band signed to a major label, Peretz quit the group to pursue his passion for filmmaking. "It just seemed so much better to me to be a P.A. on a McDonald's commercial than to be on a rock tour in Europe, as crazy as that may sound," he says of being a production assistant.
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August 29, 2002 | ANDRE CHAUTARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When writer-director Jesse Peretz was an undergraduate at Harvard, he was living what he calls a "total male fantasy," touring the world as bass player for the Lemonheads between semesters. Then, just before the band signed to a major label, Peretz quit the group to pursue his passion for filmmaking. "It just seemed so much better to me to be a P.A. on a McDonald's commercial than to be on a rock tour in Europe, as crazy as that may sound," he says of being a production assistant.
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August 23, 2002 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With "The Chateau," writer-director Jesse Peretz comes up with enough fresh twists to the ugly American vs. surly French confrontation to sustain this delightfully bittersweet culture-clash comedy. If what's funny is frequently hilarious, then what's nasty truly stings, and the film is honest enough not to tie up everything with a ribbon. Everyone by the end emerges wiser, though not necessarily friends.
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August 7, 1998 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jesse Peretz's "First Love, Last Rites" takes us into the Louisiana bayou country southwest of New Orleans. The setting is ravishing visually, with watery vistas and swamps with trees dripping with Spanish moss. The small fishing community in which its story takes place, however, is remarkably nondescript; it's a place where ordinary people live ordinary lives. Too ordinary.
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January 3, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Although she's the daughter of the late Natalie Wood and screenwriter Richard Gregson and stepdaughter of actor Robert Wagner, Natasha Gregson Wagner, 28, doesn't view acting as her birthright. Instead, it's a passion she's pursuing in indie roles, including that of a junkie in Larry Clark's "Another Day in Paradise" with James Woods and Melanie Griffith. LATE BLOOMER: "As a child it was absolutely not an option to even consider acting.
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May 11, 2007 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
A completely forgettable comedy starring Zach Braff and Amanda Peet, "The Ex" takes a mix of tired scenarios and combines them in a way that makes the nearly 90 minutes feel much longer. Time stands still as the various subgenres get run through the ringer for the umpteenth time by screenwriters David Guion and Michael Handelman and director Jesse Peretz. Braff and Peet play Tom Reilly and Sofia Kowalski, a Manhattan couple about to have their first baby.
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August 26, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
You can thank Paul Rudd for the natural high that keeps "Our Idiot Brother" floating along so amusingly. This amiable, if underachieving comedy, is about just how much the truth hurts. First cut is the idiot brother — that would be Rudd's organic-farming, dope-smoking, not-a-care-in-the-world Ned. Soon nursing bruises are his three overachieving sisters, an eclectic bunch nicely wound into a frenzy by Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel. Things get underway at a rural farmers market with a classic no-good-deed-goes-unpunished moment.
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August 23, 2002 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With "The Chateau," writer-director Jesse Peretz comes up with enough fresh twists to the ugly American vs. surly French confrontation to sustain this delightfully bittersweet culture-clash comedy. If what's funny is frequently hilarious, then what's nasty truly stings, and the film is honest enough not to tie up everything with a ribbon. Everyone by the end emerges wiser, though not necessarily friends.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 1998 | Steve Hochman
Jesse Peretz once played bass in the Lemonheads. Now he's directed his first feature, "First Love, Last Rites," a low-budget indie from a story by English writer Ian McEwan. In between, Peretz, 30, has paid the bills doing music videos (the Foo Fighters' Mentos ad spoof, "Big Me"), the cabdriver spots for MTV, and commercials. He's now working on a script about a singer obsessed with '50s French chanteuse Francoise Hardy.
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August 27, 1989 | CRAIG LEE
Band: The Lemonheads. Personnel: Evan Dando, guitar, vocals; Jesse (JPJ) Peretz, bass; Corey Loog Brennan, guitar; Mark Newman, drums. History: Boston schoolmates Dando, Peretz and Ben Deily formed the Lemonheads in 1986. After a few months the group released an independent EP, "Laughing All the Way to the Cleaners," gained underground radio exposure and added drummer Doug Trachten. The group released its debut album, "Hate Your Friends," on the independent Taang! label in June, 1987.
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July 18, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Lena Dunham was en route to Silvercup Studios in Queens when she found out she'd been nominated -- twice -- for her work on the HBO comedy "Girls. " The 27-year-old phenom scored nods Thursday morning for both her performance as Hannah Horvath, the aimless Brooklynite she plays on the series, and for directing one of the season's most infamous episodes, "On All Fours. " We talked to her about what's ahead for Hannah, her love of network TV (especially "Scandal") and her real-life run-in with a Q-Tip.
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