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June 11, 2011 | By Patrick Pacheco, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Reporting from New York — Just before his death, Frank Malone felt compelled to summon his grandson Jez Butterworth to the garden of the family house in Wiltshire, England, and pour out the accumulated wisdom of his years. He told him to never stop writing, to roll with the punches, to laugh at himself and the world, and left him with the coda that ".... girls, my boy, are wondrous … No man ever lay in his coffin wishing he'd made love to one less woman. " "I must've been all of 8," Butterworth says with a laugh nearly three decades later.
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June 11, 2011 | By Patrick Pacheco, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Reporting from New York — Just before his death, Frank Malone felt compelled to summon his grandson Jez Butterworth to the garden of the family house in Wiltshire, England, and pour out the accumulated wisdom of his years. He told him to never stop writing, to roll with the punches, to laugh at himself and the world, and left him with the coda that ".... girls, my boy, are wondrous … No man ever lay in his coffin wishing he'd made love to one less woman. " "I must've been all of 8," Butterworth says with a laugh nearly three decades later.
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February 2, 2002 | ELLEN BASKIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Despite the dire fiscal straits of many dot-coms these days, it still often seems that nearly anything your heart may desire is just a keystroke or two away on the Internet. But an e-mail-order bride? "In Europe, this is actually a common phenomenon," says writer-director Jez Butterworth. "Everybody knows somebody who knows somebody who's done it." In "Birthday Girl," which opened Friday, that somebody is mild-mannered English bank clerk John Buckingham (Ben Chaplin).
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2002
Nicole Kidman took on something a little different in "Birthday Girl." Her performance as a tempestuous Russian mail-order bride is the centerpiece of this black comedy directed and co-written by Jez Butterworth. It's available in video stores today.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2002
Nicole Kidman took on something a little different in "Birthday Girl." Her performance as a tempestuous Russian mail-order bride is the centerpiece of this black comedy directed and co-written by Jez Butterworth. It's available in video stores today.
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July 26, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Rupert Grint, best known for playing ginger-haired wizard Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" films, will make his stage debut as a pill-popping thug. Producers announced Friday that Grint will join the cast of Jez Butterworth's "Mojo," opening at London's West End later this year. Ben Whishaw, Daniel Mays and "Downton Abbey's" Brendan Coyle round out the cast in the revival about London's underbelly in 1950s. Ian Rickson, who helmed the "Mojo" original 1995 production at the Royal Court Theatre, will direct.
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February 1, 2002 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
"Birthday Girl" is something rather different, both for star Nicole Kidman and for us. It's an adventurous, unsettling, heedlessly implausible film, equal parts comedy, romance, excitement and raw emotion. In a fierce black farce, "Birthday Girl's" remixing of traditional genre elements tells you from frame one that a distinctive film sensibility is at work.
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January 27, 2002
Movies Dissatisfied bachelor Ben Chaplin, above left, orders up a Russian bride over the Internet, only to discover Nicole Kidman carries more baggage than he bargained for in the thriller "Birthday Girl." British playwright Jez Butterworth directed. Opens Friday. Theater "Side Show," the cult musical by Bill Russell and composer Henry Krieger, is based on the true story of beautiful, talented twin sisters--joined at the hip--who became the toast of Vaudeville during the Depression.
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February 28, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Johnny Depp will next be seen in Disney's "The Lone Ranger" this summer but after that it looks like he's giving popcorn flicks a rest. The Oscar-nominated actor, who became a giant movie star when he first stole the show as Jack Sparrow in 2003's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," announced Wednesday that he was committing to two new movies this year that are decidedly different than his most recent work. First up is Wally Phister's directorial debut "Transcendence," a hush-hush project being shuttled through Warner Bros.
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November 5, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Fair Game" is an unintentionally perplexing film. Strongly written about a potent and still-relevant subject, smartly directed by Doug Liman and forcefully acted by Naomi Watts, Sean Penn and a carefully selected supporting cast, it seems to be doing everything right but still doesn't manage to leave you with a completely satisfied feeling. Certainly, "Fair Game's" subject matter is inherently dramatic. It relates the ripped-from-the-headlines story of Valerie Plame (Watts), a covert CIA officer who found her cover blown and her professional life destroyed by "the most powerful men in the history of the world.
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February 2, 2002 | ELLEN BASKIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Despite the dire fiscal straits of many dot-coms these days, it still often seems that nearly anything your heart may desire is just a keystroke or two away on the Internet. But an e-mail-order bride? "In Europe, this is actually a common phenomenon," says writer-director Jez Butterworth. "Everybody knows somebody who knows somebody who's done it." In "Birthday Girl," which opened Friday, that somebody is mild-mannered English bank clerk John Buckingham (Ben Chaplin).
NEWS
January 31, 2002
8pm Dance Founded in 1974, Ailey II is a 12-dancer ensemble that not only tours in places that have never seen the larger Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, but also develops its own repertory. In Malibu, the company is dancing a suite of Ailey excerpts (highlights of "Blues Suite," "Streams," "Hidden Rites," "Isba" and "Escapades"), plus three works created since the turn of the century.
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June 12, 2011 | By Sherry Stern, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
"The Book of Mormon," the irreverent musical comedy about two mismatched Mormon missionaries from the creators of "South Park," was named best musical at the 2011 American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards on Sunday night at the Beacon Theatre in New York. The Broadway hit won nine awards. Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez won two Tonys each, for the book and for the music and lyrics. Parker and Casey Nicholaw won for direction of a musical. Other "Mormon" winners were Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus for orchestration, Brian MacDevitt for lighting design of a musical, Brian Ronan for sound design of a musical and Scott Pask for scenic design of a musical.
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