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October 13, 2000 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
An unlikely combination of "West Wing" and the National Enquirer, "The Contender" is the type of trashy but watchable political melodrama we don't get much of anymore. Ripped from today's headlines with a veneer of social consciousness thrown in free of charge, it's bombastic, pulpy and way contrived. But it does move right along and it's enlivened by stronger, more enjoyable acting than this kind of picture usually provides.
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January 15, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
Rhode Island, pay attention: Your favorite film is apparently "Hachi: A Dog's Tale. " A map posted on Reddit earlier this week charts the most popular film set in each state, and some results are surprising, especially for the nation's smallest state. Based on a true story, "Hachi" debuted in 2009, starring Richard Gere and Joan Allen. It follows a college professor who adopts an abandoned dog with a penchant for waiting at train stations. The map was compiled using ratings on the Internet Movie Database and "Hachi " received an 8.2 out of 10. But it doesn't exactly have the same blockbuster status as “Dumb and Dumber,” which also takes place in Rhode Island.
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NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
Rhode Island, pay attention: Your favorite film is apparently "Hachi: A Dog's Tale. " A map posted on Reddit earlier this week charts the most popular film set in each state, and some results are surprising, especially for the nation's smallest state. Based on a true story, "Hachi" debuted in 2009, starring Richard Gere and Joan Allen. It follows a college professor who adopts an abandoned dog with a penchant for waiting at train stations. The map was compiled using ratings on the Internet Movie Database and "Hachi " received an 8.2 out of 10. But it doesn't exactly have the same blockbuster status as “Dumb and Dumber,” which also takes place in Rhode Island.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2008 | Kevin Thomas, Special to The Times
Although "Bonneville" is not as sturdy a vehicle for its stars -- Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Joan Allen -- as the 1966 red convertible that gives this gentle but slight film its title, it is nevertheless strong enough to allow these splendid actresses to provide a pleasant ride for viewers, mature audiences especially. Directed by Christopher N. Rowley, who co-wrote with Daniel D.
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July 15, 2001 | JOHN CLARK, John Clark is a New York-based freelance writer
"No one knows the real story of the great King Arthur of Camelot," intones a woman gliding in a boat across a mist-shrouded lake. "Most of what you think you know about Camelot, Guinevere, and Lancelot and the evil sorceress known as Morgaine le Fay is nothing but lies." She should know.
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March 15, 2005 | Lisa Rosen, Special to The Times
Take the Wife, please. It's the predominant role for actresses, often after graduating from the Girlfriend. Whether dutiful, long-suffering, repressed, untrue or wretched, the woman behind the lead is often a role of few dimensions. Joan Allen has long transcended that thankless job, infusing her gallery of wives -- in movies as diverse as "Nixon" (1995) and "The Ice Storm" (1997) -- with such honesty and subtlety as to make everyone grateful.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 1991 | SUSAN KING
Tony Award-winner Joan Allen is one of the few actresses to work with both of the fabulous Bridges boys. She starred opposite Jeff in the 1988 film "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" and now appears with Beau in HBO's drama "Without Warning: The James Brady Story," airing Sunday, about the near-fatal shooting of President Reagan's press secretary and his long and painful recovery. Allen plays Brady's wife, Sarah. "I think Jeff is a little wilder," explains the soft-spoken actress.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2008 | Kevin Thomas, Special to The Times
Although "Bonneville" is not as sturdy a vehicle for its stars -- Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Joan Allen -- as the 1966 red convertible that gives this gentle but slight film its title, it is nevertheless strong enough to allow these splendid actresses to provide a pleasant ride for viewers, mature audiences especially. Directed by Christopher N. Rowley, who co-wrote with Daniel D.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2000 | ELLEN BASKIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the new film "The Contender," Sen. Laine Hanson (Joan Allen) is selected by President Jackson Evans (Jeff Bridges) to become vice president after the man holding that office dies. That's when her troubles start. Her confirmation is seriously threatened by sexual allegations that Hanson refuses to address, claiming that her personal life is no one's business but her own. "It was fun to play somebody who was so sure of herself and even willing to lose it all," Allen says of the role.
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December 17, 1995 | Laurie Werner, Laurie Werner, a writer based in New York, is an occasional contributor to Calendar
Joan Allen is one of those actresses that audiences have seen without realizing they've seen. She doesn't have movie star looks or a marquee name and she disappears into every part so thoroughly that only those in the business know how good she is. That may all change, however, on Wednesday when Oliver Stone's newest political epic, "Nixon," opens.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2005 | Lisa Rosen, Special to The Times
Take the Wife, please. It's the predominant role for actresses, often after graduating from the Girlfriend. Whether dutiful, long-suffering, repressed, untrue or wretched, the woman behind the lead is often a role of few dimensions. Joan Allen has long transcended that thankless job, infusing her gallery of wives -- in movies as diverse as "Nixon" (1995) and "The Ice Storm" (1997) -- with such honesty and subtlety as to make everyone grateful.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2001 | JOHN CLARK, John Clark is a New York-based freelance writer
"No one knows the real story of the great King Arthur of Camelot," intones a woman gliding in a boat across a mist-shrouded lake. "Most of what you think you know about Camelot, Guinevere, and Lancelot and the evil sorceress known as Morgaine le Fay is nothing but lies." She should know.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2000 | ELLEN BASKIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the new film "The Contender," Sen. Laine Hanson (Joan Allen) is selected by President Jackson Evans (Jeff Bridges) to become vice president after the man holding that office dies. That's when her troubles start. Her confirmation is seriously threatened by sexual allegations that Hanson refuses to address, claiming that her personal life is no one's business but her own. "It was fun to play somebody who was so sure of herself and even willing to lose it all," Allen says of the role.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2000 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
An unlikely combination of "West Wing" and the National Enquirer, "The Contender" is the type of trashy but watchable political melodrama we don't get much of anymore. Ripped from today's headlines with a veneer of social consciousness thrown in free of charge, it's bombastic, pulpy and way contrived. But it does move right along and it's enlivened by stronger, more enjoyable acting than this kind of picture usually provides.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 1995 | Laurie Werner, Laurie Werner, a writer based in New York, is an occasional contributor to Calendar
Joan Allen is one of those actresses that audiences have seen without realizing they've seen. She doesn't have movie star looks or a marquee name and she disappears into every part so thoroughly that only those in the business know how good she is. That may all change, however, on Wednesday when Oliver Stone's newest political epic, "Nixon," opens.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 1991 | SUSAN KING
Tony Award-winner Joan Allen is one of the few actresses to work with both of the fabulous Bridges boys. She starred opposite Jeff in the 1988 film "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" and now appears with Beau in HBO's drama "Without Warning: The James Brady Story," airing Sunday, about the near-fatal shooting of President Reagan's press secretary and his long and painful recovery. Allen plays Brady's wife, Sarah. "I think Jeff is a little wilder," explains the soft-spoken actress.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2008 | Lee Margulies
After presenting a TV movie about famed fashion designer Coco Chanel in September, Lifetime Television said Thursday it was embarking on another biographical film: "Georgia O'Keeffe." The drama will chronicle "the turbulent, 20-year love affair between celebrated artist Georgia O'Keeffe and photographer Alfred Stieglitz," the cable channel said. The movie, intended for telecast next fall, will star Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons. Bob Balaban will direct from a script by Michael Cristofer.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 1999
Warren Beatty, Danny DeVito, Garry Marshall, Rhea Perlman, Neil Simon, Stephen Sondheim, James Burrows, Jon Landau and Gina Gershon are among those scheduled to attend a benefit performance of Tina Landau's "Space" today at the Mark Taper Forum. The performance will be followed by dinner and a reception at Cafe Pinot. Proceeds will benefit Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, which includes ensemble members such as Gary Sinise, John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, Joan Allen and John Mahoney.
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