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March 8, 1991 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just before the wild stunt climax in "The Hard Way," a film that revels in the farcical sparring between an ill-tempered New York cop and the pampered young actor he's been ordered to baby-sit, the movie star manages to mock Hollywood's screwy perceptions of reality and the entire action-film genre in one flurry of silly dialogue. "It's the third act," the spoiled actor, played by Michael J. Fox, tells James Woods, the angry cop, who's been stalking a maniacal killer.
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March 8, 1991 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just before the wild stunt climax in "The Hard Way," a film that revels in the farcical sparring between an ill-tempered New York cop and the pampered young actor he's been ordered to baby-sit, the movie star manages to mock Hollywood's screwy perceptions of reality and the entire action-film genre in one flurry of silly dialogue. "It's the third act," the spoiled actor, played by Michael J. Fox, tells James Woods, the angry cop, who's been stalking a maniacal killer.
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March 8, 1991 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Is Los Angeles the world's principality of palm trees, power lunches and media ephemera? Is New York a capital of culture loaded with wise guys, ethnic riches and mean, vibrantly sleazy streets? In "The Hard Way" (citywide), the moviemakers ram these two cliches together with a tongue-in-cheek vengeance. It's a buddy-buddy movie in which the two main characters--a nail-hard Manhattan homicide cop (James Woods as John Moss) and a winsomely cute action-movie Hollywood superstar (Michael J.
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March 8, 1991 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Is Los Angeles the world's principality of palm trees, power lunches and media ephemera? Is New York a capital of culture loaded with wise guys, ethnic riches and mean, vibrantly sleazy streets? In "The Hard Way" (citywide), the moviemakers ram these two cliches together with a tongue-in-cheek vengeance. It's a buddy-buddy movie in which the two main characters--a nail-hard Manhattan homicide cop (James Woods as John Moss) and a winsomely cute action-movie Hollywood superstar (Michael J.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 1990 | KARI GRANVILLE
A cop-buddy movie was not what producer Rob Cohen and his partner, director John Badham, had in mind in 1988, looking for their inaugural project as one of Hollywood's newest teams. The genre was overworked, they thought, and couldn't take much more spin beyond what it was then undergoing--stories about canines and cops ("K-9," "Turner and Hootch"). But there is always another twist, Cohen and Badham found, and they located it in a script called "The Hard Way."
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January 27, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez are starring in the Touchstone film "Stakeout," which begins filming in Vancouver next week. "Stakeout" will be directed by John Badham and is about two detectives who are ordered to stake out a woman's home after her one-time boyfriend escapes from prison. Things go awry when one of the detectives falls in love with her.
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June 16, 1985 | RODERICK MANN
The first time John Badham read the script he decided "no way." By now he's quite adept at turning stuff down, and with three smash hits out of six ("Saturday Night Fever," "WarGames" and "Blue Thunder"), he can afford to do it. Here was someone trying to sell him a story about bicycle racing in the United States. Bicycle racing! Please. Had he not already turned down "The Yellow Jersey," that oft-postponed movie about the Tour de France bike race that Dustin Hoffman is said to want to do?
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April 17, 1999 | DAVID CHUTE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the hands of director John Badham, "The Jack Bull" is a moral drama in genre drag, with an impressive physical sweep. A Canadian mountain vista, standing in for a swath of the American frontier, is referred to as "a church without a roof," and it lives up to the description.
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February 19, 1999
Nominees for the Directors Guild of America's outstanding directorial achievement in TV-movies award will speak at a Feb. 27 symposium at the DGA headquarters, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.
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September 2, 1990 | KARI GRANVILLE
A cop-buddy movie was not what producer Rob Cohen and his partner, director John Badham, had in mind in 1988, looking for their inaugural project as one of Hollywood's newest teams. The genre was overworked, they thought, and couldn't take much more spin beyond what it was then undergoing--stories about canines and cops ("K-9," "Turner and Hootch"). But there is always another twist, Cohen and Badham found, and they located it in a script called "The Hard Way."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez are starring in the Touchstone film "Stakeout," which begins filming in Vancouver next week. "Stakeout" will be directed by John Badham and is about two detectives who are ordered to stake out a woman's home after her one-time boyfriend escapes from prison. Things go awry when one of the detectives falls in love with her.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 1985 | RODERICK MANN
The first time John Badham read the script he decided "no way." By now he's quite adept at turning stuff down, and with three smash hits out of six ("Saturday Night Fever," "WarGames" and "Blue Thunder"), he can afford to do it. Here was someone trying to sell him a story about bicycle racing in the United States. Bicycle racing! Please. Had he not already turned down "The Yellow Jersey," that oft-postponed movie about the Tour de France bike race that Dustin Hoffman is said to want to do?
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September 8, 1996 | Peter Rainer
The best thing about this 1994 release are the stunt sky-divers who dive-bomb through the air at speeds of 200 mph. Director John Badham is smart enough to keep the stunt divers at the center of the action. And a good thing too: The script is so preposterously contrived and tone-deaf that any attempt to play it straight would be laughed off the screen. Wesley Snipes, picured with Yancy Butler, plays a U.S. marshal tracking down a team of extortionist stunt sky-divers (Cinemax Wednesday at 10 p.
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September 20, 2006
Oliver Stone, Neil LaBute, Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton are among the filmmakers who are scheduled to speak at Screenwriting Expo 5, a four-day conference about writing and selling scripts that is open to the public. The event, sponsored by Creative Screenwriting magazine, will be held Oct. 19-22 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott and Renaissance Montura hotels. Admission is $74.95. For registration and information, call (800) 727-6978 or go to www.screenwritingexpo.com.
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