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September 16, 2010
MOVIES The American Cinematheque offers three nights of thrills and chills with "Escape Artist: A Tribute to John Carpenter," a series of double features. The acclaimed filmmaker will appear in person to discuss his work during Friday's bill of "Escape From New York" and "Escape From L.A. " Saturday continues with "They Live" and "Big Trouble in Little China," and Sunday wraps with "The Thing" and "Halloween. " Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. $11 per night.
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July 8, 2011 | By Robert Abele
The return of John Carpenter to feature filmmaking after a 10-year absence should be cause for shivery rejoicing, but "The Ward" is bland shock therapy from the guy who reinvented bloody peek-a-boo with the classic "Halloween. " All the elements seemed to be in place for another one of his claustrophobically sublime and ridiculous portraits of siege mentality, a la "Assault on Precinct 13" and "The Thing. " But this '60s-era tale set in a Victorian-designed mental institution — in which young Tippi Hedren-blond amnesiac Kristen (Amber Heard)
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 2010 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
John Carpenter needed a break. It was 2001, and his latest film, the outer space thriller "Ghosts of Mars," had just flopped — at the box office and with critics. Creatively stymied and just plain exhausted by Hollywood and the moviemaking process, the director decided it was time to step away from the camera. "I'd always sworn to myself when it stopped being fun I'd stop, and it stopped," Carpenter said over a recent lunch of pasta and Winstons in Beverly Hills. "I was really burned out. And it doesn't help when your movie tanks.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 2011
The Southland's traditional May gray has nothing on the pitch-black darkness of Weekend of Horrors, a fan convention celebrating all things gruesome and gory. The program features workshops, panels, screenings, a tattoo exhibition, an art show, a zombie walk and more. Headlining guests include filmmaker John Carpenter, actors Asia Argento and Robert Englund, and makeup whiz Tom Savini. Los Angeles Airport Marriott, 5855 W. Century Blvd., L.A. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. $20-$199.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 2011
The Southland's traditional May gray has nothing on the pitch-black darkness of Weekend of Horrors, a fan convention celebrating all things gruesome and gory. The program features workshops, panels, screenings, a tattoo exhibition, an art show, a zombie walk and more. Headlining guests include filmmaker John Carpenter, actors Asia Argento and Robert Englund, and makeup whiz Tom Savini. Los Angeles Airport Marriott, 5855 W. Century Blvd., L.A. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. $20-$199.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2006 | Larry McShane, Associated Press
The toughest part about making a truly frightening film, according to director John Carpenter, is keeping a straight face. "The movies that are the most fun are horror movies -- you laugh a lot, they're fun," says Carpenter, who should know -- his resume of terror includes classics "Halloween" with Jamie Lee Curtis, "The Fog" with ex-wife Adrienne Barbeau and "Vampires" with James Woods.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 1996 | STEVEN SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Carpenter loves L.A. . . . really. "I've been here for 26 years--it's the cutting-edge of America," says the gaunt, gray-haired director of "Escape From L.A." "We're what America is going to be like. We're multicultural, we try our best to get along the best we can, and we're poised over the edge of the apocalypse." The City of Angels plunges past that edge straight into hell in Carpenter's just-released $50-million sci-fi satire.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 1996 | Patrick Goldstein, Patrick Goldstein is an occasional contributor to Calendar
It's cold and damp, just the sort of night where most movie stars would stay cozied up in their trailers. But tonight one of the stuntmen is doing a daredevil motorcycle jump and Kurt Russell--something of a cycle nut himself--wouldn't miss it for the world. "This guy's really a hot rod," says Russell, pointing to the cyclist. "He knows his bikes. You can bet this gag's going to be really good." In movie parlance, gags are stunts and there are plenty in "John Carpenter's Escape From L.A.
NEWS
August 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
Investigators on Thursday identified Jonathon David Bruce as the assailant who broke into a farmhouse, terrorized five children who were home alone and stabbed two of them to death with a pitchfork before he was shot to death by deputies. Three girls, including one who was bleeding from puncture wounds, escaped through windows during the Wednesday attack and called 911. "It's such a shock," the children's teary-eyed father, John Carpenter, said Thursday. "You keep pinching yourself.
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January 1, 1989 | Pat H. Broeske \f7
Meanwhile, Black, now a creaky 27, is wrapping work on "Shadow Company," which he'll co-produce. A horror film set in 'Nam ("a cross between 'Platoon' and 'The Exorcist,' " said a serious Black), it will be directed by John Carpenter. Walter Hill is exec producing. "And this time," said Black, "I get to be grim."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2010
MOVIES The American Cinematheque offers three nights of thrills and chills with "Escape Artist: A Tribute to John Carpenter," a series of double features. The acclaimed filmmaker will appear in person to discuss his work during Friday's bill of "Escape From New York" and "Escape From L.A. " Saturday continues with "They Live" and "Big Trouble in Little China," and Sunday wraps with "The Thing" and "Halloween. " Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. $11 per night.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 2010 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
John Carpenter needed a break. It was 2001, and his latest film, the outer space thriller "Ghosts of Mars," had just flopped — at the box office and with critics. Creatively stymied and just plain exhausted by Hollywood and the moviemaking process, the director decided it was time to step away from the camera. "I'd always sworn to myself when it stopped being fun I'd stop, and it stopped," Carpenter said over a recent lunch of pasta and Winstons in Beverly Hills. "I was really burned out. And it doesn't help when your movie tanks.
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December 19, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Dan O'Bannon, the acclaimed science fiction/horror film screenwriter who was best known for writing the blockbuster hit "Alien" and who also directed and wrote the zombie fest "The Return of the Living Dead," has died. He was 63. O'Bannon, whose credits include co-writing "Blue Thunder" and "Total Recall," died Thursday at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica after losing his 30-year battle with Crohn's disease, said his wife, Diane. His career began with the low-budget 1974 sci-fi film "Dark Star," a dark comedy directed by John Carpenter that began as a USC student project and was co-written by O'Bannon and Carpenter from their original story.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2009 | Dennis Lim
John Carpenter, who has not directed a feature film since "Ghosts of Mars" in 2001, seems to recede further into the margins of American pop culture with each passing year. Even in the more productive phases of his career, he was damned with faint praise, as a B-movie or horror specialist who never matched the promise of his breakthrough film, the slasher landmark "Halloween." This was not lost on Carpenter, who supposedly once observed that while he's considered an auteur in Europe, "in the U.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2007 | Choire Sicha, Special to The Times
KURT RUSSELL, the leading man in films as varied as "Escape From New York," "Silkwood" and "Dreamer," was in Austin last week for the Texas premiere of "Grindhouse." The 56-year-old stars in Quentin Tarantino's slasher half of the double feature, whose zombie half is directed by Robert Rodriguez. * You're getting ready for a premiere right now. What designer gown are you wearing? I'm just getting ready to go! As is often so, something Western. Uh, designer boots?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2006 | Larry McShane, Associated Press
The toughest part about making a truly frightening film, according to director John Carpenter, is keeping a straight face. "The movies that are the most fun are horror movies -- you laugh a lot, they're fun," says Carpenter, who should know -- his resume of terror includes classics "Halloween" with Jamie Lee Curtis, "The Fog" with ex-wife Adrienne Barbeau and "Vampires" with James Woods.
NEWS
October 26, 1997 | Kevin Thomas
With this sleek and scary 1995 remake of the 1960 classic thriller of the same name, John Carpenter takes us to a beautiful Northern California coastal community. Just as we're beginning to envy the laid-back quality of life in this beautiful and picturesque village, we're stupefied to witness in an instant its every living creature losing consciousness and dropping in their tracks (ABC Thursday at 8 p.m.).
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2005
The horror film "The Fog," starring Tom Welling, Maggie Grace, Rade Sherbedgia and DeRay Davis, also opens today in general release. Because Sony Pictures did not make the movie available for advance screenings, the review will appear in Monday's Calendar.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
In Don Coscarelli's "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road," a seemingly defenseless woman gets to practice her survival skills against a serial killer. In Mick Garris' "Chocolate," a man experiences life through the eyes of a mysterious lady. And in Joe Dante's "Homecoming," deceased U.S. soldiers in Iraq rise from the grave to vote out the politicians who sent them there.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2005 | Christy Lemire, Associated Press
Studios routinely skip advance screenings of movies deemed risky or pointless to show critics, but "The Fog" needn't have been one of them. Yes, the fog itself looks pretty cheesy, as do the zombie-like mariners who inhabit it in their century-old quest for revenge. And the script from Cooper Layne contains your typical horror-flick lines that overstate the obvious, like: "That guy gives me the creeps," and, "Nick, ever since I came home, horrible things have been happening."
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