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July 28, 2011 | Steven Zeitchik
Steve Carell didn't mind the slapping. But the man-kissing was too much. During filming for his new movie "Crazy, Stupid, Love," a romantic dramedy about a father attempting to remake himself after his marriage hits the skids, Carell found himself on the receiving end of some surprise high jinks from costar Ryan Gosling. Like smacking. And smooching. When Gosling improvised a scene by administering a strike across the face, Carell didn't break. "All I wanted was for him to hit me harder and harder," the actor said.
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July 29, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Crazy, Stupid, Love" is one from the heart and one for the heart. This grand romantic gesture about grand romantic gestures conjures up the bittersweet magic of first loves, lasting loves, lost loves and all the loves in between. It may well restore your faith in the very possibility of love, to say nothing of romantic comedies. The sprawling cast that keeps hearts — theirs and yours — pitter-pattering is made up of a strong central core comprised of Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Jonah Bobo and Analeigh Tipton.
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May 1, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Screenwriter Dan Fogelman has the kind of Hollywood story that could make a struggling scribe jump off a very tall building. Working his first Hollywood job some 12 years ago writing TV show blurbs for TV Guide Network, the New Jersey native wrote his first script in his spare time — a coming-of-age story centered around a bar mitzvah. "I thought there might be some agents who were Jewish who would like it," Fogelman says, laughing. "It worked. " Though it was never produced, the screenplay earned Fogelman a manager and an agent, both of whom still oversee his career.
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July 28, 2011 | Steven Zeitchik
Steve Carell didn't mind the slapping. But the man-kissing was too much. During filming for his new movie "Crazy, Stupid, Love," a romantic dramedy about a father attempting to remake himself after his marriage hits the skids, Carell found himself on the receiving end of some surprise high jinks from costar Ryan Gosling. Like smacking. And smooching. When Gosling improvised a scene by administering a strike across the face, Carell didn't break. "All I wanted was for him to hit me harder and harder," the actor said.
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July 29, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Crazy, Stupid, Love" is one from the heart and one for the heart. This grand romantic gesture about grand romantic gestures conjures up the bittersweet magic of first loves, lasting loves, lost loves and all the loves in between. It may well restore your faith in the very possibility of love, to say nothing of romantic comedies. The sprawling cast that keeps hearts — theirs and yours — pitter-pattering is made up of a strong central core comprised of Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Jonah Bobo and Analeigh Tipton.
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January 18, 2009 | Rachel Abramowitz
Make no mistake: "I Love You Phillip Morris" is no "Brokeback Mountain." Sure, both are high-profile films that tell the story of two men sincerely in love. "Brokeback Mountain" came from Oscar-winner Ang Lee, well known for his finely etched studies of repressed human beings.
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May 8, 2005
Now known as "the 'Bad Santa' guys," writers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra have been working together since the late '80s, including a stint writing cartoons for the Nickelodeon network. Their work on the remake of "The Bad News Bears" unites the two strands of their career: one writing family-friendly fare such as "Cats & Dogs" and the other writing much bawdier, more subversive scripts such as the notoriously foul-mouthed "Bad Santa."
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December 17, 2009 | By Steven Zeitchik
"The Office" and "30 Rock" are tying the knot. Again. Steve Carell and Tina Fey, the stars of the two NBC shows who also play an on-screen pair in the upcoming movie "Date Night," may be planning yet another cinematic hook-up. They're attached to play an unlikely couple in a new romantic comedy called "Mail-Order Groom." The film is written by Robert Carlock and Scott Silveri based on an idea that they created with Jeff Richmond, a co-executive producer on "30 Rock" with Carlock.
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January 8, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
Committing to the genre after years of fits and starts, Warner Bros. on Monday said it will produce one animated movie per year beginning in 2014. Every other major studio in Hollywood has established an animation strategy in the past few years, with some such as 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures and Walt Disney Studios making the movies in-house and others like Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures relying on outside companies with which it makes deals. While animated franchises like "Toy Story," "Ice Age" and "Despicable Me" have been among the industry's most profitable, Warner's approach has been more cautious.
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July 4, 2001 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
So much work went into "Cats & Dogs," and there's so little to show for it. A very resistible movie made from what sounds like an irresistible premise, it proves one more time that it's easier to make animals talk than give them anything interesting to say. Animals do more than converse in "Cats & Dogs." They engage in a nearly human range of activity as well as James Bond-type stunt work.
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May 1, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Screenwriter Dan Fogelman has the kind of Hollywood story that could make a struggling scribe jump off a very tall building. Working his first Hollywood job some 12 years ago writing TV show blurbs for TV Guide Network, the New Jersey native wrote his first script in his spare time — a coming-of-age story centered around a bar mitzvah. "I thought there might be some agents who were Jewish who would like it," Fogelman says, laughing. "It worked. " Though it was never produced, the screenplay earned Fogelman a manager and an agent, both of whom still oversee his career.
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January 18, 2009 | Rachel Abramowitz
Make no mistake: "I Love You Phillip Morris" is no "Brokeback Mountain." Sure, both are high-profile films that tell the story of two men sincerely in love. "Brokeback Mountain" came from Oscar-winner Ang Lee, well known for his finely etched studies of repressed human beings.
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January 5, 2011 | Susan King
A few surprises made their way into the Writers Guild of America awards nominations Tuesday morning, which included nods for a surreal film about dreams, a comedy- drama about a modern-day family and a drama about the birth of an online social network. Nominations for original screenplay went to the psychological thriller "Black Swan" (screenplay by Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin, story by Heinz); boxing biopic "The Fighter" (screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson, story by Keith Dorrington & Tamasy & Johnson)
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November 26, 2003 | Manohla Dargis, Times Staff Writer
"Bad Santa" is a Christmas movie that Lenny Bruce could love. A comedy about a full-time cynic who works as a part-time department store Santa, this is a superb stink bomb of an entertainment, generously larded with jokes about alcoholics, short people, dim children and the kind of sexual congress that until recently was illegal in nine states. If the film were sent out as a screener, I wouldn't ship it off to the relatives -- I would fire it up again on Dec.
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