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January 31, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Even with Hollywood's magic touch, zombies may never beat out those seductively stylish vampires for a Vanity Fair cover, but something about the unfashionable undead makes them ripe for irony in the right hands - so many possibilities lurk behind those blank stares. The right hands at the moment seem to belong to Jonathan Levine. The writer-director certainly has a good grip on what to do with those cold souls in "Warm Bodies," a surprisingly sentimental mash-up starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich.
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October 9, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
USA Network may be the No. 1 basic-cable network for the seventh year running, but that doesn't mean it doesn't want to up it's game when it comes to original programming. On Wednesday USA announced that it had given the green light to three new drama pilots, including one from "Burn Notice" creator Matt Nix. "These pilots illustrate our continued commitment to creating the next evolution of powerful original dramas for which USA is well known," said Chris McCumber, the network's president, in a news release.
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June 2, 2013 | By Noel Murray
Warm Bodies Summit, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday For those with the stomach and patience for yet another zombie saga, writer-director Jonathan Levine's adaptation of Isaac Marion's novel offers a different take on the genre, with Nicholas Hoult playing a walking corpse with a sensitive side, who regains his humanity when he meets a pretty survivor played by Teresa Palmer. The movie was sold as a wacky spin on "Twilight" when it came out this year, but it's really more like a heartfelt indie dramedy, exploring both what it means to be "alive" and how it feels to be a young person in love.
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September 27, 2013 | Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Who would have thought one of the most amusing and oddly insightful romantic comedies would be built around the power and the potent pull of porn? Playing it straight out of New Jersey, that sweet-faced Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the hopeless romantic of "(500) Days of Summer," has pulled off the subversive, seductive fun of "Don Jon" in fine fashion - complete with guinea tee - starring in, writing and directing his first feature film. "The Don," or "Don Jon," is one Jon Martello Jr., a proudly single guy of Italian heritage whose ability to one-night-stand the most attractive female in the bar on any given night has made him a living legend.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
USA Network may be the No. 1 basic-cable network for the seventh year running, but that doesn't mean it doesn't want to up it's game when it comes to original programming. On Wednesday USA announced that it had given the green light to three new drama pilots, including one from "Burn Notice" creator Matt Nix. "These pilots illustrate our continued commitment to creating the next evolution of powerful original dramas for which USA is well known," said Chris McCumber, the network's president, in a news release.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2013 | Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Who would have thought one of the most amusing and oddly insightful romantic comedies would be built around the power and the potent pull of porn? Playing it straight out of New Jersey, that sweet-faced Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the hopeless romantic of "(500) Days of Summer," has pulled off the subversive, seductive fun of "Don Jon" in fine fashion - complete with guinea tee - starring in, writing and directing his first feature film. "The Don," or "Don Jon," is one Jon Martello Jr., a proudly single guy of Italian heritage whose ability to one-night-stand the most attractive female in the bar on any given night has made him a living legend.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2013 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Zombies are people too. Or they were, before they became the flesh-craving, brain-eating undead. The new film "Warm Bodies," opening Friday, is an unlikely hybrid of horror film and young adult romantic comedy that transforms a zombie apocalypse into a last stand for feelings. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Isaac Marion, adapted for the screen and directed by Jonathan Levine. Set in a future where many people have inexplicably turned to zombies, the story opens with a zombie narrator (Nicholas Hoult)
BUSINESS
December 29, 2000 | From Associated Press
Credit card giant Providian Financial Corp. disclosed Thursday a $105-million settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging that the lender duped customers into buying products and services they didn't want. The settlement covers millions of consumers who used Providian credit cards dating back to March 1995.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Still regarded as one of the finest theaters in Los Angeles, the Cinerama Dome will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an upcoming series of screenings and events. Designed by Welton Becket and Associates and completed in 1963, the structure was the world's first all-concrete geodesic dome, made from 316 interlocking panels. The theater itself features a screen 32 feet high and 86 feet wide. The anniversary series opens on Tuesday with a screening of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" with a Q&A before the movie with its director, Steven Spielberg.
NEWS
December 9, 1996 | From Associated Press
A volunteer during the Afghan civil war, a Harvard student who worked in South African black townships and a water polo-playing physicist are among 32 Americans named as 1997's Rhodes scholars. "I feel incredibly honored," Kweli Ebon Washington said Sunday from Boston. Washington, who went to Harvard from Berkeley, Calif., is an anthropology and social studies major who is a writer and editor for two campus publications.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2013 | By Noel Murray
Warm Bodies Summit, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday For those with the stomach and patience for yet another zombie saga, writer-director Jonathan Levine's adaptation of Isaac Marion's novel offers a different take on the genre, with Nicholas Hoult playing a walking corpse with a sensitive side, who regains his humanity when he meets a pretty survivor played by Teresa Palmer. The movie was sold as a wacky spin on "Twilight" when it came out this year, but it's really more like a heartfelt indie dramedy, exploring both what it means to be "alive" and how it feels to be a young person in love.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2013 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Zombies are people too. Or they were, before they became the flesh-craving, brain-eating undead. The new film "Warm Bodies," opening Friday, is an unlikely hybrid of horror film and young adult romantic comedy that transforms a zombie apocalypse into a last stand for feelings. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Isaac Marion, adapted for the screen and directed by Jonathan Levine. Set in a future where many people have inexplicably turned to zombies, the story opens with a zombie narrator (Nicholas Hoult)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Even with Hollywood's magic touch, zombies may never beat out those seductively stylish vampires for a Vanity Fair cover, but something about the unfashionable undead makes them ripe for irony in the right hands - so many possibilities lurk behind those blank stares. The right hands at the moment seem to belong to Jonathan Levine. The writer-director certainly has a good grip on what to do with those cold souls in "Warm Bodies," a surprisingly sentimental mash-up starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2012 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"50/50" Summit, $26.99; Blu-ray, $30.49 The title of the dramedy refers to the odds of survival faced by young public-radio producer Adam Learner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) after he's diagnosed with cancer. Adam tries to lean on a therapist (Anna Kendrick) and his best friend (Seth Rogen) for support, but because they're all from a generation trained to respond to situations with aloofness, timidity and/or snark, they're unprepared for potential tragedy. Will Reiser's script — based on his own experiences — is a little too shaggy, and director Jonathan Levine doesn't help matters by letting his cast improvise so freely.
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July 3, 2008 | Jan Stuart, Special to The Times
Luke Shapiro, the depressed high school grad at the center of "The Wackness," labors to be more than just your average white homeboy in 1994 New York City. Occasionally he succeeds. He drops the hip-hop qualifier "mad" (read: very) into every third remark, peddles drugs from an Italian ices cart to second-generation flower children in Central Park and trades dope with his psychiatrist in exchange for bonus therapy minutes.
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