December 26, 2012 |
It featured Jack Black as a murderous mortician, Matthew McConaughey as a straight-talking lawyer and a whole lot of amusing small-town locals. And though "Bernie" did decently enough at the box office - it hung in there for 21 weeks and $9 million - the film deserved a lot more recognition than it received, according to our survey of readers. Richard Linklater's fact-based homage to his native Texas is the winner of The Times' annual most under-appreciated film poll, drawing more than 31% of the overall vote.
March 3, 2014 |
Easy and effortless looks ruled the red carpet at Sunday's Academy Awards. Maybe it was the rainy weather that had actresses abandoning a potentially runny smoky eye or sticky up-do shellacked with hair spray in favor of more subtle Oscar looks. Many actresses sported the sleek pixie cut that is so hot right now. Charlize Theron, Anne Hathaway, Kristin Chenoweth and Jennifer Lawrence led the chic short-hair brigade. Lupita Nyong'o topped her short hair off with the accessory of the evening - a delicate gold and diamond headband from Fred Leighton.
October 21, 2007 |
At Elle magazine's Women in Hollywood tribute Oct. 15, Legend award recipient 1. Lauren Bacall, left, joked that she was surprised to be upright, as by her count, she's got to be 192 years old. Bacall's wisecracking garnered her two standing ovations and laughs from fellow honorees Kate Bosworth, Amy Adams, Julie Taymor and Diane Lane. Host 2.
December 4, 1997 |
The Scene: The smart people seemed to know that the action was in Westwood on Tuesday night for the premiere of Miramax's "Good Will Hunting," which filled the Mann's Bruin and overflowed into Mann's Plaza. This coming-of-age story about a juvenile delinquent with the IQ of an Einstein is directed by Gus Van Sant and stars Matt Damon, Ben Affleck (the two stars also wrote the script), Minnie Driver and Robin Williams. The event also served as a benefit for the American Film Institute.
November 22, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Tuesday. Can't get enough of Andy Cohen's smiling mug on Bravo? Good news: His "Watch What Happens Live!" show will be on five nights a week starting in January. ( Los Angeles Times ) We're down to the final two episodes of this round of "Dancing With the Stars. " ( Los Angeles Times ) The New York Film Critics Circle has moved its awards to see "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" first. It had better be good. ( Los Angeles Times )
June 11, 1997 |
The Scene: Monday's launch of 20th Century Fox's "Speed 2: Cruise Control" at the Century City Cineplex Odeon. The sequel comes from Jan De Bont, director of the original and of "Twister." For aficionados of his work, look hard for the flying cow. It's not easy sticking an airborne Guernsey in a Caribbean boat movie.
November 10, 1993 |
If the extravagance--and inventiveness--of a premiere is an indication of a studio's belief in a movie, Walt Disney Pictures' "The Three Musketeers" (that's Musketeers, not Mouseketeers) is going to be a biggie. "Mega-hit is what I hear, not being self-serving," allowed Jordan Kerner, one of the executive producers, whose sentiments were shared by many at the studio. "My little girl, who's 4 1/2, thought it was short. That's a good sign, and my boy who's 9 kept his mouth open the whole time.
October 8, 1997 |
The Scene: Monday's premiere of TriStar and Mandalay's "Seven Years in Tibet" at the Cineplex Odeon. A party followed at Le Colonial. The story of Heinrich Harrer, Austrian mountain climber and escaped POW, who talks his way into 1940s Tibet, was described by star Brad Pitt as being "about a guy who learns to accept responsibility against the backdrop of the dissection of Tibetan culture." Who Was There: Pitt; co-star B. D.
September 10, 1997 |
The Scene: In a sense, a dual premiere--for the filmmaker and the film. At Monday's launch of PolyGram Films' first release, "The Game," at the Chinese Theater, a number of guests noted the irony between the title and the risky business one of the world's largest record companies is plunging into. One guest compared the night to a high-stakes debutante ball.
February 1, 2014 |
One of the last stops on the awards-season train celebrates one of the first steps of the filmmaking process at the Writers Guild of America West Awards, which kick off in just a few hours. Comic actor Brad Garrett will host this year's ceremony, and viewers can tune in to the live webcast, which will also feature pre-awards interviews with nominees from film and TV, starting at 5 p.m. PST at www.latimes.com/envelope and www.latimes.com/wga . Included on the stream will be the WGAW's first “Mighty Pen” tweet competition, in which fans and followers will finish the sentence “The secret to great writing is…” (see www.wga.org for details)