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November 4, 2007 | Jay A. Fernandez, Special to The Times
Meet the perfect girl. Go sky diving. See the pyramids, the Taj Mahal, Mt. Everest. Get a movie made at a major studio. These are a few of the things on screenwriter Justin Zackham's Bucket List, an earnest catalog of all the things he wants to accomplish before he dies, which he scribbled out in a moment of restless self-recrimination five years ago.
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November 4, 2007 | Jay A. Fernandez, Special to The Times
Meet the perfect girl. Go sky diving. See the pyramids, the Taj Mahal, Mt. Everest. Get a movie made at a major studio. These are a few of the things on screenwriter Justin Zackham's Bucket List, an earnest catalog of all the things he wants to accomplish before he dies, which he scribbled out in a moment of restless self-recrimination five years ago.
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January 11, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
From "Gillette's Friday Night Fights" in the 1950s to the birth of pay-per-view and premium cable and the wide world of a thousand channels of sports, television has had a long and fruitful relationship with boxing. But it's rarely been the subject for drama (as it has often been on the big screen): There was Rod Serling's "Requiem for a Heavyweight," famously, back in the golden age, and Showtime's "Resurrection Blvd.," about three generations of East L.A. boxers, at the turn of this century, and as far as I can work, not much else.
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December 25, 2007 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
"The Bucket List" arrives on Christmas Day to remind us to live life to its fullest and leave no cliche unturned. And while most of us would confess to not exactly seizing each day as if it is our last, another cloying reminder from Hollywood is probably not going to make any more of a difference than an afternoon spent on the couch with Dr. Phil and Oprah.
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January 6, 2008
Screenwriter Justin Zackham admits he put a bit of his own travel ambition in "The Bucket List." "The truth is that the locations in the film -- the pyramids, the Taj Mahal, Everest and the Great Wall of China -- are all destinations on my own personal bucket list," he writes in an e-mail.
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April 25, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Don't be fooled into thinking that "The Big Wedding" is about the fetching young bride and groom. This is gross-out humor for the senior set. With raunchy comedies all the rage, I guess it was inevitable that sooner or later someone would go for the AARP crowd. FOR THE RECORD: "The Big Wedding": A movie review of "The Big Wedding" in the April 26 Calendar section misspelled Colombia as Columbia. - "The Big Wedding" is unabashed and unashamed, though its cast of top-tier talent should be, starting with Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon.
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December 12, 2007 | TOM O'NEIL
AFTER the award for best picture, the most important Oscars are for directing and writing. In fact, those prizes often go to the movie that wins the top race, underscoring how important voters consider the basics of plotting, dialogue and helming when declaring a film's greatness. Ace acting is key too, of course, but two-time Oscar champ Spencer Tracy once put that into cruel perspective by summing up the actor's job this way: "Show up on time, know your lines and don't bump into the furniture."
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November 4, 2007
Friday Choking Man A shy Ecuadorean dishwasher strives for a tentative bond with a Chinese waitress in this mix of psychological drama and magical realism at a Queens diner. With Octavio Gomez Berrios, Eugenia Yuan, Aaron Paul and Mandy Patinkin. Written and directed by Steve Barron. International Film Circuit -- Fred Claus Up at the North Pole, St. Nick (Paul Giamatti) gets an unwelcome visit from his no-account brother (Vince Vaughn) in this holiday-themed comedy.
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November 1, 2013
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6 A Case of You A young writer smitten with the barista at his local coffee shop scours her Facebook profile for intel and tries to transform himself into her dream guy. With Justin Long and Evan Rachel Wood. Written by Long. Directed by Kat Coiro. IFC Films The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers A documentary tracing six decades of Israel's history, from its founding into the early 21st century. Directed by Richard Trank. Moriah Films FRIDAY, NOV. 8 The Armstrong Lie This documentary follows cyclist Lance Armstrong's return from retirement in 2005 in an attempt to win an eighth Tour de France, and the eventual scandal that resulted from his admitting to the use of performance-enhancing drugs after a federal criminal investigation.
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January 13, 2013
FRIDAY 56 Up The latest installment of a decades-long documentary series chronicling the lives of 14 people from all over England who have participated in interviews every seven years since 1964. Directed by Michael Apted and Paul Almond. First Run Features Brief Reunion A successful entrepreneur has his comfortable life in rural New England turned upside down by the unexpected appearance of a former classmate. With Joel de la Fuente, Alexie Gilmore and Scott Shepherd.
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