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July 2, 2000 | STEPHEN FARBER, Stephen Farber is a film critic for Movieline magazine and writes about entertainment from Los Angeles
Hollywood has wooed playwrights ever since the advent of sound. Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur, Robert Sherwood, Moss Hart and Lillian Hellman were just a few of the Broadway babies who did time in Tinseltown. In the last couple of decades, studios have grown a bit more ambivalent about these intruders from the East; they fear that playwrights may live in too rarefied a realm to write brainless blockbusters.
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September 30, 2011 | John Horn and Nicole Sperling
"Margaret," a film arriving in theaters Friday, has a strong Hollywood pedigree: It boasts appealing stars in Matt Damon and Anna Paquin, an Oscar-nominated director (Kenneth Lonergan of "You Can Count on Me") and a triumvirate of celebrated producers (Scott Rudin as well as the late Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack). Moviegoers might wonder, then, why there has been almost no publicity for the $14-million production. But once they start watching the 21/2-hour film, they may pick up on some clues.
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November 10, 2000 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Kenneth Lonergan knows what he's written and why he's written it. He hears the words behind his words, understands the states of mind they reflect. He sees into his characters, into how they have to be who they are though they hurt themselves in the process. Even his tiniest moments ring true, which is why the ruefully funny dramatic comedy "You Can Count on Me" is such an exceptional debut.
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April 26, 2009 | John Horn
"You Can Count on Me" was the kind of Hollywood arrival that every aspiring filmmaker dreams about. Kenneth Lonergan's 2000 directorial debut about two siblings' splintered relationship was a solid art-house hit, the film helped launch the career of costar Mark Ruffalo and was nominated for two Academy Awards -- lead actress for Laura Linney and original screenplay for Lonergan.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2002 | JAN BRESLAUER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Remember "it" girls? And "it" boys? Well, if there's such a thing as an "it" writer these days, it could well be Kenneth Lonergan. Ever since his "This Is Our Youth" hit off-Broadway in the late '90s, he's been hotter than toast from coast to coast, enjoying a free ride on the media bandwagon. And that Oscar nod for his film writing-directing debut "You Can Count on Me"? It probably got him more than his own parking spot, you can count on that.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2002
Pasadena Playhouse Education and Community Outreach Program presents "The Writers' Gallery," celebrating the "new voices" for American stage, film and television today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse. Panel discussions include "A Celebration of Playwrights," with Kenneth Lonergan, Bruno Kirby, Gary Socol, Velina Hasu Houston and others; and "Writing for Stage, Television and Film," with Robert Nelson Jacobs, Wil Calhoun, Peter Lefcourt and more. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena.
NEWS
November 2, 2006 | Diane Haithman
Playwright-director Kenneth Lonergan has run into a scheduling conflict -- with himself. Due to delays in Lonergan's production schedule on a film, the pre-Broadway staging of his new play "The Starry Messenger," scheduled for Jan. 18 to Feb. 18 at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, has been postponed indefinitely. Lonergan had also been scheduled to direct the play, and Matthew Broderick had been cast to star in the production.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2011 | John Horn and Nicole Sperling
"Margaret," a film arriving in theaters Friday, has a strong Hollywood pedigree: It boasts appealing stars in Matt Damon and Anna Paquin, an Oscar-nominated director (Kenneth Lonergan of "You Can Count on Me") and a triumvirate of celebrated producers (Scott Rudin as well as the late Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack). Moviegoers might wonder, then, why there has been almost no publicity for the $14-million production. But once they start watching the 21/2-hour film, they may pick up on some clues.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2009 | John Horn
"You Can Count on Me" was the kind of Hollywood arrival that every aspiring filmmaker dreams about. Kenneth Lonergan's 2000 directorial debut about two siblings' splintered relationship was a solid art-house hit, the film helped launch the career of costar Mark Ruffalo and was nominated for two Academy Awards -- lead actress for Laura Linney and original screenplay for Lonergan.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2000 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES MOVIE CRITIC
It was a decision that was both sensible and Solomonic. The Sundance Film Festival split its grand jury prize for best dramatic film between the competition's two consensus favorites and added emphasis to its Saturday night decision by giving each co-winner a second major award. It provided a satisfying ending to what, in terms of overall quality and lack of hair-pulling fiascoes, was the most successful festival in years.
NEWS
November 2, 2006 | Diane Haithman
Playwright-director Kenneth Lonergan has run into a scheduling conflict -- with himself. Due to delays in Lonergan's production schedule on a film, the pre-Broadway staging of his new play "The Starry Messenger," scheduled for Jan. 18 to Feb. 18 at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, has been postponed indefinitely. Lonergan had also been scheduled to direct the play, and Matthew Broderick had been cast to star in the production.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2006 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego on Monday announced its 2006-07 season, which will include the pre-Broadway staging of a new play by Kenneth Lonergan, starring Matthew Broderick. The regional theater has, according to executive director Louis Spisto, "sent 18 productions to Broadway" -- that is, if you include "The Times They Are A-Changin,' " Twyla Tharp's dance-concert staging of Bob Dylan's songs, which is Broadway-bound after opening to mixed reviews in February.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2002
Pasadena Playhouse Education and Community Outreach Program presents "The Writers' Gallery," celebrating the "new voices" for American stage, film and television today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse. Panel discussions include "A Celebration of Playwrights," with Kenneth Lonergan, Bruno Kirby, Gary Socol, Velina Hasu Houston and others; and "Writing for Stage, Television and Film," with Robert Nelson Jacobs, Wil Calhoun, Peter Lefcourt and more. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2002 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the dementia of the leading character in Kenneth Lonergan's play "The Waverly Gallery" got worse, an audience member near me commented quite audibly, "This looks familiar." Gladys, the elderly woman in this play, will remind many theatergoers at the Pasadena Playhouse of someone they love. With more people living longer, her problems are increasingly prevalent. Yet this very familiarity leads directly to the biggest potential pitfall for "The Waverly Gallery."
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July 2, 2002 | PHILIP BRANDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ah, the foibles of youth. Excessive profanity. Flagrant drug use. More excessive profanity. Promiscuous sex. And, for variety's sake, profanity in excess. From these not exactly unfamiliar ingredients, red-hot playwright Kenneth Lonergan crafted a surprisingly fresh dramatic vision in "This Is Our Youth," his merciless dissection of spoiled Manhattan kids floundering on the brink of adulthood in 1982.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2002 | JAN BRESLAUER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Remember "it" girls? And "it" boys? Well, if there's such a thing as an "it" writer these days, it could well be Kenneth Lonergan. Ever since his "This Is Our Youth" hit off-Broadway in the late '90s, he's been hotter than toast from coast to coast, enjoying a free ride on the media bandwagon. And that Oscar nod for his film writing-directing debut "You Can Count on Me"? It probably got him more than his own parking spot, you can count on that.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2006 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego on Monday announced its 2006-07 season, which will include the pre-Broadway staging of a new play by Kenneth Lonergan, starring Matthew Broderick. The regional theater has, according to executive director Louis Spisto, "sent 18 productions to Broadway" -- that is, if you include "The Times They Are A-Changin,' " Twyla Tharp's dance-concert staging of Bob Dylan's songs, which is Broadway-bound after opening to mixed reviews in February.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2001 | KENNETH LONERGAN
Editor's note: It was a small domestic drama with no major stars and no special effects. Then "You Can Count on Me" wowed audiences and critics at Sundance, Toronto and other festivals, and the film was on its way to becoming one of the year's art house sensations. The saga brings him to the Academy Awards tonight, when the film is up for two Oscars: best actress (Laura Linney) and best original screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan).
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2002 | PATRICK PACHECO
On a recent afternoon, writer Kenneth Lonergan, Kenny to his friends, rushes into a Greenwich Village cafe near his apartment, apologetic for being late, wearing the rumpled sleeplessness of what he has recently become: a new dad. Nellie Sharp Lonergan is his weeks-old baby daughter with actress-wife J. Smith-Cameron. Told that the moniker sounds like a stage name, the 39-year-old Lonergan replies, "Yeah, for vaudeville.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2001 | KENNETH LONERGAN
Editor's note: It was a small domestic drama with no major stars and no special effects. Then "You Can Count on Me" wowed audiences and critics at Sundance, Toronto and other festivals, and the film was on its way to becoming one of the year's art house sensations. The saga brings him to the Academy Awards tonight, when the film is up for two Oscars: best actress (Laura Linney) and best original screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan).
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