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August 1, 2012 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
The remake is called "Total Recall,"but many moviegoers have zero memory of the 1990 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. And that, according to the filmmaking team behind Sony's $125 million reboot of the sci-fi action adventure, actually might be a good thing. "The majority of people under 35 don't even know about the original," said Neal Moritz, who produced the "Total Recall" update opening Friday. "It was so cheesy... the tone of it was so much different from what I wanted to do. " Set several decades in the future, the new film stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale and takes place on an Earth that has been rendered largely uninhabitable by chemical warfare.
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September 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
The fall TV season just getting underway is studded with some big movie names. "21 Jump Street" helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller directed the pilot of cop sitcom "Brooklyn Nine Nine," screen actors James Spader and Toni Collette anchor the dramatic thrillers "The Blacklist" and "Hostages," and Joss Whedon created buzzy Marvel series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” But perhaps no show comes with a deeper cinematic pedigree than "Sleepy Hollow....
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January 23, 2006 | Stephen Farber, Special to The Times
Over the weekend, thousands of indie-film fans and Hollywood players swarmed the streets of Park City, Utah, fighting to get into the movies made by the next generation of aspiring artistes. Meanwhile, in malls around the rest of the country, another breed of moviegoer was lining up for the latest installment in the saga of the raging war between vampires and werewolves, "Underworld: Evolution."
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August 1, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Fox's new drama "Sleepy Hollow" is a mix of horror, humor, detective story and love story that producers hope viewers get their head around. "Our mission is fun, to be fun and entertaining," said Len Wiseman, a co-creator and executive producer of the show. "We really want to find the right balance of horror and fun. " The drama is a modern twist on the Washington Irving classic about the infamous Headless Horseman who terrorizes Sleepy Hollow. Its high-powered creative base includes co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci ("Star Trek" and "Transformers" franchises, "Fringe")
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September 19, 2003 | Manohla Dargis, Time Staff Writer
In "Underworld," the young English actress Kate Beckinsale wears a lot of gleaming black latex, shoots formidably sized guns and confesses to the thrill of being something called a Death Dealer. "I live for it," she says, deploying a distinctly butch if rather inapt turn of phrase for a vampire and member of the famously undead.
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June 25, 2007 | Susan King
When director Len Wiseman received the script for "Live Free or Die Hard," the fourth installment in the Bruce Willis action franchise, he suddenly felt like the 15-year-old he'd been when he saw the original in 1988. "I was obsessed with 'Die Hard' in high school," says Wiseman ("Underworld," "Underworld: Evolution"). "The action was amazing, and the relationship between the good guys was like nothing else I had seen before."
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August 1, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Fox's new drama "Sleepy Hollow" is a mix of horror, humor, detective story and love story that producers hope viewers get their head around. "Our mission is fun, to be fun and entertaining," said Len Wiseman, a co-creator and executive producer of the show. "We really want to find the right balance of horror and fun. " The drama is a modern twist on the Washington Irving classic about the infamous Headless Horseman who terrorizes Sleepy Hollow. Its high-powered creative base includes co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci ("Star Trek" and "Transformers" franchises, "Fringe")
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August 2, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Like a drug that starts with a rush and ends with a headache,"Total Recall"is too much of a good thing. Though this film shares the same title as the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, 2012's "Total Recall" is not exactly a remake or even a reboot. Both films were inspired by the playfulPhilip K. Dick short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," and some things are carried over from the first film to this one. But as directed by Len Wiseman from a screenplay and screen story credited to five different writers, this "Total Recall" plays more like a pop-culture mash-up.
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September 7, 2003 | Patrick Day, Times Staff Writer
As high-concept scenarios go, a few are so obvious that wise moviemakers avoid them at all costs. The rogue cop out for revenge is one. Teenagers trapped in a remote location with a crazed killer is another. Vampires versus werewolves might seem yet another. But what started as a werewolf movie worthy of a late-night double feature evolved until the principal creative trio behind "Underworld" went from practically zero interest to unabashed enthusiasm.
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September 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
The fall TV season just getting underway is studded with some big movie names. "21 Jump Street" helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller directed the pilot of cop sitcom "Brooklyn Nine Nine," screen actors James Spader and Toni Collette anchor the dramatic thrillers "The Blacklist" and "Hostages," and Joss Whedon created buzzy Marvel series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” But perhaps no show comes with a deeper cinematic pedigree than "Sleepy Hollow....
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August 2, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
In "Total Recall," Colin Farrell plays a man who chooses to forget his true identity. Given the chance, however, that's not something the actor says he'd ever opt to do himself. "I have had plenty of my memory erased throughout the years anyway," he said with a smile at the film's premiere Wednesday evening, alluding to his past struggles with substance abuse. Indeed, Farrell appeared to be embracing the moment at Grauman's Chinese, spending about 20 minutes greeting fans on Hollywood Boulevard and cracking jokes with reporters on the red carpet.
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August 2, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Like a drug that starts with a rush and ends with a headache,"Total Recall"is too much of a good thing. Though this film shares the same title as the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, 2012's "Total Recall" is not exactly a remake or even a reboot. Both films were inspired by the playfulPhilip K. Dick short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," and some things are carried over from the first film to this one. But as directed by Len Wiseman from a screenplay and screen story credited to five different writers, this "Total Recall" plays more like a pop-culture mash-up.
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August 1, 2012 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
The remake is called "Total Recall,"but many moviegoers have zero memory of the 1990 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. And that, according to the filmmaking team behind Sony's $125 million reboot of the sci-fi action adventure, actually might be a good thing. "The majority of people under 35 don't even know about the original," said Neal Moritz, who produced the "Total Recall" update opening Friday. "It was so cheesy... the tone of it was so much different from what I wanted to do. " Set several decades in the future, the new film stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale and takes place on an Earth that has been rendered largely uninhabitable by chemical warfare.
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June 25, 2007 | Susan King
When director Len Wiseman received the script for "Live Free or Die Hard," the fourth installment in the Bruce Willis action franchise, he suddenly felt like the 15-year-old he'd been when he saw the original in 1988. "I was obsessed with 'Die Hard' in high school," says Wiseman ("Underworld," "Underworld: Evolution"). "The action was amazing, and the relationship between the good guys was like nothing else I had seen before."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2006 | Stephen Farber, Special to The Times
Over the weekend, thousands of indie-film fans and Hollywood players swarmed the streets of Park City, Utah, fighting to get into the movies made by the next generation of aspiring artistes. Meanwhile, in malls around the rest of the country, another breed of moviegoer was lining up for the latest installment in the saga of the raging war between vampires and werewolves, "Underworld: Evolution."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2003 | Manohla Dargis, Time Staff Writer
In "Underworld," the young English actress Kate Beckinsale wears a lot of gleaming black latex, shoots formidably sized guns and confesses to the thrill of being something called a Death Dealer. "I live for it," she says, deploying a distinctly butch if rather inapt turn of phrase for a vampire and member of the famously undead.
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August 2, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
In "Total Recall," Colin Farrell plays a man who chooses to forget his true identity. Given the chance, however, that's not something the actor says he'd ever opt to do himself. "I have had plenty of my memory erased throughout the years anyway," he said with a smile at the film's premiere Wednesday evening, alluding to his past struggles with substance abuse. Indeed, Farrell appeared to be embracing the moment at Grauman's Chinese, spending about 20 minutes greeting fans on Hollywood Boulevard and cracking jokes with reporters on the red carpet.
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August 2, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Do you remember "Total Recall," that sci-fiaction flick from the 1990s starring Arnold Schwarzeneger before his stint as governor? The filmmakers of the upcoming remake won't be disappointed if you don't recall it. Join The Times' Michelle Maltais and film writer John Horn for a chat at 11 a.m. Thursday about Sony 's $125-million reboot starring Colin Farrell , Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale . Like its predecessor, the film...
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September 7, 2003 | Patrick Day, Times Staff Writer
As high-concept scenarios go, a few are so obvious that wise moviemakers avoid them at all costs. The rogue cop out for revenge is one. Teenagers trapped in a remote location with a crazed killer is another. Vampires versus werewolves might seem yet another. But what started as a werewolf movie worthy of a late-night double feature evolved until the principal creative trio behind "Underworld" went from practically zero interest to unabashed enthusiasm.
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