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January 31, 1989 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
There was no shortage of drama at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Five countries boycotted, either because of the Soviet Union's invasion of Hungary or the tension in the Middle East over the Suez Canal. Hungarian athletes hauled down their flag in the Olympic Village and tore off the Communist emblem. A water polo encounter between the Soviets and Hungarians had to be stopped because of violence.
April 10, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
With the YA swoon of "Twilight" safely in the rearview mirror, movie vampires get their mojo back in the sensuous dreamscape of "Only Lovers Left Alive," one of the strongest films yet from Jim Jarmusch. A filmmaker with a deep affection for outsiders, Jarmusch sets his ode to the urbane undead - and margin-dwelling artists - in two ultra-poetic cities: Detroit, a vision of trampled grandeur on the cusp of rebirth, and worldly Tangier, its alleyways alive with the murmur of illicit doings.
June 15, 2004 | Bettijane Levine, Times Staff Writer
The man who may be the next Hemingway is basically unreachable. At first call, Marc Bojanowski is bike riding down by the Russian River. At the next, he is actually in the river. Fishing. He has no cell phone. Doesn't believe in them. And he has no home. Is temporarily camping at his parents' house. Or maybe in their tool shed (he never says which). The shed is the place from which he eventually calls a reporter's answering machine.
April 9, 2014 | By Richard Blanco
What does it take to be a writer: A room of one's own? A weakness for words? To celebrate the Festival of Books , we asked some celebrated authors to recall a turning point in their evolution as writers. How did I decide to become a poet? Well, that's like asking how I decided to fall in love with Mark, my partner of 14 years. I don't think anyone really makes conscious decisions when it comes to matters of love or vocation. Still, I understand the spirit of such a question, which is really asking: How did I meet and fall in love with poetry?
September 15, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
Boot camps before meetings? Yoga classes at lunch? Workouts near or at work are convenient and efficient. But if you happen to be employed at Warner Bros. in Burbank, there's more to it than accessibility. On Fridays when the sitcom "Mike & Molly" isn't shooting, actor Reno Wilson teaches a 45-minute spinning class to anyone on the lot who shows up; many of his students are staff and crew from his show. Wilson leads spinning classes for love. Yes, he has a love of spinning, but it's more about his love for the student who was front and center at one recent class: his wife, Coco Fausone-Wilson, a yoga and spinning instructor at YAS Fitness Centers.
November 1, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
The sort of adolescent anxiety as body horror writer-director Bradley Rust Gray attempts with his new lesbian werewolf love story "Jack & Diane" has been done better elsewhere - the 2000 Canadian film "Ginger Snaps" immediately springs to mind. Here, Juno Temple's British free spirit Diane meets up with Riley Keough's tomboy Jack, and the two fall madly, passionately in love with such recklessness that the force of it seems to awaken an actual monster within Diane. The transformation sequences are conjured through brief, evocative animated sequences courtesy of the Brothers Quay.
February 4, 2001 | LAWRENCE WESCHLER, Lawrence Weschler, a staff writer at The New Yorker, is the author of "Calamities of Exile" and "Boggs: A Comedy of Values." "Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology" was published in 1995
I So. Here's the deal. You're going to have to bear with me on this one: There are all sorts of false starts, seeming feints and side-tributaries in the telling of this story but, trust me, by the end it all comes together. Sort of. So, like I say, I was home, minding my own business, riffling through my latest e-mail, this was about two years ago, when--not so very unusually--I spotted yet another missive from Serbia.
February 5, 2010 | By Emily Farrell
Is it better to read "Love Story" by the late Erich Segal, who died recently, or "Hamlet," by the really late playwright William Shakespeare? The answer seems obvious to most educated people. "Hamlet" is the world's greatest tragedy; "Love Story" is trash. But they are both classics. Yes, both. If a classic stands the test of time, "Hamlet" needs no defense. And as this high school English teacher can attest, "Love Story" still resonates with teenagers 40 years after it was written.
April 17, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Justin Bieber and Masters golf champ Bubba Watson, BFFs? Who knew? "Justin Bieber is the only person I talked to on the phone that night after I won," Watson told E! News over the weekend. "He called me and I talked to him on the phone and he and Selena [Gomez] were congratulating me, and it was a big honor that they would both call me and talk to me," he said . Watson, who won the legendary green jacket a week ago Sunday, was part of the red carpet frenzy at the Tim Tebow Foundation Charity Celebrity Golf Classic in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., where on Friday he gave his No. 15-emblazoned Masters players badge to the man the event was named after.
October 30, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
There's a thin line between desperation and inspiration, at least according to Ben Lewin, director of "The Sessions. " The film tells the mostly true story of Mark O'Brien (played by John Hawkes), a 38-year-old journalist and poet confined to an iron lung who enlists a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) to help him lose his virginity. At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series hosted by Times film reporter John Horn, Lewin shared the film's origin story. "I think like a lot of worthy enterprises, it starts with an act of desperation," he said.
April 6, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
It's not so much that Jim Jarmusch has edged toward the mainstream but rather that the mainstream has moved closer to him. Over the years the gravitational pull of his slant, laconic sensibility in films such as "Mystery Train," "Dead Man" and "Broken Flowers" has brought him in contact with a classic gallery of performers including Tom Waits, Joe Strummer, Gena Rowlands, Johnny Depp, Bill Murray and many more. Though he first emerged from the outcast environs of the late '70s/early '80s post-punk scene of New York, he has recently received retrospectives from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles and the Film Society of Lincoln Center . At 61 he is no longer a punk outsider but part of the pantheon.
March 25, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
A bisexual, biracial Yale grad goes to Africa and falls in love with a Kenyan Muslim. That's the premise of "Ade: A Love Story," the novel by Rebecca Walker that Madonna plans to make into a film. Deadline reports that Madonna plans to direct and has lined up Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen; a screenwriter has not yet been attached. "Ade" is Walker's first novel. The daughter of Alice Walker is the author of the acclaimed memoirs "Black White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self" and "Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence.
February 20, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Part sword-and-sandal spectacle, part disaster epic, "Pompeii" accomplishes its ambitious agenda to largely engrossing effect. Sure, it's not the brainiest of outings, but director Paul W.S. Anderson (the man behind four of the "Resident Evil" films) keeps the action apace and the lava a-flowing with workmanlike energy and sufficient visual dazzle. Set in AD 79, immediately before and during the cataclysmic eruption of southern Italy's Mt. Vesuvius, the script by Janet Scott Batchler & Lee Batchler and Michael Robert Johnson places a star-crossed romance at the center of one of the ancient world's most legendary calamities.
February 14, 2014 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Is romance dead? That's the question my colleague Chris Erskine posed in his Middle Ages column last week after noticing a decline in RomComs and love songs. “Imagine a life without romance. Well, that's exactly what we've come to in our pop culture - a joyless run of techno-pop, superhero flicks and this year's dour collection of best picture nominees,” he lamented . Erskine continued: “If you ever get the chance, watch TV sometime. Most of today's shows are raucous and smart, but not the least bit winsome or romantic.
February 13, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
In the tradition of hit-and-miss anthology valentines like "Love Actually" (but with less pandering), Chinese writer-director Chen Sicheng has assembled five interlocking tales in "Beijing Love Story. " Each romance focuses on a different stage of life, from teen infatuation through the sometimes-thorny devotion of those long married. Adapting his TV series of the same name for this big-screen spinoff, Chen has an appealing visual style and deploys a sharp ensemble. The uneven movie benefits especially from the magnetism of Hong Kong stars Tony Leung Ka Fai and Carina Lau in the comic-poignant tale of a middle-age couple whose romantic getaway in Greece hits troubled waters.
February 13, 2014 | By Michael Ordoña
Spike Jonze's idiosyncratic risk-taking has been rewarded with broad acclaim throughout his career, including two Directors Guild of America nods and four Oscar nominations (three this year alone for "Her"). Still, he's not immune to doubt. "To be honest, in editing, there's always periods where I feel like the movie is never gonna work," he says. "'It's a noble idea, but ultimately a flawed idea.' Usually it'll go away after a week or so and I'll be excited about the movie again.
May 3, 2009 | Mark Olsen
Young man meets young woman. They court, fall for each other and eventually split up. Told as a postmortem patchwork of emotions and memories, "(500) Days of Summer" skips across the life of a fleeting relationship, with all of its disagreements, deep connections and trips to IKEA, lingering moments in private and enthusiasms shared in public.
August 21, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
There is a scene early in "Cutie and the Boxer" of 80-year-old Ushio Shinohara brushing his teeth - although attacking his teeth might be a better description. It's a small detail, but like many in Zachary Heinzerling's remarkable documentary debut, a carefully chosen one. The director wants us to understand Shinohara is a fierce man. The avant-garde artist is known for his "action" painting - boxing gloves are indeed involved. But as riveting as Shinohara is, the real artist the film is interested in is Noriko, Shinohara's wife of 40 years.
January 30, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
Like the passenger jet where its central action unfolds, "Love Is in the Air" is a transatlantic affair, a glossy French contraption in the mold of a Hollywood rom-com. A more straightforward title for "Amour et Turbulences," as it's called in France, would be "Exes on a Plane. " Three years after their breakup, playboy attorney Antoine (Nicolas Bedos) and sculptor Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) are seatmates on a New York-to-Paris flight. There's still heat between them, and she has a conveniently dull fiancé.
December 17, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Spike Jonze has a knack for disturbing our peace, and his new film "Her" does that with a vengeance. A different and daring futuristic tale starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson, "Her" is a look at the pleasures and perils of new technology that's a smart entertainment and a subtle warning, a love story and a horror show. Acerbic, emotional, provocative, it's a risky high dive off the big board with a plot that sounds like a gimmick but ends up haunting, odd and a bit wonderful.
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