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November 2, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
During the Toronto International Film Festival, a Hollywood manager, an up-and-coming director and some executives from the Weinstein Co. had gathered for dinner at the city's Windsor Arms Hotel. It appeared to be a typical movie-business gathering ? except that most of the people at the table were speaking with Swedish accents. The diners were celebrating Weinstein's upcoming U.S. release of "Snabba Cash," a Swedish crime drama that created a sensation among American distributors when it premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2008 | Noel Murray and Dennis Lim, Special to The Times
The BBC Natural History Collection Featuring Planet Earth BBC, $199.92 Nirvana for nature-doc geeks -- and a likely source of slack-jawed wonderment for most other demographics -- this expansive collection brings together four recent series, all narrated by David Attenborough. The 17-disc set (33 hours of programming, 12 hours of bonus material) includes "The Life of Mammals," "The Life of Birds" and "The Blue Planet: Seas of Life," all vivid and arresting travelogues.
NEWS
April 29, 1996 | MARK EHRMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Scene: Plenty of "Friends" and other friends were among the 700 or so people who showed up at the Directors Guild on Thursday night for the premiere of "The Pallbearer," a dark but sugary romantic comedy starring the "Friends" TV series' cute nice guy David Schwimmer in his first feature film lead role--where he coincidentally plays a cute nice guy who is mired in perpetual adolescence.
SPORTS
October 21, 1988
Irving Rudd, 71, Top Rank publicist, is working at the training camp of boxer Thomas Hearns. Says Rudd: "Hearns and I have had a very close relationship. There's nothing I wouldn't do for him and there's nothing he wouldn't do for me, and that's how it's been for 10 years now--we've done nothing for each other." Was Orel Hershiser really cut from his high school baseball team? It's news to the kid who caught him. Rick Santarone, Hershiser's batterymate at Cherry Hill East (N.J.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2009 | Dennis Lim
Vampire stories are always about desire and repression, which makes the teenage vampire an especially potent symbol of the hormonal confusion and awkward intensity of the wonder years. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" confirmed the pop-culture potential of adolescent bloodsuckers, and the phenomenon reached a frenzied peak with the recent teen-girl hit "Twilight" (out on DVD and Blu-ray March 21).
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
CANNES, France - For the better part of two decades, director James Gray has been making textured dramas about people, often immigrants and their children, who experience all manner of frustration and struggle. It prepared him well for the events of the last five years. Gray came to the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 with "Two Lovers," an immigrant-themed love- triangle story starring Joaquin Phoenix, Vinessa Shaw and Gwyneth Paltrow. Though many would later regard it as a bravura piece of European-style melodrama, it was poorly received in the echo chamber of Cannes reviewers and even booed at some screenings.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2008 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
WITH the running times of most popcorn movies lurching well past two hours on the way to three these days, it's not often that we're left wanting more. But that's precisely the response induced by the 21st century monster movie "Cloverfield" as it clocks in at a brisk 85 minutes (and that's including 10 minutes of end credits).
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 1995 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory" Steven Seagal is back as Casey Ryback, ex-Navy SEAL and current cook, and he's as snidely catatonic as ever. Ryback spends most of the movie cracking necks and clambering atop speeding trains, which is just as well, because whenever he slows down for a quiet scene with his estranged 17-year-old niece, Sarah (Katherine Heigl), he resembles one of those impassive cartoon characters whose only mobile feature is a movable mouth.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Let Me In Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Writer-director Matt Reeves doesn't take any huge chances in his remake of the popular Swedish vampire movie "Let the Right One In," but everything that worked the first time works just as well the second. Chloƫ Moretz stars as an ancient vampire who looks like a 12-year-old girl, while Kodi Smit-McPhee plays a lonely neighbor boy who falls for her and is inspired to stand up to vicious bullies at school. "Let Me In" retains the moody atmosphere of Tomas Alfredson's film right down to the snowy setting and muted earth tones, and it effectively translates what makes the original special: the merging of adolescent alienation and literal, visceral pain.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2003 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
In "Miracles," Paul Callan and his mysterious band of truth seekers are trying to unlock the secrets of a looming cataclysm before it's too late. In "Veritas: The Quest," Nikko Zond and his father's team of daring researchers are risking their lives in pursuit of the ancient secrets of civilization. And you thought your job was difficult. The shows premiere tonight on ABC -- whose quest, of course, is for an audience on Monday night now that football season is over.
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