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April 27, 2012
'The Pirates! Band of Misfits' MPAA rating: PG for mild action, rude humor and some language Running time: 1 hour, 28 minutes Playing: In general release
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April 15, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
There's something delightfully strange and counterintuitive about the way time operates in the opening chapters of Michael Lewis' new book, "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. " Lewis describes a new kind of Wall Street gold rush. In the entirely automated, pre- and post-crash stock market of the first two decades of the 21st century, human traders have become superfluous. Stocks are bought and sold inside computers, and a new brand of high-frequency trader is making a fortune thanks to a precious new commodity - speed.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2010
Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden may have set their new movie, "It's Kind of a Funny Story," amid the depressed and clinically insane of a psychiatric institution, but don't let the setting fool you. The movie is pure John Hughes. The duo, who became darlings of the independent film world with their gritty Oscar-nominated drama "Half Nelson" and their understated immigrant story "Sugar," are here working with a larger budget and more name stars. But the same subtlety and humanist touches that gained them acclaim for their first two films are once again on display.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel "Ender's Game" has been a touchstone for adolescent readers for nearly 30 years, and watching this earnest, respectful film version it's easy to understand why. It's not just that the story of the rise of underappreciated misfit Andrew "Ender" Wiggin to a position of power and respect in the adult world is every bullied youngster's dream. It's the added notion that although those wretched adults need you, that won't stop them from being two-faced, devious and deceitful.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 1987 | RAY LOYND
The macho psyche isn't faring well these days, but macho characters remain interesting as an endangered species. Two of the most watchable are the misfits in "Teamsters Basement" at the Cast Theatre. This world premiere, a compelling 60-minute purgatory, features two distinctive performances by George A. Simonelli and Talbot Simons, whose horny bravado is as full of fantasy as the Playboy and Hustler cover pages they grind up against.
NEWS
March 29, 2008
"The Misfits": In Thursday's The Guide, an article about an Eve Arnold retrospective at the David Gallery said the show included photos from the set of John Ford's film "The Misfits." John Huston directed the film.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1999
The Reform Party is beginning to look like the last bastion for political malcontents and misfits. MARTHA DOUGHTERY Arcadia
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2011
A list of upcoming shows across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Hollywood Bowl TV on the Radio with Arctic Monkeys, Panda Bear, Warpaint and Smith Westerns, Sept. 25 (Sat.) Greek Theatre Elbow, Oct. 1; Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson, Oct. 7 (Sat.) House of Blues Anaheim The Wayward Sons, July 23 (Mon.); Moenia, Aug. 3; Reyli, Aug. 19; Misfits, Oct. 2; Yellowcard, Oct. 8 (Fri.) House of Blues Moenia, July 13 (now)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2012
MUSIC Glenn Danzig is one of the most iconic names in punk and goth music, and he finally brings all of his ensembles (including Samhain, Danzig and, yes, a reunion with his legendary Misfits) into one workhorse night. You'll never see so many mono-bang haircuts in one place again. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 7:15 p.m. Sat. $13.13-$69.50. livenation.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As the recent success of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise indicates, swashbuckling cinema is still a popular taste. Three new releases allow us to sample swordplay in several different decades. Errol Flynn, one of the classic swashbucklers, shows us what he's made of in “The Prince and the Pauper,” a 1937 adaptation of the Mark Twain tale of an identity switch engineered by a poor boy and a king. Claude Rains is the inevitable evil presence. Australian Rod Taylor, perhaps best known to American audiences for his starring role in Alfred Hitchcock's “The Birds,” plays Sir Francis Drake in 1962's “Seven Seas to Calais,” with theatrical great Irene Worth taking on the role of Elizabeth I. PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes Classic Hollywood The most modern film, and the most fun, is this year's “The Pirates!
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2013 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
What if we lived in a world where the weak were really strong, and all of our disadvantages could easily become advantages? In his new book, "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants," bestselling writer Malcolm Gladwell tells us we're already living in that kind of world. Even something as debilitating as dyslexia can be an ambitious man's ticket to success. "The one trait in a lot of dyslexic people I know is that by the time we got out of college, our ability to deal with failure was very highly developed," says Gary Cohn, a man of humble origins whose bold decisions take him to the top of the U.S. financial industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
With ferocious satire, time-bending surrealism and songs fiercely throbbing to the wild heart of early rock 'n' roll, Dan Dietz's darkly brilliant "American Misfit" defies easy labels - as befits a full-volume celebration of the dissonant chord of rebellion sounding throughout our nation's history. In the show's striking inaugural production from the Theatre @ Boston Court, Michael Michetti's staging hits all the right notes. Crooning original rockabilly-style tunes by Dietz and Phillip Owen that sound authentic enough for a 1950s diner jukebox, narrator Banks Boutté fronts a red-hot four-piece band to propel us through various subversive revolutions - musical, political, scientific - and the common sensibility of the discontented outcast that fuels them.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2012 | By Michael Ordoña
Among the year's major animated releases (and award contenders) are sequels in billion-dollar franchises, an expansion of a beloved Dr. Seuss book and an irreverent claymation pirate adventure. There are prehistoric animals battling other pirates who sail ships of icebergs; New Yorker animals joining the circus to escape an indestructible, Edith Piaf-belting Frances McDormand; and a moonstruck loser named Charles Darwin. 'The Pirates! Band of Misfits' The stop-motion pioneers at England's Aardman Animations made their first foray into high-tech, with 3-D and extensive computer-generated imagery, for "The Pirates!
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As the recent success of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise indicates, swashbuckling cinema is still a popular taste. Three new releases allow us to sample swordplay in several different decades. Errol Flynn, one of the classic swashbucklers, shows us what he's made of in “The Prince and the Pauper,” a 1937 adaptation of the Mark Twain tale of an identity switch engineered by a poor boy and a king. Claude Rains is the inevitable evil presence. Australian Rod Taylor, perhaps best known to American audiences for his starring role in Alfred Hitchcock's “The Birds,” plays Sir Francis Drake in 1962's “Seven Seas to Calais,” with theatrical great Irene Worth taking on the role of Elizabeth I. PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes Classic Hollywood The most modern film, and the most fun, is this year's “The Pirates!
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2012 | By Noel Murray
The Pirates! Band of Misfits Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $40.99/$45.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Aardman Animations' stop-motion adaptation of Gideon Defoe's cult novel is fast-paced and full of dry British wit and sly visual gags - almost like a kid-friendly cartoon version of a Monty Python film. Hugh Grant voices a kindly but inept pirate captain, who seizes Charles Darwin's expedition ship and then finds himself dodging the Queen's army while trying to leverage a rare dodo into a trophy for Pirate of the Year.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2012
MUSIC Glenn Danzig is one of the most iconic names in punk and goth music, and he finally brings all of his ensembles (including Samhain, Danzig and, yes, a reunion with his legendary Misfits) into one workhorse night. You'll never see so many mono-bang haircuts in one place again. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 7:15 p.m. Sat. $13.13-$69.50. livenation.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 1985 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
Did it really happen? Somewhere, sometime, in some vanished parochial school, did a nun inform the little girls in her class that they shouldn't wear patent leather shoes--because the white-reflected flash of panties would madden their little boy classmates, would fill them with unholy desires? Perhaps not. But that apocryphal, repressed world is the one writer Charles Purpura re-creates in "Heaven Help Us" (citywide).
NEWS
August 25, 2005
For someone who loves the original "Bad News Bears" as much as Dog Davis ["Here's the Pitch: Put 'Bears' in Right Field," Aug. 18], it's eerie that he missed the point of the movie: Misfits exist, and we ought to stick together. Bill Lancaster, who merely created every line of every character in every scene of "The Bad News Bears," did play baseball on Sepulveda Boulevard, true -- with, it is worth noting, a brace on his leg, having been crippled by polio during his Little League career.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2012
'The Pirates! Band of Misfits' MPAA rating: PG for mild action, rude humor and some language Running time: 1 hour, 28 minutes Playing: In general release
BUSINESS
April 27, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
It may take half a decade for the couple in "The Five-Year Engagement"to make it to the altar, but the romantic comedy will quickly outrun the competition to the top of the box office this weekend. The movie starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt is expected to debut with a solid sum of $18 million to $20 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The film about a troubled relationship is likely to perform far better than three other movies hitting theaters this weekend.
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