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June 1, 2001 | STEPHEN HUNTER, WASHINGTON POST
Hey, kids, let's deconstruct a musical! Well, actually, let's deconstruct two musicals: "Moulin Rouge," and "A Knight's Tale." But, you are saying, "A Knight's Tale" isn't a musical, it's a teen-toned "Rocky" about a kid from the wrong side of the tracks getting his shot in the tony world of tournament jousting circa 1400, give or take a century. It is.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2001 | SCARLET CHENG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hong Kong, a region with a population of a mere 6.7 million, has produced one of the world's most influential film industries, especially when it comes to action. And much credit for that kinetic genre, the Hong Kong action film, goes to one man: Tsui Hark. Over the last two decades, he has directed or produced 50 feature films, including some of the classics of the genre. For a while, he exhibited the Midas touch: Everything with which he was involved turned to box-office gold.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2001 | MARK CARO, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Every once in a while, something in our culture forces us to confront the thin line between art and dreck. People previously have debated the merits of Andy Warhol's soup cans, Yoko Ono's screeching and the completely white painting at the center of Yasmina Reza's acclaimed play "Art." Now we have Tom Green's "Freddy Got Fingered," the cinematic equivalent of that blank "Art" canvas spattered with various bodily fluids, often nonhuman.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
American International Pictures' motto was, "Make 'em fast and make 'em cheap." Really cheap. Samuel Z. Arkoff, who founded the scrappy little studio with the late Jim Nicholson, recalls the time producer-director Roger Corman was given a mere $29,000 to make the 1955 horror flick "The Beast With a Million Eyes." "Roger said, 'I can't do it [for that budget],' " recalls Arkoff, now 83. "I said, 'Roger, you can do it.' So he went off to Palm Springs to make the movie."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2001 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
The only music I make . . . is with my bat. --Roy Hobbs in "The Natural" by Bernard Malamud * Baseball is again in the air, with today's kadzillionaire players about to briefly share TV time with a few of their famous predecessors. As HBO prepares to show "61*"--its very watchable movie about Roger Maris' tortuous brush with baseball greatness alongside Mickey Mantle--and Cinemax its winning documentary on slugger supreme Hank Greenberg, here is what many in Mudville are aching to know.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2001 | JUDY STONE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Paris, Tokyo, Uganda, New York, Cannes, Montreal, Beirut, Rome, Washington, D.C., and Durham, N.C., are just some of the stops Abbas Kiarostami has made during an incredible year for the unique Iranian director. Now at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which has held a three-week retrospective of his films, Kiarostami will be honored Saturday. (The director had been scheduled to attend the tribute, but he had to cancel because of illness.
NEWS
March 27, 2001 | GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
When Julia Roberts won an Oscar Sunday for her portrayal of pollution sleuth Erin Brockovich, the triumph was both personal and political. "Erin Brockovich," based on the true story about a down-on-her-luck file clerk who successfully took on the polluter of a desert town, riveted public attention on chromium contamination in the San Fernando Valley.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2001 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Hollywood adage "it all starts with the script" is somewhat outdated; these days the more apt saying is "it all starts with the deal." In the case of "The Mexican," however, it's difficult to tell where the script ended and the deal took over. J.H. Wyman's script for the DreamWorks film that opens Friday is a shaggy-dog tale, part romantic comedy, part offbeat action a la "Pulp Fiction," part homage to Sam Peckinpah.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2001 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Paragraph 175," the new documentary from Oscar-winning producers-directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman ("The Life and Times of Harvey Milk," "Common Threads") about the persecution of homosexuals by the Third Reich, probably should have been made 10 or 20 years ago. The problem, say the filmmakers, is that they weren't ready to make a film about one of the last untold Holocaust stories, and it wasn't ready to be made.
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