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February 4, 2010
"Dear John" A soldier and a college student fall in love and correspond over the next few years through love letters. "District 13: Ultimatum" An elite police officer and a reformed vigilante join forces to bring peace to the neighborhood. "From Paris With Love" A low-level operative for the CIA finds himself the target of a crime ring. "Frozen" Three snowboarders are stranded on a chairlift dangling high off the ground. "Jackie Chan in Shinjuku Incident" Chinese illegal immigrants fight for a better life in Tokyo.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
If you serendipitously end up in an elevator with Steven Spielberg, make an impression. British actor David Thewlis did, though it may not have been quite the one he wanted. In 1994, Thewlis was leaving an award ceremony in New York after accepting a prize for his lead role in Mike Leigh's working-class dramedy "Naked. " He found himself riding down with Spielberg, who had just received an award for "Schindler's List," and the two had a brief, unremarkable exchange. But a few months later, Spielberg called him with an odd request: The director wanted Thewlis to play a man who turned into a dog. "Is it something about my character in 'Naked' that makes you think I'd be good in that?"
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 1999 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The plot of the new "South Park" movie seems torn from today's headlines: Young kids sneak into an R-rated movie and become so entranced by the four-letter words they hear on screen that they can't stop using them. Their parents and eventually the government are so outraged that they take drastic action--everything from implanting a V-chip in a child to declaring war.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2010
'Monsters in the Movies' Where: Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday Price: $5 for general public; $3 for academy members and students with valid ID Info: http://www.oscars.org or (310) 247-3600
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2012
MOVIES No matter how many Grateful Dead sets you hit up back in the day, the devoted know there's always room for one more. At the second annual Meet Up at the Movies, catch a screening of the band's classic 1989 concert at the Alpine Valley Music Theater, and compare skull tattoos with thousands of the faithful. Regal Cinemas, L.A. Live, 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Thu. lalive.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2010
It's the pause between the three-hour rock concert and the acoustic encore. Summer's mindless pyrotechnics are finally finished, and the year-end's somber cinema is still weeks away. The fall movies bridge the gap between those disparate seasons, meaning there's as much time for frivolity as for gravity. Between now and Oct. 29, some 70 movies are set to premiere — a slate that includes David Fincher's "The Social Network," the sequel to "Paranormal Activity" and Ryan Reynolds' thriller "Buried.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2011
Learn about Middle Eastern culture at Contemporary Middle Eastern Cinema, a three-day film festival with many screenings exploring emerging and established filmmaking from the Middle East, including recent works from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq and Iran. The festival will look at unifying themes in Middle Eastern cinema, and address the difficulty filmmakers face when taking on political and civil rights issues that are at odds with their governments. USC School of Cinematic Arts, Norris Cinema Theater and Frank Sinatra Hall, 900 W. 34th St., L.A. Fri. to Sun. Free.
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