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December 3, 2009
"Armored" Armored car guards plan a heist of their own company. "Brothers" The brother of a soldier missing in Afghanistan steps in to help his brother's family. "Everybody's Fine" A widower tries to reconnect with his grown children. "The Last Station" Upon the death of Leo Tolstoy, a division ensues over the disposition of his estate. "Serious Moonlight" A woman holds her husband captive after discovering he has been unfaithful. "Up in the Air" A corporate downsizing expert's life on the road is threatened by change.
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.
August 7, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Marvin Hamlisch, who died Monday at 68, may have been first known to many in Hollywood for playing piano at parties thrown by film producer Sam Spiegel. But in addition to the Broadway musicals for which he was most famous, Hamlisch became a prolific Hollywood film score writer, composing movie songs and music for such disparate titles as"Ordinary People," "Sophie's Choice," "The Spy Who Loved Me," "Three Men and a Baby" and even the 2009 comedy "The Informant!" He wrote for Woody Allen ("Take the Money and Run" and "Bananas")
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: or (310) 247-3600
September 29, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Sally Menke, director Quentin Tarantino's longtime editor on films such as " Pulp Fiction," "Jackie Brown" and the two-volume "Kill Bill," was found dead early Tuesday morning by searchers in Bronson Canyon after she went hiking with her dog in the severe heat Monday, authorities said. She was 56. Search dogs, Los Angeles Police Department helicopters and patrol unit officers spent hours in Griffith Park searching for Menke after her friends alerted authorities about 4 p.m. Monday when she failed to return home.
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.
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.
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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