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May 11, 2011 | Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times
In his new 3-D action film "Priest," Paul Bettany plays a laconic warrior with a cross tattooed on his face, a man who channels divine power to combat the vampire menace that terrorizes the citizens of a post-apocalyptic realm. But it's not entirely new territory for the English actor, whose resume includes "A Knight's Tale," "A Beautiful Mind" and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. " In last year's "Legion," Bettany starred as an avenging archangel determined to protect the life of an infant as doomsday dawns, and in the blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code," he portrayed a murderous albino monk whose extreme faith demands he whip himself bloody to atone for his sins.
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April 11, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Shortly before he began shooting his new artificial-intelligence thriller "Transcendence" last year, filmmaker Wally Pfister flew Jose Carmena and Michel Maharbiz, a pair of UC Berkeley scientists, to his office in Los Angeles. Professional consultants are common on Hollywood movies, but they're not usually this advanced - Carmena studies neuroscience and Maharbiz is a nanotechnology specialist - and even fewer go deep into the weeds with directors. For ‎10 hours, the men pored over the script with the intensity of lab researchers on the verge of a major discovery.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2003 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
On location in Baja to film the swashbuckler "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," English actor Paul Bettany lived alone in a rented house, far from the others. He shrugged off "boot camp," pre-filming training exercises where cast members learned to fight, row and climb the rigging of an early 19th century frigate.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2013
Feeling more like a mid-season episode of some television detective serial than a self-contained film all its own, "Blood" is a dour British crime drama that lacks much of a beating heart. Directed by Nick Murphy from a screenplay by Bill Gallagher, the story is set amid a small coastal town near an island that is cut off when the tides roll in, creating a place where locals often try to store their secrets. That includes a brother detective duo (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham) who learned their trade from their father (Brian Cox)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paul Bettany gives a cheeky performance as England's great writer and poet Geoffrey Chaucer in the action-adventure "A Knight's Tale, " which opened Friday. Better make that a "revealing" performance, since Bettany is buck naked for his rather lengthy introductory scene. "All together it represents five days of nudity," Bettany says rather sheepishly, adding that nude scenes are "just not fun. It's sort of humiliating and you feel very vulnerable."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2013
Feeling more like a mid-season episode of some television detective serial than a self-contained film all its own, "Blood" is a dour British crime drama that lacks much of a beating heart. Directed by Nick Murphy from a screenplay by Bill Gallagher, the story is set amid a small coastal town near an island that is cut off when the tides roll in, creating a place where locals often try to store their secrets. That includes a brother detective duo (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham) who learned their trade from their father (Brian Cox)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2002 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taut, corrosive and compelling, "Gangster No. 1" has the galvanic appeal of "Little Caesar" and "Scarface" in its full-sized portrait of a brilliant but twisted and savage criminal. Never identified by name, he is played in his youth by Paul Bettany and in middle age by Malcolm McDowell. The two actors blend in depicting a man with no limits in slaking his lust for power and without equal in the London underworld in his use of cunning to achieve his ends.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2004 | Manohla Dargis, Times Staff Writer
In the medieval thriller "The Reckoning," the young English actor Paul Bettany plays a priest on the lam. Caught with his vestments around his ankles, Bettany's Nicholas has fled his old parish life for the secular road, the law in hot pursuit. Not long afterward, he stumbles on an acting troupe that grudgingly welcomes him into their company.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Shortly before he began shooting his new artificial-intelligence thriller "Transcendence" last year, filmmaker Wally Pfister flew Jose Carmena and Michel Maharbiz, a pair of UC Berkeley scientists, to his office in Los Angeles. Professional consultants are common on Hollywood movies, but they're not usually this advanced - Carmena studies neuroscience and Maharbiz is a nanotechnology specialist - and even fewer go deep into the weeds with directors. For ‎10 hours, the men pored over the script with the intensity of lab researchers on the verge of a major discovery.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2011 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
In late 2008, "Margin Call" looked like the kind of film project that could languish indefinitely: an unfinanced script from a first-time writer-director on a wonkish subject — the math behind Wall Street's recent collapse. Then Spock beamed in. Zachary Quinto had just wrapped filming on J.J. Abrams' reboot of "Star Trek," playing the pointy-eared young Starfleet Academy commander, and his NBC show "Heroes" had a cult following. He had formed a production company with two drama school friends and was looking for projects, so he met "Margin Call" writer-director J.C. Chandor at the Fairfax Farmers Market on the recommendation of a mutual friend.
NEWS
May 11, 2011 | Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times
In his new 3-D action film "Priest," Paul Bettany plays a laconic warrior with a cross tattooed on his face, a man who channels divine power to combat the vampire menace that terrorizes the citizens of a post-apocalyptic realm. But it's not entirely new territory for the English actor, whose resume includes "A Knight's Tale," "A Beautiful Mind" and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. " In last year's "Legion," Bettany starred as an avenging archangel determined to protect the life of an infant as doomsday dawns, and in the blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code," he portrayed a murderous albino monk whose extreme faith demands he whip himself bloody to atone for his sins.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2004 | Manohla Dargis, Times Staff Writer
In the medieval thriller "The Reckoning," the young English actor Paul Bettany plays a priest on the lam. Caught with his vestments around his ankles, Bettany's Nicholas has fled his old parish life for the secular road, the law in hot pursuit. Not long afterward, he stumbles on an acting troupe that grudgingly welcomes him into their company.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2003 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
On location in Baja to film the swashbuckler "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," English actor Paul Bettany lived alone in a rented house, far from the others. He shrugged off "boot camp," pre-filming training exercises where cast members learned to fight, row and climb the rigging of an early 19th century frigate.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2002 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taut, corrosive and compelling, "Gangster No. 1" has the galvanic appeal of "Little Caesar" and "Scarface" in its full-sized portrait of a brilliant but twisted and savage criminal. Never identified by name, he is played in his youth by Paul Bettany and in middle age by Malcolm McDowell. The two actors blend in depicting a man with no limits in slaking his lust for power and without equal in the London underworld in his use of cunning to achieve his ends.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paul Bettany gives a cheeky performance as England's great writer and poet Geoffrey Chaucer in the action-adventure "A Knight's Tale, " which opened Friday. Better make that a "revealing" performance, since Bettany is buck naked for his rather lengthy introductory scene. "All together it represents five days of nudity," Bettany says rather sheepishly, adding that nude scenes are "just not fun. It's sort of humiliating and you feel very vulnerable."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2011 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
"Margin Call" takes ripped-from-the-headlines events and dramatizes them for all they're worth. Which turns out to be quite a lot. Starring a top cast including Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci and Paul Bettany, "Margin Call" returns us to where previous films, including the Oscar-winning documentary "Inside Job" and the HBO drama "Too Big to Fail," have gone before: the opening days of 2008's global financial crisis. But this time, it's different. It's different because this confident, crisply made piece of work does an expert job of bringing us inside the inner sanctum of a top Wall Street investment bank in extremis, giving us a convincing and coolly dramatic portrait of what it must have been like when titans trembled.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2010
Where you've seen him Paul Bettany is perhaps best known for his two films with Russell Crowe, "A Beautiful Mind" and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World." For "Master and Commander," his honors include a British Academy of Film and Television Arts nomination and supporting actor laurels from the London Film Critics Circle; for "A Beautiful Mind," he shared a Screen Actors Guild ensemble nomination. He has also been honored for performances in small British films such as "Gangster No. 1" and "The Heart of Me," as well as "Wimbledon" and "The Secret Life of Bees."
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