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May 23, 2004 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
Should Ralph Nader worry? Now that the application deadline has passed for "American Candidate," Showtime's upcoming political talent show, the grimly resolute, semitragically staunch third-party contender might rue the day he didn't just mail in an application and kill the same bird with a stealthier, less overtly threatening stone. (It's too late anyway. Twenty-four semifinalists convened in Los Angeles this weekend to meet with the show's producers.
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March 15, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
My father always told me to beware a man with no regrets. Even a life lived wisely with the best intentions, he said, is inevitably pocked with mistakes and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. Dick Cheney is a man with no regrets. When the Showtime documentary "The World According to Dick Cheney" had its premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival, many expressed disappointment that director R.J. Cutler, an Oscar-nominated documentarian whose films include "The War Room" and "A Perfect Candidate," did not take a harder line or produce more damning evidence of the former vice president's role in various national scandals.
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HOME & GARDEN
August 29, 2009
"The September Issue," opening in New York this weekend and in L.A. on Sept. 11, is director R.J. Cutler's documentary on Vogue and its queen bee, Anna Wintour. Before Cutler got swept into the whirlwind of premieres, the L.A.-based director had friends over for a dinner party at his new outdoor kitchen and alfresco dining room. The Times played the role of fly on the stucco wall, watching the evening unfold and getting a peek inside Cutler's remodeled indoor kitchen as well. Look for the story next week in Home.
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September 6, 2009 | Mark Olsen
Perhaps nowhere is it more clear that this year is no 2007 than in the new documentary "The September Issue," directed by R.J. Cutler, which goes behind the scenes for the production of the massive 840-page issue of Vogue magazine for September 2007. By focusing on the magazine's longtime editor, the enigmatically imperious Anna Wintour, and her less well-known but no less headstrong creative director, Grace Coddington, the film charts the intersection of art and commerce with a perhaps inadvertent eye for an excess that wasn't to last.
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September 6, 2009 | Mark Olsen
Perhaps nowhere is it more clear that this year is no 2007 than in the new documentary "The September Issue," directed by R.J. Cutler, which goes behind the scenes for the production of the massive 840-page issue of Vogue magazine for September 2007. By focusing on the magazine's longtime editor, the enigmatically imperious Anna Wintour, and her less well-known but no less headstrong creative director, Grace Coddington, the film charts the intersection of art and commerce with a perhaps inadvertent eye for an excess that wasn't to last.
HOME & GARDEN
September 5, 2009 | Debra Prinzing
Welcome to the prelaunch celebration for "The September Issue," director R.J. Cutler's documentary feature about fashion high priestess Anna Wintour and her creation of Vogue magazine's most important issue of the year. But unlike the film's gala preview at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, this is not a red-carpet affair. Instead, Cutler and his girlfriend, Jane Cha, have gathered a group of friends a few days prior for an intimate, relaxed evening of oven-fired pizzas and savory grilled vegetables, all in Cutler's new outdoor dining room set under carnival lights and the stars.
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March 15, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
My father always told me to beware a man with no regrets. Even a life lived wisely with the best intentions, he said, is inevitably pocked with mistakes and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. Dick Cheney is a man with no regrets. When the Showtime documentary "The World According to Dick Cheney" had its premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival, many expressed disappointment that director R.J. Cutler, an Oscar-nominated documentarian whose films include "The War Room" and "A Perfect Candidate," did not take a harder line or produce more damning evidence of the former vice president's role in various national scandals.
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August 3, 1997 | Kenneth Turan
R.J. Cutler (who produced the Oscar-nominated "The War Room") and David Van Taylor's 1996 documentary takes as its title a remark by a minister, who, commenting on the Senate contest between Republican Oliver North (pictured) and Democrat Charles Robb, told his congregation, "Those of you looking for a perfect candidate won't find one." "A Perfect Candidate" makes you cringe for the entire democratic process (KCET Tuesday at 10 p.m.).
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May 3, 2003 | Greg Braxton
Cable network FX has pulled out of the planned unscripted series "American Candidate," in which 100 people would be recruited to campaign against one another for viewer votes in a bid to emerge as a rival to the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates in 2004. Kevin Reilly, president of entertainment for FX, said escalating production costs became too prohibitive for the network to continue.
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December 10, 2005 | From Associated Press
A black family learns what it's like to be white while a white family becomes black in the six-part documentary series "Black. White," scheduled for broadcast on the FX cable network in March. Makeup temporarily transforms the two families for the series developed by filmmaker R.J. Cutler and actor-rapper Ice Cube. "The loud message of the show is that we are a divided nation," said Cutler, who won an Emmy for outstanding reality program for "American High."
HOME & GARDEN
September 5, 2009 | Debra Prinzing
Welcome to the prelaunch celebration for "The September Issue," director R.J. Cutler's documentary feature about fashion high priestess Anna Wintour and her creation of Vogue magazine's most important issue of the year. But unlike the film's gala preview at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, this is not a red-carpet affair. Instead, Cutler and his girlfriend, Jane Cha, have gathered a group of friends a few days prior for an intimate, relaxed evening of oven-fired pizzas and savory grilled vegetables, all in Cutler's new outdoor dining room set under carnival lights and the stars.
HOME & GARDEN
August 29, 2009
"The September Issue," opening in New York this weekend and in L.A. on Sept. 11, is director R.J. Cutler's documentary on Vogue and its queen bee, Anna Wintour. Before Cutler got swept into the whirlwind of premieres, the L.A.-based director had friends over for a dinner party at his new outdoor kitchen and alfresco dining room. The Times played the role of fly on the stucco wall, watching the evening unfold and getting a peek inside Cutler's remodeled indoor kitchen as well. Look for the story next week in Home.
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May 23, 2004 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
Should Ralph Nader worry? Now that the application deadline has passed for "American Candidate," Showtime's upcoming political talent show, the grimly resolute, semitragically staunch third-party contender might rue the day he didn't just mail in an application and kill the same bird with a stealthier, less overtly threatening stone. (It's too late anyway. Twenty-four semifinalists convened in Los Angeles this weekend to meet with the show's producers.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2009 | Betsy Sharkey
If you loved "The Devil Wears Prada," do catch "The September Issue" before it leaves town. In R.J. Cutler's delicious documentary, you glimpse the dragon lady in action as fashion diva, Vogue Editor Anna Wintour puts together her fall issue, which is as notoriously fat as she is thin. While "September's" a natural for the fashionistas in our midst, it's also terrific fun for the jeans and T-shirt crowd -- that would include me. One of its great pleasures is Grace Coddington, a wild-haired Welsh force of nature nearing 70, a Vogue creative genius and one of the few willing to tangle with the queen.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2001
SERIES "The only thing phony and insincere on this show is me." So says Paul Reubens, who plays the oily host Troy Stevens on "You Don't Know Jack" (8 and 8:30 p.m. ABC), a new quiz show based on the popular CD-ROM game. The first half-hour is not entertaining, but there's one unexpected bit involving mariachis who distract the three contestants competing for cash. Aside from that, in the world of prime-time game shows, it is the weakest link. Goodbye.
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