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March 30, 2006 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
FOR his thesis at the American Film Institute, writer-director Randall Miller returned to his childhood in Pasadena, when his mother sent him kicking and screaming to cotillion. His award-winning 1990 short, "Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School," continues to be screened to this day. "No matter what I did in my career, people would always hire me off of the short," said Miller. "It was a touchstone for people.
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March 30, 2006 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
FOR his thesis at the American Film Institute, writer-director Randall Miller returned to his childhood in Pasadena, when his mother sent him kicking and screaming to cotillion. His award-winning 1990 short, "Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School," continues to be screened to this day. "No matter what I did in my career, people would always hire me off of the short," said Miller. "It was a touchstone for people.
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January 6, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Randal Miller and his longtime companion, Barbara Lane, were practically inseparable. The Lancaster couple spent long summer days boating and water skiing at Pyramid Lake. They shared cooking, laundry and cleaning chores around their small ranch house. They jointly cared for their daughter, Alisha, 5, and Lane's son, Wyatt, 10. They talked about culminating their 10-year relationship in marriage later this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Randal Miller and his longtime companion, Barbara Lane, were practically inseparable. The Lancaster couple spent long summer days boating and water skiing at Pyramid Lake. They shared cooking, laundry and cleaning chores around their small ranch house. They jointly cared for their daughter, Alisha, 5, and Lane's son, Wyatt, 10. They talked about culminating their 10-year relationship in marriage later this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 1995 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Houseguest," a rowdy fish-out-of-water comedy, is as good-natured as its big, beefy star, comedian Sinbad. His Kevin Franklin is a Pittsburgh dreamer steeped in get-rich-quick schemes but now dangerously in debt to a local Mafioso. Deciding to make a run for it, he finds salvation when, at the airport, he's mistaken for a childhood friend by Phil Hartman's Gary Young, an Ivy League lawyer who lives in the lush suburb of Sewickley and has come to pick up his old acquaintance.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 1992 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Kid 'n Play are a new-style comedy duo, rappers turned movie comics who seem to have the dynamics, interplay and the casual expertise of some of the best old-style teams (Abbott & Costello, Martin & Lewis, Hope & Crosby) down pat. Kid is the oddball, Play is the smoothie and, at their best, they work together as joyously as their predecessors. But they don't necessarily have the best vehicles.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 1997 | JACK MATHEWS, FOR THE TIMES
If there's such a thing in Hollywood as being too smart for your own good, Disney's marketing gurus may qualify for releasing a movie on a weekend when it will have to compete with its own subject.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2006 | Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
The quaintly titled "Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School" is a movie of sentiment, sweetness and nostalgia, a story hovering somewhere between realism and bittersweet fantasy. Occurrences, coincidences and resolutions take on an adult fairy-tale quality, much of it genteel and preposterous. Director Randall Miller, who first hit upon the crux of the tale for a shorter film about 15 years ago, would no doubt argue that truth, not reality, is the intent here.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2008 | Kim Christensen and Andrea Chang, Times Staff Writers
After Axium International Inc. imploded this week, a company vice president said its Hollywood clients would make a "seamless transition" to other payroll services providers. But that's not how many of them described it Wednesday after learning that money they had deposited with Axium was tied up by the company's bankruptcy liquidation action filed the day before.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2008 | Robert Abele, Abele is a freelance writer.
"Nobel Son" loosely straps a story of family disappointment and academic jealousy to a juiced-up caper flick and then speeds off on its way. What comes next is a movie with moments of vengeance-filled enjoyment but also a sense of tonal haphazardness. You can't blame co-writer-director Randall Miller ("Bottle Shock") for wanting to have flashy criminal fun with his setup.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
"Midnight Rider" star William Hurt has pulled out of the Gregg Allman biopic, which suspended production in February after a train accident killed a camera assistant. "I can confirm he's out of the movie," said a spokeswoman for ICM Partners, the talent agency that represents Hurt. The Oscar-winning actor was cast as the legendary rocker. Hurt's withdrawal from "Midnight Rider" raises doubts about whether producers Randall Miller and his wife Jody Savin can revive the controversial project.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2008 | Michael Ordona
In "Sixty Six," an attention-starved, sad-sack boy in 1966 Britain wants to have the biggest bar mitzvah ever. However, his family's business fails and England's chance to finally win the World Cup falls on his big day. So he sulks when he can't have his Super Sweet 13 bash and roots against the national team. Oy vey. Director Paul Weiland, on whose childhood experiences the film is based, may be too close to the subject matter.
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