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March 4, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
A marvelous mash-up of Old West and newfangled, "Rango" rewrites the animation playbook with its eye-popping critters and varmints, and its hero's tale (tail?) of a chameleon desperate for a SAG card and a town desperate for a sheriff. What fun. In a world choked with animated films — the good, the bad and the ugly — it's hard to be either original or great. Yet director Gore Verbinski has done both — and without 3-D — breaking the rules and new ground in the town of Dirt.
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February 9, 2012
Let's hear it for the band. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has decided to induct six bands whose high-profile leaders previously made it into the hall individually, in recognition of the critical role those musicians played in the history of pop music. Buddy Holly's Crickets, Bill Haley's Comets, James Brown's Famous Flames, Gene Vincent's Blue Caps, Hank Ballard's Midnighters and Smokey Robinson's Miracles will join their frontmen as full-fledged members of the hall of fame at this year's induction ceremony, slated for April 14 in Cleveland.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2012
Tony Danza is Broadway-bound, starring in a musical based on the 1992 movie "Honeymoon in Vegas. " Producers said Monday that the star will play a Vegas wiseguy in the show, which makes its debut in November in Toronto. It is headed to Broadway in the spring of 2013. The musical features music and lyrics by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by Andrew Bergman, who also directed and wrote the film. The movie starred James Caan, Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2012
Tony Danza is Broadway-bound, starring in a musical based on the 1992 movie "Honeymoon in Vegas. " Producers said Monday that the star will play a Vegas wiseguy in the show, which makes its debut in November in Toronto. It is headed to Broadway in the spring of 2013. The musical features music and lyrics by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by Andrew Bergman, who also directed and wrote the film. The movie starred James Caan, Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2012
Let's hear it for the band. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has decided to induct six bands whose high-profile leaders previously made it into the hall individually, in recognition of the critical role those musicians played in the history of pop music. Buddy Holly's Crickets, Bill Haley's Comets, James Brown's Famous Flames, Gene Vincent's Blue Caps, Hank Ballard's Midnighters and Smokey Robinson's Miracles will join their frontmen as full-fledged members of the hall of fame at this year's induction ceremony, slated for April 14 in Cleveland.
NEWS
December 8, 2011 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If a critically championed movie earns Oscar nominations for art direction, editing, score, makeup and sound, could all that support translate into a best picture nod as well? That's the question surrounding Martin Scorsese's beautifully crafted "Hugo," which has been generating off-the-chart reactions at various guild screenings for the past couple of weeks. We'll get into "Hugo's" best picture chances a bit later. For now, let's burrow into the below-the-line categories, along with music and animation.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2011
'Rango' MPAA rating: PG for rude humor, language, action and smoking Running time: 1 hour, 47 minutes Playing: In general release
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Lincoln Lawyer Lionsgate, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.99 Anyone who tries to adapt the work of bestselling mystery novelist Michael Connelly in the future should take a long look at this, which gets the author exactly right. Matthew McConaughey plays clever, in-demand attorney Mickey Haller, who works out of his car and never misses an angle; Ryan Phillippe is his latest client, a rich kid accused of a violent crime. The case is nothing that hasn't been seen in hundreds of other legal thrillers, but McConaughey delivers his most charismatic performance in more than a decade, and director Brad Furman (with screenwriter John Romano)
BUSINESS
March 4, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
There will be a shootout at the box office this weekend, but Paramount Pictures' first self-produced big-budget computer-animated film "Rango" should be the one left standing. The western, which stars a chameleon voiced by actor Johnny Depp and cost close to $150 million to make, probably will open with about $45 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The weekend's other new releases aren't expected to sell nearly as many tickets. "The Adjustment Bureau," a sci-fi action romance starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, is expected to gross about $20 million.
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February 20, 2011 | By Cristy Lytal, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Without Nikita Patel and the other creature technical directors, or TDs, at Industrial Light & Magic, Rango the chameleon, who stars in the title role of Paramount's new film from director Gore Verbinski, would lack one of the key traits of any good animated character: the ability to move. "Our department basically works on the simulations and the rigging of the characters," she said. "Rigging is putting a skeleton inside the model so that the animators can move it around. And if we want to see more realism out of it, the creature TDs will go in and add some simulation to the muscles and the flesh to make it jiggle or look more real.
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January 19, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
John Logan's road to becoming one of the most versatile and in-demand screenwriters began when he was a youngster. He suffered from severe asthma that prevented him from playing outside, so he found solace watching old movies on the family's small black-and-white TV set. "I fell in love with Errol Flynn and Tyrone Power and Basil Rathbone and Hitchcock and Orson Welles and John Huston," said Logan, 50, who still talks with child-like enthusiasm about...
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December 29, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Big-budget sequels ruled the box office this year, but it was romantic comedies that topped rentals at red kiosks. The Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston comedy "Just Go With It" was the most rented movie at Redbox kiosks in 2011, according to new data released by the $1-per-night DVD company. Right behind was the Ashton Kutcher-Natalie Portman romantic comedy "No Strings Attached. " All of the top five movies were those intended to make audiences laugh, a list that also included the animated comedy "Rango," the romantic comedy "The Dilemma" and the buddy comedy "Due Date.
NEWS
December 8, 2011 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If a critically championed movie earns Oscar nominations for art direction, editing, score, makeup and sound, could all that support translate into a best picture nod as well? That's the question surrounding Martin Scorsese's beautifully crafted "Hugo," which has been generating off-the-chart reactions at various guild screenings for the past couple of weeks. We'll get into "Hugo's" best picture chances a bit later. For now, let's burrow into the below-the-line categories, along with music and animation.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Lincoln Lawyer Lionsgate, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.99 Anyone who tries to adapt the work of bestselling mystery novelist Michael Connelly in the future should take a long look at this, which gets the author exactly right. Matthew McConaughey plays clever, in-demand attorney Mickey Haller, who works out of his car and never misses an angle; Ryan Phillippe is his latest client, a rich kid accused of a violent crime. The case is nothing that hasn't been seen in hundreds of other legal thrillers, but McConaughey delivers his most charismatic performance in more than a decade, and director Brad Furman (with screenwriter John Romano)
BUSINESS
April 29, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Paramount Pictures proved that it was no slouch — and certainly no revenue reptile — helping to propel its parent company to higher-than-expected profit in its fiscal second quarter. Viacom Inc. reported Thursday that its latest quarterly earnings soared 53%. The media company's popular cable channels, including MTV and Nickelodeon, continued to be revenue engines. The big surprise was Paramount, which sometimes has been an earnings laggard. The Melrose Avenue studio generated 38% higher revenue, fueled in large part by the performance of its animated reptile picture "Rango" and teen heartthrob movie "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.
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March 18, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Matthew McConaughey, Bradley Cooper or ... an alien? Each will carry a new film at the box office this weekend, but moviegoers may have a difficult time choosing among the two handsome leading men and a decidedly less attractive protagonist. According to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys, McConaughey's "The Lincoln Lawyer," Cooper's "Limitless" and "Paul," which centers on an extraterrestrial, are in a tight race for the No. 1 spot. All will probably gross $10 million to $15 million.
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March 4, 2011 | Ben Fritz and Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Paramount Pictures' "Rango," a family movie about a chameleon sheriff in the Wild West voiced by Johnny Depp, marks the studio's entry into the crowded field of big-budget digital animation. The little critter could cause some big headaches. Computer animation is one of Hollywood's few growth industries, with nearly every major studio now wanting to stake a claim in a market dominated by Pixar Animation, Disney and DreamWorks Animation. And "Rango," which opens Friday, will put Paramount into direct competition with one of those industry giants, DreamWorks, which has been the studio's chief supplier of family animated films.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2011 | Amy Kaufman
A diverse crop of four new movies premiering this weekend wasn't enough to bring the box office out of its recent slump. Despite decent openings for both the computer-animated film "Rango" and the adult drama "The Adjustment Bureau," total ticket sales were down 31% from the same weekend in 2010, when the mega-hit "Alice in Wonderland" dominated the weekend. That worsened a severe downward trend, with box office receipts down 21% year to date, according to Hollywood.com . "Rango," which features a chameleon voiced by Johnny Depp, drew the most crowds and took in $38 million, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2011 | Amy Kaufman
A diverse crop of four new movies premiering this weekend wasn't enough to bring the box office out of its recent slump. Despite decent openings for both the computer-animated film "Rango" and the adult drama "The Adjustment Bureau," total ticket sales were down 31% from the same weekend in 2010, when the mega-hit "Alice in Wonderland" dominated the weekend. That worsened a severe downward trend, with box office receipts down 21% year to date, according to Hollywood.com . "Rango," which features a chameleon voiced by Johnny Depp, drew the most crowds and took in $38 million, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2011
'Rango' MPAA rating: PG for rude humor, language, action and smoking Running time: 1 hour, 47 minutes Playing: In general release
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