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March 1, 1991 | DAVID GRITTEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Universal Pictures has withdrawn from its commitment to a film about the life of Charlie Chaplin, produced and directed by British filmmaker Sir Richard Attenborough, which was to start production here this month. All but a few of the production staff on the film have been laid off at Shepperton Studios, where shooting was to begin.
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December 18, 1996 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
As depicted in Richard Attenborough's "In Love and War," young Ernest Hemingway is anything but earnest. Cocky, conceited and self-absorbed, the novelist-to-be is played by Chris O'Donnell as the last person you'd expect to find in love with anyone but himself. And in truth there is so little convincing passion in this tepid story set in northern Italy during the closing days of World War I that "In Love and Snore" might be a more appropriate title.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 1993 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Shadowlands" (at the AMC Santa Monica and AMC Fine Arts) is about the romance between S. Lewis (Anthony Hopkins) and Joy Gresham (Debra Winger), and it's the kind of high-class weepie that titrates its tears one by one. It solemnizes heartbreak as it creeps from one emotional revelation to the next. Nothing happens in this film that isn't prepared for, and that's part of its plodding power. It works on us through its lack of surprise.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 1992 | DAVID GRITTEN
It wasn't so long ago that La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles was nothing but a long line of citrus groves. It was a warm, slow-moving, peaceful street, and not a lot happened there. Then in January, 1918, a young man called Charles Chaplin--who had arrived in Los Angeles just four years earlier from a seedy part of London, and rapidly became the biggest name in silent movies--opened his own movie studio on La Brea.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 1994 | David Gritten, David Gritten, a writer based in London, is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Talk about the comeback kid. In the late 1970s, Richard Attenborough, a veteran of some 60 films, retreated from his acting career to concentrate on full-time direct ing. It turned out to be a sound decision, and Attenborough scored some notable successes, including an Oscar for "Gandhi" (1982), which also won for best film.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 1993
Regarding "Channeling Chaplin," by Hilary de Vries (Dec. 20): Robert Downey Jr. must adore Richard Attenborough as much as he does Chaplin, for how else would he tolerate Attenborough's condescending remarks? Attenborough has cast himself as consummate technician rescuing Downey's career from undisciplined ruin. Nowhere is it mentioned that Attenborough's films have been a stuffy lot. If early reviews are to be believed, "Chaplin" is too, relieved only by Downey's performance.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A Lasting 'Mousetrap': "The Mousetrap," the world's longest-running play, reached its 40th birthday in London this week, and the daily trickle of tourists at the box office bodes well for the continued survival of the Agatha Christie play-turned-institution. Put together with $20,000, "The Mousetrap" has grossed more than $45 million. The original star, Richard Attenborough, went on to become an Oscar-winning film director, but few big names have been part of it since.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 1996 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
As depicted in Richard Attenborough's "In Love and War," young Ernest Hemingway is anything but earnest. Cocky, conceited and self-absorbed, the novelist-to-be is played by Chris O'Donnell as the last person you'd expect to find in love with anyone but himself. And in truth there is so little convincing passion in this tepid story set in northern Italy during the closing days of World War I that "In Love and Snore" might be a more appropriate title.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 1994 | David Gritten, David Gritten, a writer based in London, is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Talk about the comeback kid. In the late 1970s, Richard Attenborough, a veteran of some 60 films, retreated from his acting career to concentrate on full-time direct ing. It turned out to be a sound decision, and Attenborough scored some notable successes, including an Oscar for "Gandhi" (1982), which also won for best film.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 1993 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Shadowlands" (at the AMC Santa Monica and AMC Fine Arts) is about the romance between S. Lewis (Anthony Hopkins) and Joy Gresham (Debra Winger), and it's the kind of high-class weepie that titrates its tears one by one. It solemnizes heartbreak as it creeps from one emotional revelation to the next. Nothing happens in this film that isn't prepared for, and that's part of its plodding power. It works on us through its lack of surprise.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 1993
Regarding "Channeling Chaplin," by Hilary de Vries (Dec. 20): Robert Downey Jr. must adore Richard Attenborough as much as he does Chaplin, for how else would he tolerate Attenborough's condescending remarks? Attenborough has cast himself as consummate technician rescuing Downey's career from undisciplined ruin. Nowhere is it mentioned that Attenborough's films have been a stuffy lot. If early reviews are to be believed, "Chaplin" is too, relieved only by Downey's performance.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A Lasting 'Mousetrap': "The Mousetrap," the world's longest-running play, reached its 40th birthday in London this week, and the daily trickle of tourists at the box office bodes well for the continued survival of the Agatha Christie play-turned-institution. Put together with $20,000, "The Mousetrap" has grossed more than $45 million. The original star, Richard Attenborough, went on to become an Oscar-winning film director, but few big names have been part of it since.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 1992 | DAVID GRITTEN
It wasn't so long ago that La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles was nothing but a long line of citrus groves. It was a warm, slow-moving, peaceful street, and not a lot happened there. Then in January, 1918, a young man called Charles Chaplin--who had arrived in Los Angeles just four years earlier from a seedy part of London, and rapidly became the biggest name in silent movies--opened his own movie studio on La Brea.
NEWS
October 10, 1991 | LEO SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Take this with as many grains of salt as you like, but filming is scheduled to get under way Friday in Ventura County on the Period Films Inc. production of "Charlie," about the life of film legend Charlie Chaplin. Sure, you say, didn't we hear that back in March? Yes, that was when location scouts began searching for appropriate settings. At about the same time, however, the film lost some financial backing and things were put on hold.
NEWS
October 10, 1991 | LEO SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Take this with as many grains of salt as you like, but filming is scheduled to get under way Friday in Ventura County on the Period Films Inc. production of "Charlie," about the life of film legend Charlie Chaplin. Sure, you say, didn't we hear that back in March? Yes, that was when location scouts began searching for appropriate settings. At about the same time, however, the film lost some financial backing and things were put on hold.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1985 | JACK MATHEWS, Times Staff Writer
"Back to the Future," which opens today across the country, officially launches TV star Michael J. Fox in feature films. But the feature he actually made first comes second. "Teen Wolf," a low-budget horror spoof in which Fox plays a timid teen-ager whose genetic clock turns him into both a werewolf and the high school hunk, was made just before "Back to the Future," but won't be released until Aug. 9, nearly five weeks later.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 1991 | DAVID GRITTEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Universal Pictures has withdrawn from its commitment to a film about the life of Charlie Chaplin, produced and directed by British filmmaker Sir Richard Attenborough, which was to start production here this month. All but a few of the production staff on the film have been laid off at Shepperton Studios, where shooting was to begin.
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