August 6, 2010 |
As he proved so winningly in "Stand by Me," Rob Reiner is a filmmaker who has a way of telling stories about kids, suffusing them with ambivalence and insecurity about their still-evolving selves that feels both heartfelt and authentic. So it is, once again many years later, with "Flipped," a tale of very young love and loss also set in the '60s. And though our two lovebirds, Juli and Bryce, live in white, middle-class suburbia, the experience feels universal and the oft-trod coming-of-age terrain feels newly turned.
August 5, 2010 |
How do you market the sweet and the square in a time of the slick and the hip? That's the dilemma facing Rob Reiner's "Flipped" this weekend. Hollywood studios these days don't typically make a movie about young love in an early 1960s of ice-cream parlors and bicycle-riding. Or, for that matter, release it in Sacramento weeks ahead of New York. But little is typical about "Flipped," which opens across Los Angeles on Friday (as well as in Sacramento and Austin, Texas). Based on a novel from the young-adult author Wendelin Van Draanen, it tells of a precocious girl ( Madeline Carroll, for the bulk of the film)
June 22, 2009 |
The rock stars in the room have been at this all day. Since 11 a.m., the laughable, mostly fictional heavy-metal trio Spinal Tap has been hard at work, making the usual wig adjustments and celebrating the release of the band's first album in 17 years. First there was a live performance and some preposterous chitchat on "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" and now more interviews and a quick nighttime photo shoot.
September 27, 2007 |
Director Rob Reiner, one of liberal Hollywood's most courted presidential fence-sitters, said Wednesday that he has decided to endorse New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Her campaign staff is set to make the announcement today. To seal the deal, Reiner also will throw a fundraiser party for Clinton's 60th birthday at his Brentwood estate Oct. 21.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2006 |
The Sacramento County district attorney's office announced Tuesday that it had found no wrongdoing at the California Children and Family Commission, originally chaired by Hollywood entertainer Rob Reiner. Sen. Chuck Poochigian (R-Fresno) called for the investigation earlier this year after The Times reported that the commission, generally known as the California First Five Commission, used more than $20 million in tax money to air television ads touting the benefits of preschool.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2006 |
A state commission chaired by Hollywood entertainer Rob Reiner violated no laws but failed to properly award millions of dollars in contracts and did not adequately justify many payments, a state audit released Tuesday shows.