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December 1, 1991 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Movie audiences were first introduced to the quiet intensity of Sam Neill when he starred opposite another newcomer, Judy Davis, in the acclaimed Australian film "My Brilliant Career."
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November 21, 2013 | By Randee Dawn
Jack Nicholson called them "Dernsies. " At least, he did when referring to Bruce Dern, the "Nebraska" star who appeared in the 1971 film "Drive, He Said," which Nicholson directed. So what are "Dernsies"? "It's not something I set out to do and not something I plan to do," says Dern. "It's just something the character comes up with that the screenwriter did not put on the page. An interjection or snapping my fingers down at my side. I did that in 'Drive, He Said' to let everyone know this basketball coach I was playing had a little game.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2001 | ELLEN BASKIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's been a heroic year for Sam Neill. The actor saved the day in the quirky independent film "The Dish," as the Australian scientist responsible for broadcasting television images of man's first walk on the moon; he rescued the crew of a sunken submarine in the true-life TV movie "Submerged"--and he's about to go one-on-one with a newer, smarter assortment of ferocious dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park III," which stampedes into theaters on Wednesday. "It's about time I did a bad guy, isn't it?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Though not technically an onomatopoeia, as its origins are in the Spanish word for pelican, Alcatraz, with its standing-stones line of tough consonants, has an undeniably sinister sound. That it also famously names the iconic island prison turned national park rising from the frigid, forbidding waters of the San Francisco Bay only increases the shiver value. So when Sam Neill, a man not short on shiver value himself, stares into the camera and says "Welcome to Alcatraz," you're certainly not going to argue with him. You're going to sit up straight, zip your lip and watch the darn show.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 1993 | HILARY de VRIES, Hilary de Vries is a frequent contributor to Calendar
If he thought about it for more than 10 seconds, which he isn't inclined do, given his British Commonwealth reserve, Sam Neill might be aware of the implications. Implications, in Hollywood parlance, perhaps best summed up by the videotape of "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle," lying on the bureau of his hotel suite. "Do you know Curtis Hanson?" he asks mildly, arching his voice into that little fillip at the end, a New Zealander still. "I'm having breakfast with him tomorrow.
NEWS
December 8, 1985
The title was "Kane & Abel," but this was Abel, Abel and more Abel with a little Kane thrown in. I got so tired of it. This was not fair to the brilliant Sam Neill! One wasn't Abel to see much of Kane. Dolores Hurt, North Hollywood
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Though not technically an onomatopoeia, as its origins are in the Spanish word for pelican, Alcatraz, with its standing-stones line of tough consonants, has an undeniably sinister sound. That it also famously names the iconic island prison turned national park rising from the frigid, forbidding waters of the San Francisco Bay only increases the shiver value. So when Sam Neill, a man not short on shiver value himself, stares into the camera and says "Welcome to Alcatraz," you're certainly not going to argue with him. You're going to sit up straight, zip your lip and watch the darn show.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2012 | By Gerald Narciso, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In many ways, the scene on a cold and rainy day in Tsawwassen, Canada, looked like your run-of-the-mill murder. There was a trio of detectives who had arrived in a vintage forest-green Mustang. There was a dead body, of course. And the cops were after the usual suspects. Except these suspects were from a half-century ago — and all were inmates in one of America's most notorious prisons. The scenario seems puzzling until you realize that it's a story line in J.J. Abrams' new midseason show "Alcatraz," which is set to premiere Jan. 16 on Fox. The series' premise is that a group of Alcatraz prisoners who were supposedly dead have somehow returned to modern day and are wreaking havoc on the streets of San Francisco.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Randee Dawn
Jack Nicholson called them "Dernsies. " At least, he did when referring to Bruce Dern, the "Nebraska" star who appeared in the 1971 film "Drive, He Said," which Nicholson directed. So what are "Dernsies"? "It's not something I set out to do and not something I plan to do," says Dern. "It's just something the character comes up with that the screenwriter did not put on the page. An interjection or snapping my fingers down at my side. I did that in 'Drive, He Said' to let everyone know this basketball coach I was playing had a little game.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 1985
CBS has set Nov. 17-19 as the air dates for "Kane and Abel," a seven-hour miniseries based on the novel by Jeffrey Archer. Peter Strauss stars as Abel and Sam Neill plays Kane.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2012 | By Gerald Narciso, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In many ways, the scene on a cold and rainy day in Tsawwassen, Canada, looked like your run-of-the-mill murder. There was a trio of detectives who had arrived in a vintage forest-green Mustang. There was a dead body, of course. And the cops were after the usual suspects. Except these suspects were from a half-century ago — and all were inmates in one of America's most notorious prisons. The scenario seems puzzling until you realize that it's a story line in J.J. Abrams' new midseason show "Alcatraz," which is set to premiere Jan. 16 on Fox. The series' premise is that a group of Alcatraz prisoners who were supposedly dead have somehow returned to modern day and are wreaking havoc on the streets of San Francisco.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2001 | ELLEN BASKIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's been a heroic year for Sam Neill. The actor saved the day in the quirky independent film "The Dish," as the Australian scientist responsible for broadcasting television images of man's first walk on the moon; he rescued the crew of a sunken submarine in the true-life TV movie "Submerged"--and he's about to go one-on-one with a newer, smarter assortment of ferocious dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park III," which stampedes into theaters on Wednesday. "It's about time I did a bad guy, isn't it?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 1993 | HILARY de VRIES, Hilary de Vries is a frequent contributor to Calendar
If he thought about it for more than 10 seconds, which he isn't inclined do, given his British Commonwealth reserve, Sam Neill might be aware of the implications. Implications, in Hollywood parlance, perhaps best summed up by the videotape of "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle," lying on the bureau of his hotel suite. "Do you know Curtis Hanson?" he asks mildly, arching his voice into that little fillip at the end, a New Zealander still. "I'm having breakfast with him tomorrow.
NEWS
December 1, 1991 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Movie audiences were first introduced to the quiet intensity of Sam Neill when he starred opposite another newcomer, Judy Davis, in the acclaimed Australian film "My Brilliant Career."
NEWS
December 8, 1985
The title was "Kane & Abel," but this was Abel, Abel and more Abel with a little Kane thrown in. I got so tired of it. This was not fair to the brilliant Sam Neill! One wasn't Abel to see much of Kane. Dolores Hurt, North Hollywood
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 1999
While Harrison Ford is undeniably a reliable box-office heavyweight, it was not he who made Mace Neufeld's "The Hunt for Red October," in which he did not appear, an off-season mega-hit ("Unconventional War of Nerves," by Robert W. Welkos, June 13). That credit goes to a stellar Alec Baldwin, with indispensable teamwork from Sean Connery, James Earl Jones and Sam Neill. SUE DUQUETTE Torrance
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 1992 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Cue the Dinosaurs: Director Steven Spielberg begins principal photography today in Kauai for "Jurassic Park," a thriller about genetically engineered dinosaurs who get out of control in a contemporary jungle theme park. The Universal Pictures film, based on Michael Crichton's novel, stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough--and live-action dinosaurs that Spielberg's design team has been working on for more than 18 months. It's due out next summer.
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