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ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2010 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A small group of determined survivors walks together toward freedom ? through a forest, a blizzard, a desert, across mountains. From this elemental premise comes the basic drama of "The Way Back," a based-in-fact tale of a how a handful of prisoners escaped from a Soviet gulag in 1940 and walked some 4,000 miles from Siberia to India. The film, the first from director Peter Weir since "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" in 2003 and opening Wednesday in a brief local run for awards qualification before returning to theaters next month, is by turns rigorously spare, bracingly direct and then disconcertingly inclined toward an ill-fitting sentimentality.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2011 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
"I am about to embark on a great adventure," says the hero, tucking a Colt revolver into a flour sack, donning a wide-brimmed Stetson and riding out into the wilderness on the trail of a killer. Smart, stoic and purposeful, this avenger is a stock western movie protagonist in every way but one ? Mattie Ross, the central character in the new film "True Grit," is a 14-year-old girl. Given that female adolescents are frequently depicted on-screen as vapid ("Mean Girls"), angst-ridden ("Twilight")
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2010
SERIES Fix This Kitchen: In the premiere of this new series, chef Georges Perrier helps a family frustrated by an antiquated kitchen (10 a.m. A&E). Iconoclasts: Hugh Jackman and Jean-Georges Vongerichten are profiled in this new episode (9 p.m. Sundance). Lottery Changed My Life: The jackpot takes a family of eight from foreclosure to a multi-million dollar mansion in this new episode (9 p.m. TLC). Auctioneer$: In this new episode Jason showcases an authentic buggy, complete with a horse drawing it (10 p.m. TLC; a second new episode follows at 10:30 p.m.)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2009
The Early Show Hugh Grant. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Sarah Jessica Parker; Kristi Yamaguchi; Alicia Keys. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Robert Downey Jr.; Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali; Steve Harvey. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Regis and Kelly Mark Consuelos; Sarah Jessica Parker. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Stanley Tucci; Saoirse Ronan; Emily Blunt; the cast of Broadway's "Memphis" performs.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2008 | Kevin Crust
'Dedication' Weinstein/Genius, $19.95 Actor Justin Theroux makes his directing debut with this quirky film about a disagreeable children's book author (Billy Crudup) dealing with a multitude of dysfunctions. An oddly endearing friendship between Crudup and Tom Wilkinson gives way to a far more conventional romantic comedy with Mandy Moore. Extras: non-existent. -- 'Gone Baby Gone' Disney, $29.99, Blu-Ray, $34.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2008 | Jevon Phillips
Making the annual drive from Los Angeles down to San Diego for Comic-Con is never pleasant. But this year, a handful of journalists were invited aboard a train to travel to the 'Con in classic style. The trip Wednesday was organized by Fox-Walden in honor of "City of Ember," a film directed by "Monster House's" Gil Kenan and written by "Edward Scissorhands" screenwriter Caroline Thompson. The movie, which opens Oct. 10, is based on the book by Jeanne DuPrau. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where resources are dwindling, the story centers on two young teens who live in an underground city lighted only by lamps and floodlights.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2012
SUNDAY Will the nearly silent "The Artist" become the first "silent" film to win the Oscar for best picture since the 1927 silent film "Wings" won the very first Oscar for best picture? Find out when Billy Crystal hosts "The 84th Annual Academy Awards. " (ABC, 5:30 p.m.) 1944's "To Have and Have Not" is the tale of an old rummy (Walter Brennan) who seeks an answer to the eternal question, "Was you ever bit by a dead bee?" There's also some romantic nonsense involving Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2010 | By Susan King
"Avatar" won a record-breaking six Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Friday night, but it was the independent Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker" took home the best picture honors from the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. Kathryn Bigelow also won as director of the harrowing ensemble war film. "The Hurt Locker," which is nominated for best picture and director at Sunday's Golden Globes, has received the lion's share of critics' awards, including honors from the L.A. Film Critics Assn.
NEWS
November 11, 2009 | TOM O'NEIL
With 10 nominees for best picture instead of the usual five, this may be the most exciting Oscar derby in many years. And the most suspenseful. No current academy members can remember what it was like the last time there was so much competition -- 66 years ago. But that doesn't mean some of them weren't around! BEST PICTURE Front-runners "Avatar" "An Education" "The Hurt Locker" "Inglourious Basterds" "Invictus" "Julie & Julia" "The Lovely Bones" "Nine" "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" "The Road" "A Serious Man" "Star Trek" "Up" "Up in the Air" Spotlight: "Precious" looks like this year's "Slumdog Millionaire."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2009 | Rachel Abramowitz
After young Susie Salmon is murdered by the local pedophile in "The Lovely Bones," she ends up in a place easily mistaken for heaven, but what she discovers is that this magical terrain is actually an in-between state, "a place she's caught in until she can resolve the issues of her death," says co-writer Phillipa Boyens. "This in-between world is a 14-year-old's idea of what an ideal world can be." Boyens, along with Fran Walsh and director Peter Jackson, is part of the Oscar-winning troika that wrote Jackson's epic "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and now the three return, with Jackson directing, to bring to the big screen Alice Sebold's bestselling novel about Salmon, played by Saoirse Ronan ("Atonement")
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