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December 13, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Hollywood can be a place of short-lived ambition. Audiences crave a sequel or reprise until they see the sequel or reprise. ("Arrested Development," anyone?) Studios want a hot script until someone else gets that hot script, then they never wanted it in the first place. About five years ago, shortly after the Hollywood screenwriters' strike, a script began making the rounds called "The Low Dweller. " I was reporting on the ins-and-outs of Hollywood development at the time, and followed at close range the complicated maneuvers of those who wanted it. And many did. The story had an appealingly brooding quality in its telling of an ex-con on a mission of revenge.
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March 9, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Inside Llewyn Davis Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Joel and Ethan Coen use the pre-Bob Dylan Greenwich Village folk scene as a jumping-off point for a black comedy about obsolescence, but unlike earlier, similar Coen brothers films (such as "Barton Fink"), "Inside Llewyn Davis" doesn't just beat the crap out of a self-absorbed artiste for two hours. As Llewyn, Oscar Isaac is a sympathetic creep who can't catch a break in a world where his more fresh-scrubbed and personable colleagues are becoming stars.
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September 30, 2013 | By John Horn
Bennett Miller's “Foxcatcher” won't be finished in time for this year's AFI Fest 2013, but programmers at the festival have added the world premiere of “Out of the Furnace” to this fall's gathering.  The festival also will screen Ben Stiller's remake of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and hold a tribute for Bruce Dern, who stars in Alexander Payne's “Nebraska.” "Out of the Furnace," directed by Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”),...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Hollywood can be a place of short-lived ambition. Audiences crave a sequel or reprise until they see the sequel or reprise. ("Arrested Development," anyone?) Studios want a hot script until someone else gets that hot script, then they never wanted it in the first place. About five years ago, shortly after the Hollywood screenwriters' strike, a script began making the rounds called "The Low Dweller. " I was reporting on the ins-and-outs of Hollywood development at the time, and followed at close range the complicated maneuvers of those who wanted it. And many did. The story had an appealingly brooding quality in its telling of an ex-con on a mission of revenge.
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April 30, 1994 | JOHN WEYLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Scott Cooper knew it wouldn't be easy. He knew his every move would be scrutinized and that constant comparisons were inevitable. In Boston, the guy who replaced Wade Boggs would be as popular as an actor who took over the role of Norm for George Wendt on "Cheers." But it was almost worse than Cooper envisioned when Boggs left for New York and he became the Red Sox's everyday third baseman last season.
SPORTS
December 21, 1988
Poly (3-4) was a surprise in the North Hollywood tournament, losing to Bell-Jeff, 83-77, in the first round, but defeating North Hollywood, 61-48, and Birmingham, 87-78, to win the consolation championship. Scott Cooper led the charge, averaging a tournament-high 26.3 points a game, including 32 points on 13-of-19 shooting in the victory over Birmingham. "He's starting to come into his own," Poly Coach Jay Werner said of Cooper.
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November 27, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
One of the pivotal scenes in Scott Cooper's new drama "Out of the Furnace" is a conversation on a bridge between Russell Baze (Christian Bale), a blue-collar worker trying to save his troubled war veteran brother, and Baze's girlfriend Lena, played by Zoe Saldana, who has left him for another man. What's unique in this case is that the more romantic, heroic choice is for Baze not to fight to get back the woman he loves, and instead to let her...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Inside Llewyn Davis Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Joel and Ethan Coen use the pre-Bob Dylan Greenwich Village folk scene as a jumping-off point for a black comedy about obsolescence, but unlike earlier, similar Coen brothers films (such as "Barton Fink"), "Inside Llewyn Davis" doesn't just beat the crap out of a self-absorbed artiste for two hours. As Llewyn, Oscar Isaac is a sympathetic creep who can't catch a break in a world where his more fresh-scrubbed and personable colleagues are becoming stars.
SPORTS
May 6, 1986 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
A new commissioner will be named. The fate of foreign exchange students playing varsity sports will be decided. The referees are angry. Coaches are sure to be. Welcome to big-game week in the Southern Section. Thursday's council meeting in Norwalk will bring decisions and action--and maybe some surprises--on at least four significant issues, all of which figure to have long-range importance. In a nutshell: --The commissioner.
SPORTS
May 1, 1987 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
Football coaches at the University of Washington figured they landed a real sleeper when they signed Dana Hall of Pomona Ganesha, a 6-foot 3-inch safety who didn't get a lot of attention outside his area. A lot of people still may not know Hall, who as a football player didn't even make an all-conference team. But he has become impossible to overlook in track.
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December 3, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There is an unnerving moment deep inside the working-class drama "Out of the Furnace" when a primal scream cuts short an old argument between two brothers. Ripped from the emotional core of the younger, a burned-out Army soldier, Rodney Baze, played by Casey Affleck, it is frustration made manifest - a wordless rage against the death of the American dream. Painful, searing, eloquent, it puts the film's central themes of ordinary folks weathering the worst of times in sharp relief.
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November 27, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
One of the pivotal scenes in Scott Cooper's new drama "Out of the Furnace" is a conversation on a bridge between Russell Baze (Christian Bale), a blue-collar worker trying to save his troubled war veteran brother, and Baze's girlfriend Lena, played by Zoe Saldana, who has left him for another man. What's unique in this case is that the more romantic, heroic choice is for Baze not to fight to get back the woman he loves, and instead to let her...
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2013 | By John Horn
Bennett Miller's “Foxcatcher” won't be finished in time for this year's AFI Fest 2013, but programmers at the festival have added the world premiere of “Out of the Furnace” to this fall's gathering.  The festival also will screen Ben Stiller's remake of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and hold a tribute for Bruce Dern, who stars in Alexander Payne's “Nebraska.” "Out of the Furnace," directed by Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”),...
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January 3, 2010 | By Randy Lewis
Jeff Bridges' star turn in "Crazy Heart" as downtrodden country music legend Bad Blake has been earning the veteran actor some of the most glowing reviews of his career, from writers who have invoked the names of many real-life musicians in their assessments of Bridges' portrayal of the fictional Blake. "Peering into that face, you'd swear it's Kris Kristofferson," Mary Pols wrote in Time magazine. Rolling Stone's Peter Travers suggested that "Bad is an outlaw combo of Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard."
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April 30, 1994 | JOHN WEYLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Scott Cooper knew it wouldn't be easy. He knew his every move would be scrutinized and that constant comparisons were inevitable. In Boston, the guy who replaced Wade Boggs would be as popular as an actor who took over the role of Norm for George Wendt on "Cheers." But it was almost worse than Cooper envisioned when Boggs left for New York and he became the Red Sox's everyday third baseman last season.
SPORTS
December 21, 1988
Poly (3-4) was a surprise in the North Hollywood tournament, losing to Bell-Jeff, 83-77, in the first round, but defeating North Hollywood, 61-48, and Birmingham, 87-78, to win the consolation championship. Scott Cooper led the charge, averaging a tournament-high 26.3 points a game, including 32 points on 13-of-19 shooting in the victory over Birmingham. "He's starting to come into his own," Poly Coach Jay Werner said of Cooper.
SPORTS
December 30, 1986 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
Brigid Freyne of Riverside Poly was on the outside looking in, a self-acknowledged unknown in girls' cross-country circles. A junior, she won at Mt. San Antonio College in October, but, most figured, that was only because Melissa Sutton of Newbury Park chose not to run. When the two met a month later, Sutton beat Freyne by 12 seconds for the Southern Section 4-A title. Another meeting in early December brought similar results.
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February 12, 1985 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
Down the stretch they come . . . A brief update of the high school football recruiting scene a day before national letters of intent can be signed: Quarterback Jamelle Holieway, the City 4-A Player of the Year from Los Angeles Banning, will sign with Oklahoma. One of Orange County's biggest prospects, 6-foot 7, 275-pound Mike Beech of Newport Harbor, canceled a recent trip to SMU and then chose UCLA over USC.
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March 30, 1988 | Scott Howard-Cooper
Having just broken two world records at the Phillips 66/U.S. Swimming Indoor National Championships last week in Orlando, Fla., Janet Evans, holder of three world bests, turns her attention to competing in . . . High school meets? Actually, it's not as strange as it appears. At least not in Southern California, where, according to Tom Milich, Evans' coach at El Dorado High of Placentia, "the competition she will face at the CIF finals is almost comparable to what she'll face at nationals."
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January 27, 1988 | Scott Howard-Cooper
As the veteran members of Bishop Amat High School's basketball team walked off the court last Friday night, they talked about how good it felt to finally have beaten Mater Dei of Santa Ana, of how they had waited four years to beat the Monarchs, the preeminent Southern Section team of the 1980s. Alex Acosta, Bishop Amat's second-year coach, knew the feeling. He was a senior guard on the last previous team at the La Puente school to beat Mater Dei. That was in 1978.
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