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January 31, 2011 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It might have seemed like a fertile and fun idea to update Jane Austen's reversal-of-fortune romance "Sense and Sensibility" to the class-and-culture disparity between Beverly Hills and East Los Angeles. But the regrettably titled "From Prada to Nada" has more in common with a slapped-together TV movie than a timeless comedy of manners. The Dashwood sisters of Austen's novel are now Nora and Mary Dominguez, whose affluent, assimilated mansion existence is upended when their father's death leaves them broke, necessitating a lifestyle adjustment to the homier, scrappier Boyle Heights enclave of their Tia Aurelia (Adriana Barraza)
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December 16, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Jane Austen was born on this day in 1775. Happy 238th birthday, Jane Austen! Austen, of course, was the author of novels that have endured and delighted for centuries. Her biggest hits are "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma" and "Sense and Sensibility" -- lasting stories of young women coming of age in Edwardian England. Less well-known, but no less Austen-y, are "Mansfield Park," "Northanger Abbey" and "Persuasion. " Born into an affluent family, Austen had a comfortable upbringing not unlike her characters': She learned to play piano, visited friends, attended dances.
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February 24, 1996
Ever since Oscar nominations were announced, everyone in Hollywood has been trying to apply the most diplomatic possible spin to the omission of director Ang Lee for "Sense and Sensibility." Why not call it for what it really is, the racist Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' latest snub to the Chinese film industry? DAVID R. MOSS Los Angeles
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August 21, 2013 | By Susan King, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
It's been two decades since Groundlings alum Jennifer Coolidge got her first big break in "The Masseuse" episode of the NBC series "Seinfeld," as Jerry's new masseuse girlfriend who refuses to give him a massage. In the subsequent 20 years, the statuesque, 51-year-old actress has created a memorable gallery of no-holds-barred, outrageously funny ladies. Frat boys know her as Stifler's seductive mom who likes her scotch and men the same way - aged 18 years - in Paul and Chris Weitz's 1999 blockbuster "American Pie" and two of its sequels.
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August 19, 2010
Where you've seen her The only performer to win lead actress (1992's "Howards End") and adapted screenplay (1995's "Sense and Sensibility") Academy Awards, Thompson appeared with first husband Kenneth Branagh in the 1987 miniseries "Fortunes of War" and collaborated with him several times after that ("Henry VI," "Dead Again"). She earned Oscar nominations for her performances in "Remains of the Day," "In the Name of the Father" and "Sense and Sensibility. " She's played the eccentric teacher Sybil Trelawney in the "Harry Potter" films and played three roles in the 2003 HBO miniseries "Angels in America" — Nurse Emily, a homeless woman and the Angel of America.
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December 16, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Jane Austen was born on this day in 1775. Happy 238th birthday, Jane Austen! Austen, of course, was the author of novels that have endured and delighted for centuries. Her biggest hits are "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma" and "Sense and Sensibility" -- lasting stories of young women coming of age in Edwardian England. Less well-known, but no less Austen-y, are "Mansfield Park," "Northanger Abbey" and "Persuasion. " Born into an affluent family, Austen had a comfortable upbringing not unlike her characters': She learned to play piano, visited friends, attended dances.
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March 14, 1998
Richard Natale lists many reasons why screenplays by actors have continued to do well at the Oscars in recent years ("Oscar's Goodwill Toward Actor-Writers," March 10). He cites the large number of actors in the academy, the high visibility of actor-writers and the desire to reward actors for their passion and determination. Conspicuously missing, however, is the main reason actor-writers have won two screenplay Oscars in the last two years: talent. Emma Thompson's "Sense and Sensibility" and Billy Bob Thornton's "Sling Blade" were widely lauded by critics, audiences and screenwriters alike, just as Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's "Good Will Hunting" has been.
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December 21, 1995 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an era where movie-wise kids have seen and heard all manner of R-rated lovemaking, what is there for them in complex, 200-year-old stories of thwarted love like "Sense and Sensibility," a film without so much as a single kiss? For Bao Truong of Westminster, it was emotion--so much in fact that the 16-year-old struggled to compose herself for minutes afterward. "Emma Thompson did a wonderful job," she said. "You can see her emotions. You can feel her emotions. You knew all the characters intimately.
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September 23, 2010
Since Gemma Jones' first British television credit in 1962, she has collected three nominations from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for her TV work, including for the popular "Duchess of Duke Street," and has enjoyed a distinguished stage career. In the States, she is known as Madame Pomfrey in two Harry Potter movies and as the title character's mother in the Bridget Jones movies. Among her favorite film projects: Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility" and David Mamet's "The Winslow Boy": "I really enjoyed working with David Mamet, who was very demanding and minimalist, and I learned a lot. He doesn't like 'acting.
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July 24, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the next face to grace the 10-pound note will be Jane Austen's, the Bank of England announced Wednesday. The author of the classic novels "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma" and "Sense and Sensibility" is expected to begin gracing British currency sometime in 2016. The new governor of the Bank of England said, “Jane Austen certainly merits a place in the select group of historical figures to appear on our banknotes. Her novels have an enduring and universal appeal and she is recognised as one of the greatest writers in English literature.
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July 24, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the next face to grace the 10-pound note will be Jane Austen's, the Bank of England announced Wednesday. The author of the classic novels "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma" and "Sense and Sensibility" is expected to begin gracing British currency sometime in 2016. The new governor of the Bank of England said, “Jane Austen certainly merits a place in the select group of historical figures to appear on our banknotes. Her novels have an enduring and universal appeal and she is recognised as one of the greatest writers in English literature.
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January 31, 2011 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It might have seemed like a fertile and fun idea to update Jane Austen's reversal-of-fortune romance "Sense and Sensibility" to the class-and-culture disparity between Beverly Hills and East Los Angeles. But the regrettably titled "From Prada to Nada" has more in common with a slapped-together TV movie than a timeless comedy of manners. The Dashwood sisters of Austen's novel are now Nora and Mary Dominguez, whose affluent, assimilated mansion existence is upended when their father's death leaves them broke, necessitating a lifestyle adjustment to the homier, scrappier Boyle Heights enclave of their Tia Aurelia (Adriana Barraza)
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September 23, 2010
Since Gemma Jones' first British television credit in 1962, she has collected three nominations from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for her TV work, including for the popular "Duchess of Duke Street," and has enjoyed a distinguished stage career. In the States, she is known as Madame Pomfrey in two Harry Potter movies and as the title character's mother in the Bridget Jones movies. Among her favorite film projects: Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility" and David Mamet's "The Winslow Boy": "I really enjoyed working with David Mamet, who was very demanding and minimalist, and I learned a lot. He doesn't like 'acting.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2010
Where you've seen her The only performer to win lead actress (1992's "Howards End") and adapted screenplay (1995's "Sense and Sensibility") Academy Awards, Thompson appeared with first husband Kenneth Branagh in the 1987 miniseries "Fortunes of War" and collaborated with him several times after that ("Henry VI," "Dead Again"). She earned Oscar nominations for her performances in "Remains of the Day," "In the Name of the Father" and "Sense and Sensibility. " She's played the eccentric teacher Sybil Trelawney in the "Harry Potter" films and played three roles in the 2003 HBO miniseries "Angels in America" — Nurse Emily, a homeless woman and the Angel of America.
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February 23, 2009 | Betsy Sharkey, Film Critic
ACTOR Sean Penn -- without a doubt With Sean Penn, there is forever the sense that he has demons of his own to beat back before he can slip underneath the skin of whatever character is awaiting dissection on the table in front of him. The knives are always at the ready, the guns loaded, the enemy awaits. And so it felt with "Milk" that there were wounds that he needed to suffer through first to excavate the soul of the slain San Francisco politician and gay-rights activist Harvey Milk.
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July 22, 2003 | Bettijane Levine, Times Staff Writer
Guy and girl enjoying themselves at a party. They're good looking, hot, in their 20s. Guy excuses himself and makes his way through the crowd. Oh, but wait. He's got a white cane; he must be blind. As he begins to wash his hands in the bathroom, he gently feels around the sink and faucet. Back with his date, he tells her, "You should see the bathroom."
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January 7, 1996 | David Kronke
Kate Winslet first won attention for her performance as a murderous schoolgirl in 1994's "Heavenly Creatures," her first film. "It was traumatic," she recalls, saying that the more she knew about her true-life character, the more she became like her. "Wanting to kill someone . . . I just lost control of who I was at the end of the day." No such problems in "Sense and Sensibility," for which she received a Golden Globe best supporting actress nomination for her role as Marianne, a young woman obsessed with romance.
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November 3, 2002 | James Wolcott, James Wolcott is the author of "The Catsitters" and is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair.
It's hard stifling a hippo yawn whenever the fiction of the 1950s is discussed. Inevitably, the same novels are laid upon the altar. "Invisible Man." "The Adventures of Augie March." "The Catcher in the Rye." "From Here to Eternity." But some of the defining novels of the 1950s loiter on the pop outskirts of literary permanence, addictive middlebrow potboilers that may never be inducted into the Modern Library and yet continue to beckon.
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November 12, 2000 | SCARLET CHENG, Scarlet Cheng is a regular contributor to Calendar
We are in the bowels of a fantastical cavern, an abandoned pottery factory crammed with beehive-shaped kilns and littered with cracked pots and broken shards. Water drips, a fire burns. In this heart of darkness, the final scenes of director Ang Lee's eagerly awaited "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" unfold.
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