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September 14, 2008 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
A LATE summer day's heat beat down on the cast and crew of CBS' "The Mentalist" as they toiled in the scenic wilds of Griffith Park. Perspiration dotted their faces as they maneuvered down an uneven brushy trail, filming a scene involving a murder. But as others sweated and swatted away flies, Simon Baker, who plays the title role, looked cool -- even in a dress shirt and vest. Although makeup artists rushed in between takes to wipe his brow, Baker didn't look like he needed touching up. His relaxed air matched the demeanor of his character -- an investigator who solves crimes with his extraordinary observational skills.
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November 22, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Nov. 24 - 30, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SUNDAY Sarah Lancaster can't see Christmas for the trees in the TV movie "Fir Crazy," and Dean Cain throws Kris Kringle in the clink in "Defending Santa. " 8 p.m. Hallmark; 9 p.m. Ion We're so glad they had that time together: "Carol Burnett: The Mark Twain Prize" has the funny lady being feted by Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence and others.
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March 29, 2009
Who could foresee a hit ["Who Could Foresee a Hit?" March 22]? Anyone with a good long memory, or a large portion of the female population of this country. We have been subjected to reviews and raves by what are predominantly male reviewers who seem only to like the shoot 'em up, bash 'em, destructive-car-chase movies. As to that memory: Many years ago the usually canny Louis B. Mayer, who headed MGM, tended to follow that pattern regarding his male stars. Hair-on-the-chest big tough guys were in; anything else was strictly second bananas.
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May 13, 2010
SERIES World's Toughest Fixes: Sean Riley travels to Britain to help repair three iconic bridges, including London's Tower Bridge, where the restoration includes stripping away and containing lead paint (6 and 9 p.m. National Geographic). The Vampire Diaries: Elena (Nina Dobrev) frets about Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), who in turn is worried about Anna (Malese Jow), especially her latest plan for the future. Matt Davis, Ian Somerhalder and David Anders also star in the season finale (8 p.m. KTLA)
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May 13, 2010
SERIES World's Toughest Fixes: Sean Riley travels to Britain to help repair three iconic bridges, including London's Tower Bridge, where the restoration includes stripping away and containing lead paint (6 and 9 p.m. National Geographic). The Vampire Diaries: Elena (Nina Dobrev) frets about Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), who in turn is worried about Anna (Malese Jow), especially her latest plan for the future. Matt Davis, Ian Somerhalder and David Anders also star in the season finale (8 p.m. KTLA)
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December 13, 2009
SUNDAY Inspired by a book by historian Howard Zinn, the new special "The People Speak" enlists such well-known names as Matt Damon (above) and Marisa Tomei to celebrate the words and deeds of some of our nation's lesser-known citizens. (History, 8 p.m.) MONDAY Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir take their anti-commercialism message to the malls, campuses and business parks of America in the seriocomic doc "What Would Jesus Buy?"
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February 1, 2009 | Martin Miller
There may be no crying in baseball, but ever since "Rudy," there is in football. This 1993 based-on-a-true-story film about a walk-on athlete -- all of "5-foot nothing" -- from small-town Indiana whose dream and never-say-die attitude carry him to the University of Notre Dame's revered football field deserves a roster spot on any list of best football, or even sports, films. (It's simultaneously on my personal list of worst football films ever -- part of the complex emotions cleat-wearers experience when watching this lovable tear-jerker.
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November 22, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Nov. 24 - 30, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SUNDAY Sarah Lancaster can't see Christmas for the trees in the TV movie "Fir Crazy," and Dean Cain throws Kris Kringle in the clink in "Defending Santa. " 8 p.m. Hallmark; 9 p.m. Ion We're so glad they had that time together: "Carol Burnett: The Mark Twain Prize" has the funny lady being feted by Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence and others.
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March 22, 2009 | Greg Braxton
Simon Baker is having a rough time. He's battling a stubborn cold, and the pressures of a long shooting day on the Warner Bros. lot are taking their toll. But Baker, the star of CBS' "The Mentalist," still has a smile and twinkle in his eyes. That's how it is when you're the face of the season's only breakout hit at a time when few believed it possible for a major network to deliver a sizable weekly audience for a new scripted program.
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December 17, 2009
SERIES Naked Science: Scientists examine whether cave paintings in France's Lascaux region may be proof that prehistoric humans were not simple-minded hunters and gatherers but were capable of in-depth scientific knowledge (7 p.m. National Geographic). Survivor: Samoa: A shocking betrayal leaves one nervous castaway on the chopping block and brings everyone's strategy into question in the last episode before Sunday's season finale (8 p.m. CBS). The Vampire Diaries: Stefan (Paul Wesley)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2009
SERIES Naked Science: Scientists examine whether cave paintings in France's Lascaux region may be proof that prehistoric humans were not simple-minded hunters and gatherers but were capable of in-depth scientific knowledge (7 p.m. National Geographic). Survivor: Samoa: A shocking betrayal leaves one nervous castaway on the chopping block and brings everyone's strategy into question in the last episode before Sunday's season finale (8 p.m. CBS). The Vampire Diaries: Stefan (Paul Wesley)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2009
SUNDAY Inspired by a book by historian Howard Zinn, the new special "The People Speak" enlists such well-known names as Matt Damon (above) and Marisa Tomei to celebrate the words and deeds of some of our nation's lesser-known citizens. (History, 8 p.m.) MONDAY Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir take their anti-commercialism message to the malls, campuses and business parks of America in the seriocomic doc "What Would Jesus Buy?"
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2009
Who could foresee a hit ["Who Could Foresee a Hit?" March 22]? Anyone with a good long memory, or a large portion of the female population of this country. We have been subjected to reviews and raves by what are predominantly male reviewers who seem only to like the shoot 'em up, bash 'em, destructive-car-chase movies. As to that memory: Many years ago the usually canny Louis B. Mayer, who headed MGM, tended to follow that pattern regarding his male stars. Hair-on-the-chest big tough guys were in; anything else was strictly second bananas.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2009 | Greg Braxton
Simon Baker is having a rough time. He's battling a stubborn cold, and the pressures of a long shooting day on the Warner Bros. lot are taking their toll. But Baker, the star of CBS' "The Mentalist," still has a smile and twinkle in his eyes. That's how it is when you're the face of the season's only breakout hit at a time when few believed it possible for a major network to deliver a sizable weekly audience for a new scripted program.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2009 | Martin Miller
There may be no crying in baseball, but ever since "Rudy," there is in football. This 1993 based-on-a-true-story film about a walk-on athlete -- all of "5-foot nothing" -- from small-town Indiana whose dream and never-say-die attitude carry him to the University of Notre Dame's revered football field deserves a roster spot on any list of best football, or even sports, films. (It's simultaneously on my personal list of worst football films ever -- part of the complex emotions cleat-wearers experience when watching this lovable tear-jerker.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 2008 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
A LATE summer day's heat beat down on the cast and crew of CBS' "The Mentalist" as they toiled in the scenic wilds of Griffith Park. Perspiration dotted their faces as they maneuvered down an uneven brushy trail, filming a scene involving a murder. But as others sweated and swatted away flies, Simon Baker, who plays the title role, looked cool -- even in a dress shirt and vest. Although makeup artists rushed in between takes to wipe his brow, Baker didn't look like he needed touching up. His relaxed air matched the demeanor of his character -- an investigator who solves crimes with his extraordinary observational skills.
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October 21, 2011 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
"Margin Call" takes ripped-from-the-headlines events and dramatizes them for all they're worth. Which turns out to be quite a lot. Starring a top cast including Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci and Paul Bettany, "Margin Call" returns us to where previous films, including the Oscar-winning documentary "Inside Job" and the HBO drama "Too Big to Fail," have gone before: the opening days of 2008's global financial crisis. But this time, it's different. It's different because this confident, crisply made piece of work does an expert job of bringing us inside the inner sanctum of a top Wall Street investment bank in extremis, giving us a convincing and coolly dramatic portrait of what it must have been like when titans trembled.
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July 17, 2009 | MARY McNAMARA, TELEVISION CRITIC
It was supposed to be six, but it turned out to be seven, and you know what? Seven is better. Earlier this year, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced that it would expand the number of nominees in the best series and acting categories from five to six.
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