August 22, 2012 |
If you're a slacker and not afraid to show it, then the New Beverly Cinema has the film festival for you. The New Bev's “Slacker Week” festival begins Sunday and Monday with Cheech and Chong's 1978 stoner classic “Up in Smoke,” directed by Lou Adler, and another stoner favorite, 2004's “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” with John Cho and Kal Penn. On tap for Tuesday is the 2001 Broken Lizard comedy “Super Troopers,” followed on Wednesday by the 1978 classic “Animal House,” directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi, and Judd Apatow's 2007 blockbuster, “Knocked Up,” with Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl.
August 31, 2008 |
The 25 best L.A. films of the last 25 years "Los ANGELES isn't a real city," people have said, "it just plays one on camera." It was a clever line once upon a time, but all that has changed. Los Angeles is the most complicated community in America -- make no mistake, it is a community -- and over the last 25 years, it has been both celebrated and savaged on the big screen with amazing efficacy. Damaged souls and flawless weather, canyon love and beach city menace, homeboys and credit card girls, freeways and fedoras, power lines and palm trees . . . again and again, moviegoers all over the world have sat in the dark and stared up at our Los Angeles, even if it was one populated by corrupt cops or a jabbering cartoon rabbit.
November 21, 2010 |
Lena Dunham gets it. She understands completely why people might be annoyed not only by her film "Tiny Furniture" but also by the narrative of wunderkind success that has followed in its wake. "Tiny Furniture," which opens in Los Angeles on Friday, is the story of a young woman named Aura, played by Dunham, who returns home newly graduated from college and with little direction in her life. A comedy of manners and emotional nuance, the film follows Aura's baby steps of maturity from bratty petulance toward something like self-possession.
February 6, 2012 |
In "Lilyhammer," whose eight parts debut Monday as an exclusive Netflix stream, Steven Van Zandt retrieves his Silvio wig from the "Sopranos" costume box to play Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, a New York mobster who retreats into witness protection in Lillehammer, Norway. He remembers the town from broadcasts of the 1994 Winter Olympics as a place of "clean air, fresh white snow, gorgeous broads" and figures it will be the last place anyone would think to look for him. You know how that will go. To say that this is the first original series from the video rental giant is not to say that it originated with the company.
April 29, 2000 |
Jimmy Buffett takes a lot of hits from critic types for the substance-free nature of his party-minded music. Yet he has pulled off one impressive feat with that music: convincing the masses that he's the ultimate slacker who simply lazed his way into rock stardom--and managed to dash off a few best-selling books--between snoozes in his hammock.
March 31, 2006 |
When you are feeling like a loser, taking a trip to loser-land may not be the most consoling recourse. Such, more or less, is the conclusion reached early on by Jim, the eponymous slacker played by Casey Affleck in Steve Buscemi's low-key comedy "Lonesome Jim." Having bottomed out as a dog walker in New York City, Jim returns to his family home in rural Indiana to wallow in the source of what he calls his "chronic despair."
May 11, 2006 |
ETHAN SUPLEE has been keeping busy playing the slacker brother of Jason Lee's slacker lead character on the hit NBC sitcom "My Name Is Earl" -- and portraying an aspiring filmmaker in the new movie "Art School Confidential." After shooting five days a week, Suplee's weekends are devoted primarily to his wife, Brandy, and three children: 8- and 9-year-old stepdaughters, and a 10-month-old baby girl. "Thursday or Friday I get an e-mail from my wife with basically a weekend call sheet.
February 1, 2002 |
"Slackers," not to be confused with Richard Linklater's innovative 1991 "Slacker," is a standard issue undergrad gross-out comedy notable only for the showy role it provides Jason Schwartzman, well-remembered as "Rushmore's" geeky high school student Max Fischer. Schwartzman, a short, stocky Energizer bunny, is the irrepressible Ethan, who's smart yet hopelessly square, relentlessly obnoxious but fearlessly persistent.
July 3, 2013 |
With the recent launches of Apple Inc.'s iTunes Radio and Google Play Music All Access , there's no shortage of options for people who want personalized digital music on demand. Slacker Inc., which launched its first radio service in 2007, relaunched earlier this year to capture some of the Internet music market. As the name suggests, the company tries to appeal to a more laid-back listener with its pre-programmed stations and computerized radio offering. Jim Cady, Slacker's chief executive, may not be the biggest name in the streaming music business, but his San Diego company, which has about 90 employees, is growing.
September 8, 2001
A few months ago, sportswriters asked us all to cut poor Tim Salmon some slack. We all did, and guess what. It probably cost the Angels a wild-card spot. Could Salmon's $10-million-a-year contract be keeping him in the game? You bet it is. But Bill Stoneman is not going to admit to another front-office blunder. Let's cut the fans some slack, Bill. Jerry Mazenko Garden Grove Winners never quit, and quitters never win. The former describes the Angel team that played with passion and enthusiasm immediately after the All-Star break.