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May 21, 2010
'Solitary Man' MPAA rating: R for language and some sexual content. Running time: 1 hour, 20 minutes. Playing: At the ArcLight Hollywood.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2011 | Kurt Streeter
"It's a cacophony out here tonight!" says Steve Sharp, a solitary man thrusting a sign to the sky as he stands on a corner where Hollywood and Sunset boulevards meet. "People are going crazy for what this is about! Peace! Peace!" He spins, light on his 63-year-old feet. He jumps, legs splayed, sweat spraying from his brow. When a traffic signal turns red, he pauses. When it flashes green, it's go, go, go, a river of cars passing by, Sharp cajoling each one: "Come on, come on, come on, show me some love!"
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2010 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood's award season battle is suddenly in full swing ? limousines are shuttling filmmakers to and from the Four Seasons, suites are filling up at the Chateau Marmont and actors' entourages are crowding the lobbies of theaters hosting screenings for industry guilds. Amid all the spare-no-expense campaigning, Andy Garcia can be found driving his own car around town, trying to drum up award voters' interest in "City Island," a tiny movie that has proved its doubters wrong at every turn.
NEWS
December 16, 2010 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Michael Douglas made the dark, indie comedy "Solitary Man" last year before being diagnosed with throat cancer. The irony of playing a man running from a doctor's diagnosis, fearful that his days are numbered, and with a smaller number than he had imagined, isn't lost on Douglas or the man who wrote the movie. "The film has a bizarre resonance, particularly that last hunk of dialogue Michael has in the movie where he says he's not going to let some diagnosis define him," says Brian Koppelman, who wrote "Solitary Man" and co-directed it with David Levien.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2005 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
NEIL DIAMOND laughs when asked how it feels suddenly to be hip again -- thanks this time to an album he has just finished with cutting-edge record producer Rick Rubin, who has worked with such indisputably cool artists as the Beastie Boys, System of a Down and Johnny Cash. "I'm a songwriter," Diamond says, sitting in a lounge at his office-studio complex in Los Angeles. "I'm not trying to be hip or nonhip.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2010 | By Troy Jollimore, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Compass Rose A Novel John Casey Alfred A. Knopf: 362 pp., $27.95 John Casey's National Book Award-winning 1989 novel, "Spartina," told the story of Dick Pierce, a small-time fisherman in South County, R.I., who is buoyed by big dreams and plagued with big problems. His biggest dream is to finish building his boat ? the Spartina of the title ? and so become a successful independent fisherman. His problems arise, largely, from his struggles to finish the boat: There is never enough time, never enough money, and, of course, there are those pesky hurricanes to deal with.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 1992
Your approach to the interview is most refreshing. How exciting to learn that my favorite song ("Solitary Man") is also Neil's. It was his first charted song, and my first exposure to his voice. By the time this letter is published, I will be on my way to attending all eight concerts at the Forum, having attended all seven in 1983, all 10 in 1989 and let's not forget the 14 nights at the Greek in 1986. And yes , I would be more than happy to attend any concert Neil would give at the Troubadour--closer than ever!
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2009 | Associated Press
Real-life couple Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany will kick off the Toronto International Film Festival with the life story of Charles Darwin. Bettany stars as the theory-of-evolution pioneer and Connelly plays his wife in "Creation," which opens the festival Sept. 10. The film is directed by Jon Amiel, whose credits include "The Core" and "Entrapment." Other films announced by festival organizers include Matt Damon and Steven Soderbergh's whistle-blower saga "The Informant"; Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner and Tina Fey's fantasy comedy "The Invention of Lying"; Clive Owen's widower drama "The Boys Are Back"; Michael Douglas' womanizer tale "Solitary Man"; Neil Jordan and Colin Farrell's Irish fairy tale "Ondine"; Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek's Depression-era drama "Get Low"; and Tim Blake Nelson's comic story "Leaves of Grass," with Edward Norton in dual roles as twin brothers.
NEWS
December 16, 2010 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Michael Douglas made the dark, indie comedy "Solitary Man" last year before being diagnosed with throat cancer. The irony of playing a man running from a doctor's diagnosis, fearful that his days are numbered, and with a smaller number than he had imagined, isn't lost on Douglas or the man who wrote the movie. "The film has a bizarre resonance, particularly that last hunk of dialogue Michael has in the movie where he says he's not going to let some diagnosis define him," says Brian Koppelman, who wrote "Solitary Man" and co-directed it with David Levien.
NEWS
December 2, 2010 | By Sam Adams, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's not easy to sum up a life as rich as Michael Douglas', but start with the interior of his sprawling Central Park West home. Tucked away in a corner cabinet are three Academy Awards, almost lost amid a forest of similar trophies. Pictures of his children and his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones (responsible for one third of the family's Oscar haul), crowd for space. And on the coffee table at his feet are copies of "Anti- Cancer" and "The Only Answer to Cancer," along with bottles of lidocaine and cotton swabs he uses to soothe the sores on his tongue from chemotherapy and radiation.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2010 | By Troy Jollimore, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Compass Rose A Novel John Casey Alfred A. Knopf: 362 pp., $27.95 John Casey's National Book Award-winning 1989 novel, "Spartina," told the story of Dick Pierce, a small-time fisherman in South County, R.I., who is buoyed by big dreams and plagued with big problems. His biggest dream is to finish building his boat ? the Spartina of the title ? and so become a successful independent fisherman. His problems arise, largely, from his struggles to finish the boat: There is never enough time, never enough money, and, of course, there are those pesky hurricanes to deal with.
NEWS
December 2, 2010 | By Sam Adams, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's not easy to sum up a life as rich as Michael Douglas', but start with the interior of his sprawling Central Park West home. Tucked away in a corner cabinet are three Academy Awards, almost lost amid a forest of similar trophies. Pictures of his children and his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones (responsible for one third of the family's Oscar haul), crowd for space. And on the coffee table at his feet are copies of "Anti- Cancer" and "The Only Answer to Cancer," along with bottles of lidocaine and cotton swabs he uses to soothe the sores on his tongue from chemotherapy and radiation.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2010 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood's award season battle is suddenly in full swing ? limousines are shuttling filmmakers to and from the Four Seasons, suites are filling up at the Chateau Marmont and actors' entourages are crowding the lobbies of theaters hosting screenings for industry guilds. Amid all the spare-no-expense campaigning, Andy Garcia can be found driving his own car around town, trying to drum up award voters' interest in "City Island," a tiny movie that has proved its doubters wrong at every turn.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2010 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Solitary Man Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.99 Michael Douglas gives a terrific performance in "Solitary Man" as Ben, a disgraced, divorced car dealer trying to restart his business while hitting on any nearby young lady. A health scare remakes Ben into a man of rare honesty, and the best parts of the film show him sharing his views on salesmanship and sex with anyone who'll listen in scenes that showcase Douglas' mature charm. Douglas is strong enough to overcome the movie's worst parts too, which try to turn mundane midlife crises into high drama.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2010
'Solitary Man' MPAA rating: R for language and some sexual content. Running time: 1 hour, 20 minutes. Playing: At the ArcLight Hollywood.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2010 | By Rebecca Ascher-Walsh, Special to The Los Angeles Times
The concept of a late-fall Oscar season is now a thing of the past, with critical darlings muscling their way into the path of summer behemoths. Consider last year's "The Hurt Locker," which opened against the blockbuster "Transformers" sequel. Guess which one went on to Oscar acclaim? Here, six films ready for their shot to play cinematic Davids to the Goliaths of the cineplex. ‘Mother and Child' Annette Bening plays a woman haunted by her decision, at the age of 14, to give her child away for adoption; Naomi Watts is the now-grown child who herself becomes pregnant with her lover (Samuel L. Jackson)
MAGAZINE
January 19, 1986
Tobias Wolff, whose most recent book is "Back in the World: A Collection of Short Stories" (Houghton Mifflin), was awarded the $5,000 PEN / Faulkner prize for his book "The Barracks Thief" (Ecco Press). This excerpt from his acceptance speech was originally published in Vanity Fair, September, 1985. Reprinted by permission of the author. William Butler Yeats spoke of his poetry as the social act of a solitary man.
NEWS
April 18, 2002 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In "The Misanthrope: The Karaoke Musical!" at Stages Theatre, there's a "karaoke moral charter" that singers must follow. The top commandments are: Never perform original songs and always, and they mean always, applaud everyone, no matter how sour. Albert (Robert Dean Nunez), the star of Joel Beers' wobbly adaptation of Moliere's classic, is fine with the first commandment. He knows that singing anything but a pop hit amounts to sacrilege. It's the second that ruins his rhythm.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2009 | Associated Press
Real-life couple Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany will kick off the Toronto International Film Festival with the life story of Charles Darwin. Bettany stars as the theory-of-evolution pioneer and Connelly plays his wife in "Creation," which opens the festival Sept. 10. The film is directed by Jon Amiel, whose credits include "The Core" and "Entrapment." Other films announced by festival organizers include Matt Damon and Steven Soderbergh's whistle-blower saga "The Informant"; Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner and Tina Fey's fantasy comedy "The Invention of Lying"; Clive Owen's widower drama "The Boys Are Back"; Michael Douglas' womanizer tale "Solitary Man"; Neil Jordan and Colin Farrell's Irish fairy tale "Ondine"; Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek's Depression-era drama "Get Low"; and Tim Blake Nelson's comic story "Leaves of Grass," with Edward Norton in dual roles as twin brothers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2009 | Tami Abdollah
It was nearing midnight when a large man emerged from his rented blue Dodge and approached a brick home at the end of a cul-de-sac in Covina. He wore a handmade Santa Claus suit with boot-covers, belt, beard, glasses and gloves. Hardly suspicious. It was Christmas Eve. But underneath were black street clothes, five 9-millimeter handguns and $17,000 in cash plastic-wrapped to his body. He was pulling a compressor wrapped in Christmas paper and primed with high-octane fuel.
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