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March 6, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Screenwriter and director Stephen Sommers and his wife, Jana, have listed their estate in Malibu for sale at $13.5 million. Set in the gated community of Serra Retreat at the end of a cul-de-sac, the rebuilt and remodeled main house and detached guesthouse sit on 1.5 acres with a sports court, outdoor fireplace, a barbecue center and expansive lawns. The free-form swimming pool features waterfalls and a slide. Interior amenities include a home theater, double-island kitchen, two family rooms, six bedrooms and nine bathrooms in 9,130 square feet of living space.
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February 27, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
It's not easy for a fantasy franchise to nimbly establish an elaborate back story, but "Odd Thomas" pulls it off with breezy matter-of-factness in its opening scenes. The titular character, who goes by "Odd" (Anton Yelchin), is an average guy who can't help being a hero. "I may see dead people," he explains, "But by God, I do something about it. " With his elfin looks, aw-shucks demeanor and propensity for righteous brawling, Odd looks and acts like a comic-book avenger. Early on, he bangs up a murderer he chances upon - a bloody-nosed citizen's arrest that the police chief (Willem Dafoe)
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February 27, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
It's not easy for a fantasy franchise to nimbly establish an elaborate back story, but "Odd Thomas" pulls it off with breezy matter-of-factness in its opening scenes. The titular character, who goes by "Odd" (Anton Yelchin), is an average guy who can't help being a hero. "I may see dead people," he explains, "But by God, I do something about it. " With his elfin looks, aw-shucks demeanor and propensity for righteous brawling, Odd looks and acts like a comic-book avenger. Early on, he bangs up a murderer he chances upon - a bloody-nosed citizen's arrest that the police chief (Willem Dafoe)
BUSINESS
March 6, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Screenwriter and director Stephen Sommers and his wife, Jana, have listed their estate in Malibu for sale at $13.5 million. Set in the gated community of Serra Retreat at the end of a cul-de-sac, the rebuilt and remodeled main house and detached guesthouse sit on 1.5 acres with a sports court, outdoor fireplace, a barbecue center and expansive lawns. The free-form swimming pool features waterfalls and a slide. Interior amenities include a home theater, double-island kitchen, two family rooms, six bedrooms and nine bathrooms in 9,130 square feet of living space.
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May 14, 1999 | CLAUDIA ELLER
When Stephen Sommers' expensive monster movie "Deep Rising" bombed at the box office last year, his phone didn't ring for a week. This week, the director's phone hasn't stopped ringing. Nor has his agent's. Producers and studio executives are now clamoring to be in business with the 40-year-old writer-director. It's no wonder. Sommers' ambitious $82-million remake of "The Mummy" for Universal Pictures debuted last weekend as the nation's highest-grossing film. It took in a whopping $43.
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December 23, 1994 | DAVID KRONKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Though aimed at younger audiences, "Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book" makes its case for the nobility of the "wild child" in a manner more entertaining and far less condescending than the recent Jodie Foster vehicle, "Nell." This is Hollywood's third pass on Kipling's adventures of Mowgli, the young Indian raised by wild animals. In Zoltan Korda's 1942 adaptation, Mowgli simply wandered from his family before encountering his bestial tutors.
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February 4, 1994 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Gunmen" (selected theaters) is the kind of picture people are talking about when they express concern over excessive screen violence. Murky in plot, sketchy in characterization, routinely crafted--except for Hiro Narita's fine noirish camerawork--it exists only as an excuse to depict the piling up of bullet-riddled corpses. Considering its relentless mediocrity, it is amazing that it was actually previewed for critics rather than opening cold.
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April 19, 2002 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Someone's gone to the trouble of making a comic-book version of "The Scorpion King," but it's not clear why they bothered. The movie itself is a live-action cartoon, a fast-moving and cheerfully simplistic 88 minutes of exaggerated action put together with the preteen boy in mind.
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April 2, 1993 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
In all the annals of boyhood, has there ever been a lad quite like Huckleberry Finn? Irreverent and intrepid, prone to doing whatever's handiest and not likely to let the truth get in his way, good-hearted Huck is the most engaging urchin in American literature, and in scamp-and-a-half Elijah Wood he comes to life more than he ever has before.
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January 30, 1998 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the Titanic, it was a plain old iceberg that did it in. But with "Deep Rising's" brand-new $487.6-million pleasure ship the Argonautica, it's immense sea serpents lurking in the depths of the South China Sea, surfacing to feast on its guests and wrecking the vessel in the process. Imagine a giant octopus, at least as big as a mansion with many more tentacles than eight. Each tentacle is like the hose of a vacuum cleaner, its opening like a Venus' flytrap surrounded by pincers.
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May 14, 1999 | CLAUDIA ELLER
When Stephen Sommers' expensive monster movie "Deep Rising" bombed at the box office last year, his phone didn't ring for a week. This week, the director's phone hasn't stopped ringing. Nor has his agent's. Producers and studio executives are now clamoring to be in business with the 40-year-old writer-director. It's no wonder. Sommers' ambitious $82-million remake of "The Mummy" for Universal Pictures debuted last weekend as the nation's highest-grossing film. It took in a whopping $43.
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August 1, 2008 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Rob Cohen, director of "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," has long had a soft spot in his heart for mummies -- or at least mummy movies. In fact, Cohen, who's directed such hits as "The Fast and the Furious" and "Dragonheart," even produced the cult 1987 comedy horror film "The Monster Squad," which features Michael MacKay as the Mummy. He's not alone in his affection.
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October 30, 1999 | ALLISON COHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tickets for Halloween Haunt at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park are still available. The spookfest, now in its 27th year, is considered the granddaddy of them all. "Halloween Haunt turned out to be more popular than we thought," said Knott's spokesman Bob Ochsner of the idea first conceived to increase park attendance on Halloween night. Now, he said, as a result of the event's success, October ranks right up there with the summer months when attendance is at its peak.
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