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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)
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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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May 6, 2004 | Michael Mallory, Special to The Times
To hear Stephen Sommers tell it, all he wanted to do after cavorting through Egyptian tombs with the digital undead for "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns" was make a small, personal film about two people chatting on a beach. And most who knew the 42-year-old director responded: "Suuuuuure." What Sommers actually did was plunge headlong into writing and directing "Van Helsing," an epic horror adventure shot in Prague, Rome, Paris, New Zealand and L.A.
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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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January 10, 2014 | By Times Staff Writers
The 2014 winter-spring movie preview is a broad overview of films opening through late April. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change. FOR THE RECORD: Movie previews: A listing in the Jan. 12 Sunday Calendar Movie Sneaks section for the film "G.B.F. " had the names of the writer and director reversed. The writer of the teen comedy opening this weekend is George Northy, and the director is Darren Stein. - Jan. 17 Back in the Day An aspiring actor best known for his insurance commercials heads home to Indiana for his high school reunion and reconnects with his now-married friends and an old flame.
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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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May 6, 2004 | Michael Mallory, Special to The Times
To hear Stephen Sommers tell it, all he wanted to do after cavorting through Egyptian tombs with the digital undead for "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns" was make a small, personal film about two people chatting on a beach. And most who knew the 42-year-old director responded: "Suuuuuure." What Sommers actually did was plunge headlong into writing and directing "Van Helsing," an epic horror adventure shot in Prague, Rome, Paris, New Zealand and L.A.
BUSINESS
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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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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