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June 13, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar
The Walt Disney Studios unveiled the release dates of several highly anticipated movies to hit theaters this year and 2014. “Saving Mr. Banks,” starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell, will be widely released on Dec. 20. The movie is about how “Mary Poppins” was created and the challenging relationship Walt Disney had with the book's author P.L. Travers and how Disney struggled to make the movie. Hanks is playing Walt Disney. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and other members of the Muppets gang come back next year in the “Muppets Most Wanted,” a sequel to the 2011 movie “The Muppets.” It will arrive in theaters March 21. The movie stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell.
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November 1, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Adam McKay and Will Ferrell thought they'd gotten over the hard part. By 2008, the writer-director and star had overcome their initial reluctance to film a sequel to "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," the fan-cherished comedy that established both men on Hollywood's star map. And they'd come up with a script that McKay describes as appropriately "bells and whistles-y" to follow up one of the most widely quoted movies of the last quarter-century, a...
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Adam McKay and Will Ferrell thought they'd gotten over the hard part. By 2008, the writer-director and star had overcome their initial reluctance to film a sequel to "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," the fan-cherished comedy that established both men on Hollywood's star map. And they'd come up with a script that McKay describes as appropriately "bells and whistles-y" to follow up one of the most widely quoted movies of the last quarter-century, a...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar
The Walt Disney Studios unveiled the release dates of several highly anticipated movies to hit theaters this year and 2014. “Saving Mr. Banks,” starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell, will be widely released on Dec. 20. The movie is about how “Mary Poppins” was created and the challenging relationship Walt Disney had with the book's author P.L. Travers and how Disney struggled to make the movie. Hanks is playing Walt Disney. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and other members of the Muppets gang come back next year in the “Muppets Most Wanted,” a sequel to the 2011 movie “The Muppets.” It will arrive in theaters March 21. The movie stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2006
IT constantly baffles me how certain performers become critic's pets. Currently, we have Sarah Silverman, Catherine Keener, Steve Carrell and now, Jack Black ["Funny in Love," Dec. 3]. I'm not saying that all or any of them aren't talented, but it is confounding how uncritical and worshipful outlets such as the Los Angeles Times are to these figures regardless of the quality of their current works. JOE STEMME Culver City
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June 3, 2004 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
The popular stand-up comedian Tom Papa has been Jerry Seinfeld's opening act for several years. He has appeared on "The Tonight Show," "The Late Show with David Letterman" and -- wait for it -- "The View." He opened for Kenny Loggins. If you ran NBC, you might have given him a show, too. And if you were Loggins, you might not mind your name being a recurring joke in the pilot episode, since, whatever, it couldn't hurt.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2012
Upcoming films produced by Megan Ellison "Lawless" A Prohibition-era bootlegging drama based on the novel "The Wettest County in the World. " Director: John Hillcoat ("The Road") Stars: Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy, Shia LaBoeuf, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska Debuts: May 19 (Cannes Film Festival); Aug. 31 (in U.S.) "Killing Them Softly" Gritty drama about a mob enforcer. Based on the novel "Cogan's Trade. " Director: Andrew Dominik ("The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford")
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2006 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
Robert Smigel's animated "TV Funhouse" segments get the best-of treatment this weekend on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in an episode hosted by Smigel's "Ambiguously Gay Duo." They're a crime-fighting cartoon superhero team -- voiced by Stephen Colbert and Steve Carrell -- keeping America safe for everybody and homoerotic for themselves. For years now, Smigel has operated as the unseen auteur of many a down-and-dirty (and exceedingly funny) late-night sketch.
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March 25, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
On Sunday, Josh Charles exited “The Good Wife" when his character, Will Gardner, was the victim of a seemingly out-of-the-blue fatal shooting. On Monday, he explained his decision to David Letterman. On Tuesday, it's a question of now what. Charles told Letterman that he had made the decision a year ago. While he said that “it is tough to leave stability and … structure,” he was nonetheless “just ready to kind of move on.” Could that move be to film? Other TV mainstays who didn't renew their contacts on a hit show - see Steve Carrell and “The Office” - often did so for movie careers.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
After Gerard Butler's latest film flops at the box office this weekend, the actor could be benched from Hollywood's A team. Butler's cold streak at the multiplex is set to continue with "Playing for Keeps," a soccer-themed romantic comedy that may debut with only around $6 million, according to those who have seen pre-release industry surveys. As the only new movie opening this weekend, "Playing for Keeps" will be routed by a handful of holdovers. "Skyfall," the James Bond flick entering its fourth weekend in theaters, may reclaim the No. 1 position from the final "Twilight" installment, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2. " Both pictures are expected to bring in a bit more than $10 million this weekend.
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March 31, 2008 | Robert Lloyd, Times Television Critic
It's a funny old world. A week ago, I was standing on top of the Acropolis in all its ancient stillness, no sound in my ears but the howl of the Attic winds. And here I was a week later, in a hall built for basketball, swamped by the sound of small children screaming over teenage pop stars on the occasion of the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2008 on Saturday evening. In more ways than one, that was profoundly Then, and this was inescapably Now.
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June 24, 2005 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
"Bewitched," which was directed by Nora Ephron and co-written with her sister, Delia, isn't a remake, really. It's a "reimagining," which is a sparkly word for what happens to a beloved TV hit of yesteryear when it's cannibalized by committee.
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