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April 3, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Rhys Darby, who played personal manager (and New Zealand deputy cultural attache) Murray Hewitt on HBO's "Flight of the Conchords," has created a series in which to star. "Short Poppies" gets a U.S. premiere Thursday via Netflix, all eight episodes at once, only a couple of days after it bows in its native New Zealand. The title plays off "tall poppies," a common Commonwealth phrase, borrowed from the Greeks to describe persons of accomplishment or quality whose distinction can also make them targets.
January 9, 2014 | By Susan King
The authors and screenwriters of "Captain Phillips," "Philomena," "The Spectacular Now," "12 Years a Slave" and "What Maisie Knew" have been nominated for the 26th USC Libraries Scripter Award. Unlike other feature film awards, the Scripter Award honors both the screenwriter or screenwriters of an adaptation, as well as the author on which the screenplay is based. The nominees announced Thursday morning are: "Captain Phillips": Billy Ray, screenwriter; Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty, authors of "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea. " GOLDEN GLOBES 2014: Play-at-home ballot "Philomena": Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, screenwriters; Martin Sixsmith, author of "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. " "The Spectacular Now": Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, screenwriters; Tim Tharp, author of the novel of the same name.
March 19, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
"Noah" star Russell Crowe and a few of the filmmakers behind the upcoming movie epic made it to Vatican City on Thursday for Pope Francis' weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. It wasn't a private meeting with the pope, and apparently a screening of the film wasn't going to happen, but the trip to Rome had the actor upbeat on social media nonetheless. "What a privilege , attended the Udienza with the holy father @Pontifex . St.Joesephs day & Fathers Day," he wrote, tweeting a picture of the crowd of about 80,000 at Vatican City.
November 27, 2012 | By Susan King
Two offbeat comedies dominated the 28th annual Film Independent Spirit Award nominations Tuesday morning. David O. Russell's quirky "Silver Linings Playbook," starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and Wes Anderson's charming coming-of-age comedy "Moonrise Kingdom," each earned five Spirit Award nominations, including best feature, director and screenplay. It was the second nod of support this week for "Moonrise Kingdom," which was named best film Monday evening at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York.
July 13, 2011 | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Wednesday: Cheers to Ted Danson! The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Damages" actor will replace Laurence Fishburne as team leader on "CSI. " ( Los Angeles Times ) "True Blood" actress Deborah Ann Woll better get used to the sunlight because she, Antonio Banderas and Steve Coogan have signed on to "He Loves Me," Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' follow-up to their 2006 road-trip hit "Little Miss Sunshine. " ( Los Angeles Times )
February 6, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
It has been said that every movie is made three times: in the writing, in the shooting and in the editing. At the Writers Guild of America Awards last Sunday, "Captain Phillips" scribe Billy Ray paid tribute to the latter stages upon winning the prize for adapted screenplay. (The film is based on Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty's book "A Captain's Duty. ") Accepting the honor, Ray kissed his new statuette and said: "There are a lot of wonderful writers in this room tonight. And on this night my wish for each of you is that once, just once, you can know what it feels like to have the kind of luck that I had on this movie.
November 7, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Nobody takes advantage of a well-placed F-bomb quite like the Weinstein Co. The studio's latest demonstration of the martyring -- and marketing -- power of profanity is a brief YouTube video of Judi Dench, resurrected as M., her deceased character from the James Bond series, decrying the Motion Picture Assn. of America. "Just when you thought I was dead," Dench says in the video, a 23-second teaser for yet another video that will appear on FunnyorDie. "I have an important mission for you. Are you familiar with MPAA?"
December 22, 2006 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
Someone had a terrific idea to make a movie from the Milan Trenc children's book "The Night at the Museum," in which the displays at a natural history museum come to life at night. But at 32 pages, it would require some imaginative fleshing out. Unfortunately, the ideas seem to have dried up after someone decided to drop an article and retitle it "Night at the Museum."
August 31, 2012 | By Matthew Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 2 - 8 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SPECIALS One Giant Leap: A Neil Armstrong Tribute: The late astronaut, who in 1969 became the first human to set foot on the moon, is saluted in this new special (8 p.m. Discovery). MOVIES 2010: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban and Keir Dullea star in director Peter Hyams' lesser-than 1984 sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1968 masterpiece "2001: A Space Odyssey" (3 p.m. TCM)
February 11, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: The Hollywood Reporter's Nominees Night on Monday at Spago in Beverly Hills attracted guests including actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o, Ethan Hawke, Bruce Dern and Steve Coogan; directors David O. Russell and Alfonso Curson, producer Harvey Weinstein, Viacom's Sumner Redstone, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and more Hollywood VIPs. Leto continued turning heads on the red carpet as he has with his iconoclastic choices throughout awards season, wearing a Lanvin blazer with a hat perched atop his flowing locks.
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