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October 10, 2005 | Susan King
Writer-director Noah Baumbach insists his coming-of-age drama, "The Squid and the Whale," is not autobiographical. Set in New York in 1986, the film revolves around two brothers, 16-year-old Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) and 12-year-old Frank (Owen Kline, the son of Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates), trying to cope with their parents' separation and divorce.
September 29, 2005 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
SEU Jorge and Badi Assad brought two very different Brazilian music perspectives to the Knitting Factory on Tuesday night, both compelling. Singer-actor Jorge, his roots tracing back to a childhood as a homeless kid from Brazil's slums, came to prominence in the gritty movie "City of God," then as a singing sailor who brought contemporary vigor to a set of David Bowie tunes in "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou." Guitarist-singer Assad is a member of the talented Assad family.
November 28, 2008 | Jen Chaney, Chaney writes for the Washington Post.
The Criterion Collection has been good to Wes Anderson. Over the years, the studio has released meticulously crafted DVDs of his films "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou," each time paying tribute to the writer-director's particular brand of off-kilter yet earnest filmmaking. Now there is a fourth DVD to add to that list.
August 19, 2005 | Gene Seymour;Kevin Crust
James Cameron takes his underwater obsessions further with "Aliens of the Deep," another Imax-size exploration deploying teams of marine biologists and NASA researchers to ocean depths so far down the sun is an unfounded rumor. Yet, as the film discloses, life not only exists in such seemingly unpromising circumstances, it floats, eats, discharges waste and even messes with the intruders' equipment. But this isn't just a sightseeing tour. There's a cosmic angle to the proceedings.
December 27, 2004 | R. Kinsey Lowe, Times Staff Writer
With a relatively weak lineup of movies overall, Christmas weekend 2004 turned into a Focker family affair as "Meet the Fockers" grossed $44.7 million Friday through Sunday and $68.5 million since its opening on Wednesday, according to studio estimates released Sunday. The movie delivered the highest-ever Christmas Day gross of $19.1 million, surpassing the high for the day of $14 million set by last year's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."
July 13, 2006 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
Despite last weekend's record debut of its "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," Walt Disney Co. is moving ahead with plans to slash hundreds of studio jobs and curtail the number of films it makes in an effort to squeeze costs. Across-the-board layoffs are expected to hit every major domestic and international sector of the movie studio, people familiar with the plans said, including production, postproduction, legal and business affairs, marketing, distribution and home video.
August 28, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos and Gina Piccalo, Times Staff Writers
That laid-back Texas drawl. The zany, off-kilter sensibility. An uncanny ability to improvise. It was seemingly impossible to square actor Owen Wilson's public persona as a happy go-lucky bon vivant with news that he was hospitalized over the weekend after widespread but unconfirmed reports that he had tried to commit suicide.
April 9, 2006 | Claire Noland, Times Staff Writer
Delicate teacups perched on a low table. Opaque rice paper screens sliding shut with a snap. Smoky oil lamps flickering in the corners. The details paint a picture of a time and place. In "Memoirs of a Geisha," set decorator Gretchen Rau brought all those elements together to engage the moviegoer, sharing an Academy Award for her work on the film. Rau, a veteran of more than 30 films over 25 years, died March 29 of a brain tumor at her home in Northport, N.Y., her son Taylor Pattison said.
August 15, 2009 | Mark Olsen
Actor Seymour Cassel had just tucked himself into a booth at Hollywood's venerable Musso & Frank Grill when he was reminded of an interview he did in the same spot for Rolling Stone magazine in 1972, alongside John Cassavetes, the iconic filmmaker with whom he is most closely associated. Like the restaurant, Cassel, now 74, may be older but seems remarkably unchanged. His unpredictable, live-wire energy, such a trademark from his roles for Cassavetes, was going full throttle. Cassel, who came to Hollywood in 1961, has a way with an anecdote and can drop some pretty impressive names -- there was the time, for example, when he introduced Charles Bukowski to Johnny Cash at Barney's Beanery -- and he manages to make it all sound plausible.
September 24, 2007 | Chris Lee, Times Staff Writer
Wes Anderson didn't set out to create one of the year's most talked about short films when he wrote, directed and produced the 13-minute "Hotel Chevalier." Instead, the quirky, creative force behind such films as "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou" intended the short as a kind of prequel or "introduction" to his comedic road drama, "The Darjeeling Limited," which lands in theaters Oct. 5.
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