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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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
December 5, 2004 | Rachel Abramowitz, Times Staff Writer
Muses are most often thought of as comely, lithe and young. Throughout history, they've usually been depicted as female guides to inner wisdom that spark the imaginations of great men. But for director Wes Anderson, whose loopy reimagining of the filmmaking experience, "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou," opens this week, the muse has recently taken the form of a middle-age man with faintly pockmarked skin, tufts of graying hair and sad, teardrop eyes -- the comedian Bill Murray.
April 26, 2005 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
The highlight of the two-disc set of "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" (Paramount, $35) is the clever, tongue-in-cheek audio track between director Brad Silberling and the "real" Mr. Snicket -- author Daniel Handler. The other extras -- covering every aspect of the production -- are entertaining and informative.
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