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August 3, 2000 | STEVEN LINAN
* He is creator and executive producer of "Young Americans," a WB drama airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Roku Rocks: Friday would probably be dinner at Sushi Roku, then a movie. Sushi Roku is all about the Chilean sea bass and lobster rolls. I'd probably wind up at the Beverly Connection or somewhere on Hollywood Boulevard. Bigger theaters, better screens, comfortable seats. Shop Shape: On Saturday morning I get up and have a casual breakfast by my pool. Shopping definitely, if I have the time.
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November 24, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Think of "Burlesque" as one ginormous music video theme party thrown by Christina Aguilera, with Cher in the house, plus boas, bustiers and dancing girls and about a thousand humongous Broadway-style showstoppers. Which is a far better way to consider "Burlesque" than thinking of it as a movie ? there, words fail. (Their words, not mine. I'm a long way from finished here.) But should you find yourself in the mood for Big Musical Numbers by the score rather than a film, there's a lot to like about "Burlesque.
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November 13, 2010 | By Ben Fritz and Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Christina Aguilera isn't the first struggling pop diva to try to become a big-screen star. Sony Screen Gems isn't the first low-budget studio to gamble on a bigger-budget picture. And Steven Antin isn't the first filmmaker to get his big break from a romantic partner. But "Burlesque," a PG-13 musical opening Thanksgiving weekend, is freighted with all these elements, making it one of the riskiest and most unusual projects to come out of Hollywood this year. Antin wrote and directed the $55-million movie ?
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November 13, 2010 | By Ben Fritz and Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Christina Aguilera isn't the first struggling pop diva to try to become a big-screen star. Sony Screen Gems isn't the first low-budget studio to gamble on a bigger-budget picture. And Steven Antin isn't the first filmmaker to get his big break from a romantic partner. But "Burlesque," a PG-13 musical opening Thanksgiving weekend, is freighted with all these elements, making it one of the riskiest and most unusual projects to come out of Hollywood this year. Antin wrote and directed the $55-million movie ?
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November 24, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Think of "Burlesque" as one ginormous music video theme party thrown by Christina Aguilera, with Cher in the house, plus boas, bustiers and dancing girls and about a thousand humongous Broadway-style showstoppers. Which is a far better way to consider "Burlesque" than thinking of it as a movie ? there, words fail. (Their words, not mine. I'm a long way from finished here.) But should you find yourself in the mood for Big Musical Numbers by the score rather than a film, there's a lot to like about "Burlesque.
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August 25, 1993 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Imagine being a fledgling screenwriter working on a project that reveals the corruption that brought about the demise of L.A.'s streetcar system, the beloved big Red Cars in particular. You might think it a topic best suited to "Chinatown's" highly experienced Robert Towne, but the feckless hero of the quirky and amiable "Inside Monkey Zetterland" (Sunset 5, Monica 4-Plex) forges ahead with the project despite the nonstop litany of distractions that make up virtually the entire film.
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August 7, 1992 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two minutes into "Drive" (Los Feliz, Hollywood), during a brief, sizzlingly bright monochrome montage of engines, automotive accessories and L.A. roadways, you can tell that director Jefery Levy has lots of visual style.
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January 25, 1999 | JACK MATHEWS, FOR THE TIMES
Sidney Lumet's new version of the late John Cassavetes' 1980 "Gloria" is not so much a remake of a film as it is a remake of an overcooked performance--a case of ham imitating ham. This is Sharon Stone doing Gena Rowlands' flamboyant impression of a middle-age moll on the run, with an orphaned boy, and being reborn as a nurturing mom. It's Damon Runyon in drag. Why "Gloria" was remade is as much a mystery as why it was not shown to critics in advance.
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April 16, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
In "Chasing Papi," a giddy, slight Latina-lib comedy, babe magnet ad exec Tomas Fuentes (Eduardo Verastegui) gives his heart away -- over and over again. When forced to reflect on his behavior, he justifies his harem mentality by asserting that he was raised by many loving women. The women currently in his life, each of whom believes she is his one true love, not surprisingly take this behavior a bit more seriously when they find out about one another.
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June 29, 1994 | SCOTT COLLINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
How serious is cable TV about finding new programming for the much-vaunted 500-channel future? Serious enough that the industry is planting theater seedlings that some day might grow into prime-time oaks. Showtime Networks is co-producing "Act One: A Festival of Fifteen New One-Act Plays" at the Met Theatre in Hollywood. The final installment, a slightly overlong bill of five playlets dubbed "Evening C," runs through July 10.
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August 3, 2000 | STEVEN LINAN
* He is creator and executive producer of "Young Americans," a WB drama airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Roku Rocks: Friday would probably be dinner at Sushi Roku, then a movie. Sushi Roku is all about the Chilean sea bass and lobster rolls. I'd probably wind up at the Beverly Connection or somewhere on Hollywood Boulevard. Bigger theaters, better screens, comfortable seats. Shop Shape: On Saturday morning I get up and have a casual breakfast by my pool. Shopping definitely, if I have the time.
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February 27, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
127 Hours Fox Searchlight, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 James Franco scored a well-deserved Oscar nomination for playing cocky thrill-seeker Aron Ralston in director Danny Boyle's true-life adventure "127 Hours. " When Ralston's arm gets pinned by a boulder in a remote Utah canyon, the hiker does what it takes to stay alive including, eventually, hacking away at the limb. The subject matter is harrowing and gruesome, but Boyle turns the story into more of a celebration of life and companionship ?
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July 12, 2000 | TOM SHALES, WASHINGTON POST
To say that a program is bad even by the standards of the WB network is nearly the ultimate insult. Typically, if the executives of the WB detect even a particle of intelligence in a series, they cancel it, sometimes before it gets on the air. That's what happened with "Young Americans," a series that was originally to premiere on the WB months ago, during the regular season. WB honchos put it in a holding pattern that looked terminal. But when the Coca-Cola Co.
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