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November 1, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - When screenwriter Steven Conrad was hired to write a draft of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" three years ago, he knew the degree of difficulty would be high. After all, over a development period of more than 15 years, about a half-dozen writers had unsuccessfully given it a shot, some with logical pedigrees (Peter Tolan, "Analyze This"), some less likely (Richard LaGravanese, "The Fisher King"). "I didn't think of it as Kurtz - six writers had tried and never been heard from again," said Conrad, tossing in an ominous "Apocalypse Now" reference.
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December 24, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As a director and star trying to extend into new territory, Ben Stiller is his own best friend. With wild and crazy films like "Zoolander" and "Tropic Thunder" in his past, Stiller's taken a different turn in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," but, fortunately for all concerned, the Old Ben has decided to come along for the ride. As a result "Walter Mitty," inspired by the brief 1939 James Thurber short story about a man who lapses into heroic daydreams at the slightest provocation, has a pleasant, curiously off-center quality that reflects the blending of these two sensibilities.
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December 24, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As a director and star trying to extend into new territory, Ben Stiller is his own best friend. With wild and crazy films like "Zoolander" and "Tropic Thunder" in his past, Stiller's taken a different turn in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," but, fortunately for all concerned, the Old Ben has decided to come along for the ride. As a result "Walter Mitty," inspired by the brief 1939 James Thurber short story about a man who lapses into heroic daydreams at the slightest provocation, has a pleasant, curiously off-center quality that reflects the blending of these two sensibilities.
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December 14, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Over the last 15 years, much of Ben Stiller's work - "Zoolander," "Meet the Parents," "There's Something About Mary," "Tropic Thunder" - has turned not only into box-office gold but something bigger, zeitgeist-defining comedies that continue to play in our minds and on our cable-TV schedules. Love him, get annoyed by him or simply think he'll never top a certain hair-gel moment, Stiller is one of this era's most influential comic presences. Or maybe was one of its most influential comedic presences.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Over the last 15 years, much of Ben Stiller's work - "Zoolander," "Meet the Parents," "There's Something About Mary," "Tropic Thunder" - has turned not only into box-office gold but something bigger, zeitgeist-defining comedies that continue to play in our minds and on our cable-TV schedules. Love him, get annoyed by him or simply think he'll never top a certain hair-gel moment, Stiller is one of this era's most influential comic presences. Or maybe was one of its most influential comedic presences.
NEWS
October 27, 2005 | Merrill Balassone, Times Staff Writer
FOR screenwriter Steven Conrad, the story began when he witnessed a friend chuck a milkshake at their local Florida weatherman, Al Sunshine. It started Conrad thinking about why weathermen, often local celebrities, inspire a backlash against their bogus television nicknames and are held responsible for every bad weather forecast. "I wondered what it was about weathermen that made people want to [throw things]," Conrad said. "Would they do it to Ted Koppel? Probably not.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2005 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
What's it like to be a highly paid, highly visible professional buffoon in the midst of an existential crisis? This is the question posed by "The Weather Man," a surprisingly wry, contemplative movie directed by Gore Verbinski ("Pirates of the Caribbean") from a darkly funny and poignant script by Steven Conrad. It takes a minute to settle into the idea that "The Weather Man," a big studio movie, is really just a movie about a guy who has some stuff to work out. But that's more or less it.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2002 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three officers and a director of NewCom Inc., a defunct Westlake Village tech firm, were charged Thursday with falsifying company financial records in a case federal prosecutors portrayed as an example of the Bush administration's pledge to crack down on corporate greed. The criminal fraud and conspiracy case is the latest development in a long investigation of NewCom and its majority owner, Aura Systems Inc. of El Segundo.
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November 22, 2006 | Jay A. Fernandez, Special to The Times
WITH all due respect to the newly triumphant Democrats, 2006 may well become known as the Year of the Original Screenplay. Screenwriters have fielded a strapping squad of powerful, idiosyncratic original works that collectively seem to represent the culmination of the post9/11 creative incubation period. There's just more heaviness to their stories -- ones that are deeply felt and personal but that also resonate with national and global moods.
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February 14, 2007 | Jay A. Fernandez, Special to The Times
"Nobody should be a stranger to love," Mahatma Gandhi once said. For writer-director Deepa Mehta, the Indian independence leader's mournful sentiment imbued a seven-year professional journey -- the making of her latest film, "Water" -- with solemn purpose. In 1996, Mehta ("Fire," "Bollywood/Hollywood") was walking through the Hindu holy city of Varanasi in northern India when she came upon a frail 80-year-old woman blindly looking for her lost glasses along the banks of the Ganges.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - When screenwriter Steven Conrad was hired to write a draft of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" three years ago, he knew the degree of difficulty would be high. After all, over a development period of more than 15 years, about a half-dozen writers had unsuccessfully given it a shot, some with logical pedigrees (Peter Tolan, "Analyze This"), some less likely (Richard LaGravanese, "The Fisher King"). "I didn't think of it as Kurtz - six writers had tried and never been heard from again," said Conrad, tossing in an ominous "Apocalypse Now" reference.
NEWS
October 27, 2005 | Merrill Balassone, Times Staff Writer
FOR screenwriter Steven Conrad, the story began when he witnessed a friend chuck a milkshake at their local Florida weatherman, Al Sunshine. It started Conrad thinking about why weathermen, often local celebrities, inspire a backlash against their bogus television nicknames and are held responsible for every bad weather forecast. "I wondered what it was about weathermen that made people want to [throw things]," Conrad said. "Would they do it to Ted Koppel? Probably not.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
When Tom Hanks released "Cast Away" in 2000, he was all alone in more ways than one. Playing a man stuck for years on a remote island, the Oscar winner was helping to bring back a genre, the so-called stranded film, that hadn't had a major entry in five years (since Hanks' own "Apollo 13"). Beginning Friday, the actor can be seen in another nautically-themed marooned movie, the Somali-hijacking tale "Captain Phillips.” Only this time Hanks' story of isolation has plenty of company.
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November 5, 2006
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