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ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2009 | Noel Murray
The Soloist DreamWorks, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. deliver strong performances in "The Soloist," the adapted-from-real-life tale about the friendship between homeless, Juilliard-trained musician Nathaniel Ayers and Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, who tried to help him get his life back in order.
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NEWS
October 27, 2000 | BOOTH MOORE
There's poetry in all of us--not just the T.S. Eliots and Robert Frosts of this world, but people like 21-year-old Taylor Maxie Jr., a former gang member who said he's been shot seven times. Maxie said he discovered his flair for the written word while he was doing time for robbery and auto theft at Camp Fred Miller, the juvenile probation camp in Malibu. He was introduced to poetry three years ago by DreamYard L.A.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Chris Keyser, co-creator of the Fox television series "Party of Five," defeated the better-known Patric Verrone in the closely watched presidential contest for the Writers Guild of America, West. "I want to congratulate Patric in what I thought was an excellent race, and I look forward to getting started," Keyser said Friday. Keyser, 51, campaigned as a moderate alternative to the more strident Verrone and had garnered the backing of a majority of the union's high-profile members, including outgoing President John Wells, J.J. Abrams, Susannah Grant and Shawn Ryan, executive producer of the TV series "The Shield.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2011 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The new CBS drama "A Gifted Man" has more natural resources than two or three of most new dramas combined. Created by Susannah Grant ("The Soloist," "Erin Brockovich"), the show's cast includes Patrick Wilson ("Angels in America," "Little Children"), Jennifer Ehle ("The King's Speech," "Pride and Prejudice") and brand new Emmy winner Margo Martindale ("Justified"), and to top it all, the pilot is directed by Jonathan Demme. So why on Earth isn't it better? Surprisingly, earthliness, or in this case unearthliness, isn't the issue.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2000 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Underqualified, underdressed and increasingly desperate, Erin Brockovich opens the film with her name on it pleading for a skilled job she can sense is not going to be hers. No, she says, she has no actual medical training, but she does have three kids. She's great with people, and a fast learner, too. And she's always been interested in science, to the point of once being "madly in love with geology." Doesn't all that count for anything?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2000 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
I'm probably going to lose a little money on "Charlie's Angels." But that's OK--the movie's been a bonanza for nearly every other writer in town. Sony Pictures, desperate for a hit, managed to spend $6 million on the script for the $92-million action comedy that opens Friday. The studio didn't give all the loot to just one lucky stiff; it spread the wealth.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2001
Julia Roberts' performance at the Oscars was a poor example of manners. Her crass comments to Bill Conti, a highly regarded musician and conductor, were totally tasteless and uncalled for. She did not even know his name, and her "Sir" did not sound respectful in the least. Sorry, Julia, you're nowhere in my book!
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2008 | Paul Kolsby, Special to The Times
As long as they keep releasing movies, I suppose they'll keep publishing books about them. Here's another one: David S. Cohen's "Screen Plays" -- whose subtitle promises to reveal "How 25 Scripts Made It to a Theater Near You -- For Better or Worse." Cohen had me at "How" but lost me soon after.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2001
For your consideration . . . here are all the nominees--now it's up to you to guess the winners.
NEWS
March 6, 2003 | Elaine Dutka, Times Staff Writer
Being pampered isn't a male thing, maintains Beverly Hills screenwriter Alonzo Brown. And, growing up in New York City's Spanish Harlem, he learned that life was more about "responsibility" than treating himself well. Not until he attended an African American executives' entertainment summit at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa five years ago, he says, did those perceptions irrevocably change.
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