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June 10, 2004 | Susan King
Mystic River Sean Penn, Tim Robbins Warners, $40 With the disappointing version of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and dud thrillers such as "Absolute Power" and "Blood Work," it seemed that Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood had lost his touch. But he made a powerful comeback last year with this adaptation of Dennis Lehane's bestseller. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon play former childhood friends from a working-class Boston neighborhood whose lives were disrupted when one of them was kidnapped and sexually abused by two men. Now, years later, the three are reunited when Penn's daughter is murdered.
March 6, 2007 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
What do a hundred plus of America's hottest comedians talk about when they get together? Each year scores of up-and-coming stand-ups, established comedy stars and a few lions of laughter gather here for the HBO-sponsored U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. This year, as always, the town itself offered a bottomless well of comic fodder.
After its premiere in 1996 at Theatre East in Studio City, Seth Isler's "The Godfather Workout," a one-man restaging of Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather," took a road trip to Aspen's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and to New York. The trip is over, and Isler's show has returned to where it began. For those wondering if Coppola ever saw it, the answer is yes--on the set of "The Conan O'Brien Show."
January 13, 1996 | SHAUNA SNOW
MOVIES Updating Malle's 'Elevator': A remake of the late Louis Malle's first feature film, 1957's "Elevator to the Gallows," is in early pre-production at Phoenix Pictures, the new company formed by Mike Medavoy and Arnold Messer.
March 14, 2003 | Stewart Oksenhorn, Special to The Times
When Bob Odenkirk learned that Fox was going to produce a pilot of his sitcom idea -- "The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke," about a suburban father who refuses to grow up -- he was briefly elated. Then the dread set in. "I thought, 'Years of stories? I don't know, man,' " said Odenkirk, whose past TV experience includes the satiric "Mr. Show" on HBO. "And somebody from the network said, 'Don't worry, most shows don't make it.'
June 13, 2004 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
There is a special delight in loving a thing you are sure no one else loves, or could love -- the thing that is strange and scruffy beyond description. (Call it the Velveteen Rabbit effect.) Such was my love, and perhaps yours, for "SCTV," the Canadian-sprung sketch-comedy series that sneaked onto the air in 1976, the year after "Saturday Night Live," and kept a fairly low profile thereafter, never really emerging from underneath the shadow of its better-heeled, media-beloved cousin.
October 15, 2006 | Amy Hubbard
Cambria, Calif. Oct. 21-22: Green thumbs converge on the Central Coast city during the annual Gathering of Gardeners Festival and Symposium. Tree huggers, flower sniffers and others with a fondness for foliage will gather in 5 acres of themed gardens for seminars, a coffee bar and a tea garden, live music, topiary and birdhouse workshops, seminars, free demonstrations, gardening-related vendors and more. Cambria Pines Lodge and Cambria Nursery and Florist, 2905 Burton Drive.
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