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October 19, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A movie director charged with groping two women in a bar in Norwalk, Conn., has been granted probation on criminal charges. Vadim Perelman, 43, of Venice, Calif., was placed on accelerated rehabilitation -- a form of probation -- during an appearance in a Norwalk court this week. Perelman, who directed the 2003 film "House of Sand and Fog," will have the charges dropped and his record cleansed if he stays out of trouble for two years.
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April 19, 2008 | Chris Lee, Times Staff Writer
It was as assured and self-actualized a debut as any in recent movie history: In 2003, Vadim Perelman catapulted from the relative anonymity of directing car and tire commercials to become the talk of Hollywood with his first feature film, "House of Sand and Fog" -- a heartbreaking work of raw emotion and catharsis that almost no one expected from a filmmaker with his limited professional pedigree.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2008 | Chris Lee, Times Staff Writer
It was as assured and self-actualized a debut as any in recent movie history: In 2003, Vadim Perelman catapulted from the relative anonymity of directing car and tire commercials to become the talk of Hollywood with his first feature film, "House of Sand and Fog" -- a heartbreaking work of raw emotion and catharsis that almost no one expected from a filmmaker with his limited professional pedigree.
NEWS
October 19, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A movie director charged with groping two women in a bar in Norwalk, Conn., has been granted probation on criminal charges. Vadim Perelman, 43, of Venice, Calif., was placed on accelerated rehabilitation -- a form of probation -- during an appearance in a Norwalk court this week. Perelman, who directed the 2003 film "House of Sand and Fog," will have the charges dropped and his record cleansed if he stays out of trouble for two years.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2003 | Sorina Diaconescu, Special to The Times
On a blustery morning a few days before last Christmas, 39-year-old Ukrainian-born director Vadim Perelman sat down at a cafe on Larchmont Boulevard to talk about his art. But first, he had to talk about his life.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2003 | Robert W. Welkos
In the 1942 Humphrey Bogart-Ingrid Bergman classic "Casablanca," a veritable mini-United Nations of men and women gather at Rick's to drink, to scheme, to gamble and to fall in and out of love, all under the watchful gaze of French and German authorities. But what is rare in that movie is to find characters speaking at length in their native tongues. Today's directors have a different attitude toward the use of foreign languages.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2008 | Carina Chocano, Times Movie Critic
"The Life Before Her Eyes," from director Vadim Perelman ("The House of Sand and Fog"), is adapted from a well-regarded novel by Laura Kasischke. The movie has its good points too, notably an eerily mesmerizing performance by Evan Rachel Wood. But there's an airtight quality to the movie, an off-kilter contemporary gothic complete with weird nuns, writhing Pentecostals and a disaffected high school kid with a semiautomatic weapon, that makes it feel like a formal exercise.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2008 | Noel Murray
Street Kings 20th Century Fox, $29.99/$34.98; Blu-Ray, $34.99 Writer-director David Ayer was largely responsible for "Training Day" and "Harsh Times," two movies in which a jaded authority figure and an idealistic protege spend a day gabbing with each other and getting into trouble. Even though Ayer's "Street Kings" was co-written by James Ellroy, the movie's story -- featuring Keanu Reeves as a righteous but rule-breaking cop investigating his partner's murder -- should feel familiar to Ayer-heads.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2003 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
With studios jockeying to position their prestige movies for strategic advantage, the shortened Oscar season this fall may have benefited the 17th annual AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, which is boasting more prominent movies than in years past. This year the festival, which runs Nov.
NEWS
April 1, 2004 | Susan King
House of Sand and Fog Ben Kingsley, Jennifer Connelly DreamWorks, $27 Commercial director Vadim Perelman makes an auspicious feature film debut with this bleak but moving adaptation of Andre Dubus III's novel. Connelly plays a young woman evicted from the house she grew up in who is bound and determined to get the house back from its new owner, a proud former Iranian military officer (Ben Kingsley) and his troubled wife (Shohreh Aghdashloo).
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2003 | Sorina Diaconescu, Special to The Times
On a blustery morning a few days before last Christmas, 39-year-old Ukrainian-born director Vadim Perelman sat down at a cafe on Larchmont Boulevard to talk about his art. But first, he had to talk about his life.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2003 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Let "House of Sand and Fog" tell you a story. A story of hopes as evanescent as the drifting fog, of dreams as unreliable as a structure carelessly built out of sand. It's a despairing narrative about the capacity we have to destroy our own lives just when we think we're doing the opposite, a story that uses exceptional acting to wrench and twist our emotions.
NEWS
December 4, 2003 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
The abbreviated movie awards season officially kicked off Wednesday when the National Board of Review named Clint Eastwood's emotional drama "Mystic River" the best film of 2003, and the Independent Feature Project announced nominations for the Independent Spirit Awards. Irish director Jim Sheridan's semi-autobiographical drama "In America" led the Spirit nominations with six, including best feature, director and best female lead, for Samantha Morton.
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