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November 18, 2009 | Michael Ordona
The first thing Vera Farmiga wants to do is to get out of those unrealistic heels. Relaxing on a couch in front of a lukewarm coffee in a suite at the Luxe Hotel, the actress known for unflinching portrayals of complex women appears before us now on behalf of "Up in the Air," a buzz-generating comedic drama directed by Jason Reitman ("Juno") and starring George Clooney. Clooney's Ryan is a smooth corporate mercenary flying from town to town to fire people; the happy traveler meets his match in Farmiga's Alex, a similarly rootless-seeming professional . . . and the banter begins.
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January 30, 2014 | Betsy Sharkey, Film Critic
"At Middleton," the new romantic comedy starring Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia as strangers who collide during a campus tour with their college-bound kids, is like a feckless flirtation. I use the word "feckless" because it keeps popping up in the film, an ongoing joke starting with a crossword puzzle. Feckless may be a hard word to make funny, ahem, but it does come in handy in describing a slight film that mostly squanders its fine cast on frothy banter and silly escapades. Borrowed bikes and shared bongs are typical of the adults' risky business after they escape the tour.
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June 13, 2013 | By David Kipen
Vera Farmiga remembers vividly how she came to see Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" for the first time. Had she known she would someday play Norman Bates' mother in A&E's prequel series "Bates Motel," she might have paid the picture closer attention. At the time, she was too preoccupied with another great director to give that classic Hitchcock thriller the scrutiny she since has. "Other than maybe the shower scene," Farmiga admits, "I didn't see all of 'Psycho' till I was on set shooting 'The Departed.' Marty Scorsese made me. At first I nodded and considered bluffing him. Then I realized that whenever he refers to an old movie, he's going to send you a deluxe DVD of it that night.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Some view it as TV's biggest night. A few this year might call it the three-hour lead-in to the penultimate episode of "Breaking Bad. " Tomayto, tomahto. The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards are upon us! The sure-to-be twerk-free soiree in downtown Los Angeles will air on CBS at 5 p.m. PDT with host extraordinaire Neil Patrick Harris leading the carousel. It's a night when an online sensation is "House of Cards," not Rebecca Black. A night when the "Downton Abbey" folks freak us out with their modernity.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2005 | Mary McNamara, Times Staff Writer
It is the dream of most every film festival entrant that her movie will win awards, get talked about, be picked up by a distributor and catapult everyone involved if not to fame then at least to a level of filmmaking that doesn't rely on credit cards and the use of rolling chairs as dollies. And sometimes it actually happens.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2012 | By Robert Abele
A coming-of-age story featuring Vera Farmiga as a narcissistic New Age mom, David Duchovny as her pot-smoking Jesus-bearded goat herder/poolman and Ty Burrell as the divorced dad with the new wife, would appear to have all sorts of behavioral flavors to chew on. Alas, "Goats" - to borrow from the traits of its titular ruminants - nibbles on a lot of stuff it never gets around to digesting. Adapted from Mark Jude Poirier's novel (by the author himself), the film takes 15-year-old Ellis (Graham Phillips)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Michael Phillips
When a really good new horror film comes out, one that's more about creative intelligence than executing the next grisly kill shot, it's something of a miracle in this eviscerating post-"Saw" era. Old-school and supremely confident in its attack, "The Conjuring" is this year's miracle - an "Amityville Horror" for a new century (and a far better movie than that 1979 hit), yet firmly rooted, without being slavish or self-conscious, in the visual language of 1970s filmmaking. Also like "Amityville," "The Conjuring" derives from an alleged true-life haunting, this one in rural Rhode Island, at an old house where terrible things happened and are happening still.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | Betsy Sharkey, Film Critic
"At Middleton," the new romantic comedy starring Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia as strangers who collide during a campus tour with their college-bound kids, is like a feckless flirtation. I use the word "feckless" because it keeps popping up in the film, an ongoing joke starting with a crossword puzzle. Feckless may be a hard word to make funny, ahem, but it does come in handy in describing a slight film that mostly squanders its fine cast on frothy banter and silly escapades. Borrowed bikes and shared bongs are typical of the adults' risky business after they escape the tour.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
The big screen's most formidable mama's boy is coming to TV. Norman Bates, the deranged character of "Psycho" fame, is proving movie stars aren't the only ones hunkering down to the small screen - some of cinema's fictional personas are also making the move. "Bates Motel" is a sort-of prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 standard set to roll out Monday on A&E. The new series, from Carlton Cuse ("Lost") and Kerry Ehrin ("Friday Night Lights"), tracks the notorious psychopath during his adolescent years in the present day. (Cue the violin screeches.)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
When, in her famous essay "A Room of One's Own," Virginia Woolf conjured the tragically compelling possibility of Shakespeare's sister, a new sort of narrative was born - the reclamation of female characters who previously lurked at the edges of epic tales. Queens and consorts, mothers and parlor maids have all gotten their due in retellings of famous works, from the Bible to the tales of Sherlock Holmes. And now here's Mama Bates. The mother of cinematic serial killer Norman Bates is among the most famous off-stage characters in dramatic history.
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September 22, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Claire Danes won an Emmy for lead actress in a drama series Sunday for her role as psychologically troubled CIA officer Carrie Mathison on the Showtime series “Homeland.” Is a streak in its beginning stages? Danes took home the trophy last year too. Just as then, she was the favorite to win this year in the category, which included Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men"), Robin Wright ("House of Cards"), Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey"), Connie Britton ("Nashville"), Kerry Washington ("Scandal")
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Who would win the Emmys if social media chose?  In an era when no available data goes unanalyzed, the social media research firm Fizziology has looked to Twitter to guess who might win in the major categories. By that measure, "Breaking Bad," "Game of Thrones" and "American Horror Story" seem to be cleaning up among the microblogging masses.   BUZZMETER: Emmy 2013 pundit's picks The company pulled tweets about the awards show and weighed the volume of people saying who they want to emerge victorious.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Bryan Cranston has three. So does Julia Louis-Dreyfus. And Claire Danes and Jim Parsons are close behind, with two Emmys each. Will these voters favorites return to the podium Sunday? Or will a new group -- Kerry Washington and Louis C.K. among them -- win their first acting Emmys? After looking at the supporting races here , let's lay some odds on the lead acting categories. LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA Bryan Cranston , "Breaking Bad" Odds: 2-1. "Say My Name"?
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September 15, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
The people have spoken. And they say they want to be scared. Over the weekend, the low-budget supernatural spook film "Insidious: Chapter 2" topped the box office, scaring up $41.1 million. The film, which was directed by a seemingly unstoppable James Wan, cost $5 million to make and earned more than three times what the first "Insidious" earned when it opened in 2011. The "Insidious" story isn't a one-off, however. This year has seen nearly half a dozen similar stories when it comes to creepy little films that have scored big with audiences.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Will "Breaking Bad" finally win a series Emmy? Will "Modern Family" ever lose one? Are voters ready to go all in on Kerry Washington and Louis C.K.? We offer some answers and thoughts, but since it's early ( very early ), these predictions will likely be tweaked before the Emmys are awarded on Sept. 22. Because in our heart of hearts, we think "Breaking Bad" deserves that tip of the (porkpie) hat and find it hard to believe that everyone just doesn't agree. DRAMA SERIES The nominees: "Breaking Bad" (AMC)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
At 58, Jeff Daniels has made more than 40 movies, been nominated for three film Golden Globes and had one of the defining big-screen comedies of the 1990s ("Dumb & Dumber"). But before last year he had never been a TV-series regular - and had never been nominated for an Emmy Award. That changed Thursday, when the actor scored a lead actor in a drama nomination for his portrayal of anchor Will McAvoy on HBO's fictional cable-journalism series "The Newsroom. " Daniels leads a pack of film performers who have caught the television academy's eye with their move to the small screen.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2013 | By Susan King
Filmmaker James Wan's ("Saw," "Insidious") latest scare fest, "The Conjuring," will have its debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival at the Regal Cinema at L.A. Live on June 21. The film will be shown at 10 and 10:30 p.m. Both screenings will follow with a Q&A with Wan. Based on a true story, "The Conjuring" revolves around married world-renowned paranormal investigators who are summoned to help a family terrorized by a dark force in a secluded...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2008 | Susan King
Writer-director Carlos Brooks began conceptualizing his feature film debut, "Quid Pro Quo," which opens Friday, some eight years ago. "I wanted to write a different story, something unusual," he explains. "I had an idea for somebody who was impaired in some way. He would get some sort of talisman that would help him overcome the impairment, and in return, I thought, he would have to help the person who impaired him in the first place." His initial idea, the filmmaker admits, didn't tread water.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Emmy voters mixed it up a bit in the lead actress in a drama category today, recognizing seven nominees including newcomers Kerry Washington ("Scandal"), Vera Farmiga ("Bates Hotel") and Robin Wright ("House of Cards"), a past favorite Connie Britton ("Nashville") and returnees Claire Danes ("Homeland"), Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey") and Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men"). Washington scored her first Emmy nomination for her role as crisis manager extraordinaire Olivia Pope in ABC's soapy political thriller "Scandal.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Michael Phillips
When a really good new horror film comes out, one that's more about creative intelligence than executing the next grisly kill shot, it's something of a miracle in this eviscerating post-"Saw" era. Old-school and supremely confident in its attack, "The Conjuring" is this year's miracle - an "Amityville Horror" for a new century (and a far better movie than that 1979 hit), yet firmly rooted, without being slavish or self-conscious, in the visual language of 1970s filmmaking. Also like "Amityville," "The Conjuring" derives from an alleged true-life haunting, this one in rural Rhode Island, at an old house where terrible things happened and are happening still.
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