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February 12, 2009 | Michael Ordona
Many actors embrace the challenge of playing characters they might find objectionable, but few frame it in terms of "compassion for all beings." "When you practice Buddhism you have to always self-reflect and you can't avoid your problems. That makes me understand human beings better. I feel that the more I do that in my own life, the more I can see how to play a character," says Vinessa Shaw, one of the stars of "Two Lovers," with Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow. "In 'Garden Party' or '40 Days and 40 Nights,' I played characters who people don't necessarily like; I just find some humanity in them."
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February 12, 2009 | Michael Ordona
Many actors embrace the challenge of playing characters they might find objectionable, but few frame it in terms of "compassion for all beings." "When you practice Buddhism you have to always self-reflect and you can't avoid your problems. That makes me understand human beings better. I feel that the more I do that in my own life, the more I can see how to play a character," says Vinessa Shaw, one of the stars of "Two Lovers," with Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow. "In 'Garden Party' or '40 Days and 40 Nights,' I played characters who people don't necessarily like; I just find some humanity in them."
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May 6, 2000
Vinessa Shaw, age 23, states with authority that "Sears was the Barneys of the '70s" ("Fictional Flashback: NBC Re-Creates the Disco Decade," by Victoria Looseleaf, April 26). Hmmm. Perhaps she doesn't remember Barneys' memorable ads from that era, back when Barneys was the Men's Wearhouse of the '70s. The only constant is Bloomingdale's--Bloomingdale's was the Bloomingdale's of the '70s! CYNTHIA A. SMITH Venice
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February 26, 2009 | Betsy Sharkey
If you caught the strange one-act play that was Joaquin Phoenix on "Late Night With David Letterman" just days before his most recent film, "Two Lovers," landed in theaters, it might be tempting to scratch the film off your must-see list. Don't. Phoenix's performance in writer-director James Gray's film represents possibly his best work in an already accomplished career.
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November 12, 1998 | BOOTH MOORE
To borrow a line from an old song, "happy, loving couples make it look so easy," and now there's a magazine just for them: Spoon. The glossy pages are clearly targeted at urban professionals with money to spend. The premiere issue features his-and-her fashion layouts, including a spread of wedding dresses (hint, hint!), tips on decorating for the holidays, and recipes for a four-course autumn feast.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
A pair of terror movie staples - the vacation from hell and the murderous children tale - are combined to OK effect in "Come Out and Play," a remake of the 1976 film "Who Can Kill a Child?" which, like "Play," was based on Juan José Plan's novel "El Juego De Niños. " A one-man band known as Makinov - he wrote, directed, produced, shot, edited and ran sound here - has done a pretty decent job in the chills department using a simple story, small cast and largely contained location.
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February 8, 2009 | Denise Martin
Heck, yes, we'll be talking about: the 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. If you've never watched, let this be your introduction: It's literally like "Best in Show." And this year brings a new breed to the competition, the Dogue de Bordeaux. He's known for "balanced temperament" and "imposing presence." Also, the dog's head may be the largest in the canine world. (Monday) -- Can we talk for a minute about: Joaquin Phoenix? So he's quitting acting to be a rap star now.
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November 30, 2007 | Kevin Thomas, Special to The Times
"Badland" strikes like a bolt of lightning out of nowhere. This modest-budget picture with starkly effective Canadian locales standing in for Montana and Wyoming arrives with scant notice, no major studio campaign or big-name cast, but it unflinchingly illuminates the toll exacted by the Iraq War in a raw, deeply personal and completely compelling manner.
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September 23, 2011 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The moody legal thriller "Puncture" stars Chris Evans ("Captain America: The First Avenger") as scrappy Houston lawyer Mike Weiss, a guy with a sharp mind, persuasive patter and reckless addiction to coke and prostitutes. But before we're introduced to Weiss as a tattooed motel denizen who likes to practice his trial arguments shirtless, high and surrounded by sketchy types, directors Adam & Mark Kassen offer up a brief prologue with an equally ominous needle scenario: a young ER nurse (Vinessa Shaw)
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April 18, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Don't get confused, but "July" will be coming early with the release of the crime thriller "Cold in July" on May 23. IFC Films just released a trailer for the film. The retro-flavored movie was one of many genre-twisting entries to emerge from this year's Sundance Film Festival, alongside the recent release "The Raid 2," as well as the upcoming "Life After Beth," "The One I Love" and "The Guest. " Directed by Jim Mickle, "July" is an adaptation of the 1989 crime novel by Joe R. Lonsdale.
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March 1, 2002 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A romantic comedy about a hunky guy who gives up sex for Lent sounds smirky, and "40 Days and 40 Nights" is that--but it offers more. That's because it was directed by that most subversive of filmmakers, Michael Lehmann ("Heathers") from a script by a terrific first-time writer, Robert Perez, who's in tune with Lehmann's dark, gleeful sense of humor.
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