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July 20, 2008
Re "Wall-E doesn't say anything," July 13 I wholeheartedly agree with Charlotte Allen's article. Conservatives need to learn that there is nothing wrong with the message "don't trash the Earth," especially when it is directed toward our youth. If our current lifestyle continues, the world of Wall-E won't seem so far-fetched after all. James Rizzo Burbank
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
These days it seems rare to encounter a big sci-fi movie that's not a remake, a sequel, a prequel or an adaptation of a well-known property (whether a novel, a comic book or even a toy). The new Tom Cruise film "Oblivion" is an exception: This story of a solitary drone repairman on a devastated future Earth grew out of director Joseph Kosinski's ("Tron: Legacy") own unpublished graphic novel. According to a number of lukewarm reviews, however, the film's originality is undercut by its derivativeness, as it borrows liberally from the sci-fi canon.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2008
AS A lightly published science fiction writer and longtime devotee of sci-fi films, I appreciated this article very much. My wife and I saw "Wall-E" the weekend before and were very disappointed, and Reed Johnson articulated better than we had what the flaws were. He put his finger on the fact that it's in essence two movies, before and after Wall-E gets to the spaceship. It reminds me of "Titanic," which is two movies before and after hitting the iceberg; the first is a character-driven historical, the second action-adventure melodrama.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Oblivion" will make you remember, not forget. This Tom Cruise vehicle is a throwback to the days when on-screen science fiction was about speculative ideas rather than selling toys to tots - think of it as the most expensive episode of "The Twilight Zone" ever made. "Oblivion" is not perfect. Its dystopian story makes no apologies for its familiarity, echoing such films as "The Planet of the Apes," "The Matrix," "2001" and even "Wall-E. " And expecting the wheels not to eventually begin to fall off its pleasantly complicated, head-spinning plot (based on the director Joseph Kosinski's graphic novel)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2008 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
In high school, "Wall-E" director Andrew Stanton played the shy Yonkers store clerk Barnaby in the Jerry Herman musical "Hello, Dolly!" Decades later, two of the show's lesser-known songs would play a pivotal part in the critically acclaimed Disney/Pixar animated hit. Though "Wall-E" does feature a new song, "Down to Earth" by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman over the end credits, the two tunes that factor in both the film's themes and plot --...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2008 | Kenneth Turan, Times Movie Critic
If Pixar Animation Studios has an enviable record of consistent success -- and with a worldwide box-office gross of $4.3 billion from its eight films, it certainly does -- it's because the company has an uncanny gift for pushing things further without pushing too far. Pixar's adventurous new film, the one-of-a-kind "Wall-E," shows how it's done.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2008 | Gregory Benford and Elisabeth Malartre, Special to The Times
The mobile trash compactor is a symphony of squeaks, thunks and rattles, rolling forward on treads to bring its pivoting eyes to bear on us. Within moments we identify completely, launching "Wall-E," one of the rare films to feature robots as the lead characters. Pixar knows how to create identity in a few signals. Research on "facebots" at MIT shows that the mere impression of a face's essentials -- sympathetic eyes and a mouth -- can evoke emotion from us. We read facial features in machines and take them as social signatures.
NEWS
August 1, 2008
Disney earnings: An article in the Business section on Thursday about Walt Disney Co.'s third-quarter earnings said the well-received Disney/Pixar Animation film "Wall-E" did not compensate for Disney's underperforming movie "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian." "Wall-E" opened June 27, a day before the end of the quarter. Its performance will be reflected in Disney's fourth-quarter results.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Oblivion" will make you remember, not forget. This Tom Cruise vehicle is a throwback to the days when on-screen science fiction was about speculative ideas rather than selling toys to tots - think of it as the most expensive episode of "The Twilight Zone" ever made. "Oblivion" is not perfect. Its dystopian story makes no apologies for its familiarity, echoing such films as "The Planet of the Apes," "The Matrix," "2001" and even "Wall-E. " And expecting the wheels not to eventually begin to fall off its pleasantly complicated, head-spinning plot (based on the director Joseph Kosinski's graphic novel)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2008 | Susan King
Sigourney WEAVER is back in outer space. No, not as the intrepid Ripley of the "Alien" sci-fi blockbusters, but as a ship's computer in Disney's new Pixar Animation Studios film, "WALL-E," which opens June 27. The film was directed by Andrew Stanton ("Finding Nemo"). "I think it was given to me because Andrew Stanton loves science fiction and is such a fan of the 'Alien' movies," says Weaver. "And he thought it would be funny after having such an important computer mother in 'Alien,' if I played the ship's computer.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2012
MUSIC Live it up with the whole family at the very first Pixar concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Enjoy clips of your favorite Pixar animated films including the "Toy Story" trilogy, "Cars," "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles," "Wall-E," Up," and more while an orchestra performs the scores live. The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri. Ticket prices vary. (323) 850-2000. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
In one of the biggest box-office upsets of the year, a mustachioed orange cartoon creature brought down a brawny loinclothed space warrior at the multiplex. Last weekend's No. 1 film, "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," claimed the top spot again. The animated 3-D environmental tale for families collected an additional $39.1 million, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures. The movie has now grossed a robust $122 million in just 10 days of release. Meanwhile, the $250-million-plus "John Carter" debuted with a disappointing $30.6 million this weekend, as fanboys failed to gravitate toward the 3-D fantasy epic that has been under a cloud of bad buzz for months.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2009 | MARY McNAMARA, TELEVISION CRITIC
Watching Katherine Heigl attempt to inject life into yet another cardboard cut-out of a controlling, manic working woman in "The Ugly Truth," you have to wonder: For this she wants to leave television? Yes, being a movie star is still a bigger deal in America than a being a television star, and "Grey's Anatomy" is battle-weary, but surely the chance to portray a woman who looks like she was constructed of a quiz in Glamour circa 1985 is not why she entered her profession.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2009 | John Horn
When Pixar first started working on "Wall-E" several years ago, the studio considered making the animated movie -- about a lovable robot on a future Earth -- without any dialogue at all. As the film's screenplay evolved, a few talking humans dropped in, but "Wall-E" is still distinguished by what isn't said, particularly in the movie's opening act.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2009
Exclamatory choruses: We're surely not alone on this, but Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" has been running through our heads nonstop, and it's not because of the aggressively choreographed video -- it's that weightless flurry of "ohs," stickier than buckwheat honey. Let Morrissey and Andrew Bird pore over thesauri; sometimes, two letters are all anyone needs.
NEWS
January 28, 2009 | Tom O'Neil
Disney "Bolt" "Wall-E" DreamWorks "Kung Fu Panda" Focus Features "In Bruges" "Milk" Fox Searchlight "Slumdog Millionaire" 20th Century Fox "Australia" Janus Films "Revanche" Miramax "Doubt" "Happy-Go-Lucky" Paramount "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" Paramount Vantage "The Duchess" "Revolutionary Road" Regent Releasing "Departures" Sony Pictures Classics "The Class"...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2012
MUSIC Live it up with the whole family at the very first Pixar concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Enjoy clips of your favorite Pixar animated films including the "Toy Story" trilogy, "Cars," "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles," "Wall-E," Up," and more while an orchestra performs the scores live. The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri. Ticket prices vary. (323) 850-2000. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
These days it seems rare to encounter a big sci-fi movie that's not a remake, a sequel, a prequel or an adaptation of a well-known property (whether a novel, a comic book or even a toy). The new Tom Cruise film "Oblivion" is an exception: This story of a solitary drone repairman on a devastated future Earth grew out of director Joseph Kosinski's ("Tron: Legacy") own unpublished graphic novel. According to a number of lukewarm reviews, however, the film's originality is undercut by its derivativeness, as it borrows liberally from the sci-fi canon.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2009 | Susan King
Just two days after earning 10 Academy Award nominations, "Slumdog Millionaire" on Saturday won the Producers Guild of America's Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award. The award went to producer Christian Colson. The film, which revolves around the fortunes of an impoverished Mumbai teenager, has become this movie season's darling, winning multiple Golden Globes and critic's awards. "Slumdog" went into wide release in the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2009 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Everyone's been writing about which films will enter the magic circle when the academy announces its best picture nominations Jan. 22, mercifully putting an end to the annual year-end demolition derby that finds nearly all of the year's best films being released in the last 10 weeks of the year. In other words, come Jan.
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