November 16, 2013 |
June Squibb was in a bit of shock when she first saw her performance as the tart-tongued wife of Bruce Dern's character in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska. " Squibb had encountered women like the controlling, outspoken Kate growing up in a small town in Illinois. Still, she had no idea while making the movie just how well she knew the shrewish Kate. "I thought, 'Oh, my God, that's my mother up there,'" recalled Squibb at a Beverly Hills hotel. "I never once thought of that when I was preparing and shooting the film.
December 27, 2009 |
What Woody Hayes liked most about coming to the Rose Bowl was winning it, which meant he didn't always like it. He often left at screaming-mad war with California and all its distractions and niceties. On Hayes' last trip west, he left out the back door. The legendary Ohio State coach broke even in eight Rose Bowl appearances, starting in 1955. His Buckeyes defeated USC, 20-7, in conditions complicated by the bane of rain. The headline in the next day's Los Angeles Times: "Hayes Belittles Trojans, Mad at Marching Bands."
November 14, 2013 |
It's the letter everyone's received. The one that gets your attention by saying you've won a million dollars but is actually all about selling magazine subscriptions. But what if someone truly believed they'd won that million? And what if that individual was your crabby, cranky and cantankerous father and he insisted on going to prize headquarters to collect his money? In person. That, in a nutshell, is the premise of Alexander Payne's poignant and ruefully funny "Nebraska. " But summations can't convey the filmmaking delicacy that marries tart-tongued comedy with unexpected warmth in a story that touches on family, memory, getting old and staying alive.
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November 11, 2013 |
In a region dominated by the need to drive, a few Newport Beach spots offer late-night revelers something rare: a walkable nightlife. One of these clusters of restaurants and bars lies on the Balboa Peninsula, near the Newport Pier. Patrons have come here for decades - be they neighborhood dwellers, summer renters or residents - to enjoy a vibrant, seaside area where they can move from place to place without getting behind the wheel. Steady streams of people continue to enjoy the often party-like atmosphere the peninsula provides.
November 1, 2013 |
Will Forte is the kind of person who's going to find something to be anxious about no matter the circumstances. So when the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member found himself unexpectedly cast in Alexander Payne's new seriocomic road-trip movie, "Nebraska," he felt all the natural emotions - excitement, gratitude, disbelief. But there was also a voice in his brain telling him, "This is nice, but somebody's going to talk some sense into Alexander, so don't get too happy. " "I tend to drive myself crazy like that, overthinking things," Forte said during an anxiety-free interview.
January 17, 2013 |
What begins as a promising peek into the tragic cycle of waylaid promise that's crippling broken inner-city families is itself dispiritingly pulled sideways in the Baltimore-set indie "LUV. " When temporarily mom-less 11-year-old Woody (Michael Rainey Jr.) spends a day with his recently paroled Uncle Vincent (Common) as he tries to get a loan to set up his own business, the uncle's notions of manhood by example become distorted as his criminal past quickly intervenes. The problem is that co-writer-director Sheldon Candis' all-in-a-day construct -- the leap from a cheery morning visit to the bank to Woody being enlisted in a role-playing confrontation with gang members that night -- is hard to swallow.