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By Frank Lovece and Frank Lovece,Newsday | January 11, 2007
Alan Arkin is the male Meryl Streep. He does accents (The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming) and ethnicities (Popi), has played a deaf person (The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter), is adept at both comedy (The In-Laws) and drama (Glengarry Glen Ross), can sing (he started his career with the folk group the Tarriers) and collects accolades the way some actors collect residuals (a Tony Award for Enter Laughing, a Golden Globe for The Russians ..., four Emmy nominations and two Oscar nominations)
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH | November 4, 2008
Starring Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin. Directed by Peter Segal. Warner Home Video $28.95 (blu-ray $35.95) ** dvds Great casting can't get past some really bad story decisions in this big-screen adaptation of the seminal 1960s TV series, a send-up of the James Bond franchise that announced creator Mel Brooks as a force to be reckoned with in American comedy. (He'd gotten his start in the 1950s, with Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, but really took off with this series' 1965 premiere.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | November 8, 1996
Kurt Vonnegut toiled for years in obscurity, exploded into fame in 1969 with "Slaughterhouse-Five," then tumbled back into obscurity. Quick, what was the name of his last book?So it goes with a literary career: You're underrated, then you're overrated, then you're unrated, all in the space of a single decade. But it's very nice to have Vonnegut's best book well-adapted to the screen, in "Mother Night," with Nick Nolte.The novel, adapted by Robert Weide and directed by Keith Gordon, manages to capture what was so brilliant about Vonnegut at his best: his blackness of temperament as demonstrated through his sharpness of wit. For a depressed guy, he was very funny.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | October 19, 2007
Jake Gyllenhaal has been making the talk-show rounds articulating his resistance to movies that merely sell a message. One wonders what art or entertainment value he saw in the script of Rendition, a movie about the secret detention and torture of suspected terrorists that heats up its ingredients to Fahrenheit 9/11 levels yet renders them all as flat as a pile of communiques. Omar Metwally co-stars as Anwar, an Egyptian-born chemical engineer who falls out of sight after flying from South Africa back to the U.S., leaving his young son and pregnant wife Isabella (Reese Witherspoon)
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May 27, 1995
Severn Darden, 65, an improvisational comedian and actor who worked in theater, film and television, died yesterday of heart failure at his home in Santa Fe, N.M.He was widely recognized in the world of improvisational theater a comic genius whose wacky portrayals of a German know-it-all professor and a nitpicking expert on everything under the sun influenced two generations of comic performers. Mr. Darden was a founding member of the Second City troupe in Chicago, which produced such stars as Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Shelly Berman, Alan Arkin and Barbara Harris.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH | November 4, 2008
Starring Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin. Directed by Peter Segal. Warner Home Video $28.95 (blu-ray $35.95) ** dvds Great casting can't get past some really bad story decisions in this big-screen adaptation of the seminal 1960s TV series, a send-up of the James Bond franchise that announced creator Mel Brooks as a force to be reckoned with in American comedy. (He'd gotten his start in the 1950s, with Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, but really took off with this series' 1965 premiere.
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By Calvin Wilson and Calvin Wilson,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | August 28, 1998
Vivian has a big problem -- or more accurately, two big `D problems.They're between her neck and her waist, and they're driving her crazy. It's 1976, she's a teen-ager, and her breasts are taking over her life.Or, at least, she thinks they are. The daughter of an unsuccessful businessman who keeps moving the family from place to place, Vivian has enough to worry about without also having to deal with lustful males.That "Slums of Beverly Hills" spins something charming and original from this dubious premise is due not only to the lightly comic touch of writer/director Tamara Jenkins but also to the film's quirkily charismatic star, Natasha Lyonne.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | October 19, 2007
Jake Gyllenhaal has been making the talk-show rounds articulating his resistance to movies that merely sell a message. One wonders what art or entertainment value he saw in the script of Rendition, a movie about the secret detention and torture of suspected terrorists that heats up its ingredients to Fahrenheit 9/11 levels yet renders them all as flat as a pile of communiques. Omar Metwally co-stars as Anwar, an Egyptian-born chemical engineer who falls out of sight after flying from South Africa back to the U.S., leaving his young son and pregnant wife Isabella (Reese Witherspoon)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | July 26, 2002
Fate is a cruel mistress. But maybe not as cruel as we've been led to believe. That may not be a real popular concept in this age of self-centered fatalism and bumper stickers that explain, "Stuff Happens." But it's the idea behind Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, writer-director Jill Sprecher's circular drama in which a cross-section of world-weary New Yorkers avoid optimism at all costs, only to discover it can't be dismissed so easily. This fleetingly autobiographical film -- the character played by Clea DuVall has things happen to her, including some serious injuries and a chance encounter with a smiling man, that Sprecher lifted from her own life story -- threatens to be too ponderously self-conscious and jaded.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | August 25, 1995
A trio of interesting movies tonight includes an Oscar-winning 1950s romance, a Sherlock Holmes classic and the sequel to the epic "2001: A Space Odyssey."* "Sayonara" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- JamesMichener wrote the novel on which this 1957 romantic drama was based, Irving Berlin had a hit with the title song, and Red Buttons and Miyoshi Umeki won best supporting Oscars. Marlon Brando is the romantic lead, in a story about love between U.S. soldiers and Japanese women during the Korean War. UPN* "The X-Files" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | February 25, 2007
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Proving that comedies can win big in Hollywood, Little Miss Sunshine dominated yesterday's Spirit Awards, walking away with four of the honors given annually for smaller-budget movies made outside the Hollywood mainstream. The movie, which will also be up for the big prize at tonight's Oscars, won Spirits for best picture, best director (the husband-and-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris), best supporting male (Alan Arkin) and best first screenplay (Michael Arndt)
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By Frank Lovece and Frank Lovece,Newsday | January 11, 2007
Alan Arkin is the male Meryl Streep. He does accents (The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming) and ethnicities (Popi), has played a deaf person (The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter), is adept at both comedy (The In-Laws) and drama (Glengarry Glen Ross), can sing (he started his career with the folk group the Tarriers) and collects accolades the way some actors collect residuals (a Tony Award for Enter Laughing, a Golden Globe for The Russians ..., four Emmy nominations and two Oscar nominations)
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE COLUMNIST | August 11, 2006
WASHINGTON--Critics usually view MTV as the scourge of movies because its influence has spread flashy editing and splashy colors for their own sake and a reckless disregard for lucid and cohesive storytelling. But Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who came to MTV in the early 1980s, when they were fresh out of UCLA and the music channel was just getting rolling, represent MTV at its best and brightest. In 1983, they saw the chance to do The Cutting Edge, an interview and documentary-based MTV series, as a grand experimental opportunity, and then moved on to craft videos that explored with sympathy, nuance and imagination the visual components of performance.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | July 26, 2002
Fate is a cruel mistress. But maybe not as cruel as we've been led to believe. That may not be a real popular concept in this age of self-centered fatalism and bumper stickers that explain, "Stuff Happens." But it's the idea behind Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, writer-director Jill Sprecher's circular drama in which a cross-section of world-weary New Yorkers avoid optimism at all costs, only to discover it can't be dismissed so easily. This fleetingly autobiographical film -- the character played by Clea DuVall has things happen to her, including some serious injuries and a chance encounter with a smiling man, that Sprecher lifted from her own life story -- threatens to be too ponderously self-conscious and jaded.
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By Calvin Wilson and Calvin Wilson,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | August 28, 1998
Vivian has a big problem -- or more accurately, two big `D problems.They're between her neck and her waist, and they're driving her crazy. It's 1976, she's a teen-ager, and her breasts are taking over her life.Or, at least, she thinks they are. The daughter of an unsuccessful businessman who keeps moving the family from place to place, Vivian has enough to worry about without also having to deal with lustful males.That "Slums of Beverly Hills" spins something charming and original from this dubious premise is due not only to the lightly comic touch of writer/director Tamara Jenkins but also to the film's quirkily charismatic star, Natasha Lyonne.
FEATURES
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | November 8, 1996
Kurt Vonnegut toiled for years in obscurity, exploded into fame in 1969 with "Slaughterhouse-Five," then tumbled back into obscurity. Quick, what was the name of his last book?So it goes with a literary career: You're underrated, then you're overrated, then you're unrated, all in the space of a single decade. But it's very nice to have Vonnegut's best book well-adapted to the screen, in "Mother Night," with Nick Nolte.The novel, adapted by Robert Weide and directed by Keith Gordon, manages to capture what was so brilliant about Vonnegut at his best: his blackness of temperament as demonstrated through his sharpness of wit. For a depressed guy, he was very funny.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE COLUMNIST | August 11, 2006
WASHINGTON--Critics usually view MTV as the scourge of movies because its influence has spread flashy editing and splashy colors for their own sake and a reckless disregard for lucid and cohesive storytelling. But Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who came to MTV in the early 1980s, when they were fresh out of UCLA and the music channel was just getting rolling, represent MTV at its best and brightest. In 1983, they saw the chance to do The Cutting Edge, an interview and documentary-based MTV series, as a grand experimental opportunity, and then moved on to craft videos that explored with sympathy, nuance and imagination the visual components of performance.
NEWS
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | February 25, 2007
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Proving that comedies can win big in Hollywood, Little Miss Sunshine dominated yesterday's Spirit Awards, walking away with four of the honors given annually for smaller-budget movies made outside the Hollywood mainstream. The movie, which will also be up for the big prize at tonight's Oscars, won Spirits for best picture, best director (the husband-and-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris), best supporting male (Alan Arkin) and best first screenplay (Michael Arndt)
FEATURES
By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | August 25, 1995
A trio of interesting movies tonight includes an Oscar-winning 1950s romance, a Sherlock Holmes classic and the sequel to the epic "2001: A Space Odyssey."* "Sayonara" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- JamesMichener wrote the novel on which this 1957 romantic drama was based, Irving Berlin had a hit with the title song, and Red Buttons and Miyoshi Umeki won best supporting Oscars. Marlon Brando is the romantic lead, in a story about love between U.S. soldiers and Japanese women during the Korean War. UPN* "The X-Files" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45)
NEWS
May 27, 1995
Severn Darden, 65, an improvisational comedian and actor who worked in theater, film and television, died yesterday of heart failure at his home in Santa Fe, N.M.He was widely recognized in the world of improvisational theater a comic genius whose wacky portrayals of a German know-it-all professor and a nitpicking expert on everything under the sun influenced two generations of comic performers. Mr. Darden was a founding member of the Second City troupe in Chicago, which produced such stars as Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Shelly Berman, Alan Arkin and Barbara Harris.
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