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January 15, 1996
Macaulay Culkin's relationship with his manager father, Kit, has deteriorated to the point the teen-ager rarely talks to him and could even fire him, the boy's mother claims. "Mack literally hires his father. Mack can fire his father," Patricia Brentrup, 41, says in February's Vanity Fair.She is battling Kit Culkin, 51, for sole custody of their children, who range in age from 6 to 19. At stake is which parent will control the earnings of sons Macaulay, 15, and Kieran, 13 -- and the 15 percent manager's commission.
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December 19, 2007
Celtic Holiday concert -- The South County Concert Association will present Maggie Sansone along with the dancers from the Culkin School of Irish Dance at 7:30 p.m. today in the auditorium of Southern High School, 4400 Old Solomons Island Road, Harwood. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children and free to SCCA members, AACCA members and active military personnel - home for the holiday - with identification. 410-867-1584.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | November 24, 1993
A confession: I hate "The Nutcracker." It's the worst Christmas tradition after credit card debt. My wife used to drag me to amateurish productions of it by cheesy Washington ballet companies every year to punish me for various infractions. In retaliation, I would pick on her for weeks afterward. It's the true reason the divorce rates soar over the holidays.Then there have been two movie versions in the past few years: the 1986 "Nutcracker the Movie" with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Company.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 4, 2002
There's something disturbing, something funny and, yes, even something endearing about this Igby character, though I thank God there's no one like him or his ilk in my life. Igby is a malcontent, a button-pusher, a guy who lives to tick the world off -- if only because he's certain the world regards him the same way. And he's pretty good at it, too; in fact, Igby's the kind of teen-ager who would probably be good at whatever he chose to do, so smart and manipulative and full of unrealized potential is he. He's wasting all those gifts right now, and family precedent suggests he may continue wasting them.
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By Los Angeles Times | February 7, 1991
HOLLYWOOD -- If her first film does as well as her leading man's last one, Anna Chlumsky could become a big star.Chlumsky, a 10-year-old from the Chicago area, is starring opposite Macaulay Culkin in "My Girl" in what may be the most coveted child's role since Culkin landed "Home Alone" last year. That film has grossed well over $200 million, while driving Culkin's per-movie fee into the $1 million range. Though Anna is getting considerably less for "My Girl" -- under $50,000, according to a source -- it is an opportunity to work with Hollywood's hottest male star.
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December 19, 2007
Celtic Holiday concert -- The South County Concert Association will present Maggie Sansone along with the dancers from the Culkin School of Irish Dance at 7:30 p.m. today in the auditorium of Southern High School, 4400 Old Solomons Island Road, Harwood. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children and free to SCCA members, AACCA members and active military personnel - home for the holiday - with identification. 410-867-1584.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | December 21, 1994
"Richie Rich" is such a trifle it's difficult to work up much of a head of steam to denounce it. One wishes, instead, that it would just crawl away in some obscure hole and expire without drama.The fault, oddly enough, has little to do with Macaulay Culkin, who in about six months has gone from being world's cutest boy to world's most despicable human. But Culkin is by far the least of its problems and the most professional member of a cast that by and large does nothing to distinguish itself.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 4, 2002
There's something disturbing, something funny and, yes, even something endearing about this Igby character, though I thank God there's no one like him or his ilk in my life. Igby is a malcontent, a button-pusher, a guy who lives to tick the world off -- if only because he's certain the world regards him the same way. And he's pretty good at it, too; in fact, Igby's the kind of teen-ager who would probably be good at whatever he chose to do, so smart and manipulative and full of unrealized potential is he. He's wasting all those gifts right now, and family precedent suggests he may continue wasting them.
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By Bernard Weinraub and Bernard Weinraub,New York Times News Service | March 22, 1994
The movie stars and the nominees and the studio executives who arrived in stretch limos at the 66th annual Academy Awards ceremonies in Los Angeles were jittery. It wasn't just the awards. It was the aftershock.The big 5.3 magnitude aftershock Sunday afternoon, which sent people fleeing stores and movie theaters, rattled nerves as well. Even movie-star nerves.Along the red-carpeted runway outside the jammed Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center -- as fans in the bleachers screamed "Clint!"
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | November 27, 1991
"My Girl's" got Macaulay Culkin and who could ask for anything more? Well, what about some believable characters? What about a sense of spontaneity instead of manipulation? What about a performance instead of a posture from Dan Aykroyd? What about less wacky zaniness from zany wacko Jamie Lee Curtis? And what about more Macaulay Culkin?In fact the deepest disappointment in this deeply disappointing film is that Culkin, whose vivid presence elevated "Home Alone" into the most successful comedy every made, is essentially a minor character.
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January 15, 1996
Macaulay Culkin's relationship with his manager father, Kit, has deteriorated to the point the teen-ager rarely talks to him and could even fire him, the boy's mother claims. "Mack literally hires his father. Mack can fire his father," Patricia Brentrup, 41, says in February's Vanity Fair.She is battling Kit Culkin, 51, for sole custody of their children, who range in age from 6 to 19. At stake is which parent will control the earnings of sons Macaulay, 15, and Kieran, 13 -- and the 15 percent manager's commission.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | December 21, 1994
"Richie Rich" is such a trifle it's difficult to work up much of a head of steam to denounce it. One wishes, instead, that it would just crawl away in some obscure hole and expire without drama.The fault, oddly enough, has little to do with Macaulay Culkin, who in about six months has gone from being world's cutest boy to world's most despicable human. But Culkin is by far the least of its problems and the most professional member of a cast that by and large does nothing to distinguish itself.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | June 17, 1994
"Getting Even With Dad" is less a movie than a movie review. By that I mean, it's fundamentally an act of analysis, not drama. It applies rigorous thought to the success of "Home Alone," reduces that success to an equation, and codifies it. The only difference: Instead of writing a 12-inch review, the producers have made a film that will probably earn $60 million.It understands that "Home" had but a single idea, but that it's a great idea. It's the idea of the empowered child, by which, magically, the laws of society are overturned and a little boy -- it has to be Macaulay Culkin -- achieves magic leverage and rearranges reality to suit his whim.
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By Bernard Weinraub and Bernard Weinraub,New York Times News Service | March 22, 1994
The movie stars and the nominees and the studio executives who arrived in stretch limos at the 66th annual Academy Awards ceremonies in Los Angeles were jittery. It wasn't just the awards. It was the aftershock.The big 5.3 magnitude aftershock Sunday afternoon, which sent people fleeing stores and movie theaters, rattled nerves as well. Even movie-star nerves.Along the red-carpeted runway outside the jammed Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center -- as fans in the bleachers screamed "Clint!"
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | November 24, 1993
A confession: I hate "The Nutcracker." It's the worst Christmas tradition after credit card debt. My wife used to drag me to amateurish productions of it by cheesy Washington ballet companies every year to punish me for various infractions. In retaliation, I would pick on her for weeks afterward. It's the true reason the divorce rates soar over the holidays.Then there have been two movie versions in the past few years: the 1986 "Nutcracker the Movie" with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Company.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | September 24, 1993
"The Good Son"Starring Macaulay Culkin and Elijah WoodsDirected by Joseph RubenReleased by 20th Century FoxRated R... **The big hoot of the 1956 movie season was the treacly ending Hollywood tacked onto its version of Maxwell Anderson's famous stage hit "The Bad Seed."Whereas on Broadway, murderous little Patty McCormack had been allowed to go chillingly free, the then-potent Production Code mandated just desserts. Thus, McCormack wanders out onto a dock in a rainstorm in the film's last few minutes where the old Special Effects Master in the Sky sends a convenient lightning bolt to turn her into medium rare Patty-kebab.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | June 17, 1994
"Getting Even With Dad" is less a movie than a movie review. By that I mean, it's fundamentally an act of analysis, not drama. It applies rigorous thought to the success of "Home Alone," reduces that success to an equation, and codifies it. The only difference: Instead of writing a 12-inch review, the producers have made a film that will probably earn $60 million.It understands that "Home" had but a single idea, but that it's a great idea. It's the idea of the empowered child, by which, magically, the laws of society are overturned and a little boy -- it has to be Macaulay Culkin -- achieves magic leverage and rearranges reality to suit his whim.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | September 24, 1993
"The Good Son"Starring Macaulay Culkin and Elijah WoodsDirected by Joseph RubenReleased by 20th Century FoxRated R... **The big hoot of the 1956 movie season was the treacly ending Hollywood tacked onto its version of Maxwell Anderson's famous stage hit "The Bad Seed."Whereas on Broadway, murderous little Patty McCormack had been allowed to go chillingly free, the then-potent Production Code mandated just desserts. Thus, McCormack wanders out onto a dock in a rainstorm in the film's last few minutes where the old Special Effects Master in the Sky sends a convenient lightning bolt to turn her into medium rare Patty-kebab.
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By Ryan Murphy and Ryan Murphy,Knight-Ridder News Service | December 1, 1991
Los Angeles -- Already, at age 12, he's worried about being typecast."Everybody always says to me when they see me, 'Oh, that's Macaulay Culkin, the "Home Alone" kid,' " says the towheaded star of the third-highest grossing film of all time.He signs with a theatricality worthy of Barrymore. "But I don't always want to be thought of as just the 'Home Alone' kid, you know?"He leans forward in his chair menacingly, affecting a look of pain even Al Pacino would envy."There's more to me, you know?
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | November 27, 1991
"My Girl's" got Macaulay Culkin and who could ask for anything more? Well, what about some believable characters? What about a sense of spontaneity instead of manipulation? What about a performance instead of a posture from Dan Aykroyd? What about less wacky zaniness from zany wacko Jamie Lee Curtis? And what about more Macaulay Culkin?In fact the deepest disappointment in this deeply disappointing film is that Culkin, whose vivid presence elevated "Home Alone" into the most successful comedy every made, is essentially a minor character.
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