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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services | December 5, 2007
All I can say about this movie is, pay attention! All will be revealed." Those were Guy Ritchie's opening remarks before the screening of his long-languishing twisty noir thriller, Revolver, at the Tribeca Grand Screening Room on Sunday. When the lights came up, Guy stood again and said, "Thank you all for your support and applause. And you know what - this is the first time I've understood the movie!" Guy Ritchie is a fascinating man, part "larky" bloke out for a good time at the pub with his pals, part (the bigger part)
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By Michael Phillips and Michael Phillips,Tribune Newspapers critic | December 25, 2009
Guy Ritchie can make all the superslick, ultragreasy crime movies he wants ("RocknRolla" being the most recent and one of the greasiest), but now he has given us "Sherlock Holmes," and I'm sorry but I like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's characters. I have no fixed notion about how they should be handled, but it's a serious drag to see how Ritchie has turned Holmes and Dr. Watson into a couple of garden-variety thugs. People really want to see this movie. (So did I, despite the director.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN STAFF | March 19, 1999
"Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" is nothing if not cheeky, a bold and brazen assault on moviegoers' senses that should leave audiences drained, but smiling, when it's all over.Give lots of credit to first-time director Guy Ritchie, who populates this Rubik's Cube of a gangster film with a marvelous melange of actors who look and act the part (some are genuine gangsters, if the film's promoters are to be believed).He then throws just about every cinematic trick he can think of up on the screen.
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By From Sun news services | November 21, 2008
First stage of divorce for Madonna, Guy Ritchie expected today in London A court schedule says Madonna and Guy Ritchie will be granted the first stage of their divorce today. London's High Court lists "Ciccone M L v Ritchie G S" as one of 16 cases for "matrimonial and civil partnership causes for pronouncement of decree." A judge will grant the couple a preliminary divorce decree. After six weeks and a day, they likely will be granted a decree and the divorce will become final. They are not expected to appear in court.
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By Carrie Rickey and Carrie Rickey,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | January 19, 2001
"Never underestimate the predictability of stupidity," cautions Turkish (Jason Statham), the philosopher-dimwit at the hub of Guy Ritchie's freewheeling comedy "Snatch." Though he's describing the clocklike moronism of the wisecracking wise guys, pugnacious pugs and broke pawnbrokers whose fates collide in this Tarantino-comes-to-London effort, he might well be commenting upon the film itself. So be warned - "Snatch" is a movie whose how-low-can-your-IQ-go characters are designed to make the audience feel smart.
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By From Sun news services | November 21, 2008
First stage of divorce for Madonna, Guy Ritchie expected today in London A court schedule says Madonna and Guy Ritchie will be granted the first stage of their divorce today. London's High Court lists "Ciccone M L v Ritchie G S" as one of 16 cases for "matrimonial and civil partnership causes for pronouncement of decree." A judge will grant the couple a preliminary divorce decree. After six weeks and a day, they likely will be granted a decree and the divorce will become final. They are not expected to appear in court.
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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services | March 19, 2008
Money Makes the World Go `Round," "Money Changes Everything," "Money, That's What I Want!" Those are just three famous song titles extolling the power of the filthy lucre. And believe it or not, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan might be singing the cash-poor blues, if you believe the weekly glossies. Both Lindsay and Britney are said to be struggling a bit. Britney -- who hasn't really worked since she French-kissed Madonna on the MTV Awards a few years back -- is reported to have been almost evicted from her Malibu home last month when she failed to fork up the $35,000-a-month rent.
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By Lewis Beale and Lewis Beale,Newsday | December 27, 2007
He's balding, he's not exactly blessed with heartthrob looks, and he has a thick Cockney accent. Yet over the past several years, 35-year-old Jason Statham has become an international action film star. The former world-class diver, street salesman and fashion model first broke into the public consciousness as one of the criminal lowlifes in director Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, reteamed with Ritchie for Snatch, then blew away the bang-bang crowd as the star of The Transporter films.
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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services | July 16, 2008
SOME WEEKS ago when word broke that Christopher Ciccone was about to publish a book about his sister, Madonna, I wrote that I hoped Christopher would not use the word "catharsis" as the reason he did it. I hoped in vain. On the very first page, in the introduction of Life With My Sister Madonna, Christopher writes "it has been a catharsis." Give me a break. Catharsis is for a therapist's couch. Bitter tell-alls are written for money and revenge. The sad thing about this book is that it is so ... boring.
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By Tom Siebert and Tom Siebert,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 3, 2001
This summer's coolest action hero is tooling around with some of the best directors in Hollywood, but he can't be found at the multiplex. Part James Bond, part Mad Max, part Man with No Name, he's a chilly lone wolf with a heart of gold. He's unflappable under pressure. He works for clients ranging from diamond smugglers to movie stars to the United Nations. He's got presence to spare and charisma to burn. And he's selling BMWs. Known only as The Driver, and played with compelling minimalist range by the understated British actor Clive Owen (from last summer's art-house hit Croupier and the PBS mystery series Second Sight)
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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services | July 16, 2008
SOME WEEKS ago when word broke that Christopher Ciccone was about to publish a book about his sister, Madonna, I wrote that I hoped Christopher would not use the word "catharsis" as the reason he did it. I hoped in vain. On the very first page, in the introduction of Life With My Sister Madonna, Christopher writes "it has been a catharsis." Give me a break. Catharsis is for a therapist's couch. Bitter tell-alls are written for money and revenge. The sad thing about this book is that it is so ... boring.
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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services | March 19, 2008
Money Makes the World Go `Round," "Money Changes Everything," "Money, That's What I Want!" Those are just three famous song titles extolling the power of the filthy lucre. And believe it or not, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan might be singing the cash-poor blues, if you believe the weekly glossies. Both Lindsay and Britney are said to be struggling a bit. Britney -- who hasn't really worked since she French-kissed Madonna on the MTV Awards a few years back -- is reported to have been almost evicted from her Malibu home last month when she failed to fork up the $35,000-a-month rent.
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By Lewis Beale and Lewis Beale,Newsday | December 27, 2007
He's balding, he's not exactly blessed with heartthrob looks, and he has a thick Cockney accent. Yet over the past several years, 35-year-old Jason Statham has become an international action film star. The former world-class diver, street salesman and fashion model first broke into the public consciousness as one of the criminal lowlifes in director Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, reteamed with Ritchie for Snatch, then blew away the bang-bang crowd as the star of The Transporter films.
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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services | December 5, 2007
All I can say about this movie is, pay attention! All will be revealed." Those were Guy Ritchie's opening remarks before the screening of his long-languishing twisty noir thriller, Revolver, at the Tribeca Grand Screening Room on Sunday. When the lights came up, Guy stood again and said, "Thank you all for your support and applause. And you know what - this is the first time I've understood the movie!" Guy Ritchie is a fascinating man, part "larky" bloke out for a good time at the pub with his pals, part (the bigger part)
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By Tom Siebert and Tom Siebert,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 3, 2001
This summer's coolest action hero is tooling around with some of the best directors in Hollywood, but he can't be found at the multiplex. Part James Bond, part Mad Max, part Man with No Name, he's a chilly lone wolf with a heart of gold. He's unflappable under pressure. He works for clients ranging from diamond smugglers to movie stars to the United Nations. He's got presence to spare and charisma to burn. And he's selling BMWs. Known only as The Driver, and played with compelling minimalist range by the understated British actor Clive Owen (from last summer's art-house hit Croupier and the PBS mystery series Second Sight)
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By Carrie Rickey and Carrie Rickey,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | January 19, 2001
"Never underestimate the predictability of stupidity," cautions Turkish (Jason Statham), the philosopher-dimwit at the hub of Guy Ritchie's freewheeling comedy "Snatch." Though he's describing the clocklike moronism of the wisecracking wise guys, pugnacious pugs and broke pawnbrokers whose fates collide in this Tarantino-comes-to-London effort, he might well be commenting upon the film itself. So be warned - "Snatch" is a movie whose how-low-can-your-IQ-go characters are designed to make the audience feel smart.
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By Michael Phillips and Michael Phillips,Tribune Newspapers critic | December 25, 2009
Guy Ritchie can make all the superslick, ultragreasy crime movies he wants ("RocknRolla" being the most recent and one of the greasiest), but now he has given us "Sherlock Holmes," and I'm sorry but I like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's characters. I have no fixed notion about how they should be handled, but it's a serious drag to see how Ritchie has turned Holmes and Dr. Watson into a couple of garden-variety thugs. People really want to see this movie. (So did I, despite the director.
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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services | February 6, 2008
IT WILL probably take another 20 years of our being exposed to Joan Crawford's film career (much of it very good!) before the trauma inflicted on her reputation by the book Mommie Dearest fades a bit. Mommie was Christina Crawford's vengeful recounting of Joan's less-than-stellar parenting skills as an adoptive mother of four. Christina, and her equally critical brother, Christopher, ran away, misbehaved, acted out and ended up cut out of Crawford's will, "for reasons best known to them," as the star put it. But there were two other children, Cathy and Cindy.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN STAFF | March 19, 1999
"Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" is nothing if not cheeky, a bold and brazen assault on moviegoers' senses that should leave audiences drained, but smiling, when it's all over.Give lots of credit to first-time director Guy Ritchie, who populates this Rubik's Cube of a gangster film with a marvelous melange of actors who look and act the part (some are genuine gangsters, if the film's promoters are to be believed).He then throws just about every cinematic trick he can think of up on the screen.
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