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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | August 5, 1998
Let us hope this is where the franchise dies.The franchise is "Halloween," the series of horror films (or, as the sub-genre the original "Halloween" helped usher in came to be called, slasher flicks) begun 20 years ago by director John Carpenter. For his third feature, the director took $300,000 and a script about an escaped lunatic preying on the teen-agers of tiny Haddonfield, Ill., and turned out a classic of both horror and suspense -- not to mention one of the most successful independent films ever made.
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November 25, 2005
Critic's Pick-- Mom (Jamie Lee Curtis, above), who left the kids and Dad, demands forgiveness in Mother's Boys (6:50 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Cinemax).
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November 25, 2005
Critic's Pick-- Mom (Jamie Lee Curtis, above), who left the kids and Dad, demands forgiveness in Mother's Boys (6:50 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Cinemax).
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By Michael Muskal and Michael Muskal,LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 5, 2004
Janet Leigh, the actress who turned the mundane act of taking a shower into one of cinema's most enduring images of gore and horror, died Sunday with her family at her bedside. She was 77. The actress' husband, Robert Brandt, and her actress daughters Kelly and Jamie Lee Curtis, were at Leigh's side when she died in Beverly Hills. Leigh had suffered from vasculitis, an inflammation of the blood vessels, for the past year. "She died peacefully at home," said Heidi Schaeffer, a spokeswoman for Jamie Lee Curtis.
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By SUSAN REIMER | October 1, 2002
PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS telling me they have a great idea for a column, when what they actually have is a great first paragraph for a column. I am always polite, but what I really want to say is: "Yeah? Great. And who is going to write the rest of that column?" The truth is, some of my column ideas are only one paragraph long, too. I have these thoughts that never really take shape. Columns that never get beyond the first paragraph. Columns that are really just bumper stickers or sound bites or epitaphs.
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By Michael Muskal and Michael Muskal,LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 5, 2004
Janet Leigh, the actress who turned the mundane act of taking a shower into one of cinema's most enduring images of gore and horror, died Sunday with her family at her bedside. She was 77. The actress' husband, Robert Brandt, and her actress daughters Kelly and Jamie Lee Curtis, were at Leigh's side when she died in Beverly Hills. Leigh had suffered from vasculitis, an inflammation of the blood vessels, for the past year. "She died peacefully at home," said Heidi Schaeffer, a spokeswoman for Jamie Lee Curtis.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | August 6, 2003
If only all fractious mother-daughter relationships could be resolved as easily as in Freaky Friday. Or as hilariously. Remaking a flipped-personality movie from 1976 (which starred Barbara Harris and a young Jodie Foster), the film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan as a squabbling mother-daughter combo who, through a dose of well-intentioned magic, awake one morning inhabiting each other's bodies. The results may be predictable. The horrified daughter looks at her new mid-40s body in the mirror and shrieks, "I look like the Crypt Keeper!"
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By Leslie Gray Streeter and Leslie Gray Streeter,COX NEWS SERVICE | August 7, 2003
SHUT UPPPPP!!!" Jamie Lee Curtis is not really telling you to shut up. She's just demonstrating the way a typical teen-age girl, like her character's daughter in Disney's Freaky Friday, would express her displeasure with ... oh, with everything. The 44-year-old actress is doing more than channeling her inner teen - she's reciting her dialogue. Her character, ultra-responsible therapist Tess, widowed and about to remarry, wakes up the morning before her wedding to discover that she has switched bodies with her rock-singing, rebellious daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan)
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November 8, 1998
Thanksgiving approaches, and Christmas is not far behind. This is the season of family, when relatives come from far and near to be together. Here are some books that celebrate family. Visit your local library and check one out."Grandfather's Lovesong," by Reeve Lindbergh"Grandma According to Me," by Karen Magnuson Beil"All the Places to Love," by Patricia MacLachlan"The Big Green Pocketbook," by Candice F. Ransom"Emma's Vacation," by David McPhail"Guess How Much I Love You," by Sam McBratney"You and Me Little Bear," by Martin Waddell"Gone Fishing," by Earlene Long"My Love for You," by Susan L. Roth"Willy and May" by Judith Byron Schachner"Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born," by Jamie Lee Curtis"When I Was Little: A Four-Year Old's Memoir of Her Youth," by Jamie Lee Curtis"Can I help?"
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By DAN RODRICKS | May 3, 1996
Here's something that should make feminists smile -- a real, like-mother-like-daughter story. The scene: Light Street, outside a bank, downtown Baltimore. Take Our Daughters To Work Day. Cigarette break. A group of smartly dressed women are smoking. One of the women has her daughter with her. The daughter smokes, too. Here's what we hear of the conversation:Mom: "I let her have one [cigarette] last year [on Take Our Daughters To Work Day], and on the way home she asked if she could smoke, too. I told her to think on it awhile.
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By Leslie Gray Streeter and Leslie Gray Streeter,COX NEWS SERVICE | August 7, 2003
SHUT UPPPPP!!!" Jamie Lee Curtis is not really telling you to shut up. She's just demonstrating the way a typical teen-age girl, like her character's daughter in Disney's Freaky Friday, would express her displeasure with ... oh, with everything. The 44-year-old actress is doing more than channeling her inner teen - she's reciting her dialogue. Her character, ultra-responsible therapist Tess, widowed and about to remarry, wakes up the morning before her wedding to discover that she has switched bodies with her rock-singing, rebellious daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | August 6, 2003
If only all fractious mother-daughter relationships could be resolved as easily as in Freaky Friday. Or as hilariously. Remaking a flipped-personality movie from 1976 (which starred Barbara Harris and a young Jodie Foster), the film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan as a squabbling mother-daughter combo who, through a dose of well-intentioned magic, awake one morning inhabiting each other's bodies. The results may be predictable. The horrified daughter looks at her new mid-40s body in the mirror and shrieks, "I look like the Crypt Keeper!"
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By SUSAN REIMER | October 1, 2002
PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS telling me they have a great idea for a column, when what they actually have is a great first paragraph for a column. I am always polite, but what I really want to say is: "Yeah? Great. And who is going to write the rest of that column?" The truth is, some of my column ideas are only one paragraph long, too. I have these thoughts that never really take shape. Columns that never get beyond the first paragraph. Columns that are really just bumper stickers or sound bites or epitaphs.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | August 5, 1998
Let us hope this is where the franchise dies.The franchise is "Halloween," the series of horror films (or, as the sub-genre the original "Halloween" helped usher in came to be called, slasher flicks) begun 20 years ago by director John Carpenter. For his third feature, the director took $300,000 and a script about an escaped lunatic preying on the teen-agers of tiny Haddonfield, Ill., and turned out a classic of both horror and suspense -- not to mention one of the most successful independent films ever made.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | November 27, 1991
Child psychologists are reportedly disturbed by the fact that Macaulay Culkin (''Home Alone'') plays a boy who dies in ''My Girl,'' a new film that opens here today.Their objections may be legitimate, but you might wonder if they have actually seen the film.It is a weeper. It is sad, but it is also very funny, very touching, very real. Yes, it's about death. Yes, the principal character, an 11-year-old girl, lives in a funeral home (her father is the owner), but the subject matter is handled with great tact.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | August 9, 1998
John Carpenter made "Halloween" as a 30-year-old kid with talent, ambition and guts - but hardly any money.Which helps explain what makes it such a great film, a horror-suspense classic pieced together by a kid who knew nothing about test audiences or big budgets. It might also help explain why the six sequels that followed - including the newly released "Halloween: H20" - don't do the legacy proud.Carpenter, who had only two feature films to his credit, got the "Halloween" gig after a telephone call from executive producer Irwin Yablans, who had come up with the central plot line, baby sitters being killed on Halloween night.
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