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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Staff Writer | March 30, 1994
"Jimmy Hollywood" is director Barry Levinson's attempt to make a movie that simultaneously articulates urban rage and satirizes the film industry. Chalk it up somewhere between "Young Sherlock Holmes" and "Toys" as another of the duds that Levinson tends to make when he strays too far from his home ground of Baltimore.The hero of "Jimmy Hollywood" is Jimmy Alto (Joe Pesci), an ex-tin man from Jersey who's been suckered by the Hollywood (( dream. He's not even an out-of-work actor; he never had any work to begin with.
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By JANET GILBERT | July 13, 2008
It's a great month to escape the Maryland heat at the movies. But real life can be far more entertaining than anything Hollywood screenwriters could dream up. So grab a glass of sun tea and enjoy the First Annual Janet's World Top Ten Summer Screenplay Ideas, or, as it is breezily known, FAJWTTSSI. After reading, I think you'll agree that I should definitely make an appointment with a major studio mogul and pitch these ideas immediately. In the trash, perhaps. * It's an airline industry retrospective, taking us back to the exciting days when airports were populated with smartly dressed people hefting voluminous molded plastic suitcases sans wheels.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | March 13, 1992
In Alabama, Vinny isn't a fish out of water, he's the lawyer from another planet. The planet he's from is Brooklyn, and it might as well be Mars.Vinny is played by Joe Pesci in a combination of brio, bullet-sweating despair, street cunning and occasional idiocy. In "My Cousin Vinny" he's summoned to a small Alabama town to defend his college age cousin (Ralph Macchio, who must be about 40 by now) from a phony murder rap. Imagine his surprise when he learns lawyers are expected to wear coats and ties in court!
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | June 8, 2007
Beginning this weekend, the weekly revival series at the Charles Theatre turns its attention to film noir, those bleak, shadowy movies filled with easily duped guys led astray by morally questionable gals that dominated post-war America's movie screens. First up in the 14-week series is Otto Preminger's 1944 Laura, starring Dana Andrews as a detective who falls in love with a painting of a woman who may not be as dead as everyone thinks. The cast also includes Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price and Judith Anderson.
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By Scott Hettrick and Scott Hettrick,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | October 2, 1992
MY COUSIN VINNYFoxVideo (1992)Joe Pesci must have achieved some sort of record in the past three years for co-starring in more critically and commercially successful films than most actors even have time to watch. After supporting roles in "Goodfellas," "Home Alone" (and its upcoming sequel), "Lethal Weapon 2 and 3" and "JFK," the diminutive Pesci has proven that he can also be commercially viable as the star of comedies, such as "The Super" and "MyCousin Vinny," which earned more than $50 million at theaters this year.
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By Los Angeles Times | January 24, 1991
HOLLYWOOD -- Joe Pesci, winner of two critics' association awards for his supporting performance in "GoodFellas," and Ralph Macchio will star in Palo Vista Productions' "My Cousin Vinny," getting under way Feb. 11 in Georgia.Pesci plays a New York attorney, fresh out of law school, who must defend his cousin in a murder trial. Fred Gwynne, Harissa Tomei, Austin Pendleton, Lane Smith and Mitch Whitfield also star in the comedy written by Dale Launer and directed by British director Jonathan Lynn.
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By STEPHEN HUNTER and STEPHEN HUNTER,Sun Film Critic | September 21, 1990
I like a movie that takes a moral stand. Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas," a violent look at the authentic Mafia, focuses exclusively on the deadly tools of the trade. It makes the clear and resonant point that Italian sausage should be banned.Before and after every hit, these swarthy, laughing tribal barbarians settle down to a hearty meal, a curly tube of dead pig smothered in glops of tomato guts, shreds of pepper, basil, oregano, garlic slices, fennel, fried onion, some Chianti, wads of bread soaked in butter.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | October 4, 1991
TC The character Joe Pesci plays in ''The Super'' seems as though it was written with Danny De Vito in mind, but Pesci has no trouble with it. He's a funny man, which he proved in ''Lethal Weapon,'' the film he just about stole from Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.''The Super,'' like its star, is a funny movie. However, it may offend a few people, those with thin skins, and heaven knows, there are enough of us around.In ''The Super,'' Pesci is the owner of a ghetto apartment building he has allowed to run down.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | March 29, 1994
The biggest news tonight is the premiere of an ABC series that tries its best to reflect the spirit of "Seinfeld," but doesn't come close. It's "These Friends of Mine," the first episode of which contains not one genuine laugh. Also tonight: Joe Pesci on The John Larroquette Show," and a fresh installment of "NYPD Blue."* "The John Larroquette Show" (9-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Guest star Joe Pesci, playing himself, visiting the bus station to research a new movie role and study a really down-on-his-luck loser.
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By Lou Cedrone | November 19, 1990
''Home Alone'' is initially irritating, but once the movie gets under way it atones for the opening portion with continuous laughs.Do you like the Three Stooges? Do you like the Tom and Jerry cartoons? If you do, you'll certainly enjoy the new film, once those initial scenes are spent.John Hughes wrote and produced. He's the man who wrote ''Pretty in Pink'' and ''The Breakfast Club.'' A few years ago, he got away from the ''Brat Pack'' films and began doing things like ''Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
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By Lea Saslav and Lea Saslav,Special to The Sun | March 30, 1994
It's hard to believe that Baltimore-born film director Barry Levinson got fired from his first job waiting tables in Hollywood, a scene that he wrote into his new film, "Jimmy Hollywood," which opens today."
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Staff Writer | March 30, 1994
"Jimmy Hollywood" is director Barry Levinson's attempt to make a movie that simultaneously articulates urban rage and satirizes the film industry. Chalk it up somewhere between "Young Sherlock Holmes" and "Toys" as another of the duds that Levinson tends to make when he strays too far from his home ground of Baltimore.The hero of "Jimmy Hollywood" is Jimmy Alto (Joe Pesci), an ex-tin man from Jersey who's been suckered by the Hollywood (( dream. He's not even an out-of-work actor; he never had any work to begin with.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | March 29, 1994
The biggest news tonight is the premiere of an ABC series that tries its best to reflect the spirit of "Seinfeld," but doesn't come close. It's "These Friends of Mine," the first episode of which contains not one genuine laugh. Also tonight: Joe Pesci on The John Larroquette Show," and a fresh installment of "NYPD Blue."* "The John Larroquette Show" (9-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Guest star Joe Pesci, playing himself, visiting the bus station to research a new movie role and study a really down-on-his-luck loser.
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By Scott Hettrick and Scott Hettrick,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | October 2, 1992
MY COUSIN VINNYFoxVideo (1992)Joe Pesci must have achieved some sort of record in the past three years for co-starring in more critically and commercially successful films than most actors even have time to watch. After supporting roles in "Goodfellas," "Home Alone" (and its upcoming sequel), "Lethal Weapon 2 and 3" and "JFK," the diminutive Pesci has proven that he can also be commercially viable as the star of comedies, such as "The Super" and "MyCousin Vinny," which earned more than $50 million at theaters this year.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | March 13, 1992
In Alabama, Vinny isn't a fish out of water, he's the lawyer from another planet. The planet he's from is Brooklyn, and it might as well be Mars.Vinny is played by Joe Pesci in a combination of brio, bullet-sweating despair, street cunning and occasional idiocy. In "My Cousin Vinny" he's summoned to a small Alabama town to defend his college age cousin (Ralph Macchio, who must be about 40 by now) from a phony murder rap. Imagine his surprise when he learns lawyers are expected to wear coats and ties in court!
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By Dan Rodricks | December 30, 1991
Great lines, punch lines, fabulous oratory and unforgettable yammerings -- the best we heard in 1991. . . .* Sen. Barbara Mikulski, on the Senate floor in June: "I happen to like billboards. I like billboards a lot . . . I have not found billboards to be polluters. They are not a hazardous substance; they are not a toxic substance. I am sure billboards are even recyclable. They do not make noise. They do not end up as a Superfund site; they do not give off emissions; they do not pollute the bay; they do not pollute Baltimore; they do not pollute Maryland.
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By Lea Saslav and Lea Saslav,Special to The Sun | March 30, 1994
It's hard to believe that Baltimore-born film director Barry Levinson got fired from his first job waiting tables in Hollywood, a scene that he wrote into his new film, "Jimmy Hollywood," which opens today."
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | November 16, 1990
'Home Alone'Starring Macaulay Culkin and Joe Pesci.Directed by Chris Columbus.Released by 20th Century Fox.Rated PG. Imagine Alfalfa starring in a Disney remake of that classic of psychotic territoriality, Sam Peckinpah's ultra-violent "Straw Dogs," and you've got a fair approximation of "Home Alone."In Peckinpah's bleak vision of the human condition, a mild liberal wimp hiding from reality on a Cornish farm finally freaked when some British rednecks tried to break into his house: Using everything from a bear trap to a shotgun to boiling water, he waged total war and snuffed them all.In this version, a cute tyke played by Macaulay Culkin is accidentally left home over Christmas vacation, when the house is assailed by two less-than-brilliant thieves.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | October 4, 1991
TC The character Joe Pesci plays in ''The Super'' seems as though it was written with Danny De Vito in mind, but Pesci has no trouble with it. He's a funny man, which he proved in ''Lethal Weapon,'' the film he just about stole from Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.''The Super,'' like its star, is a funny movie. However, it may offend a few people, those with thin skins, and heaven knows, there are enough of us around.In ''The Super,'' Pesci is the owner of a ghetto apartment building he has allowed to run down.
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By Los Angeles Times | January 24, 1991
HOLLYWOOD -- Joe Pesci, winner of two critics' association awards for his supporting performance in "GoodFellas," and Ralph Macchio will star in Palo Vista Productions' "My Cousin Vinny," getting under way Feb. 11 in Georgia.Pesci plays a New York attorney, fresh out of law school, who must defend his cousin in a murder trial. Fred Gwynne, Harissa Tomei, Austin Pendleton, Lane Smith and Mitch Whitfield also star in the comedy written by Dale Launer and directed by British director Jonathan Lynn.
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