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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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By From Sun news services | December 12, 2008
Jerry Lewis to receive special Oscar for his humanitarian efforts Jerry Lewis will get his first Oscar on Feb. 22 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 82-year-old comic actor with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which recognizes humanitarian efforts that have brought credit to the film industry. An actor, director, writer and producer, Lewis made his big-screen debut in 1949's My Friend Irma and gained fame for his movies with partner Dean Martin. He has been national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association since 1952 and has raised more than $2 billion for the cause through his annual Labor Day telethon.
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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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May 19, 2005
"One day I'm just a normal kid who was an actor, and the next day people are hiding under bushes trying to take your picture." -- Macaulay Culkin, testifying at Michael Jackson's trial
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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 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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May 19, 2005
"One day I'm just a normal kid who was an actor, and the next day people are hiding under bushes trying to take your picture." -- Macaulay Culkin, testifying at Michael Jackson's trial
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | February 24, 1996
All sorts of adorable creatures on display today: Robert Redford, Elle Macpherson, Macaulay Culkin, giant pandas. Should be something for everyone.* "Stride for Glory" (3 p.m.-4 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- As a history of African-American athletes in the Olympic games, this show surely will focus on all manner of greats: Muhammad Ali, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph. Included will be a look at George Poage, who in 1904 became the first African-American medalist. NBC.lTC * "Screen Actors Guild Awards" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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By From Sun news services | December 12, 2008
Jerry Lewis to receive special Oscar for his humanitarian efforts Jerry Lewis will get his first Oscar on Feb. 22 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 82-year-old comic actor with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which recognizes humanitarian efforts that have brought credit to the film industry. An actor, director, writer and producer, Lewis made his big-screen debut in 1949's My Friend Irma and gained fame for his movies with partner Dean Martin. He has been national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association since 1952 and has raised more than $2 billion for the cause through his annual Labor Day telethon.
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By Susan Stewart and Susan Stewart,Knight-Ridder News Service | December 15, 1992
Because Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen of ABC's "Full House" are 6 years old, and have the third-highest Q rating on TV, and because their recent Sunday TV movie did a whopping 28 share even though it was up against CBS's "60 Minutes." . . . Because of all these things, and because the twins' mother is concerned with "the normalcy factor," talking to the twins on the phone was a challenge.First we talked to the PR person for the twins' first record ("Brother for Sale," 12 playful and humorous songs, available on CD and cassette)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | April 18, 1997
Think you're ready to out-police the police? Check out CBS tonight."JAG" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Harm (David James Elliott) ticks off Mac (Catherine Bell) by suggesting she's letting her personal feelings get in the way of her job, which is defending an admitted wife-abuser charged with murdering his wife's boyfriend. Plot contrivance: Harm's prosecuting the case. CBS."Cold Case" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Think you can do better than the police? That's the idea here, as viewers are introduced to three unsolved murders, provided with all sorts of evidence and other materials (both via the show and an Internet Web site, www.coldcase.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | February 24, 1996
All sorts of adorable creatures on display today: Robert Redford, Elle Macpherson, Macaulay Culkin, giant pandas. Should be something for everyone.* "Stride for Glory" (3 p.m.-4 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- As a history of African-American athletes in the Olympic games, this show surely will focus on all manner of greats: Muhammad Ali, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph. Included will be a look at George Poage, who in 1904 became the first African-American medalist. NBC.lTC * "Screen Actors Guild Awards" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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By Mike Klingaman | January 14, 1996
Tim Suhrstedt learned of his Emmy Award the same way he earned it: without fanfare.Mr. Suhrstedt, a Hollywood cinematographer, was on the road, scouting out a desolate film location in North Carolina last September when he got the news from his 7-year-old daughter."
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By SUSAN REIMER | December 13, 1994
Help me. I am trapped in Ballet Purgatory with a giant nutcracker and I can't get out.I have been here since early September, when my daughter was cast to dance the role of a mouse in the Annapolis Ballet Theater's excellent production of Tchaikovsky's holiday ballet.I am not alone in the wings of this stage. There are 23 other mouse mothers, in addition to the mothers of the 24 Christmas children, 14 toy soldiers, 12 cherubs, six sweetettes and six gingerbreads.That doesn't count the children singing and tap-dancing across town in The Talent Machine Company's production of "Holiday Magic."
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By MIKE LITTWIN | September 19, 1994
Bill Clinton didn't go to war -- again. I don't think anybody minds this time.It isn't that he wasn't ready.I saw him on TV last week, giving that speech about how the Haitians had better watch out -- or else. He had on his good suit. And if he looked a little young to be a commander-in-chief -- in fact, the more I looked at him, the more like he looked like Macaulay Culkin -- he looked firm.Still, there were jokes. This is Bill Clinton after all.Meaning Letterman weighed in with this line: The clearest sign that American forces were about to attack Haiti was that Clinton had just enrolled for classes at Oxford.
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By Philip Wuntch and Philip Wuntch,Dallas Morning News | August 19, 1994
Nothing's more public than a show business flop."Every newspaper in the country prints those weekend box-office figures," Bruce Willis said earlier this year. "I was getting groceries right after 'Hudson Hawk' opened, and the checker said, 'Jeez, I'm sorry your movie didn't even do $10 million.' "As Mr. Willis sadly learned, there's no sound louder than a holiday thud. And in Hollywood, summertime is the biggest holiday of all. The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day either congeals into a megabucks celebration or disintegrates into a disastrous blob.
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By Jay Boyar and Jay Boyar,Orlando Sentinel | August 5, 1994
Not all movie history requires commemoration and reclamation.Producer Hal Roach's "Little Rascals" comedies of the '20s, '30s and '40s are, for example, best left unsung. Flat, repetitive and (by today's standards) politically incorrect, these moldy short subjects (also known collectively as the "Our Gang" series) feature a motley crew of kids who play endless silly tricks on one another.Buster Keaton, they aren't.Just why Universal Pictures has decided to revive the antique kiddie concept as a feature film is even more of a mystery than why "Lassie" and "Black Beauty" recently have been resuscitated.
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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 Jay Boyar and Jay Boyar,Orlando Sentinel | August 5, 1994
Not all movie history requires commemoration and reclamation.Producer Hal Roach's "Little Rascals" comedies of the '20s, '30s and '40s are, for example, best left unsung. Flat, repetitive and (by today's standards) politically incorrect, these moldy short subjects (also known collectively as the "Our Gang" series) feature a motley crew of kids who play endless silly tricks on one another.Buster Keaton, they aren't.Just why Universal Pictures has decided to revive the antique kiddie concept as a feature film is even more of a mystery than why "Lassie" and "Black Beauty" recently have been resuscitated.
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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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