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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | August 28, 1993
Someone could do a learned piece for Tikkun magazine on old comedy and new comedy. What's the difference? Well, old comedy used to be funny but now it isn't. Only new comedy is funny. You can tell you're in an old comedy when you're not laughing; it's a dead giveaway.This has been a summer of old comedy. "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" was so old it didn't merit criticism so much as carbon-14 dating. Now comes "Son of the Pink Panther." Old? The script was found in the fossil record by the University of Colorado Department of Paleobotany.
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By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES | February 9, 2009
'Slumdog Millionaire' takes home seven British awards The Slumdog Millionaire juggernaut continues as the drama dominated the British Academy Film Awards, winning seven last night. Slumdog, which revolves around an impoverished Indian teenager, won outstanding film, director for Danny Boyle, adapted screenplay for Simon Beaufoy, music, cinematography, editing and sound. The British Academy Film Awards, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, is considered England's version of the Academy Awards.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | February 6, 2009
If you didn't see the first Steve Martin Pink Panther film, you may wonder when Inspector Clouseau became so smarmy and sentimental. Audiences loved Peter Sellers' Clouseau for being a slapstick loser who struggles to become a winner and often wounds himself in the process. Martin plays him more like a brilliant eccentric who leaves embarrassment and chaos in his wake but comes out smelling like a prom-night carnation, complete with his very own prom queen (Emily Mortimer). Sellers' Clouseau was at his best as a figure of wounded dignity who solved crimes by accident, if at all. Martin's Clouseau is gifted enough to earn the love of a good woman, the loyalty of a sane, robust sidekick (Jean Reno)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | February 6, 2009
If you didn't see the first Steve Martin Pink Panther film, you may wonder when Inspector Clouseau became so smarmy and sentimental. Audiences loved Peter Sellers' Clouseau for being a slapstick loser who struggles to become a winner and often wounds himself in the process. Martin plays him more like a brilliant eccentric who leaves embarrassment and chaos in his wake but comes out smelling like a prom-night carnation, complete with his very own prom queen (Emily Mortimer). Sellers' Clouseau was at his best as a figure of wounded dignity who solved crimes by accident, if at all. Martin's Clouseau is gifted enough to earn the love of a good woman, the loyalty of a sane, robust sidekick (Jean Reno)
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | February 13, 2006
"I don't know if I like being famous. But I've been famous for a long time, since I was 15, and I'm not sure how it feels not to be famous." Singer and actress Beyonce Knowles, who stars in The Pink Panther
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | February 10, 2006
Steve Martin ties himself into a Gordian knot trying to play Inspector Clouseau in Shawn Levy's The Pink Panther. He's the latest gifted comic actor to pale to near-invisibility before the memory of Peter Sellers, who created the French detective whose only genius is for idiocy. Hardly anyone noticed that the great Alan Arkin played the title role of Bud Yorkin's Inspector Clouseau (1968). And in 1983, when the director of all Sellers' Clouseau movies, Blake Edwards, introduced a promising light comedian named Ted Wass as Clouseau's American successor, the title proved all too prescient - The Curse of the Pink Panther.
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By Terry Lawson and Terry Lawson,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | April 15, 2004
I cannot say with any conviction that Steve Martin is the ideal choice to play one of the great comic creations of the 20th century, the bumbling French Inspector Clouseau, in the long-gestating revival of the Pink Panther franchise. As gifted as Martin may be, he is the John Wayne of comedy, always Steve Martin in whatever role he plays - even Silas Marner. My personal choice was Kevin Kline (a look at A Fish Called Wanda should make the case), and I would have also been hopeful about Kevin Spacey, who apparently gave it semi-serious consideration.
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May 28, 1995
Isadore "Fritz" Freleng, 89, animator of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and other loveable cartoon characters, died Friday in Los Angeles.No cause of death was released.During 30 years at Warner Bros., he gave life to Sylvester and Tweety Bird, Speedy Gonzalez and Yosemite Sam.He went on to create the Pink Panther after Warner closed its internal animation department in 1963.He won Academy Awards for four of his Warner Bros. cartoons, "Tweety Pie" in 1947, "Speedy Gonzalez" in 1955, "Birds Anonymous" in 1957 and "Knighty Knight Bugs" in 1958.
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February 3, 2006
CURIOUS GEORGE -- (Universal Pictures) The story of a little, inquisitive monkey who gets himself into mischief and the Man in the Yellow Hat who must get him out. THE BOYS OF BARAKA -- (THINKFilm) At-risk children from Baltimore are sent to an experimental African school, where they discover inner strength. THE PINK PANTHER -- (MGM Pictures/Columbia Pictures) Steve Martin steps into the shoes of klutzy, clueless Inspector Clouseau. FIREWALL -- (Warner Bros.) A security specialist (Harrison Ford)
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 9, 2006
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride [Warner] $29 The iconoclastic director teams up with muse Johnny Depp for this quirky stop-motion animated film about a shy young man who finds himself in the underworld, where he is betrothed to a corpse bride. Music is by Danny Elfman. The DVD doesn't include commentary from Burton, but the documentaries that explore the lavish production are a cut above the norm. Hill Street Blues: The Complete First Season [Fox] $40 The groundbreaking 1981-1987 NBC drama scored 98 Emmy nominations, receiving eight awards in its first season.
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October 22, 2006
PRINCESS IRENE GALITZINE, 90 Fashion designer Princess Irene Galitzine, a descendant of Russian nobility who founded a glamorous fashion house in Italy and popularized ornate pants as evening wear in the 1960s, died Friday at her home in Rome. She was believed to be 90. Princess Galitzine's couture collections, shown in a Roman villa, were once praised as the social highlight of the fashion season. Her most famous design was the evening pants she introduced in Florence about a decade after starting her company.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | February 13, 2006
"I don't know if I like being famous. But I've been famous for a long time, since I was 15, and I'm not sure how it feels not to be famous." Singer and actress Beyonce Knowles, who stars in The Pink Panther
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | February 10, 2006
Steve Martin ties himself into a Gordian knot trying to play Inspector Clouseau in Shawn Levy's The Pink Panther. He's the latest gifted comic actor to pale to near-invisibility before the memory of Peter Sellers, who created the French detective whose only genius is for idiocy. Hardly anyone noticed that the great Alan Arkin played the title role of Bud Yorkin's Inspector Clouseau (1968). And in 1983, when the director of all Sellers' Clouseau movies, Blake Edwards, introduced a promising light comedian named Ted Wass as Clouseau's American successor, the title proved all too prescient - The Curse of the Pink Panther.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 9, 2006
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride [Warner] $29 The iconoclastic director teams up with muse Johnny Depp for this quirky stop-motion animated film about a shy young man who finds himself in the underworld, where he is betrothed to a corpse bride. Music is by Danny Elfman. The DVD doesn't include commentary from Burton, but the documentaries that explore the lavish production are a cut above the norm. Hill Street Blues: The Complete First Season [Fox] $40 The groundbreaking 1981-1987 NBC drama scored 98 Emmy nominations, receiving eight awards in its first season.
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February 3, 2006
CURIOUS GEORGE -- (Universal Pictures) The story of a little, inquisitive monkey who gets himself into mischief and the Man in the Yellow Hat who must get him out. THE BOYS OF BARAKA -- (THINKFilm) At-risk children from Baltimore are sent to an experimental African school, where they discover inner strength. THE PINK PANTHER -- (MGM Pictures/Columbia Pictures) Steve Martin steps into the shoes of klutzy, clueless Inspector Clouseau. FIREWALL -- (Warner Bros.) A security specialist (Harrison Ford)
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By Terry Lawson and Terry Lawson,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | April 15, 2004
I cannot say with any conviction that Steve Martin is the ideal choice to play one of the great comic creations of the 20th century, the bumbling French Inspector Clouseau, in the long-gestating revival of the Pink Panther franchise. As gifted as Martin may be, he is the John Wayne of comedy, always Steve Martin in whatever role he plays - even Silas Marner. My personal choice was Kevin Kline (a look at A Fish Called Wanda should make the case), and I would have also been hopeful about Kevin Spacey, who apparently gave it semi-serious consideration.
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October 22, 2006
PRINCESS IRENE GALITZINE, 90 Fashion designer Princess Irene Galitzine, a descendant of Russian nobility who founded a glamorous fashion house in Italy and popularized ornate pants as evening wear in the 1960s, died Friday at her home in Rome. She was believed to be 90. Princess Galitzine's couture collections, shown in a Roman villa, were once praised as the social highlight of the fashion season. Her most famous design was the evening pants she introduced in Florence about a decade after starting her company.
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By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES | February 9, 2009
'Slumdog Millionaire' takes home seven British awards The Slumdog Millionaire juggernaut continues as the drama dominated the British Academy Film Awards, winning seven last night. Slumdog, which revolves around an impoverished Indian teenager, won outstanding film, director for Danny Boyle, adapted screenplay for Simon Beaufoy, music, cinematography, editing and sound. The British Academy Film Awards, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, is considered England's version of the Academy Awards.
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By Dan Rodricks | January 24, 2003
I HAD TO see it to believe it. I did, and I do. Lou Walston, the almost-octogenarian magician, can make a Kennedy half-dollar disappear. I swear to God, it's magic. I was standing right there, at the front counter of Lou's Funhouse Magic Shop on Eastern Avenue, in a seen-better-days shopping strip just over the city line, and Lou engaged in the best sleight of hand I have ever seen. Except that it wasn't sleight of hand. It was magic. Believe, Baltimore. The shiny half-dollar went into Lou's right hand and never came out. I stood 18 inches away, staring dead-on at Mr. Lou's every move.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | April 14, 1997
Is this the end of "Relativity"?"Relativity" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The season closes with Isabel and Leo maybe on the skids. Could old boyfriend Everett be making the comeback of the year? Has Isabel really decided she needs to do without men for a while? And what about those tangled romantic webs her sisters have weaved? Of course, all of this begs the bigger question: Do enough people care to bring this show back for a sophomore season? Don't bet on it. ABC."Boston Common" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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