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Times Staff WriterOscar winner Hayao Miyazaki creates a visually breathtaking fantasy world with 'Howl's Moving Castle.' We hear it before we see it, moving ponderously with heavy, thudding steps: Something big is coming our way. Clanging, banging, wheezing, it's something...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe premiere of the fourth and final season of Sci Fi's "Battlestar Galactica" is Friday, and if you think I am going to write anything like a review of it, you are crazy. Because "Battlestar" is one of Those Shows, the kind that have conventions and...
From Times and Wire ReportsGary Gygax, who co-created the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons and helped start the role-playing phenomenon, died Tuesday at his home in Lake Geneva, Wis. He was 69. He had been suffering from health problems for several years, including an abdominal...
Tags: Genres, Education, Gaming, Fiction, University of Chicago
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterFebruary 14, 2008 With character names like Hogsqueal, Mulgarath and Thimbletack, it's got to be derivative. So it's not altogether surprising that Mark Waters' ("Freaky Friday," "Mean Girls") adaptation of "The Spiderwick Chronicles" suffers slightly...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIf there's a lesson to be learned from the fantasy adventure "The Seeker," it's that when Ian McShane tells you not to do something, you really should listen. In this dreary, spectacle-driven adaptation of "The Dark Is Rising," the second novel in...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAbyzantine doomsday freakout that also somehow feels eerily familiar, "Southland Tales" is Richard Kelly's panoptic denunciation (or sendup, it's hard to tell) of the imminent, oil crisis-fueled apocalypse as seen from Los Angeles. The movie was booed...
Times Staff WriterAs a boy growing up in the 1950s, Steven Spielberg was always watching the skies. He experienced meteor showers with his father, enjoyed space dramas like "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and dreamed, he told friends, of being the Cecil B. DeMille of...
Forrest J Ackerman, who influenced a generation of young horror-movie fans with Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine and spent a lifetime amassing what has been called the world's largest personal collection of science-fiction and fantasy memorabilia, has...
Tags: Texas, Science, Steven Spielberg, Vincent Price, Entertainment
There are three problems with Bill Maher's new movie mocking faith: It misunderstands religion, misconceives God and gets human nature all wrong. I have a fantasy of a counter-movie. I would travel around the world and interview every scientist with a...
Tribune staff reporter"In Season: Cooking with Vegetables and Fruits" By Sarah Raven (Universe, $40) What it is: "In Season," a garden-to-table cookbook from Sarah Raven, gardening expert and presenter on the long-running BBC television show "Gardener's World," aims to...
Charles H. Schneer, a film producer best known for his influential collaboration on several movies with special effects genius Ray Harryhausen, has died. He was 88. Schneer died Wednesday at a hospice in Boca Raton, Fla., according to his daughter Stacey...
Sentinel Movie CriticChris Weitz is a moviemaker on the spot. He has just directed a multimillion dollar movie fantasy, The Golden Compass, which opens around the world today. And nobody seems willing to let him enjoy it. William Donohue of The Catholic League —...
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