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Los Angeles Times Staff WritersOn a day when NBC's Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien dealt a blow to striking film and television writers by announcing that they would cross the picket line to go back on the air -- and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel prepared to do the same -- the Writers Guild of America...
Special to the TimesI'M an English guy who's been in L.A. for 16 years. I work here. My children were born here. And still I don't drive. Some people find this … puzzling. "But why?" they ask. "Why don't you drive?" "I'm really not sure," I say. "I've spent thousands of...
Times Staff And Wire ReportsJ.G. Ballard, one of the most inventive of the new wave of British science fiction writers to emerge in the 1960s who was best known for the autobiographical novel "Empire of the Sun," died Sunday, his agent said. He was 78. He had been ill "for...
Zap2It.comDavid Cronenberg is in negotiations to direct "The Matarese Circle," a thriller set to star Denzel Washington. The MGM production is based on a 1979 spy novel by Robert Ludlum and would mark the latest zig (or zag) in Cronenberg's zig-zagging directorial...
Zap2It.comThe movie "Crash" -- no, not the David Cronenberg one -- is set to become a small screen series. The Oscar-winning best picture will be Starz' first original drama series, returning much of the film's behind-the-scenes talent, including director, co-...
Tags: Brendan Fraser, Starz, LLC, Movies, Entertainment, Matt Dillon
Zap2It.comDavid Cronenberg has always had something to say about the grotesque transformations that result when science and technology transgress the flesh, and the ensuing social breakdown. But there was a time when he spoke about it in the language of...
Zap2It.comFOX has given a series commitment to "Fringe," based on a sci-fi spec script by J.J. Abrams and regular collaborators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. According to the industry trade papers, "Fringe" will now shoot a two-hour pilot budgeted in the $10-...
Special to The TimesAmong movie fright-fans, one of the most currently fashionable varietals is French horror. Seemingly inspired by the art-directed aeries and commercial instincts of Luc Besson, this new group of Gallic gorehounds fashions films that are always stylish,...
Tags: Entertainment, Movies, Luc Besson, Parker Posey, Jessica Alba
Alex Graves has come on board to direct the high profile, two-hour pilot for "Fringe," a FOX drama created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. FOX won a bidding war for "Fringe" back in early October, giving a series commitment to the science...
Tags: FBI, Fringe (tv program), J.J. Abrams, Drama (genre), Television
Times Music CriticTwo years ago, a bass-baritone covered in gook stalked the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. That was the medieval monster in Elliot Goldenthal's "Grendel," commissioned by Los Angeles Opera. Sunday afternoon, a baritone covered in gook again...
Zap2It.comNaomi Watts has booked the female lead in "The International," an action thriller set to star Clive Owen. Tom Tykwer ("Run, Lola, Run") is directing the Columbia Pictures release. Owen plays an Interpol agent whose investigation into a powerful...
Zap2It.comGet ready for the most disturbing exploding heads you've even seen when Darren Lynn Bousman remakes David Cronenberg's "Scanners." According to Variety, the "Saw II," "Saw III" and soon-to-be "Saw IV" director will take the helm of the new version of...
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