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Special to The TimesMaybe it's the trains. Maybe it's the camels. Maybe it's the intermission. No matter: Something about "Eklavya: The Royal Guard" suggests a lost film by David Lean. With some muted echoes of "Hamlet." And a whiff of "Rigoletto." Like so many Indian...
Zap2It.comEarly in "Liza with a Z: A Concert for Television" -- the Emmy-winning 1972 music special Showtime will air in a digitally restored version on Saturday, April 1 -- there's a revelatory moment that vividly crystallizes the question of what makes Liza...
Maurice Jarre, the French-born composer who won Oscars for his powerfully evocative scores for the David Lean epics "Lawrence of Arabia, "Doctor Zhivago and "A Passage to India," has died. He was 84. Jarre died in his sleep Saturday at his home in Malibu...
Try to Tell the Story A Memoir David Thomson Alfred A. Knopf: 214 pp., $23.95 "One thing about that lad," David Thomson's grandmother once announced, "you can always take him to see a picture. Then he's happy for a couple of hours." The young Thomson,...
Los Angeles TimesDarren McGavin, an Emmy-winning actor who worked almost constantly in television for almost 50 years and made an enduring mark on popular culture as the grizzled has-been crime reporter in the 1970s series "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," has died. He was...
"The Queen" garnered 10 nominations Friday, dominating the British version of the Academy Awards with nods for best film, best British film, best director, best screenplay, best actress and best supporting actor. The latest James Bond thriller, "Casino...
Zap2It.comFilm producer Carlo Ponti, the husband of screen legend Sophia Loren, has died. He was 94. The filmmaker had been hospitalized 10 days ago in Geneva, Switzerland for pulmonary complications and died overnight (Jan. 9), report news souces. Ponti produced...
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Special to The TimesSteven Spielberg, who at 22 was hired by Universal to a long-term contract, started out his career as the teacher's pet of the Movie Brat generation. With the unveiling of his first Indiana Jones escapade in 19 years today at Cannes, he's proffering yet...
Times Staff WriterOne of the few pleasures consistently denied modern children is the opportunity to wallow for an hour or two in tales of childhood angst and horror unencumbered by pluck or uplift. Whether this is an accurate reflection of contemporary childhood (at least...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterBefore the Devil Knows You're Dead ThinkFilm, $27.98 Kelly Masterson's screenplay for "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" elevates the hackneyed "crime story with a jumbled timeline" gimmick by using a fractured narrative to show how people want to...
Tribune movie criticThere's an old cliche of movie history that really fits this year's movies: The films of 2005 -- especially the best ones -- kept shifting between the two great movie extremes of realism and fantasy. Sometimes, they plunged us into harsh truth, as with...
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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterOscar-winning director David Lean was so obsessed with making movies that, lying on his deathbed 17 years ago, he was still determined to film "Nostromo," an epic drama based on the novel by Joseph Conrad. "The day before he died I visited him,"...
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