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Special to The TimesThomas Haden Church is a man of contradictions. He's gamely appeared in a posh hotel dining room to talk about his new movie, "Smart People," but home on his Texas ranch is clearly where his heart is: His worn long underwear peeks out from a freshly...
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer"Leatherheads," last weekend's release starring George Clooney and Renee Zellweger, was the kind of quirky movie that needed help from critics despite its prominent cast. Instead, Universal Pictures' screwball-football comedy, a period piece aimed at...
"Smart People" is a smart movie, but it's not smart enough. So much effort was put into the snappy dialogue that no one noticed the story falls apart in the final 20 minutes. The big brain of the film is Lawrence Wetherhold ( Dennis Quaid). He's one of...
Zap2It.comAMC is picking up its critically acclaimed series "Mad Men," ensuring a future for original shows on the network. The cable channel is set to order 13 episodes of the show, set in the world of advertising circa 1960, to premiere next summer. AMC isn't...
Times Staff WriterOffering little in the way of sophistication or memorable characters, the disappointingly pedestrian computer-animated "Over the Hedge" will be more entertaining for little tykes than their older siblings and parents, and would not seem out of place on...
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Zap2It.comNote to cable network executives: If you want to goose your ratings, make a western movie. That's what the folks at AMC did with "Broken Trail," and the result was the most-watched program in the channel's history. The two-part film, which stars...
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Times Staff WritersComplete list of winners, nominees PHOTO GALLERY: From the red carpet PHOTO GALLERY: Scenes from the show "The Aviator" soared — sort of. "Million Dollar Baby" decked the competition — but wasn't a knockout. "Sideways" uncorked a couple...
Los Angeles TimesHOLLYWOOD - The Aviator, an old-fashioned Hollywood epic about Howard Hughes' obsessions, romances and crippling neuroses, captured 11 nominations to top all contenders for next month's 77th annual Academy Awards, including best picture, best actor for...
Times Staff WriterSUPPORTING ACTOR VIDEO: | After a long, accomplished career and four Oscar nominations, Morgan Freeman won a standing ovation from academy members as he accepted the best supporting actor award Sunday, his first, for his role in "Million Dollar Baby."...
Times Staff WriterThe IFP Independent Spirit Awards raised a glass to "Sideways" Saturday afternoon with six major awards: best feature, director, screenplay, actor, supporting actress and actor. The dark, acerbic comedy about two losers on a road trip to the Santa...
Times Film Critic"Watch out for that tree!" people are always screaming at George of the Jungle, and not without reason. Plucky but maladroit, this Tarzan knockoff is liable to bang into almost anything but, like those old Timex watches, he takes a licking and keeps on...
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TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday September 22, 2000 "The Specials" is an unfortunate name for a film that's anything but. It's all talk and no action in the most literal sense, yet its title refers to a team of superhumans dedicated to putting their unusual powers in the...
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