March 8, 2008
If you?re tired of watching boring real-life NBA games, lace up your sneakers and buy a ticket for ?Semi-Pro.? It?s a minor league comedy with major league talent and a must see for basketball fans and people who love Will Ferrell. It won?t end up in the Hall of Fame, but it does provide enough laughs to cover Matt?s entertainment spread. Jackie Moon (Ferrell) is the owner, promoter and flashy-dressing veteran player of the American Basketball Assn.?s Flint Tropics. After the 1976 season, the ABA is going to merge with the NBA, but only four teams from the struggling league will make the transition.
October 9, 2002
PRODUCERS CAPITALIZE ON THE SERIES' PAST SUCCESSES Stephen Saito is a graduate of Burbank High School and attends the University of Texas at Austin as a junior. He also serves as the entertainment editor for The Daily Texan. If it wasn't bad enough that there was already a masterful take on Thomas Harris' "Red Dragon" made in 1985, director Brett Ratner's sad, stupid and outright silly re-imagining of the same material is made worse by the film's purely capitalistic motives.
September 4, 2002
MOVIE IS CONFUSING FROM MINUTE ONE Michael Arvizu is a sound designer for Company of Angeles Theatre in Silver Lake and is associate and online editor for El Vaquero, Glendale Community College's student newspaper. It seems that the Internet can not only violate your privacy but it can also kill you. A visually intense film, there is something to be said about a Web site that can produce that much blood and gore, proving that there are indeed much better places to visit on the Web -- and much better movies to see as the summer wanes.
February 4, 2004
Justin Rubin, 18, is a senior at Glendale High School. Move along folks, nothing new to see here. "The Big Bounce" isn't exactly a bad film, but if you have seen a caper film in the last 10 years, chances are you have seen this movie before. Based upon the popular Elmore Leonard novel, the film is standard fare all the way through. Drifter and petty thief Owen Wilson gets caught up in a con game to rob $200,000 from his former boss on the island of Hawaii.
May 19, 2004
Jeff Klemzak of La Crescenta owns a roofing business. "Troy", the latest endeavor of director Wolfgang Petersen, is a rousing action adventure flick and a real crowd pleaser. This film reminded me of the cast-of- thousands extravaganzas that were popular years ago with enough fast-paced action to capture the imagination of filmgoers of any age. One of the battle scenes features large fiery spheres made of wood rails and pitch hurtling down a steep hill at night into the camp of the enemy.
February 23, 2005
Send DATEBOOK items to the News-Press and Leader, 111 W. Wilson Ave., Suite 200, Glendale, CA, 91203 or fax to (818) 241-1975. Submissions must be received two weeks before publication. TODAY Clickers and Flickers presents "Avant-Garde Night Photography: A Look Behind Compositing and Digital Imaging" presented by Mark A. Dornfeld, photographer and motion pictures special effects artist, during its dinner meeting from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at The Castaway, 1250 Harvard Road, Burbank.
February 26, 2003
Maurice Barnfather of Burbank is a freelance journalist. Director Alan Parker ("Midnight Express") does not shy from controversial subjects. "The Life of David Gale," and its exploration of the moral justification and effectiveness as a deterrent to murder of the death penalty, is no exception. Gale (Kevin Spacey) is a self-pitying, alcoholic philosophy professor implacably opposed to the death penalty who finds himself on Texas' death row with four days before his scheduled execution for the sadistic murder of Constance (Laura Linney)
January 8, 2003
Billie Nichols of Burbank is a Realtor associate. Retiring after a moderately successful career as an insurance executive, Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) reflects on his 42-year marriage of tedium, with the exception of a daughter he loves. He begins a journey of life, with stress, boredom and periodic levity. He faces death and a wedding he wishes would not happen. Hoping to find himself along the way, he bungles, tells white lies, but remains sane and undaunted.
June 25, 2003
Stephen Saito is a junior attending the University of Texas at Austin and a graduate of Burbank High School. Many comic book incarnations that have graced movie theaters in recent years have had success in treating their source material with proper respect. However, not only does director Ang Lee respect the origins for his latest film the "Hulk," but also should be credited for being the first director to truly turn the film into a living, breathing comic book, with deft editing that mimics the patterns of comic book panels.
October 18, 2000
Paul Clinton MEDIA CITY CENTER -- Riding high after a robust opening weekend, Burbank International Children's Film Festival organizers say the event is a bona fide hit. The festival, in its inaugural year, scored with area residents who filled the screening rooms over the weekend to more than 60% capacity, co-founder Suzanne Shoemaker said. Most festivals struggle to fill 10% of their open seats. "It was great," Shoemaker said. "We were way beyond what we projected.