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2009-08-28 15:13:13

Hollywood's DreamWorks Studios has acquired the rights to the late Michael Crichton's last manuscript, a 17th century pirate yarn. Variety said Steven Spielberg will produce and may direct the big-screen adaptation of Pirate Latitudes, a novel to be published Nov. 24. Crichton, the author of The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park and Congo, died last November. David Koepp, who penned the movies The Paper, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Angels...

2008-09-28 12:00:25

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot A GROUCHY DENTIST who sees dead people does not, upon first thought, inspire gales of laughter. Yet, when the part is played by plump, deadpan British comic Ricky Gervais, there are possibilities. Most of them are amply realized in "Ghost Town," a likable Capraesque comedy. There is that word again: Capraesque. It, of course, refers to the legendary director Frank Capra, who regularly turned out comedies about everyday people who...

2008-09-26 18:00:36

YOUR Chronicle has arranged to give you the opportunity to see a special preview of this exciting new film before it opens in cinemas on October 24, 2008. Starring: Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, Tea Leoni. Directed by: David Koepp. Written by: David Koepp (screenplay), John Kamps (screenplay). In the romantic comedy Ghost Town, Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais), is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven...

2008-09-25 17:46:34

By SCOTT A. MAY At a time when bad vibes and cynicism seem to rule the box office, movies like "Ghost Town" feel like a breath of fresh air. Contrived and derivative as it is, this lightweight romantic comedy has a lot of heart, in all the right places. The movie was co-written and directed by David Koepp, one of the better mainstream screenwriters working in Hollywood today. His previous output is impressive, including "Death Becomes Her,""Jurassic Park,""Carlito's Way,""Spider-Man" and...

2008-09-19 15:00:33

By Bob Strauss Striking just the right balance between sarcastic and sweet, "Ghost Town" breathes new life into supernatural comedy. A decent script from director David Koepp and John Kamps is enhanced by expert ad-libbing from Ricky Gervais, the star-creator of TV's original "Office" and "Extras." Gervais plays Bertram Pincus, an English dentist on New York's Upper East Side who can't stand people, really, and has arranged his life to limit contact with them as much as possible. But...

2008-09-19 09:00:25

By Jeff Vice Deseret News GHOST TOWN -- *** -- Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, Tea Leoni; rated PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, drugs, violence, slurs, nude art) In "Ghost Town," Ricky Gervais sees dead people. And he speaks to them. And he takes advice from them, as well as dispensing some advice to them. Admittedly, that doesn't seem like the smartest idea for a comedy -- especially not for a romantic comedy. But this rather cheeky fantasy makes the concept work. It's surprisingly charming...

2008-09-19 06:00:21

By Claudia Puig There's nothing otherworldly about the super, natural performances in Ghost Town, led by the distinctively edgy and witty British comedian Ricky Gervais. Audiences who already know and appreciate Gervais' talents from the British version of The Office or HBO's Extras will get a special treat here as he proves himself an offbeat but undeniably charming leading man. Those who don't know him will no doubt want to get acquainted. Ghost Town, written and directed by David...

2008-09-18 21:00:19

By Jeff Simon It was called "the funniest show on television" by many people, including David Letterman who, presumably, knows one or two things about "funny." We're talking about the original BBC version of "The Office" created by and starring Ricky Gervais. And a funny man Gervais is indeed. Picture him with some of the cast and the director and co-writer of "Ghost Town" at the Toronto Film Festival. It's a news conference for the film. To David Koepp, the film's director and...

2008-09-18 18:00:34

By Roger Moore REVIEW Ghost Town HHH RATING: PG-13 (some strong language, sexual humor and drug references) DIRECTOR: David Koepp CAST: Ricky Gervais, Tea Leoni, Greg Kinnear and Kristen Wiig THEATER: Marquee Cinemas "Ghost Town" serves as a very nice vehicle for the comedy stylings of Ricky Gervais, the Brit originator of "The Office" and showbiz savvy (not really) star of "Extras." Gervais does clueless, wounded misanthropy well, and his "Ghost Town" character, Dr. Bertram Pincus, is...

2008-09-09 15:00:24

By DUANE DUDEK Toronto -- Even after the excitement of Johnny Depp and the filming of "Public Enemies" in Wisconsin, it is still news of note when two guys from Waukesha County make a major Hollywood film. It's a comedy called "Ghost Town," it stars Ricky Gervais and Greg Kinnear, and it opens Sept. 19, though it had its world premiere over the weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival. One of the two guys, Pewaukee native David Koepp, is the well- known screenwriter of...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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