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2008-07-25 09:00:57

By Jeff Vice Deseret News THE WACKNESS -- ** -- Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley, Olivia Thirlby; rated R (drugs, sex, profanity, vulgarity, brief nudity, slurs) If you listened to the huge Sundance Film Festival publicity blitz and the subsequent prerelease hype, you'd be led to believe that "The Wackness" was fresher than the majority of cinematic coming-of-age tales. But if you see it based on that idea, you might be wondering what all those people were smoking. There's nothing really new...

2008-07-20 12:00:30

By Marian Liu, Seattle Times Jul. 20--Kimya Dawson's songs are like hugs. They're comforting and yet fearless, assuring you that everything is going to be OK. The Olympia resident was stormed with offers after her music landed on the soundtrack of the indie hit "Juno." But the 35-year-old is happy to hold fast to her roots -- remaining on her indie Olympia label, K Records, renting her house and driving a minivan. Her latest album, "Alphabutt," comes out on that label Sept. 9,...

2008-07-16 18:00:41

By LEONARD PITTS JR. So all we know for sure is that something happened in Gloucester, Mass. What that something was depends on whom you believe. Last month on its Web site, Time magazine quoted Gloucester High principal Joseph Sullivan as saying that, of 17 girls who became pregnant during the school year, nearly half did so as part of a "pact" to have and raise their babies together. Sue Todd, president of a group that runs a day care at the school, told Time she had heard a similar...

2008-07-13 00:00:14

By Paul Brownfield HOLLYWOOD -- On a recent weekday morning, Jason Bateman was easily the most recognizable actor among the actors and wannabe actors hiking in the canyons above Hollywood. The former child TV star ("Silver Spoons") and late-teens cute-boy ("The Hogan Family") had with him Goose, a feisty French bulldog, and Dwayne, a mellower Brussels Griffon. Long the younger and lesser-known of the Bateman siblings (his sister, Justine, was Mallory on the '80s sitcom "Family Ties"),...

2008-07-11 15:00:31

By LEN RIGHI, MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS WHO: Ani DiFranco with Kimya Dawson. WHAT: Indie-folk. WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday. WHERE: United Palace, 4140 Broadway, Manhattan; Ticketmaster or theunitedpalace.com. HOW MUCH: $25-$49. WHERE TO HEAR: kimyadaw son.com. Since nine of her songs were featured in the hit 2007 movie "Juno" and made up the bulk of the film's hit soundtrack album (it reached No. 1 on the Billboard chart in January), Kimya Dawson has requested only one thing: That...

2008-07-10 21:00:20

By PAUL BROWNFIELD HOLLYWOOD - On a recent weekday morning, Jason Bateman was easily the most recognizable actor among the actors and wannabe actors hiking in the canyons above Hollywood. The former child TV star ("Silver Spoons") and late-teens cute-boy ("The Hogan Family") had with him Goose, a feisty French bulldog, and Dwayne, a mellower Brussels Griffon. Long the younger and lesser-known of the Bateman siblings (his sister, Justine, was Mallory on the '80s sitcom "Family Ties"),...

2008-07-07 21:00:17

Olivia Thirlby may have caught our eyes as Leah, the best friend of Juno MacGuff (played by Ellen Page) in Diablo Cody's mega indie hit "Juno," but she stars alongside Josh Peck in the new film "The Wackness" by director Jonathan Levine. "I shot this movie before `Juno' came out, so I was pretty much an unknown actor when I got this part and made this movie . . . it's kind of funny to have seen all the `Juno' stuff happen," Thirlby said. In the Wacky Sundance Film Festival hit, Thirlby...

2008-07-07 09:00:38

When did teen pregnancy become entertaining? You know, the stuff of a break-out summer comedy, an Oscar-winning independent film, and now the ABC Family series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." Nothing quite says "a new kind of family" _ the network's slogan _ like a 15-year-old's unplanned pregnancy. It's only a matter of time before some artist makes "Large Times at Gloucester High." Apparently, pregnancy provides a better plot device than abortion, especially since the...

2008-07-01 06:00:31

By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun Jul. 1--Do you know what happens to teen girls who become pregnant? They suddenly become the center of the universe, and everyone cares about them like never before. What a great way to instantly be popular and even loved: Get pregnant. That's one of the core messages in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, a new drama premiering tonight on the ABC Family channel. If you are looking for fictional precedents, think Juno, the critically acclaimed...

2008-06-27 09:02:45

By Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- Sacha Baron Cohen, Marion Cotillard, Ruby Dee and Jet Li have been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club -- the group that hands out the Academy Awards. They were among 105 actors, filmmakers, executives and others in the movie business who were asked to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Along with Cohen, Dee, Li and Cotillard, who won best-actress Oscar in February for "La Vie En Rose," actors invited into...


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