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3 results for 'Tyler Langness'

Based On A True Story

By Tyler Langness, published on Apr 26, 2009

It's a measure of convenience and economic pragmatism to base a film on a "true story." Take something with a built-in audience, streamline the narrative to make it more palatable (read: simpler), throw in a couple of name actors, and the advertising claims can run the gamut from "true events" to "inspired by." Somewhere in the middle of this nebulous truthiness is where we can find The Soloist, the story of the friendship between Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez and the inspiration for his magnum opus, the schizophrenic musical savant Nathaniel Ayers. Before delving into the... (more)

Tags: los angeles, movie

Before The Dawn

By Tyler Langness, published on Jul 22, 2008

The Hollywood hype machine makes it nearly impossible for anything to live up to inflated, lofty expectations in modern filmmaking. If internet, television, and print media coverage weren't enough, factor in legions of rabid fans when the event release is something of comic book caliber, and disappointment is almost a certainty. Look only so far as some of the more recent releases from major comic book labels and their studio partners - The Incredible Hulk, Superman Returns, Spider-Man 3 - and see that gargantuan efforts made to try and please everyone end up feeling hollow and falling... (more)

Tags: superman, batman, hollywood, heath ledger

Irreconcilable Differences

By Tyler Langness, published on Jun 26, 2007

Three years ago, the Los Angeles Lakers were standing at the edge of their collective precipice, preparing for a fall from grace. They had just lost the NBA championship to the Detroit Pistons in five games, and the organization was at a crossroads. The rift between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal had widened beyond repair, and even hardened veterans Gary Payton and Karl Malone had grown weary of the Hollywood drama. Changes were imminent for the NBA's marquee team, and it's up-and-coming superstar, Kobe Bryant, wanted to see what direction they were heading. So, he sat down for an exit interview... (more)

Tags: los angeles, new york, atlanta, nba, hollywood

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