October 17, 2010
SUNDAY "The Wire's" Idris Elba is back on the small screen ? and on the right side of the law this time ? as "Luther," the latest in a long line of brilliant but troubled TV detectives, in this imported police drama. "Rome's" Indira Varma costars. (BBC America, 7 and 11 p.m.) It's season-finale time for the conspiracy-theory drama "Rubicon" and the stylish 1960s period drama "Mad Men. " The latter series is slated to return next year, but the fate of the former remains ?
August 25, 2003 |
A weak batch of new movies made easy prey for "Freddy vs. Jason," which took in $13.45 million to remain the No. 1 weekend flick, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Freddy vs. Jason," a blood feud between the villains of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Friday the 13th," was the first movie to retain the top spot for two straight weekends since "X2: X-Men United" in early May. "This summer in particular we saw weekend after weekend with a new No.
February 20, 1994 |
Everyone back on Elm Street in Medford, Mass., will be watching closely Monday if favorite son David Delfino starts in goal for the Italian Olympic hockey team against the U.S. Delfino, who left the Boston suburbs six years ago to play in Italy, hopes it won't become a nightmare on Elm Street.
January 15, 1991 |
Once dismissed as a television star with a teen following, Johnny Depp is earning new respect this season as the cutlery-equipped creation of scientist Vincent Price in "Edward Scissorhands." With his weapon-like hands and scarred, pallid face, Depp has been drawing critical praise for his haunting portrayal in Tim Burton's hit fantasy. It's a far cry from the undercover cop Tom Hanson he played on Fox network's "21 Jump Street."
October 16, 1988 |
*** 1/2 "STAY AWAKE." Various artists. A&M. Whoever its target audience might be, "Stay Awake"--a collection of classic songs from Walt Disney movies redone by contemporary artists--is not for kids. For one thing, the jazzier interpretations--including bits by Betty Carter and Sun Ra's Arkestra--might well bore them. For another, some unsettling passages here might really scare the pants off the little tykes.
July 12, 2006 |
Joan Rivers was just a shadow of herself on the hot Viennese Terrace of the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena. She was, in fact, in Pennsylvania, selling things on QVC. Only her ethereal satellite-fed video image cracked jokes for critics and reporters who had come to TV Guide Channel's first press tour event to schmooze with Rivers, her daughter Melissa and the lesser celebrities who were "scheduled to appear" at the Monday cocktail party.
March 26, 2009 |
While actors are the true stars of the Method Fest Independent Film Festival, Peter Bogdanovich will share the spotlight as he receives the Method Fest Auteur Director Award tonight. Also tonight, the drama "Adam," starring Rose Byrne and Hugh Dancy, screens at the Regency Agoura Hills 8. Named for the Method acting technique, the festival, which continues through April 2, features several premieres, including "A Deal Is a Deal" and "Cat City." www.methodfest.com.
September 26, 2006 |
"The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" (Universal, $30), the third installment in the popular boys-and-their-cars franchise, is a guilty pleasure. Justin Lin ("Better Luck Tomorrow") is the latest director to take the driver's seat, and former child actor Lucas Black ("Sling Blade") replaces Paul Walker as the speed-happy protagonist. Extras include mini-documentaries on the actors' learning how to drift and the trials and tribulations of filming in Tokyo.
June 1, 2007 |
The girl of your dreams -- and his dreams, and her dreams -- the punkish heroine of Satoshi Kon's "Paprika" is a double-agent-provocateur in a shape-shifting movie of marvelous, baffling complexities. It's a long way from the more safely beautiful work of that Japanese Walt Disney, Hayao Miyazaki ("Spirited Away"). And it is also anime decidely for adults: Among "Paprika's" thriller aspects, noirish angst and futuristic action, nothing is ever what it appears. Dreams intrude on dreams.