January 10, 2014
FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC) "12 Years a Slave" -- Joe Walker "Captain Phillips" -- Chris Rouse, A.C.E. "Gravity" -- Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger "Her" -- Eric Zumbrunnen, A.C.E., and Jeff Buchanan "Saving Mr. Banks" -- Mark Livolsi, A.C.E. FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL) "American Hustle" -- Jay Cassidy, A.C.E., Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten, A.C.E. "August: Osage County" -- Stephen Mirrione, A.C.E. "Inside Llewyn Davis" -- Roderick Jaynes "Nebraska -- Kevin Tent, A.C.E.
November 5, 2013 |
"Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin'," which premieres Tuesday on PBS, inducts the (very) late guitarist, singer and songwriter into the PBS hall of "American Masters. " It's a sometimes-enlightening, regularly exciting, always watchable documentary that hits the main points of a short life. Still, viewers not already versed and invested in this music and milieu might want a little deeper context. Hendrix, who died at 27, has been gone for 43 years now. He was most assuredly a creature of his time, with his headbands and ruffles and psychedelic philosophizing, and yet he exists outside of time, one of those artists like Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis or Bill Monroe you could study forever, profitably, and never crack their secret.
October 28, 2013 |
"I watched it for a little while," sang the late Lou Reed, of a satellite that went way up to Mars. "I love to watch things on TV. " TV watched him for a little while, too, once that whole video thing got going and his importance as a songwriter and performer was widely established. Reed, who died Sunday, began as the principal songwriter and vocalist of the Velvet Underground -- along with Elvis and the Beatles, one of the three most influential rock acts of the 20th century.
September 18, 2013 |
Critically acclaimed documentary producer Susan Lacy, creator of "American Masters," is leaving public television for pay cable. Lacy, who has been involved with PBS and its New York City affiliate WNET for close to 30 years, has signed a multi-year contract with HBO to produce and direct documentaries. The deal is a big get for Sheila Nevins, president of HBO's documentary unit. PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings "I've long admired her film portraits, which have been consistently stellar over the years," Nevins said.
September 9, 2013 |
Forty years ago, Billie Jean King played Bobby Riggs in the most famous tennis match in American history. Dubbed "The Battle of the Sexes," it was as much a contest of ideologies as athleticism. King represented the fight for women's rights, and Riggs, who proudly identified himself as a male chauvinist pig, stood in for the patriarchy. Millions tuned into the wildly hyped telecast, many of whom had never seen a tennis match. When King soundly beat Riggs (who, though a former champion himself, was 26 years her senior)
May 21, 2013 |
Carol Burnett, the trailblazing comedienne whose variety show was a top draw on CBS for over a decade, was named the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Tuesday. Burnett, 80, will receive the award in an Oct. 20 in a ceremony to be broadcast Oct. 30 on PBS. “It's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington,” said the star, who clearly hasn't lost her sense of humor, in a written statement. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Despite a career that spans Broadway, film and television, Burnett remains best known for “The Carol Burnett Show,” which ran from 1967 to 1978.