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March 27, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
I'm of two minds about “Philip Roth: Unmasked,” the “American Masters” documentary that airs Friday night on PBS. On the one hand, it's always a pleasure to hear Roth, who turned 80 this month and recently announced his retirement, speak - about the push and pull of family, the consolations (or lack thereof) of sex and literature and the never-to-be-resolved issue of identity, all subjects that have infused his writing for more than 50 years. On the other, the film, which marks the first time Roth has given an extended interview on camera, is oddly toothless, a by-the numbers hagiography.
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January 11, 2010
'Sam Cooke' What: 'American Masters: Sam Cooke: Crossing Over' Where: KCET When: 9 tonight Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 1999 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Home Box Office collected the most honors at Saturday's nighttime Emmy Awards presentation in Pasadena, including multiple statuettes for dramatic series "The Sopranos" and its movies "The Rat Pack" and "Winchell." Saturday's nontelevised event encompassed more than 50 categories, primarily in technical areas such as cinematography, editing and sound. An additional 27 awards, recognizing programs and performers, will be presented Sept. 12 and televised on Fox.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 17 - 23, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES CSI: NY: The forensics drama starring Gary Sinise ends another season (9 p.m. CBS). Cult: This creepy new mystery-drama encores its pilot episode (9 p.m. KTLA). REVIEW: 'Cult' serves up a new form of mass anxiety Austin City Limits: The soulful Alabama Shakes and blues guitar phenom Gary Clark Jr. perform (9 p.m. KLCS)
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May 12, 2012
'American Masters: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night' Where: KOCE When: 9 p.m. Monday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's salute to Chuck Berry as the 2012 honoree for its "American Masters" series will be capped with a multi-artist concert featuring Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers, Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, New York Dolls singer David Johansen, roots-rock singer-songwriter-guitarist Rosie Flores, Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister, guitarist Joe Bonamassa, Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Fullbright and several others, including Berry...
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April 9, 1997 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, TIMES ART CRITIC
If you're an admirer of the Surrealist art of American expatriate Man Ray (1890-1976), tonight's installment of PBS' "American Masters" offers a thorough, often engaging overview of the artist's long life. Produced and directed by Mel Stuart, who first filmed a conversation with the artist almost 40 years ago, "Man Ray: Prophet of the Avant-Garde" was written by Man Ray biographer Neil Baldwin and is narrated by actress Stockard Channing.
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July 1, 1991 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
You know those signs demonstrators hold up: "Honk if you love. . . ." As much could be said for "American Masters' " first show of the season, an adulatory love fest called "Helen Hayes: First Lady of the American Theatre" (tonight at 10 on Channel 28; 9 p.m. on Channel 15 and Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Channel 50). It's not that Hayes hasn't lived up to the advertising, but that the show is so undeviatingly formulaic.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 1996 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There are comedians, there are comic actors and, in a class by themselves, there are the great clowns. Chaplin and Keaton come to mind at once, and a strong case can be made that Danny Kaye was the last of the great clowns in our time. (Kaye died in 1987 at the age of 74.) "Danny Kaye: A Legacy of Laughter," an "American Masters" biography airing Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on KCET, makes wonderfully clear why he was indeed a great clown.
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