May 14, 2009 |
Whether on screen or off camera, it's always seemed stormy at ABC's "Grey's Anatomy." But amid the many swirling tempests around one of prime-time's most popular soap operas, James Pickens Jr., the deep-voiced actor who plays the authoritative Dr. Richard Webber, has consistently been a center of calm. But earlier this year the 54-year-old Cleveland-born actor suddenly found himself a lightning rod for the show, which airs its season finale tonight. During a red carpet interview, he sparked a round of shock, denials and corrections when he said that cast members T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigl would be leaving the show by season's end. "I didn't think anyone ever listened to me," Pickens said, laughing inside his North Hollywood loft.
December 23, 1994 |
There are so many family crises in "Safe Passage" that it seizes up right in front of our eyes. Did even Eugene O'Neill cram as much mother-father-son misery into one evening? It's about Mag Singer (Susan Sarandon), her seven sons and her estranged husband, Patrick (Sam Shepard). The subplots and cross-plots total about 14--any of them would be enough to fill out a movie. And yet, all together, they form a big glob of undifferentiated upset.
August 2, 1994
All eyes in the music business are on the Burbank office of Warner Bros. Records Chairman Mo Ostin as word spreads that a sudden meeting had been held to iron out the latest wrinkle in the corporate realignment at Warner Music Group. Under a restructuring plan announced last month, Ostin and all U.S. label heads are required to report directly to Doug Morris, chief operating officer of the corporation's new domestic division, Warner Music-USA.
December 23, 2005 |
Not since Nicole Kidman followed the Camille-like dance hall entertainer of "Moulin Rouge!" with "The Hours," in which she portrayed Virginia Woolf, no less, has a star attempted such a stretch with such success as Heath Ledger, who has gone from playing a taciturn, tormented gay cowboy in "Brokeback Mountain" to the title role of Disney's scintillating "Casanova" (which opens Sunday), the tireless 18th century seducer of countless beautiful women.
September 10, 1999 |
"Best Laid Plans" is a sharp contemporary noir thriller that may be a tad too clever for its own good at the finish, but getting there is sufficiently tense and intriguing that you may not mind too much that the overly abrupt ending is somewhat of a letdown. First-time director Mike Barker and second-time writer Ted Griffin, as neophytes, seem to have set the stakes a little too high.
February 26, 1999 |
When people celebrate New Year's Eve, they feel they've just got to have fun--and that of course means having someone important in your life to enjoy it with.