February 13, 2010
SERIES Survivors: The British TV series from the '70s, based on a book by Terry Nation, is updated in this version that tells the story of a world in which a virus has killed almost 90% of the population. Julie Graham, Max Beesley, Paterson Joseph, Zoe Tapper and Nikki Amuka-Bird star (5 and 8 p.m. BBC America). Austin City Limits: Performing in this new episode, Them Crooked Vultures features Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones (11 p.m. KLCS)
August 3, 2009 |
What is the funniest TV show on that you're not involved with? Bill Maher [HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher"]. It's the most unexpected, consistently surprising, the most incisive in every way. It's the only show I watch that gets me laughing out loud. What show really needs some Emmy love? How about "The Simpsons"? They did try to submit in the comedy category in the '90s and suffered from doing it in an era of juggernaut comedies like "Friends" and "Seinfeld" and "Cheers" and whatnot.
April 29, 2009
Re "For Republicans, breaking up is hard to do," Opinion, April 24 Bill Maher makes the same mistakes as other pundits when he writes that he doesn't know what the "tea party" protests were all about and then goes on to imply that it is all about President Obama's race. I went to the protest in Yorba Linda because I am concerned about the inevitable inflation that will result from spending trillions of dollars we do not have to spend. I am retired, after planning carefully to not need public assistance, and cannot afford a hidden tax increase disguised as inflation.
March 1, 2009
The slogan of the National Endowment for the Arts is "a great nation deserves great art." Were it only that simple. When Congress voted on President Obama's $787-billion stimulus package, fiscal conservatives slammed the NEA's $50-million allocation. It wasn't the first time the agency, whose 2008 budget was about $144 million, had been thrust under the microscope. Since awarding its first grant in 1965, the NEA most famously riled opponents in 1996 with its plan to award grants to a quartet of controversial artists.
October 3, 2008 |
"Religulous," the new documentary starring Bill Maher and directed by Larry Charles, doesn't take the time to define its title, but Maher has said elsewhere that it is a combination of "religious" and "ridiculous." By joining the two, the filmmakers have come up with a handy way to underline their preoccupation with the gullibility of true believers. The film they've produced is a similar combination of uneasily merged elements.
September 28, 2008 |
The moment has arrived to talk about: A Jennifer Hudson album. After the "American Idol" also-ran blew away audiences with her turn as powerhouse diva Effie White in the 2006 musical "Dreamgirls," (a performance that had Simon Cowell eating crow -- bonus!), Hudson's eponymous debut album finally graces us this week. Somewhere, Beyonce is getting anxious again. (Tuesday) Bill Maher is reason enough to talk about: His documentary "Religulous."
September 7, 2008 |
Larry CHARLES sees the world as a place of chaos and anarchy and describes himself as an "apocalyptic thinker." His sense of agitated intelligence and playful subversion has come through in everything he has been involved in, including the television shows "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and the feature films he has directed, "Masked and Anonymous" and "Borat." His latest film is “Religulous,” which opens Oct. 3. Starring comedian-satirist Bill Maher, the film takes as its topic the broad notion of religion, covering the big three of Christianity, Islam and Judaism as well as other stops along the faith-based way. As insightful as it is impudent, as thoughtful as it is hilarious, "Religulous" fits in perfectly with Charles' previous portraits of a world gone wrong, except this time it's for real.