May 21, 2010
SERIES Medium: The supernatural drama starring Patricia Arquette presents its season finale (9 p.m. CBS). Kitchen Nightmares: Some of the restaurants where chef Gordon Ramsay attempted to work his makeover magic get a return visit from the hot-tempered host in the season finale (9 p.m. Fox). The Ricky Gervais Show: The comedy series featuring animated versions of the titular comic and his cronies ends its freshman season (9 p.m. HBO). Miami Medical: An alligator attacks a young golf phenom on this hospital drama's season finale (10 p.m. CBS)
May 26, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday. And your 2011 "American Idol" is ... Scotty McCreery! ( Los Angeles Times ) And lo, the sun arose on Thursday to find that "The Oprah Winfrey Show" was no more. And the angels wept. And the afternoons stretched on into infinity. ( Los Angeles Times ) Justin Bieber doesn't want to be your baby-faced teen heartthrob anymore. To prove it, he's getting tatted up. ( Los Angeles Times ) Oscar winner Jeff Bridges is now picking up Zach Galifianakis' abandoned roles.
July 2, 2006 |
MOLLUSK-FACED Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) and the sea phantoms that crew the ghostly Flying Dutchman in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" are part human, part sea bottom creatures brought to life by a new generation of motion capture and computer-generated special effects.
January 8, 2005 |
One sometimes hears it said, in order to assert that what appears to be the collapse of civilization is in reality progress, that if Mozart were alive today he'd be writing Broadway musicals, and Rembrandt drawing comics, and Shakespeare writing sitcoms, and so on.
January 26, 2009 |
Michael Sheen has made his name playing famous people in films -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair in "The Queen," talk-show host David Frost in "Frost/Nixon" -- and for his return to the "Underworld" franchise, his stylists seem to have taken Harry Shearer's "This Is Spinal Tap" rock 'n' roller for inspiration. Except here, Sheen's pants are tighter.
January 19, 2001 |
Jessica Lange, the two-time Oscar-winning film star, received her first Olivier nomination Thursday, while two little-known Irishmen, bound for Broadway in the same play, are both up for best actor. Winners of the 25th annual Laurence Olivier Awards--London's nearest equivalent to Broadway's Tony--will be announced Feb. 23.
June 15, 2005
Romantic comedies are not known for conveying powerful humanitarian messages, but that might all change once the Hollywood community sees "The Girl in the Cafe," the latest offering from writer-director Richard Curtis.
October 13, 2006 |
The first film adaptation based on Anthony Horowitz's series of young-adult adventure novels, "Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker" feels like a contrived attempt to jump-start a franchise along the lines of "Spy Kids" or the "Harry Potter" series. Recognizable British actors appear in every conceivably sized role, and the film ends with a decidedly "on to the next adventure" moment.
April 11, 2010 |
The Great Mouse Detective Walt Disney Blu-ray, $19.99 Some people trace the revival of Walt Disney animation to 1989's "The Little Mermaid," but one of the main reasons that "Mermaid" got the go-ahead was because of the success of 1986's "The Great Mouse Detective." Under the supervision of Ron Clements and John Musker (who later helmed "Mermaid," "Aladdin" and the recent "The Princess and the Frog"), "The Great Mouse Detective" tells a Sherlock Holmes story more rooted in tradition than the recent Robert Downey Jr. vehicle -- even though all the main characters are rodents.
July 11, 2003 |
"I Capture the Castle" is a singular experience. It's a rich, emotional story, a wonderfully appealing film made with humor and intelligence, but there is also something almost magical about how it takes the stuff of innumerable previous films -- love, romance and adolescent coming of age -- and turns them into something that feels one of a kind. Much of that singularity comes from its celebrated source material, Dodie Smith's debut novel, published in 1948 but set a decade earlier.