December 20, 2013 |
On one level, the new historical dramedy "Saving Mr. Banks" chronicles the efforts of studio head Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) to persuade the cantankerous British author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to allow her "Mary Poppins" children's books to be made into a movie. On another level, it's also something of an ode to the old Hollywood studio system, with a small army of Disney employees all toiling together on the back lot. At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series , some of the "Saving Mr. Banks" cast members talked about the old-fashioned collaborative approach.
May 12, 2002 |
Couture is dead--or so goes the conventional wisdom as Yves Saint Laurent and other great fashion houses put their astronomically priced, one-of-a-kind designs into mothballs. But hand-craftsmanship and exquisite draping live on in the workshops of young designers who are finding creative ways to honor the masters affordably. Case in point: Claire Joseph.
February 25, 2007 |
"Ugly Betty" stars 1. Becki Newton, left, Ana Ortiz and Michael Urie proved to be real cut-ups for their official Costume Designers Guild Awards portraits shot backstage at the Regent Beverly Wilshire on Feb. 17. Oscar front-runner 2. Helen Mirren picked up another kudo, the Distinquished Actor Award, thanking costume-design winner 4. Consolata Boyle for making her "Queen" costumes so special that she felt royal. Now about that padding.... "Clothes Off Our Backs" creator 3.
October 18, 2006 |
Matt and Danny may be pulling good ratings with their fictional TV show, but NBC's real-life numbers for "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" are another story. Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford star as a bickering writing duo on "Studio 60," a show that presumes to rescue a once-funny late-night comedy show a la "Saturday Night Live." But it's become clear that writer Aaron Sorkin's backstage drama needs a lifeline of its own.
October 1, 2010
SERIES Smallville: The Daily Planet hires Kat Grant (Keri Lynn Pratt) to fill in after Lois (Erica Durance) departs for Egypt, in this new episode (8 p.m. KTLA). Human Target: After he and Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley) race to rescue the kidnapped Winston (Chi McBride), an eager-to-retire Chance (Mark Valley) is lured back into the security business by a billionaire philanthropist (Indira Varma) who needs his protection, in the season premiere (8 p.m. Fox). CSI: NY: When a young woman appears to have been strangled while participating in an anonymous Internet chat, the team must determine if it was a hoax or murder in this new episode (9 p.m. CBS)
May 29, 1993 |
That cutting-edge narrowcaster Jay Tarses is at it again. The brilliantly inventive mind behind "Buffalo Bill," "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story" and "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd," Tarses is known for creating indelibly memorable half-hour series that are as baffling to most mainstream viewers as they are beloved by his fans. Yours truly is one of the biggest. Yet his new NBC series, "Black Tie Affair," is evidence that the gap separating Tarses from the rest of humankind may have widened.
February 11, 1995 |
"Billy Madison" looks as if it were made to fill the void left by Pee-wee Herman. We never needed Pee-wee more. Adam Sandler plays Billy Madison, a spoiled rich nudnik who stands to inherit the family business from his hotel tycoon father (Darren McGavin)--except Madison Sr. seems to think his jerky scion isn't up to it. For one thing, the only reason he graduated public school is because his father paid off the teachers.
March 17, 2006 |
Standing inside the fictional Montecito casino of "Las Vegas" in Culver City, NBC President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly was feeling like a winner Thursday morning, even though he admitted to a group of advertisers that "we haven't exactly had bragging rights lately."