April 1, 2011 |
Considering Chris Albrecht is a former HBO head, his first call at Starz, the new sword 'n' sorcery drama "Camelot," should have been bulletproof. It's produced by Oscar-winning Graham King ("The Departed," "The Aviator"), created and written by Michael Hirst ("The Tudors") and Chris Chibnall ("Torchwood," "Dr. Who") and stars Joseph Fiennes ("Elizabeth," "Shakespeare in Love") as Merlin and smoky-eyed former Bond girl Eva Green as his archnemesis Morgan. Instead, this sexed-up, semi-humanized retelling of the Arthurian legend is possibly the worst reworking of a British legend since Kevin Costner's "Robin Hood.
August 30, 2009 |
If it weren't for the familiar rows of Chiclets-sized teeth, the trio in the 1962 photo that appeared on scores of front pages last week, with their slim-cut suits and skinny ties, could have been mistaken for the ad men of "Mad Men's" Sterling Cooper agency. The senator from Massachusetts, whose life would forever be framed by the brothers who predeceased him, looks directly at the camera, as sharp and focused as Don Draper on the Kodak account. His suit, several shades darker than his brothers', is set off by a crisp, white triangle of a pocket square.
February 9, 2010
Playhouse goes dark The final curtain has come down at the Pasadena Playhouse -- for now. Sunday marked not only the last performance of "Camelot," the theater's current show, but also the closing of the historic theater as its leaders search for a way out of its money woes. It was announced in late January that the theater would halt productions on its main stage because of financial difficulties. The 90-year-old landmark is strapped for cash and faces more than $500,000 in immediate bills, as well as payments on more than $1.5 million in bank loans and other debts.
May 2, 1997 |
Smart casting--from stars David Birney and Dale Kristien on down the line--redeems the Theater League's sometimes pedestrian rendition of "Camelot," at Probst Center in Thousand Oaks this week and the Alex Theatre in Glendale next week. Especially at the beginning, Don and Bonnie Ward's staging is weighed down by the clunky, uncredited set (originally from the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia).
March 5, 2009 |
He won't be allowed to call himself Sir Ted, but U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) has been awarded an honorary knighthood by Britain. Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced the honor during an address in Washington. Kennedy did not attend. Brown said Kennedy had helped bring peace to Northern Ireland, expand healthcare for Americans and improve access to education for children around the world.
August 22, 2009 |
King Arthur, "Smallville"-style? That's one way to frame the British import "Merlin," the series airing Sunday nights on NBC that takes the once and future king from Camelot and presents him as a still-learning prince, just as "Smallville" has, for nine seasons, given viewers a young Clark Kent still being forged into the Man of Steel. "What happens if we look at Arthur and Merlin before they become the men that they become?" is how the premise is summed up by Anthony Head, who stars as King Uther Pendragon, the father of Arthur.