December 19, 2013 |
The greatest of all holiday specials, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," is on ABC at 8 tonight (Thursday). (It's also available to stream free via Hulu.) I wrote about it a few years back and, unable to say it any better, regift that review to you here. "A Charlie Brown Christmas" makes its yearly visit this week, in all its gorgeous melancholy. One of the first and still relatively few holiday perennials created by television, it remains, after nearly 50 years, as fresh as snowfall.
December 19, 2013 |
The greatest of all holiday specials, " A Charlie Brown Christmas ," is on ABC at 8 tonight [Thursday]. (It's also available to stream free via Hulu.) Last year, I wrote about its music, which is some of my favorite music of all time. Unable to restate it any better, I offer the story again here. It's here. The holiday season. And with it, an ever-creeping onslaught of music stuffed with enough synthetic cheer to weave a polyester overcoat for Dodger Stadium. Hearing such tidings of great joy seems innocent enough, but repeated exposure could very well cause outbreaks of seasonal affective disorder on sunny days.
December 13, 2013 |
The perfect illustration of the big impact of a small gesture came when Minnesota forward Charlie Coyle turned and waved to a youngster behind the glass during the Wild's pregame warm-ups on Sunday. The boy's thrilled reaction was adorable. What Coyle did shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has spent time around professional hockey players. They are so gifted and graceful at interacting with their young fans. Around the Los Angeles Kings' practice facility in El Segundo, you often hear excited squeals from youngsters when they simply spot a player, much less get the chance to exchange hellos.
December 11, 2013 |
It's a grim reality, but there's one thing you don't expect from Charlie Haden on stage in 2013, and that's a lot of conversation. Stricken by post-polio syndrome since late 2010 (Haden was first diagnosed with a bulbar form of the disease around his throat and facial muscles at 15), his voice was said to be just about gone heading into a Tuesday night performance at REDCAT. The 76-year-old bassist-composer was there to conduct CalArts musicians through his work with his own socially conscious, large ensemble, the Liberation Music Orchestra.
December 9, 2013 |
You can't talk about modern jazz without talking about Charlie Haden. The bassist who forged a woodsy backbone for groundbreaking recordings with Ornette Coleman and later went on to found the jazz program at CalArts, Haden has been in poor health since the onset of post-polio syndrome in 2010 -- a disease that first struck him at 15 years old. PHOTOS: Grammys 2014 concert highlights As a result, Haden hasn't performed in...
December 5, 2013
A musical partnership that reaches back 20 years, the meeting of drummer Scott Amendola with seven-string guitarist Charlie Hunter has yielded a wealth of memorable recordings, including Hunter's album-length cover of Bob Marley's "Natty Dread" and 2012's sparkling duet, "Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead. " Here the two reconvene in support of the groove-heavy "Pucker," a new duet album featuring Amendola as lead songwriter. The Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Suite 301, Los Angeles.
November 29, 2013 |
NBC gobbled up plenty of viewers with the Thanksgiving NFL matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The game, a 22-20 victory for Baltimore, drew a household rating of 11.5 in Nielsen's metered markets Thursday, up 3% from last year. It ran from 8:30 to 11:45 p.m. The game in prime time (8:30-11 p.m.) drew an average of 18.6 million viewers and a rating of 6.0 in the advertiser-desired 18-49 demographic, according to early numbers from Nielsen, which are not adjusted for time zones. Out of the four major networks, NBC won the night with a rating of 5.6 in the key demo. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Second place was CBS' lineup of reruns, which drew an average rating of 2.1 and an audience of 7.35 million, though those numbers are likely to change because the network had an NFL game run over into prime time. ABC had the annual "Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" special at 8 p.m., which saw a big increase in viewership over last year's airing.
November 25, 2013 |
Sometimes the smallest notion can create magic. The 1973 animated special "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving " was based on a "very simple idea," said the show's producer Lee Mendelson. Charles M. Schulz, the creator of the beloved "Peanuts" comic strip, "said I wonder what it would be like if kids did Thanksgiving dinner and the chaos that would ensue. That is what it is all about. " "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" premiered on CBS on Nov. 20, 1973, and has been a staple on TV ever since.
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November 21, 2013 |
A 25-year-old woman who has been loyally visiting Charles Manson -- the nation's most notorious convicted killer who has a swastika carved into his forehead -- in prison, said recently that they are going to wed. "I'll tell you straight up, Charlie and I are going to get married," said Star, the name Manson gave the woman after she started visiting him in California's Corcoran State Prison when she was 19. "When that will be, we don't know....
November 21, 2013 |
"Dr. Who," "Dr. Who" and more "Dr. Who. " By now even those few Americans still disavowing their inner geeks and/or Anglophiles must know the British sci-fi classic "Dr. Who" is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary (yes, it debuted in Britain on the day of the Kennedy assassination, small comfort, but comfort nonetheless.) No other show has been as influential, ubiquitous and impossible to quench as the story of the lonely Time Lord wandering the galaxies in search of people and planets to save. Through television's niftiest narrative sleight of hand, a defining characteristic of a Time Lord, along with his two hearts, is the tendency to regenerate every few years.