September 25, 1999
Margaret Sagarese's reflections on Chris Rock at MTV include the invitation to call her "crazy" or "old-fashioned" ("Put Between Rock and a Hard Place," Counterpunch, Sept. 20). She is neither. She is just out of touch with theater. Way out. Has she forgotten Don Rickles? Joan Rivers? Does she remember Lenny Bruce? Does she have any notion of the traditions of social criticism in theater, sometimes the only places where criticism is tolerated? She can look all the way back to England and France and Germany, not to mention Greece and Rome.
March 25, 2007 |
What it's a good time to talk about: "The L Word." The morose marine layer that engulfed last year's "L Word" lifted this season -- no one died tragically! The Ls bed-hopped, broke up and played basketball, as it should be in Sapphic Los Angeles. This week marks the end of Season 4, but Showtime has already announced that Season 5 is a sure thing. (Tonight) What nobody wants to talk about: Good Charlotte.
March 14, 1993 |
Chris Rock recalls dutifully heading to the theaters in the mid-'80s each time a new movie falling under the burgeoning sub-genre of "rap film" would open. Each time, his teen-aged expectations were dashed by yet another formulaic bomb. "Beat Street"? Thud . "Krush Groove"? Crash . "Rappin' " and "Breakin' " (not to forget "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo")? Kerplop . Even the action movie starring his heroes, Run-D.M.C., "Tougher Than Leather," was tough not to loathe.
November 23, 2000 |
ENTERTAINMENT The Final 'Rock': After five seasons, comedian Chris Rock is ending "The Chris Rock Show" on cable's HBO, though his relationship with the pay network will continue. The final episode of the talk show will be seen Friday, with guests rapper Ice-T and singer Nikka Costa.
November 9, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 11 - 17 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY Brush up that tux for the "BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards 2012. " Daniel "007" Craig, "Lincoln's" Daniel Day-Lewis, director Quentin Tarantino and "South Park's" Trey Parker and Matt Stone are among the honorees. (BBC America, 5 and 7 p.m.) Why highlight a reunion special for a show that didn't even last a single season and was canceled 10 years ago?
July 11, 2013
According to the rich narrative laid out by the documentary "Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp," it's hard out there for a pimp, not to mention the life that leads to it, and after it. One of black literature's most venerated chroniclers of street life and crime, the author of seven popular autobiographical books (most famously "Pimp: The Story of My Life"), Slim comes in for a vivid, warts-and-all biography as told by fellow writers (Emory Holmes, Odie Hawkins), admiring entertainers (the doc's executive producer Ice-T, Chris Rock)
January 11, 2013 |
The “30 Rock” series finale doesn't air until Jan. 31, but for the cast of the acclaimed sitcom, the fun ended last month when they wrapped production on the series after seven seasons on NBC. Cast members Tracy Morgan, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jack McBrayer and Jane Krakowski came together Thursday night for what is hoped will be the first of many reunions. The entire ensemble sat down with Jimmy Fallon for a lengthy look back at the series. It was an unusual format for a late-night talk show - more “Oprah” than “Late Night” - but for “30 Rock” fans it was a treat.