February 14, 1998
As the writer and director of "Swing," I thought I was making a music-oriented romantic comedy set in Liverpool about an optimistic guy (Hugo Speer) having learned the saxophone in jail (from Clarence Clemons) coming out and forming a swing band and winning his girlfriend (Lisa Stansfield) back after she had married his arresting officer (Danny McCall). However, after reading your Jan. 29 photo caption, I discover I am really making a film about "five down-and-out working-class men who are about to fulfill their dreams" by forming a swing band, which sounds remarkably similar to "'The Full Monty"!
July 14, 1990
Music loud and moody provides a soothing respite from all those beastly summer reruns this weekend. MTV will present a five-hour tape of the Knebworth '90 concert today at 5 p.m. This all-star rock 'n' roll benefit, staged in England two weeks ago, includes sets by Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Eric Clapton, George Michael and many others. Showtime chimes in at 11 tonight with a new episode of "Coast to Coast: American Music," hosted by Herbie Hancock.
November 22, 1989 |
Entertainers Liza Minnelli, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson and Andrew Lloyd Webber were honored by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences as "Grammy Living Legends" for their contributions to the music industry. The black-tie gala Tuesday night in Los Angeles featured performances by the honorees and others such as Kris Kristofferson, Gene Autry, Emmylou Harris and New Kids on the Block. The two-hour event was staged to honor influential veteran performers.
June 13, 2011 |
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Monday The Tony Awards honor "The Book of Mormon" and "War Horse" as the big winners at Sunday's ceremony, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. ( Los Angeles Times ) Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band saxophonist, suffers a stroke at 69. ( AP ) Laura Ziskin, producer of the "Spider-Man" films, died of breast cancer Sunday at age 61. ( Los Angeles Times ) First Lady Michelle Obama lands in the City of Angels to discuss with SAG members and the AFTRA how Hollywood could tell stories about military families.
October 18, 1987 |
* * 1/2 MARTHA DAVIS. "Policy." Capitol. A charismatic figure with a wonderful voice, Martha Davis was largely responsible for making the Motels one of Los Angeles' top rock bands a few years back. With a flair for writing evocative, soul-baring songs--and not bashful about singing them with actress-like drama--Davis was the focal point of that group. On her own, she's not quite as distinctive.
July 1, 1992 |
Howie Mandel's new summer series, "Howie" (premiering tonight at 8 on CBS Channels 2 and 8), couldn't possibly be any sillier. And, no, that isn't a recommendation. The show--a mixture of stand-up comedy and skits--doesn't seem aimed even slightly at anyone whose age stretches too far into double digits, yet the mostly grown-up live audience at Anaheim's Celebrity Theatre is seen laughing uproariously, so go figure.
February 12, 2012
SUNDAY The healing power of music will be on display when British singer Adele performs for the first time since her vocal-chord surgery and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band take the stage after the loss of late, great sax man Clarence Clemons at "The 54th Grammy Awards. " (CBS, 8 p.m.) Kevin Smith ("Clerks") is a well-known writer-director and hockey-jersey enthusiast. And he's also proprietor of Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, a comics-and-collectibles shop that is the setting for the new unscripted series "Comic Book Men. " (AMC, 10 p.m.)