July 17, 2013 |
I am a fan of the TV series "Bunheads," about three (unrelated) generations of women and a small-town dance school, whose first season ran from last June 2012 to February 2013 on ABC Family and whose subsequent fate has still not been pronounced, to the growing consternation of its followers. Although the sets have been reported struck, the network has yet to issue a death certificate. It doesn't look good, one would say. But if this non-announcement is not just an exercise in executive sadism - a thing which we are all ready to credit, I imagine - the implication is that the relevant minds have indeed not yet been made up. And therefore, all is not lost.
December 4, 2009 |
Josh Hopkins plays Grayson Ellis opposite Courteney Cox's Jules Cobb on ABC's "Cougar Town," and their on-screen chemistry is worth watching. "I guess I have what you might call a contentious relationship with Jules," said Hopkins. "Grayson is sort of the neighbor who pushes her buttons, and she pushes his right back. But there's definitely an underlying attraction too." You can also catch Josh on Saturday night in Lifetime's holiday movie "12 Men of Christmas" starring Kristin Chenoweth.
August 15, 2010 |
Temple Grandin HBO, $26.98 Nearly every parent of an autistic child knows about Temple Grandin, the bestselling author and brilliant agricultural scientist who's been a model for what children on that spectrum can become. Playing Grandin in this HBO biopic, Claire Danes captures Grandin's braying monotone, stooped posture and default defensive stance to other people, but she also conveys her sense of humor and how she makes connections others can't. Some of the movie's aesthetic choices border on cliché, but Danes' performance is far from conventional, and director Mick Jackson supports her work with a visual style and sound design that reveals how Grandin perceives the world.
October 18, 2009 |
In the most revealing and promising science fiction premiere of the fall television season, a female alien lands largely unannounced in a predominantly male universe. She is teased and goaded or sometimes treated as if invisible or worthless. She quickly comes to understand that the rules of this foreign territory were not written with her kind in mind and she will likely spend the rest of her time in this place withering under its harsh rules or gamely attempting to teach her unwilling hosts about the superior way of life led by her people.
September 6, 2009 |
Courteney Cox has been famous for 25 years. Yes -- Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" video, which caused "who's-that-girl?" attention to be directed toward the blue-eyed, short-black-haired, T-shirt-and-jeans wearing Cox, made its MTV debut in July 1984. At the time, the then-20-year-old Cox, who had spent her childhood in Mountain Brook, Ala., a suburb of Birmingham, was working at a music agency in New York and doing some modeling. Her career after that -- "Family Ties," "Ace Ventura," "Friends," "Scream" -- has made her a key part of several pivotal television shows and movies of the last quarter century.
November 9, 2008 |
Like some other residents of this small town, Mary Elizabeth Goodwyn doesn't go outside after dark much anymore. Goodwyn, 81, used to welcome the dusk under a red maple tree in her frontyard every evening, but that was before cougars started showing up in Blackstone -- or at least in Blackstone's newspaper. Since 2003, the Courier-Record has published at least 15 articles on cougar sightings in town and in the neighboring 41,000-acre Army National Guard training base. Wildlife officials say that except for a known population of 100 in Florida, the large cats -- also called mountain lions, pumas, panthers and the fitting "ghost cats" -- were wiped out in the eastern United States by 1900.
September 5, 2013 |
Sofia Vergara has topped Forbes' list of highest-paid prime-time TV actresses for the second year in a row. The Emmy-nominated "Modern Family" star's ranking comes embedded in the financial magazine's Celebrity 100 list, which sees TV queen Oprah Winfrey in the No. 1 spot overall. Vergara ranks No. 54 on that list, with the likes of female performers Madonna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Ellen DeGeneres and Jennifer Lawrence ahead of her. Vergara, 41, raked in $30 million thanks to a major boost in her salary and endorsement deals with Diet Pepsi, CoverGirl, Rooms to Go, Comcast, State Farm Insurance and thyroid medicine Synthroid, according to the mag . Those deals are said to make her one of the "most in-demand spokespeople" because she has that whole crossover appeal thing going on. The actress' K-Mart clothing line is thriving, and she sits as executive producer of ABC's new drama "Killer Women.
March 4, 2014 |
Culver Studios, a historic independent studio where “Gone with the Wind” and “Citizen Kane” were filmed, is changing hands. Lehman Bros. Holdings has reached an agreement to sell the Culver City property to Hackman Capital Partners, a Los Angeles real estate investment firm, two sources familiar with the matter said. The transaction, expected to close this week, is among former Lehman assets being sold off following the investment firm's 2008 bankruptcy filing. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Hackman Capital is buying the property for $85 million, close to what Lehman and other investors paid Sony Pictures Entertainment a decade ago for the 14-acre Washington Boulevard property, sources said.
September 17, 2013 |
Courteney Cox and her ex-husband, David Arquette, have listed their Beverly Hills home for $19.5 million. Nothing says celebrity like a listing that pops up on the Multiple Listing Service with a zero for the street address and an “unavailable” assessor's parcel number. The property had been quietly shopped as a pocket listing, according to Real Estalker . The five-bedroom home, on nearly an acre, was designed by modernist architect A. Quincy Jones and built in 1959. The one-story house features a center hall, a den/office and 5½ bathrooms.