March 22, 1990 |
You pay your $10, you sit in a room with women wearing black clothes and men wearing ponytails, and you listen to television stars read their innermost thoughts in blank verse. You are at one of L.A.'s currently popular (make that inexplicably popular) celebrity poetry readings. You experience a deep feeling of nausea. Can these people possibly take themselves seriously?
January 20, 2003 |
It's a funny thing about watching a great comedy show: The top-notch performers can make it appear so effortless that it seems as if anyone could do it. But as tonight's 8 p.m. premiere of the ABC Family series "My Life Is a Sitcom" makes so excruciatingly clear, TV is definitely not for everyone. And certainly not for the Mozian clan of Old Greenwich, Conn.
June 18, 2010 |
It's hard to tell at first what's going through Jaleel White's mind as he picks up the new "Family Matters" DVD box set. Front and center is a picture of a young Jaleel, decked out in oversized glasses, suspenders and braces, flashing a geeky smile. As White gazes at the image of himself as Steve Urkel, the ultra-nerd with the high-pitched voice and snorty laugh who became the most popular character of the ABC comedy about a middle-class African American family, his mouth tightens.
September 8, 2012 |
In "How to Train Your Dragon," the 2010 film from DreamWorks Animation, a skinny viking teen named Hiccup discovers that dragons can be taught and tamed, a lot like dogs, except that these dogs are 30 feet across and breathe fire. By the end of the film, vikings and dragons, who began the movie trying to brain each other, are best pals. As with so many other stories of star-crossed, interspecies pairings, from "The Adventures of Milo and Otis" to "Avatar," one wonders just where this relationship will go. That question is answered in the new animated series "Dragons: Riders of Berk," which is being produced by DreamWorks Animation for Cartoon Network.
December 1, 1992 |
CBS' "Schoolbreak Specials," hourlong films dramatizing pertinent teen issues, are generally well done within the limitations of the format, but sheer fun isn't one of their usual ingredients. That's what makes today's delectable offering, "Words Up!" (3 p.m. on Channels 2 and 8), such a surprise. Kadeem Hardison ("A Different World") stars as Henry, an illiterate 25-year-old high school dropout who can't hang onto a job.