March 21, 1989 |
The Writers Guild of America concurred with its brethren at the Directors Guild in handing out its annual awards for outstanding achievement in series television Monday, but not so when it came to feature films. The writers opted for "Bull Durham" over the directors' "Rain Man."
May 21, 1988 |
The year is 1968. Adm. Elmo Zumwalt Jr. has ordered the spraying of the Agent Orange herbicide to defoliate the Ca Mau Peninsula in South Vietnam, where his son, Lt. Elmo Zumwalt III, will soon command one of the patrol boats that run the river in search of Viet Cong. Fifteen years later, the younger Zumwalt learns that he has two types of cancer, which father and son both think may be linked to Agent Orange exposure.
April 30, 1988 |
Raul Julia, 6-foot-2, plays Aristotle Onassis, 5-foot-5, in the two-part, four-hour "Onassis: The Richest Man in the World" (Sunday and Monday at 9 p.m., Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42). In the zillion photos of Onassis, he always looked shorter than the women in his life. Not so here. But the height isn't the only discrepancy. Julia's face is soft and flat; Onassis' was much stonier.
September 1, 1997 |
Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that states may continue to ban doctor-assisted suicide, the "right to death" issue is very much unresolved. That ethical, spiritual and humanitarian dilemma is what fuels tonight's disturbing Lifetime movie "Time to Say Goodbye?"
September 25, 1993 |
You may not quite grasp just how quickly ABC's topical TV movie "Whose Child Is This? The War for Baby Jessica" was turned around until the last scenes, one of which has a character ripping a page off the calendar to reveal the month of August. As in last month. As in perspective being a lost virtue in the age of docudrama-cum-Insta-Drama. So "Baby Jessica" (Sunday night at 9 on Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42) may win this month's Speed Racer award, but hold the Emmys.
December 5, 2010 |
Public speaking consistently ranks as one of life's most stressful events, up there with divorce, bereavement and home foreclosure. But there's a look of paralytic terror on the face of the protagonist of "The King's Speech" that goes beyond any working definition of stage fright. As the man who will one day become King George VI prepares to deliver a few ceremonial remarks, his doomed countenance suggests not so much a judgmental audience as a firing squad. Colin Firth, who portrays "Bertie," the second-born, stammering son of Great Britain's King George V, captures the adrenaline-racing horror of a person obliged to speak when speech itself is an uncertain thing.
August 12, 1988 |
"Don't get too close to people," Abe Karatz's old-country grandmother used to warn him, "you'll catch their dreams." It wasn't until years later that he realized he had misunderstood. " Germs . . . you'll catch their germs." Abe Karatz is one of the best characters in "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" (at the Bruin and Chinese theaters). But his grandmother's warning comes much too late for Francis Ford Coppola.
March 19, 1999 |
The Disney juggernaut for feature animation must, for its competitors, seem like one of those stains on the rug that just won't come off, no matter how much industrial-strength chemistry is applied. So why shouldn't Warner Bros. come up with the notion of using a Broadway musical as the basis for a full-length cartoon? Instead of paying for derivative music by hacks, they can use songs already written by masters like Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.
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November 11, 1992 |
Wrestling with a yard full of tumbleweeds was not how Debby Seidler and her family wanted to spend their weekend, but they had little choice. The Camarillo family was among 715 property owners in Ventura County who received notices last month from county fire officials to get rid of the weeds.