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.
January 3, 2014 |
The screenplays of "American Hustle," "Her," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Blue Jasmine" are among the nominees for Writers Guild of America Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen in 2013. Nominees announced Friday in the original screenplay category are Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell for "American Hustle," Woody Allen for "Blue Jasmine," Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack for "Dallas Buyers Club," Spike Jonze for "Her" and Bob Nelson for "Nebraska. " "Nebraska" was the first feature script written by Nelson, who penned the screenplay a decade ago. "It has certainly been worth the wait," he said Friday morning after learning of his nomination.
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.
February 28, 2011 |
It was no coincidence that the theme of ABC's telecast of the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony was "You're Invited. " As never before, cinephiles this year were able to customize their personal Oscar viewing, becoming in effect the directors and editors of their own private narrow-casts. For this year's ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC had promised viewers a "second screen" experience to accompany the broadcast, in which they could turn to their laptops or portable devices to glimpse unfiltered coverage of the red carpet arrivals, get behind-the-scenes peeks of guests schmoozing at the lobby bar inside the Kodak Theatre and gain entry into the invitation-only Governors Ball.
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.