April 30, 2004 |
"Two Men Went to War" is a British World War II satire that is as straightforward as its title, delivering exactly what you would expect: a pleasant bit of stiff-upper-lip nostalgia with a touch of whimsy. Set in 1942, the film acknowledges its liberties with historical fact by wryly proclaiming in an opening title card, "Most of what follows is true."
October 21, 1989 |
It was Laurence Olivier's last production, and it was played at noon Friday by an all-star cast in a grand setting--the stately Westminster Abbey, where the ashes of the late king of the British theater will be buried next year near a bust of Shakespeare. Hundreds of England's best-known performers gathered for a memorial service for Olivier, who died three months ago at age 82.
September 18, 1989
OUTSTANDING PROGRAMS COMEDY SERIES "Cheers" DRAMA SERIES "L.A. Law" MINISERIES "War and Remembrance" VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SHOW "The Tracey Ullman Show" DRAMA/COMEDY SPECIAL "Day One," "Roe vs. Wade" (tie) PERFORMERS ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES Richard Mulligan, "Empty Nest" ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES Carroll O'Connor, "In the Heat of the Night" ACTOR, MINISERIES OR SPECIAL James Woods, "My Name Is Bill W."
November 28, 1988 |
How a structure the height of a 40-story office tower was built some 4,500 years ago--using 30 million tons of stone that were sculpted into a pure geometric form from a base covering the equivalent of seven square city blocks--is explored on PBS tonight in "Pyramid" (8 p.m., Channels 28 and 15, 9 p.m. on Channel 50).
April 5, 2003 |
Nothing says adventure, romance and intrigue quite like jury duty, or at least that's the hopeful attitude of a dozen down-on-their-luck Londoners who seem delighted to find themselves on a high-profile murder case in PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" miniseries "The Jury."
May 9, 1988 |
"Into the Woods," Stephen Sondheim's collection of fairy tales without fairy-tale endings, topped the musical division with 13 nominations Sunday in the Drama Desk picks for the best of this season's New York theater. Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" and the Lincoln Center revival of Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" each received 11 nominations from the seven-member committee of the organization of drama critics, editors and reporters.
December 24, 2001
Robert Altman's career has been defined by its peaks and valleys. For every "MASH," "Nashville," "The Player" and "Short Cuts," there has been a "Brewster McCloud," "Buffalo Bill and the Indians," "Quintet," "Ready to Wear" or last year's "Dr. T & the Women." Altman, who is just two months shy of his 77th birthday, is a survivor. After a long lull, Altman has scaled another peak in his 50-year career with his latest film, "Gosford Park," which opens Wednesday in limited release.
October 20, 1989 |
The voice of Laurence Olivier thundered through Westminster Abbey today as 2,000 guests, including most of Britain's greatest actors, paid homage to the late giant of stage and screen. The recorded excerpt of Olivier's speech to the troops in Shakespeare's "Henry V" was the highlight of a service honoring Olivier. "There may be imitators, but there is no second Olivier. He was unique," Sir Alec Guinness said in the eulogy.
October 6, 1989
Milton Goldman, one of the theater's best-known agents, died Wednesday of apparent heart failure in his sleep at his home in Manhattan. He was 75. He had retired for the night after attending the opening night gala of the Martha Graham Dance Co. and the party afterward. Goldman was president of Graham's Center for Contemporary Dance. At his death he was vice president of International Creative Management and head of its theatrical department.
August 28, 2005 |
Was there ever an empire so beloved by TV and movie fans as Rome? Togas, gladiators, decadence, Caligula -- when it comes to spectacle, the Romans had it all. Here's a quick comparison of the HBO series "Rome," which debuts tonight, with ABC's "Empire," the Oscar-winning "Gladiator" and Masterpiece Theater's legendary "I, Claudius."