April 19, 2013 |
Regardless of which singer went home Thursday on "American Idol," we knew we'd be sad to see her go. And while Janelle Arthur was as ripe for departure as any of the women in this season's Top 5, and perhaps a bit more than some, I'll surely miss her upbeat attitude, her glow, her unfailing smile, her twang and her boots. Arthur, who has been uneven of late, had stumbled on her song choices this week, especially in the diva round, when other contenders really hit their strides. As Jimmy Iovine pointed out in his assessment Thursday night, Dolly Parton was the right diva for the diminutive country singer to tackle, but she'd picked the wrong Parton song.
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December 22, 2012 |
Larry L. King, a writer and playwright whose magazine article about a campaign to close down a popular bordello became the hit Broadway musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and a 1982 movie starring Burt Reynolds, died Thursday. He was 83. King, who had emphysema, died at a retirement home in Washington, D.C., where he had lived for six months, said his wife, Barbara Blaine. He wrote his most famous piece, about the demise of the Chicken Ranch brothel in Texas, in 1974 for Playboy magazine.
November 28, 2012 |
Regular viewers of “The Colbert Report” know that when musical guests drop by the show, Stephen Colbert isn't content to sit there asking question: He likes to sing along. In recent months Colbert has performed alongside Bonnie Raitt, Placido Domingo, Toby Keith, Harry Belafonte and Elvis Costello, to name just a few. So when country legend Dolly Parton sat down for a chat with Colbert to plug her new book, “Dream More,” it was all but inevitable they'd sing a duet.
November 26, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 25 - Dec. 1 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning Baseball player R.A. Dickey; Larry Fink, BlackRock. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Warren Buffett; Scarlett Johansson; Phillip Phillips performs. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Dolly Parton performs; Donald Driver; performance by the Muppets. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly and Michael Helen Hunt; Bryan Adams performs.
September 6, 2012 |
Amiable and upbeat though it is, the documentary "Hollywood to Dollywood" lacks a compelling reason to see it. Unless you are a Dolly Parton zealot, which its two protagonists definitely are. Twin brothers Gary and Larry Lane, originally from a small town in North Carolina but now bona-fide Hollywood residents, are devoted to Parton, both as a performer and as a nonjudgmental source of inspiration. The twins are gay, but unlike Parton, their religious mother apparently does not accept them the way they are. For the last four years, they have put their "heart and soul" into a movie about their life, and they are bound and determined to have Ms. Parton star in it. So they and Gary's partner, Mike Bowen, rent a massive RV they nickname Jolene and take off on a 2,200-mile, eight-state road trip down Interstate 40. Their destination?
September 16, 2011 |
Writer-producer-director-editor Bryan Michael Stoller's labored family comedy "First Dog" tells the potentially fun story of Danny (John-Paul Howard), a foster child befriended by the president's missing dog, Teddy. The film, though, quickly becomes mired in half-baked obstacles and awkwardly staged set pieces as Danny travels alone from California to Washington, D.C., to return Teddy to the White House. En route, Danny catches rides with rowdy teens, Paula Nelson's (Willie's daughter)