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?
May 4, 1986 |
--Ecstatic students and faculty members at Clara Barton Open School in Minneapolis released hundreds of helium-filled balloons when they got the news that physical education teacher Anne Bancroft had reached the North Pole. Bancroft was one of six dog-sledders--four Americans and two Canadians--whose expedition became the first in 77 years to reach the North Pole carrying all of its own supplies.
November 8, 2011 |
The Duggars' announcement Tuesday on "The Today Show" that the family is expecting its 20th child really shouldn't raise eyebrows. Just about every time parents Michelle and Jim Bob have a "surprise" to share, it's the same "surprise. " But here's what is surprising: Nobody gets left behind when the brood hits the road, whether it's a road trip to the West Coast or a goodwill trip to El Salvador. For someone who rarely checks luggage, I am riveted by the Duggars' packing routine.
July 7, 2010
SERIES Dad Camp: The expectant couples learn to keep the romance alive in this new episode of the reality series (11 a.m., 9 and 10:30 p.m. VH1). Come Dine With Me: Amateur chefs compete to see who can host the best dinner party in this new reality series (6 and 9 p.m. BBC America). The Choir: This new reality series charts a music teacher's efforts to put together a vocal ensemble at a British high school (7 and 10 p.m. BBC America). Locked Up Abroad: The dark days of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's regime are revisited in this new installment (7 and 10 p.m. National Geographic)
September 2, 2012
The 2012 Fall Movie Preview is a broad snapshot of films opening through early November. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change. Friday Bachelorette On the eve of their old friend's wedding, three bridesmaids go out looking for fun and end up on a wild adventure. With Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, James Marsden and Lizzy Caplan. Written and directed by Leslye Headland. Radius-TWC Beauty Is Embarrassing A documentary portrait of the prolific artist, designer and puppeteer Wayne White.
October 18, 2013 |
Here are three words we thought we'd never hear at Pop & Hiss: “Dolly Parton raps.” But there are things that we come across -- or in this case pops up in our inbox -- so outlandish, and amazing, they can't be ignored. Parton has parodied herself for our entertainment and it's only right we share it with the world. The country legend hasn't abandoned her throne at Dollywood to try a hand at a new career. But the Grammy-winning legend made a surprise visit to “The Queen Latifah Show” to perform a freestyle she wrote in honor in Latifah, her costar in the 2012 movie “Joyful Noise.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Clad in her own version of hip-hop couture -- a blond wig, chic gold chains, chunky earrings and a sleek black dress and leggings combo -- Parton delivered a spry 16 bars and looked hot in the process (too far, or no?