March 25, 1989 |
Easter Sunday brings the annual lineup of holiday festivities to television. The live broadcast of "Easter Sunrise Service" from the Hollywood Bowl begins on Channel 9 at 5:15 a.m. Pope John Paul II celebrates "Easter in Rome" at 10 a.m. on Channels 4 and 39. This NBC news special chronicles all of the religious observances of this past week at the Vatican, including Easter Mass from St. Peter's Square. Channel 7 will broadcast an Easter celebration of a different kind Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
January 1, 2009 |
There are many reasons to see "Frost/Nixon" including extraordinary performances, but I'll offer just one that stays with me. It's extremely satisfying to watch a film in which nothing is wasted, no moment is trivial, each line spoken leads you to something more. And "Frost/Nixon" is exactly that -- a study in making the large or the small count. Consider the shoes.
April 30, 1998
Art "Lewis Morley: The Sixties," the first major American exhibition of the British Australian photographer's work, ends at the Gallery Luisotti. Portraits of Christine Keeler, David Frost and Twiggy are included. 2525 Michigan Ave., A-2, Santa Monica. Today-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (310) 453-0043. Theater Frank Langella is the obsessed patriarch in August Strindberg's "The Father," which ends at the Geffen Playhouse on Sunday. Today, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 4 and 8:30 p.m.
September 19, 2005 |
"Here's the thing about a great restaurant," chef Jack Bourdain (Bradley Cooper) tells us in the pilot for the new Fox comedy "Kitchen Confidential." "It's like great theater. It's our job to dazzle you, amuse you, delight you ... while keeping you totally ignorant of the Hiroshima going on backstage." Here's the thing about a show that's about a great restaurant where only bedlam reigns backstage: As a comedic idea, it feels so very familiar.
January 20, 1995 |
Now that the Cold War is over, expect an ever-increasing lava flow of movies about renegade/free-lance/disgruntled ex- or ex-ex-CIA agents. These folks have to do something to keep active--at least until the next Hot War cools--and, if "Bad Company" is any indicator, that activity involves mucho industrial espionage. This makes sense: Corporate in-fighting has always been blood sport anyway, so why not hire your very own private cadre of crooks to tip the balance?
April 22, 1994 |
"Brainscan" skillfully takes us into the mind of a bright, likable but diffident 16-year-old (Edward Furlong, always a fine actor). Several years earlier his mother was killed in a car accident that also left him with a slight limp, and his father is often away on business, leaving him alone much of the time in an expensive suburban home.
October 27, 2000 |
Denys Arcand's "Stardom" traces the arc of a beautiful small-town Canadian woman from hockey player to world-famous fashion model and beyond. The trouble is that French Canadian Arcand, whose memorable "The Decline of the American Empire" and "Jesus of Montreal" were both foreign-language Oscar nominees, takes us down a familiar path without discovering anything new along the way.