May 19, 1985
Get ready to set sail on a six-hour voyage to the world of "Christopher Columbus." CBS will detail the explorer's life on a miniseries airing Sunday and Monday from 8-11 p.m. (Channels 2 and 8). Irish actor Gabriel Byrne stars as Columbus, and the large cast includes Faye Dunaway (as Queen Isabella), Rossano Brazzi, Virna Lisi, Oliver Reed, Raf Vallone, Max von Sydow, Eli Wallach and Nicol Williamson. The special was filmed in Malta, Spain and the Dominican Republic.
April 18, 1989 |
Following are capsule reviews of today's screenings in the American Film Institute Los Angeles International Film Festival at the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas: 'A Soldier's Tale' New Zealand, 1988, 90 minutes 9 p.m. Well-meaning but ponderous and improbable wartime romance, adapted by New Zealand director Larry Parr and Grant Hindin from M.K. Joseph's novel. In 1944 Normandy, a British soldier (well-played by Gabriel Byrne) and a young French woman (Marianne Basler)
January 24, 2007 |
Lily Tomlin will star in an hourlong comedy series for HBO, created by husband-and-wife producers Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason of "Designing Women" and "Evening Shade" sitcom fame. The comedy, "12 Miles of Bad Road," features Tomlin as Amelia Shakespeare, head of a real estate company and matriarch of a wealthy Dallas family. In the pilot, Mary Kay Place plays Amelia's sister and Leslie Jordan plays a cousin.
November 18, 1990
What are we to make of critics who expect us to trust their opinions when they get even simple details wrong? Mathews calls Ray Liotta's character in "GoodFellas" a "Mafia lieutenant"; a key plot point is that he can never be "made" a Mafioso. Worse, Mathews calls Gabriel Byrne's Irish character in "Miller's Crossing" a "Mafia prince." More disturbing is Mathews' checkbook criticism, which examines dollars made rather than artistic aims achieved. The films he discusses are attempts by serious artists to record the moral temper of our time.
January 23, 1996
Unit Instruments said it has opened a service facility in Scotland in response to the rapid growth of semiconductor activity there and in northern England. "Several major manufacturers, including Motorola, National Semiconductor and NEC, have expanded their semiconductor fabrication facilities in Scotland," said Gabriel J. Byrne, managing director of Unit Ltd. in Dublin, Ireland. Siemens has announced a $1.5-billion fabrication plant investment for Newcastle, England.
March 1, 1991 |
"Shipwrecked" (citywide) is old-style Disney, a period high-seas adventure complete with pirates and buried treasure that Uncle Walt would have loved. It's perfect for grammar-school kids, but unlike writer-director Nils Gaup's Oscar-nominated "Pathfinder," which also featured a youthful hero, it's a bit of a yawn for adults (and doubtlessly most teens as well) who can easily guess what's coming next.
February 28, 2013 |
Have the Vikings gotten a bum rap? At least according to popular imagination, they were fearsome barbarians in horned helmets who pillaged their way across Northern Europe during the Dark Ages. And while it's true these seafaring Norsemen were hardly a bunch of peaceniks, the new History scripted series "Vikings" will attempt to bring some nuance to the caricature of the bearded brutes when it premieres Sunday. "The great thesis is, 'You think you know the Vikings, but you don't," said series creator Michael Hirst.