October 10, 2012 |
When an Oscar-winning screenwriter makes a show for network television, people take notice. When she decides to situate it in the world of country music and enlists the aid of a legendary (and Oscar-winning) country songwriter, musician and producer T Bone Burnett (who also happens to be her husband), well, now pretty much everyone's looking. So by the time she up and casts one of television's most currently beloved stars, a woman of apparently boundless heart and versatility, Full Critical Attention has been achieved.
October 9, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 7 - Oct. 13 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Arrow: This new action drama, adapted from a DC Comics character, stars Stephen Amell as a billionaire playboy who returns home after five years as a shipwrecked castaway determined to right the wrongs of society in general and his past in particular. Paul Blackthorne, Katie Cassidy and David Ramsey also star (8 p.m. KTLA). Nature: Conservation ecologist Chris Morgan searches for the Siberian tiger in the season premiere (8 p.m. KOCE)
July 27, 2012 |
ABC is really warming up its vocal cords. Just as the network recently joined the singing competition arena with "Duets" this summer -- following in the footsteps of Fox and NBC -- this fall it will try its hand at integrating music in its scripted fare ... just as Fox did with "Glee" and NBC did with "Smash. " ABC will delve into the country music world when it rolls out its soapy drama "Nashville. " The series comes from Callie Khouri, who earned an Academy Award for her "Thelma & Louise" screenplay.
October 14, 2011 |
With a top-drawer cast headed by Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson and others, "Fireflies in the Garden" is a story of a deeply dysfunctional family suddenly fraying even faster at the seams. Unfortunately there is as much fraying being done by the film itself, which partially explains why it's been on the shelf for years. "Fireflies" unfolds in two separate eras — the abuse-marked childhood of Michael Taylor and about 20 years later as we catch up with the troubled but successful romance novelist he's become (Cayden Boyd plays the younger, Reynolds the older)
October 13, 2011 |
Just a few years out of film school with an award-winning short in his backpack, Dennis Lee moved from New York to Hollywood at age 36 to make movies. Met with the usual crescendo of rejection, he cobbled together $500,000 from family and friends to direct "Fireflies in the Garden," the first screenplay he had written. Just weeks before he was to start shooting his tale about a domineering father's lasting impact on his family, Senator Entertainment, an American offshoot of a German film company, said it would give Lee $8 million to make the film.
April 15, 2011 |
Just when it seemed the joke might be played out, along comes "Scream 4" with director Wes Craven sharpening his cutting edge and going all meta and physical on us. More precisely, for the "Scream" series is nothing if not precise in its aim, the target is once again most of Woodsboro's teen population and the towering stack of slasher sequels that have piled up since the horror satire last got caustic in 2000's "Scream 3. " Because "Scream" just...