August 10, 1988 |
Television is often better at making love than at making love appealing. There are times when you get the impression from TV that everyone is either sexually depraved or confused, that all relationships are fleeting or petty, that contact between the genders is trivial or farcical, that the history of the sexes is drawn from Monty Python. Sometimes . . . all of the above.
November 28, 1985 |
All right, Pilgrims. Once again it's that time of year, time for the annual TV Turkeys noting the industry programs, people and events in 1985 that deserve special mention at Thanksgiving. Make that No Thanksgiving: --"OceanQuest," NBC. Remember how former Miss Universe Shawn Weatherby was introduced to all the fishies in the sea and how America was introduced to her outstanding physical attributes in this five-part so-called scientific documentary series?
December 28, 1990 |
At 10:15 p.m., Peter Stringfellow takes the stage. The Stringfellows logo blazes pink neon behind him; pink light filters down from above. He's tan and fit, his blond hair in a modified Rod Stewart cut. "I'd like to welcome you all to my restaurant- slash -nightclub," the P.A. booms. "In just a little while a lot of groovy L.A.ers are going to join us. I hope. . . ." He clasps his hands together in mock-prayer and tilts his head upward toward the ceiling's pink glow.
April 18, 2008 |
Political Hollywood is a fairly small place -- more a neighborhood than a town, really. Everyone knows where you go for endorsements and where you go to raise money. But when it comes to raising consciousness, the top stop is Heather Thomas' breakfast salon.
April 15, 1989 |
Don't be surprised if, sometime soon, "The Cosby Show's" Cliff Huxtable tells his teen-age daughters that their aerosol hair spray cans are destroying the ozone layer. Or "Roseanne" gets a sudden impulse to recycle her Twinkie wrappers. The reason: Some of Hollywood's most powerful studio executives and agents are launching an organization, called the Environmental Media Assn., to raise the public's consciousness about the destruction of the environment through TV shows and feature films.
July 15, 1989 |
"It heavily involves a dead body--who's heavily dead," says Catherine Mary Stewart of "Weekend at Bernie's," a comedy farce in which she stars with Jonathan Silverman, Andrew McCarthy and Terry Kiser as the late, unlamented Bernie. "The body does stay intact," she says. "But it gets involved in all kinds of situations. And since Jonathan is responsible for the body--trying to hide it as well as hide the fact that it's dead--it sort of comes between our romance."
June 3, 2002 |
It was Hollywood Versace-style at the seventh annual spring luncheon benefiting the Children's Action Network and Westside Children's Center. Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas hosted the event Thursday at their picturesque Hancock Park villa, designed in 1926 by Hoover Dam architect Gordon B. Kauffman.
October 4, 2000 |
Finally, after wallowing in mud for so long, prime time is paying attention to the family values its critics have been demanding. Take NBC's new "Titans." After serving as a naval pilot in Kosovo, young Chandler Williams (Casper Van Dien) returns to the family mansion in Beverly Hills to find his fabulously wealthy father, Richard (Perry King), about to marry the evil vixen with whom Chandler recently had incredible sex.