August 28, 2006 |
CARRIED on the shoulders of its miniseries "Elizabeth I" and its movie "The Girl in the Cafe," HBO continued to dominate those long-form categories Sunday night, perhaps silencing -- for now -- critics who have questioned whether the network still has what it takes to make quality programming. HBO won a total of nine awards at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, more than any other network -- broadcast or cable. NBC won six, the next highest.
July 7, 2006 |
SEVERAL performers who nabbed Emmy nominations Thursday had to dig deep into their psyche and emotions to connect to their characters. Then there were those who didn't have to stretch much; all they had to do was look in the mirror. Being cast as yourself turned out to be a great career choice for Larry David, Patrick Stewart, Ben Stiller and Kate Winslet, who all received Emmy nods for playing themselves on TV.
April 2, 2006 |
WHEN documentary filmmaker Shari Cookson got the green light to make a film for HBO about the first-ever family cruise for gays and lesbians, she fretted a bit. "I remember thinking, 'This is a family vacation, so what happens if nothing happens?' " Cookson was referring to a 2004 cruise to the Bahamas on a ship chartered by Rosie and Kelli O'Donnell. Her fear: "I'm going to be watching people put on suntan lotion."
February 26, 2006 |
THE first thing you notice about actor Harry Dean Stanton is that he seems like a sweet guy -- even when he's just on the phone giving directions to his rustic Mulholland Drive cabin where he's lived the last two decades. Sensing panic in the voice of a visitor who is hopelessly lost on Mulholland, he peppers his instructions with words like "honey," which he delivers in an old-school gentlemanly fashion.
December 14, 2005 |
THE Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. stuck mostly with small-budget artsy films for its movie nominations on Tuesday, but when it came to the small screen, the television season's most popular shows came out on top. ABC, in the midst of a strong comeback year, landed 16 nominations, dominating the dramatic series categories with powerhouses "Lost" and "Grey's Anatomy" and the rookie "Commander in Chief."
November 21, 2005 |
"Ihate this place with a passion," Shecky Greene said about Las Vegas. This was Saturday afternoon in the sports book at Caesars Palace, the giant TV screens projecting college football and horse races. Greene, 79 -- a former king of comedy here, a storyteller into the wee hours when Vegas had real showrooms and lounges and a mob presence, had a pick-six ticket he was following at Hollywood Park. The book was filled with guys dressed in Ohio State football jerseys.
October 14, 2005 |
Never far from the center of a storm, self-described filmmaker "provocateur" Spike Lee is headed to New Orleans to make a documentary for HBO examining how race and politics may have collided in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Lee says he will use "factual journalism, not creative narrative" in his look at Katrina and New Orleans, which has become a rallying point for black political activists and conspiracy theorists.
August 12, 2005 |
Tony Soprano isn't going down just yet. The sixth season of the critically acclaimed mob drama "The Sopranos," due in March, was supposed to be its last. But HBO said Thursday that in addition to those 12 episodes, it has now ordered eight more installments from creator David Chase. That batch will premiere in January 2007, with James Gandolfini, Edie Falco and Lorraine Bracco continuing in the lead roles.
May 13, 2005 |
An HBO special premiering Saturday features a diaper-clad maestro conducting an all-animal orchestra, but the cute images and world-class score haven't deterred critics from assailing "Classical Baby" as an inappropriate attempt to introduce infants to television.