January 11, 2006 |
Current TV, the youth viewer-participation network created a year ago by former Vice President Al Gore and Chief Executive Joel Hyatt, has enlisted a slate of celebrities, including Robert Redford and Sean Penn, to help train amateur producers to contribute segments on air and online.
July 20, 2008
Director AND producer Bart DeLorenzo has been busy in the Southland theater scene nonstop since he arrived from Massachusetts in the early '90s. He is the founding artistic director of the Evidence Room, where he helmed productions of "The Cherry Orchard," "Don Carlos," "Hard Times" and "Mayhem." He recently took on Joan Rivers in "A Work in Progress by a Life in Progress," and is currently directing "Shipwrecked!" at the Geffen.
December 20, 1998
Movies "Stepmom" features Susan Sarandon (above, left, with Julia Roberts) in a domestic comedy-drama from director Chris Columbus about a family dealing with the fallout from a divorce. Ed Harris plays Sarandon's ex-husband and Roberts' current boyfriend. It opens in general release Friday.
June 3, 2009
MT. EMMY: To reach the pinnacle, or, in this case, the golden Emmy, wrap yourself in raves and pack lots of buzz. Altitude readings are by Greg Braxton, Elena Howe, Rene Lynch, Lee Margulies, Tom O'Neil and Jevon Phillips. PEAKING FEEL THE LOVE: If we could exude caring, concern and compassion while sitting on our rear all day like Gabriel Byrne does on "In Treatment," we think our colleagues would like us a lot more.
August 30, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out whether if I act like Charlie Sheen I can get his job security. The Skinny: FX gave an order for 90 more episodes of Charlie Sheen's new sitcom "Anger Management. " That's not a typo. Thursday's headlines include some big executive changes at Nickelodeon and Fox, and Dick Clark Productions may have a buyer. Otherwise, it is pretty slow as most of Hollywood is on vacation this week. Daily Dose: Over the last few months, ABC, NBCand Fox have all gotten new program planning chiefs.
December 8, 2006 |
A layover disguised as a film, "Unaccompanied Minors" tells a John Hughes-ian tale of six kids stranded at an airport over the holidays. It comes from a story (a sharp nine-minute number called "Babysitting," by Susan Burton) originally broadcast on the Ira Glass-hosted radio series "This American Life." With that pedigree you think: Promising. Unconventional. Yet the screenplay apparently went through some sort of airport security scanner that sucked out all the quirks.
August 30, 2012 |
Comic Mike Birbiglia's very funny one-man show about love, life on the stand-up circuit, sleepwalking and the perils of all three was a near-perfectly calibrated piece of theater that became an off-Broadway hit a few years ago. The comic's conversational storytelling made all the players and their problems seem very real. The staging was unexpected, the timing exceptional. Having seen the show on stage, I wondered if Birbiglia could morph the ideas into an equally funny movie. He hasn't quite, but he's come pretty close.
April 15, 2000 |
If interviewing people is like picking locks, Terry Gross, host of National Public Radio's "Fresh Air," holds a master key. Every week, Gross strives to give her 2.75 million listeners something they haven't already heard to illuminate the work of prominent cultural and entertainment figures.
February 2, 2011 |
A giant hunk of matzo and egg hangs there on the end of the fork. But every time the man wielding the gooey helping brings it toward his mouth, something really important comes to his mind. The fork descends and Joe Frank, still hungry, takes off in another direction. It's been nearly a decade since his last regular program on KCRW-FM, where Frank created a sensation with strange, tragic-comic dramas that sounded like nothing else on radio. Today, Frank still has a lot to say. He's doing it on Facebook, where he has 3,600 friends, and in occasional one-man shows.