October 10, 2010 |
"Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk" A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris Little, Brown : 176 pp., $21.99 Somewhere, David Sedaris is giggling. His new collection of short stories — of mice and chipmunks and dogs, of cats and chickens — appear to be fables, but they're not exactly. Because, he says, fables have morals; what he's created is a "modest bestiary," where lessons might not be learned, and a critter meeting a bloody end might not deserve such a cruel fate.
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.
October 5, 2001 |
Right off, I've got to tell you that I went into PBS' new magazine series "Life 360" with a chip on my shoulder. The concept of presenting a variety of stories about a single theme sounded very much like a rip-off of public radio's "This American Life," and the chance of anyone coming close to achieving what Ira Glass and his colleagues do there seemed remote. I was wrong. Not about it being derivative--although hey, if you're going to imitate something, why not imitate the best?
January 21, 2006 |
Showtime wants the acclaimed comedy "Arrested Development" should Fox decide to cancel it, but only on one condition: creator Mitch Hurwitz must come with it. "If only a small fraction of the loyal audience that [watches it] on Fox came to Showtime, it would be one of our highest-rated shows," Robert Greenblatt, Showtime's president of entertainment, told the Television Critics Assn. Thursday evening.
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.
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 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.
October 5, 2012 |
Struggling to compete with big-budget movies at the box office, indie films are increasingly finding a lucrative niche in one of Hollywood's fastest-growing markets: video on demand. The number of films released in theaters and video on demand at the same time nearly doubled from 2009 to 2011 and is projected to jump about 30% this year, to 68. The dark comedy "Bachelorette" exemplifies the trend: It has grossed about $5.5 million from video-on-demand (or VOD) rentals since premiering in August, compared with a paltry $418,000 earned in theaters.