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.
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.
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.
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.
August 21, 2006 |
Totaling four hours over two nights, Spike Lee's "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" is a considerable thing -- a mural of sorts, protest art erected in ironic dismay over the governmental embarrassment and social disaster that New Orleans remains today. Lee was at the Venice Film Festival when Hurricane Katrina hit on Aug. 29; he arrived in New Orleans with a film crew three months later, returning seven more times.
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.