August 30, 1998 |
This warm and embracing 1997 family drama, was written and directed by George Tillman Jr, who drew inspiration from his own Milwaukee family. For 40 years, the now-widowed Mother Joe (the majestic Irma P. Hall, center) has served a sumptuous Southern-style Sunday dinner in her fine old Chicago home and in doing so has held together her family of three daughters (Vanessa L. Williams, left, Vivica A. Fox, right, and Nia Long) and their families. (HBO Tuesday at 8 p.m.).
April 2, 2004 |
Although the film opened nationally last week, it wasn't until Wednesday that Irma P. Hall was able to see "The Ladykillers," in which she stars opposite Tom Hanks. She has been recovering in a Chicago convalescent center from open-heart surgery, a broken arm and a crushed ankle, the result of a January car crash. "I loved the whole thing," the 68-year-old actress said after the private screening, which she attended with friends. "You never really know until you see it on the screen."
September 9, 2004 |
The Ladykillers Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall Touchstone, $30 Though it is sacrilege to remake the classic 1955 Ealing British comedy that starred Alec Guinness as the eccentric head of a group of misfit bank robbers, at least this new version has quite a few things in its favor. Iconoclastic Joel and Ethan Coen direct the comedy with much perverse style and a macabre sense of humor. Hanks seems to be channeling Foghorn Leghorn and Col. Sanders as the con man; Irma P.
April 17, 2001 |
UPN's spooky new "All Souls" is Dr. Kildare meets Nosferatu. Talk about a hospital with health-care problems. All Souls, the 300-year-old Boston research and teaching facility where Dr. Michael Grace (Grayson McCouch) is a first-year resident, has a spate of female patients dying inexplicably, demons lurking in the shadows, a 19th century woman pushing a baby carriage down dark corridors and a lab where squiggly worms and maggots mess up a young orderly. Unspeakable things are happening.
December 11, 2001 |
Don't know much about Kwanzaa? Neither do the kids on "Rugrats"--until tonight's episode (8:30 p.m., Nickelodeon), when the Carmichael family's jovial Aunt T. arrives and insists on celebrating it. There was a time when you could have predicted what would come next: a camouflaged lecture on African American heritage followed by a message about the need for tolerance and respect. It's a mark of how sophisticated children's programming can be these days that the script by Lisa D.
September 27, 1994 |
"Flyin' West," Pearl Cleage's post-Civil War tale of African Americans who founded the still-existing all-black township of Nicodemus, Kan., offers up a tantalizing story, rich in detail and possibility. San Diego Repertory Theatre realizes some of the potential in Cleage's 1992 play. Its triumphs are the creation of slaves turned pioneers--Miss Leah and Sophie Washington, magnificently played here by Irma P. Hall and Sylvia M'Lafi Thompson. But the play needs judicious cutting and rewriting.