January 25, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out if my life is Ground Hog day. The Skinny: It's supposed to rain all weekend. I'll enjoy it at night and hate it during the day. Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office, a new director for "Star Wars" and a big hire at CNN. Daily Dose: Time Warner Cable and the Dodgers were hoping to have their big TV deal wrapped up by now and it could still be done by Friday....
June 2, 2011 |
There are plenty of stories with Hollywood endings -- this is one with a Hollywood beginning. A new J.J. Abrams film called "Super 8" reaches theaters on June 10 with a coming-of-age story about young, amateur filmmakers who film a spidery space alien on the loose in Ohio during summer 1979. For people who know the 44-year-old Abrams, that plot seems only slightly more fantastic than the real-life, three-decade story that led to the film. "The craziest thing is that it's true, it actually did happen," says Damon Lindelof, who collaborated with Abrams on the landmark ABC series "Lost" and the hit 2009 film "Star Trek.
January 8, 2012 |
In many ways, the scene on a cold and rainy day in Tsawwassen, Canada, looked like your run-of-the-mill murder. There was a trio of detectives who had arrived in a vintage forest-green Mustang. There was a dead body, of course. And the cops were after the usual suspects. Except these suspects were from a half-century ago — and all were inmates in one of America's most notorious prisons. The scenario seems puzzling until you realize that it's a story line in J.J. Abrams' new midseason show "Alcatraz," which is set to premiere Jan. 16 on Fox. The series' premise is that a group of Alcatraz prisoners who were supposedly dead have somehow returned to modern day and are wreaking havoc on the streets of San Francisco.
May 12, 2006 |
"MISSION: Impossible III" is more than the latest version of the small-screen espionage drama that has been a pop culture icon since its premiere in the 1960s. It's also a big-screen version of "Alias," with Tom Cruise taking on the Jennifer Garner role. "M:i:III" director J.J. Abrams has acknowledged that "Alias," his ABC series about a graduate student living a double life as a secret agent, was inspired in part by the "Mission: Impossible" TV show.
May 7, 2009 |
Here's a challenge: How do you implant a potentially lethal alien organism into a body that desperately needs the help but might die if things don't go just right? No, it's not the plot of an old "Star Trek" episode, it's the back story of the new "Star Trek" motion picture. It's no secret that director J.J.
May 4, 2009 |
To reignite its creaky "Star Trek" movie series this weekend, Paramount Pictures must beam up young moviegoers who may have never heard of Captain Kirk, Spock or the starship Enterprise, and international audiences who have been indifferent. Paramount, despite having one of the most recognizable titles in entertainment, must overcome a perception that its new movie in the decades-old franchise will appeal only to aging Trekkies and not younger Twitter fanatics.
September 17, 2009 |
The low-slung motel looked like the sort of place Norman Bates might open as a north-of-the-border expansion of the old family business. The roadside sign promised "TELEPHONES" in every room but the brownish-orange carpeting and peeling paint were nothing to call home about. The radioactive Russian cosmonaut in the parking lot, however, was something you don't see everyday. "Who comes up with this stuff?" asked a smirking Joshua Jackson, one of the stars of the Fox series "Fringe," which returns tonight with the premiere of its second season of conspiracies and codes, parallel worlds and evil corporations, mad scientists and con men. "Seriously, who are these people?"
September 22, 2011 |
"Person of Interest," the new thriller from Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams that premieres Thursday on CBS, proves, once again, that a great idea for a television show is not at all the same thing as a great television show. The central conceit of "Person of Interest," which smartly mines post-9/11 anxieties, is that crimes can now be detected before they are committed, as in 2002's "Minority Report," only without the damp and distressing pre-cogs. In their place is a computer program, designed by the mysterious Mr. Finch (Michael Emerson)