August 7, 1993
As an executive producer of "Cheatin' Hearts," I have got to defend not only this film but all other carefully made, low-budget independent films that are the hopes and dreams of their totally committed writer-directors (" 'Cheatin' Hearts': An Achy Breaky Story," July 9). Defend them from reviewers that run amok over newsprint. This particular film was labeled as "country cornball" by Peter Rainer, as if there were something more countrified about it than the location. Maybe if he had just said corny I wouldn't be so upset.
November 17, 2006 |
"Lies & Alibis" isn't as jaunty as its title and dilutes a serviceable premise for a mild diversion that just lapses into confusion. Directors Matt Checkowski and Kurt Mattila and writers Noah Hawley and Collin Friesen work up more complications than they and their ensemble cast, boasting a surprisingly large number of name players, can handle.
July 9, 1995 |
Suspect Device: Tuesday at 9:30 p.m., starring C. Thomas Howell, Stacy Travis and John Beck; directed by Rick Jacobson. The Alien Within: July 18 at 9:30 p.m., starring Roddy McDowall, Alex Hyde-White and Melanie Shatner. Screenplay by Alex Simon; directed by Scott Levy. Sawbones: July 25 at 9:35 p.m., starring Nina Siemaszko, Adam Baldwin and Barbara Carrera. Screenplay by Sam Montgomery; directed by Catherine Cyran. Virtual Seduction: Aug. 1 at 9:30 p.m.
August 26, 1993 |
Prime time could do a lot worse than a soap opera renaissance. But CBS newcomer "Angel Falls" won't remind anyone of seductive "Dallas" or "Dynasty." Premiering at 10 tonight on Channels 2 and 8, it isn't artful enough even to be amiable corn. Although it wastes no time plowing into misery and setting the table for sexual action, its plodding characters and the laborious pace of their story are a good bet to leaden your lids.
June 3, 2011 |
I fear no amount of therapy could cure what ails "Love, Wedding, Marriage. " The romantic comedy, which stars Mandy Moore as a couples counselor taking desperate measures to keep her parents' marriage together and her brand-new one from falling apart, is an emotional wreck of major proportions. While movies have long had good fun at the expense of the therapy trade — watching Richard Dreyfuss' pompous Dr. Marvin deconstruct in "What About Bob?" remains priceless 20 years after the fact — Moore's Ava is a complete head case.
July 15, 2010
The Early Show Leonardo DiCaprio; chef Bobby Flay. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Frank Deford; James Brolin; Napa versus Sonoma wine. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Live With Regis and Kelly From Canada; John Corbett; Elisha Cuthbert; One Republic performs. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Jennifer Love Hewitt; Sam Champion and Stephen A. Smith. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors Eyebrow color and diabetes.
October 23, 2013 |
The American Cinematheque Aero Theatre' s eighth annual Dust-to-Dawn Horrothon, which kicks off Saturday evening, features six horror flicks, trailers, shorts, giveaways and even coffee and energy drinks to help die-hard fans make it through the night. The fun stars at 7:30 p.m. with "Amityville II: The Possession," the 1982 prequel to 1979's "The Amityville Horror. " The prequel stars Burt Young and is directed by Damiano Damiani. Next up is the 1977 cult fave "Kingdom of the Spiders," starring William Shatner as a vet whose Arizona town is being overrun by some nasty tarantulas.
December 23, 2013 |
The recent Los Angeles run of "I'll Eat You Last," starring Bette Midler as the late talent agent Sue Mengers, drew a fair number of Hollywood stars to the Geffen Playhouse -- some of whom actually knew Mengers during her heyday in the '70s as a Tinseltown power broker. Among the most notable faces in the Geffen audience was Barbra Streisand, who was one of Mengers' most important clients and is a key point of reference in the play. Streisand attended a recent performance of "I'll Eat You Last" with her husband, James Brolin, according to the actress-singer's publicist.
October 31, 1990 |
The premise of an innocent protagonist accidentally stumbling across some kind of devilish cult has driven all sorts of creepy films: "Rosemary's Baby," "Race With the Devil," "Harvest Home," "The Wicker Man," "All the President's Men," et al. To that frightful list do not by any stretch of imagination add "Nightmare on the 13th Floor," a pathetically unspooky TV movie airing at 9 tonight on cable's USA Network.