October 8, 2004 |
By now, everyone knows it isn't cool to still be a fan of Bravo's long-running interview show, "Inside the Actors Studio." For one thing, the sucking up of its host, the bearded oddity James Lipton, has been so over-the-top for so long that even the lampoons of him on "Saturday Night Live" and "The Simpsons" don't look like exaggerations. The website jumptheshark.com has a running debate on when, not whether, the show became a spoof of its former greatness.
October 14, 2002 |
With the Bravo network's new series "Second City Presents ... With Bill Zehme," comedy has its own "Inside the Actors Studio." The host, a much taller, clean-shaven, more ebullient version of James Lipton, devotes each one-hour episode to one comedian or comic actor. Eschewing Lipton's signature blue note cards, Zehme consults his "Big Book of Comedy" to chart that performer's career, which is illuminated by conversation and illustrated with representative film clips.
February 21, 2007 |
'SHE'S going to give us good popcorn, fresh," James Lipton announces, "because she loves the show." He's right on both counts: The young woman behind the snack counter goes to the popper to fill two bags with the most freshly popped corn, then says that yes, indeed, she adores "Inside the Actors Studio," especially his interview with Angelina Jolie. Told that Lipton is about to have Diana Ross on, she asks if he's seen "Dreamgirls."
June 20, 2013 |
James Gandolfini, who made his mark playing troubled mob boss Tony Soprano, died Wednesday in Italy from a possible heart attack. He was 51. The actor left a notable imprint in Hollywood with an acting career that included television, theater and film. Upon hearing of his death, many of his colleagues expressed their condolences via social media. Here are a few notable tweets: PHOTOS: Celebrities react on Twitter Susan Sarandon: "So sad to lose James Gandolfini.
June 15, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 10 - 16 in PDF format TV listings for the week of June 10 - 16 in PDF format are also available here This week's TV Movies This Morning Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Adam Sandler; Justin Bieber; Norah Jones. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America The Beach Boys perform; Chris Evert and John McEnroe.
December 3, 1985 |
Barry Manilow's TV-movie musical, "Copacabana," is like Barry Manilow's music: engaging and mushily romantic, conventional and predictable. In other words, just right for network TV. And the film, airing at 9 tonight on Channels 2 and 8, is enjoyable enough, as long as you know what you're in for. We're not talking Sondheim here. It's a featherweight romance with some bouncy show tunes, a couple of good production numbers and an assortment of vintage Manilow love ballads.