December 20, 1996 |
There's something about Wes Craven's sensational "Scream" popping up in a thicket of year-end prestige releases and holiday pictures that's as subversive as the movie itself. It's sensational in both senses of the word: a bravura, provocative sendup of horror pictures that's also scary and gruesome yet too swift-moving to lapse into morbidity. It risks going way over the top, deliberately generating considerable laughter in the process.
December 12, 1997 |
You can't blame the makers of last year's terrific sleeper horror picture "Scream" for trying to cash in on its runaway success. Yet in striving mightily not merely to duplicate its impact but improve upon it, director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson have raised the ante to the degree that contrivance and a horrendous body count combine to yield a morbid effect for discriminating filmgoers, despite a comic tone.
March 17, 2004 |
If Regis Philbin once "saved" ABC, Donald Trump has certain bragging rights at NBC. In two months, "The Apprentice" has made a huge difference on Thursday nights for NBC, an evening the network was worried about because of the impending conclusion of "Friends." Last week was typical: "The Apprentice" was No. 6 in weekly prime-time ratings, with 19.
December 3, 2003 |
CBS had more than a November sweeps victory to be thankful for during the long Thanksgiving weekend. The network last week scored nine of the top 10 highest-rated shows, according to Nielsen Media Research data released Tuesday. The near-sweep by CBS was highlighted by the showing of a special Wednesday installment of "Survivor: Pearl Islands," which topped the ratings for the first time in total viewers with more than 20 million.
September 22, 2000 |
"The Specials" is an unfortunate name for a film that's anything but. It's all talk and no action in the most literal sense, yet its title refers to a team of superhumans dedicated to putting their unusual powers in the service of doing good deeds in the tradition of Superman. Alas, they are always coming in second in comparison to other such teams.
December 4, 2009
SERIES Ghost Whisperer: Melinda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) doubts the official story of a high-school boy's death -- a skateboarding accident -- when his ghost claims he was murdered by a police officer. Jamie Kennedy and David Conrad also star in the new episode (8 p.m. CBS). Smallville: After being hit by a truck, John Corben (Brian Austin Green) wakes up as a man-machine with superhuman strength (8 p.m. KTLA). Ugly Betty: Things come to a head with Betty, Matt and Amanda's (America Ferrera, Daniel Eric Gold, Becki Newton)
November 18, 2009
The Early Show Elvis Costello performs. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Kristen Stewart ("New Moon"); Jon Bon Jovi; Liza Minnelli; Nia Vardalos. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska); Jaclyn Smith; Chaz Bono. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Live With Regis and Kelly Kristen Stewart ("The Twilight Saga: New Moon"); Kris Allen performs. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Fashions with Jaclyn Smith; Sofa Vergara.
March 4, 2005 |
Another day, another series in which ambitious young people compete on camera for a hot job. "The Starlet," which premieres Sunday on the WB, is "American Idol" for actresses, though with the dormitory setup of "The Apprentice," etc. It's also a hard-working piece of Warner cross-promotion, up to and including the mention of "Bonnie and Clyde" (Warner Bros., 1967) in the introduction of judge Faye Dunaway.