May 16, 2008 |
Scottish-born actor Alan Cumming ("Tin Man," "X-Men 2") has been tapped to host the coming season of PBS' "Masterpiece Mystery!," it was announced Thursday. The new season will start June 22, with "Inspector Lewis, Series I," a spinoff of the "Inspector Morse" series, followed by other British television mysteries. Cumming came to the attention of "Masterpiece" executive producer Rebecca Eaton during his Tony Award-winning performance in the 1998 Broadway revival of "Cabaret." Recently he starred with Dianne Wiest in an off-Broadway production of "The Seagull."
July 11, 1992
I enjoy watching the best players play--not because they are winning by such big margins but because I get a chance to see how truly great these guys are. If you don't like to see Custer at Little Big Horn, turn it off. There are other channels--a lot of them if you got cable. EDWARD WHITE Los Angeles
December 7, 1985
I hope Terry Donahue read Jim Murray's column. It's one of his masterpieces and fit him to a "T." What is he going to do next year when he won't have Mr. Three Points to rely on? He'll have to go for it! JACK BRYAN Long Beach
October 4, 1985 |
The Metropolitan Opera--big, rich, glamorous, smug and just a tad tired--opened the season last week with Puccini's presumably indestructible "Tosca." Ho hum. Montserrat Caballe sang the title role and Luciano Pavarotti impersonated Cavaradossi in the spectacular overproduction concocted last year by Franco Zeffirelli. The local press found the whole thing something of a travesty. Donal Henahan in the New York Times just laughed it off. Peter G.
May 14, 2009 |
David Tennant is the new host of PBS' "Masterpiece Contemporary." Tennant will make his debut on the long-running public TV anthology this fall, its producing station, WGBH, said Wednesday. The 38-year-old Scottish actor, who follows past "Masterpiece" hosts such as Alan Cumming and Laura Linney, played the title role in the long-running BBC sci-fi series "Doctor Who." His screen credits include "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." "Masterpiece Contemporary" returns in October with "Endgame," a drama about the final days of apartheid in South Africa starring William Hurt and Jonny Lee Miller.
June 16, 2010 |
"History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake." Wednesday, people around the world will gather in libraries and theaters, pubs and restaurants, streets and squares to commemorate a precise set of events that included the preceding snatch of conversation and that occurred between daybreak and midnight in a provincial European city on June 16, 1904 — events they know full well never happened. This, of course, is Bloomsday, the annual celebration of the 20th century's greatest novel, "Ulysses," and of the genius of its author, the Irishman James Joyce.