April 19, 2007 |
When British actor Simon Pegg wielded a cricket bat to fight zombies in the 2004 cult hit comedy "Shaun of the Dead" -- co-written with director Edgar Wright -- a new variant of genre-tweaking English humor was born. Or at least it was born larger, following Pegg and Wright's beloved 1999 Britcom "Spaced," about pop culture-delusional slackers.
March 18, 2011 |
Don't let "Paul's" R-rating fool you. In the latest comedy from those funny Brits of "Hot Fuzz" and "Shaun of the Dead," the wise guys have gone more off-center than off-color with this whimsical and surprisingly gentle road trip adventure about two friends, an obsession and an alien named Paul. After the sharp bite and harsh light of most American-style guy-based funny films today, "Paul" comes as such sweet relief. If not for a lot of F-bombs and other naughty words, this would be a family film, a sort of fractured "E.T.," with Seth Rogen never more likeable than as the bald-headed extraterrestrial who just wants to phone home (he should consider this kind of disappearing act, a la Mike Myers and Shrek, more often)
March 24, 2011
Today Geneen Roth. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Helio Castroneves; Dr. Mike Moreno. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Ted Danson. (N) 9 a.m. KCBS Live With Regis and Kelly Michelle Obama; Dean Karnazes. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Richard Lewis; Sarah Brokaw. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors Marlo Thomas. 11 a.m. KCAL The Talk Jeri Ryan; Sugar Ray Leonard; Dan Abrams; Amy Yasbeck. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS The Oprah Winfrey Show Chef Curtis Stone.
December 13, 2011
Today Christopher Plummer; Thomas Haden Church; Colin Ford; Maggie Elizabeth Jones. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Alicia Keys; chef Mario Batali. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly Kevin Jonas; Michelle Pfeiffer; Anthony Hamilton performs. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Jon Huntsman Jr.; Marlo Thomas; Dylan Lauren. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Talk Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett; David Letterman; Andy Cohen; Michael Emerson. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS The Doctors Health concerns that go unchecked; suicide; when it is time to visit the emergency room.
November 8, 2009 |
Of course, we should talk about: "Mad Men" Wait, it's coming to an end already? Curse cable and its short 13-episode seasons. Don's big secret is out, Hilton's demands are getting steeper while the Brits might be cutting Sterling Cooper loose, Peggy and Duck have issues to sort out and Joan's hubby looks to be shipping off to Vietnam. My bet is the third-season finale resolves only some of these things -- which is exactly how we all like it. (Today) Resume talking about: "Up" Only Pixar could make an animated movie, out on DVD this week, about a geriatric widower and his quest to move the house he shared with his late wife across the world both heartbreaking and hilarious.
December 23, 2004 |
The Manchurian Candidate Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep Paramount, $30 It sounded like sacrilege when it was first announced that Paramount was going to remake the 1962 tale of political intrigue that was directed with great panache by the late John Frankenheimer. Though this new version doesn't reach the heights of the original (which was adapted from Richard Condon's novel), it more than holds its own as a taut political thriller.