December 19, 2012 |
The Academy Awards are still two months away, but the surge of critical support for Kathryn Bigelow's “Zero Dark Thirty” is raising a provocative question: How many filmmakers have won two best director Oscars within just a few years? Bigelow became the first woman ever to win the directing Academy Award for “The Hurt Locker,” which also took the trophy for best picture at the 2010 ceremony. If she were to take home the directing statuette in 2013 for “Zero Dark Thirty,” she would have collected the honor twice in a four-year span, tying the modern mark held by Oliver Stone.
November 12, 2012 |
Had Oliver Stone not been involved in "Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States," which premieres Monday night on Showtime, would the 10-part miniseries have a less hectoring tone? Would voices of actual historians replace clips from Frank Capra and John Wayne movies to make points of fairly grave significance? And perhaps most important, without the regular use of histrionic questions such as these, would the essentially reasonable warning against American nationalist preening have been less condescending and therefore more convincing?
November 11, 2012 |
Artists and writers have been weighing in on political matters for a long time now. But when a filmmaker as controversial as Oliver Stone announces a 10-part television series about American history, it makes you wonder: Do we really want a history lesson from a guy who thinks LBJ had a hand in killing Kennedy? Stone laughs a little when asked how his new "The Untold History of the United States" fits into a feature film career that includes projects like "JFK," which suggested that the Mafia, the CIA and Lyndon Johnson had roles in assassinating the president.
November 4, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 4 - 10 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning Todd Carmichael; Darrell Hammond. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Christina Aguilera; Nathan Turner; Hung Huynh. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly and Michael DJ Pauly D. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Meredith Vieira and Richard Cohen; Ne-Yo performs. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Wendy Williams Show Phaedra Parks.
October 29, 2012 |
With the election a little over a week away, it's a good time to brush up on presidents and politics at a few book signings this week, starting with Pulitzer prize-winning journalist David Maraniss. He will discuss the current commander-in-chief and his book, "Barack Obama: The Story," today at 4:30 p.m. at Occidental College. Later this week, historian Walter Stahr will discuss one of President Lincoln's loyal Cabinet members, Secretary of State William Seward, in his new biography, "Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man. " Seward initiated the acquisition of Alaska and survived a brutal attack by conspirators the same day as Lincoln's assassination.
October 28, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Oct. 28 - Nov. 3 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; Stephen Elop; Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo; Anthony Bourdain. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Professor Brene Brown; Julia Moskin and Kim Severson. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly and Michael Don Cheadle; Reba McEntire. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Rachel Held Evans.