December 3, 2000 |
With breathtaking suddenness, the Palestinian revolt that dominated the national consciousness for more than two months has been relegated to background noise as Israelis turn their attention to a national election campaign that promises to be filled with drama and invective.
September 17, 1995 |
In the days when we were told stories and believed in them, "once upon a time" was a reassuring invocation. Reassuring because it meant that there would be a story and that it was about to begin, but also for another reason. It promised an ending down the way that was not a shattering of the story but part of it. "Once," with its mortality, was laid neatly "upon" the bosom of "time," which existed before and during, and would exist afterward.
May 5, 1996 |
Four years ago, veteran British actor Kenneth Cranham was getting ready for the opening of his first stage play in five years--"An Inspector Calls," at the Royal National Theatre--when he happened to run into an older colleague on the street. No sooner had the two thespians caught up with each other's activities than the elder man asked Cranham the question many in the London theater were surely wondering about, though they were perhaps too polite to ask.
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March 2, 2002 |
In Hollywood, conventional wisdom says you can't make movies about politics because no one cares enough to watch. In San Francisco, you can't hold a political race without everyone watching every minute. This election season's most captivating race here stars the daughter of a storied San Francisco politician and the son of a Sacramento auto mechanic.
September 15, 2004 |
At a certain point in award-winning British playwright David Hare's newest political drama, based on the real characters and real events of the recent past, the audience is left aghast at the unreality of what is historically true. The United States is attacked. The chief author of those attacks escapes into the mountains. And the U.S.
January 12, 2014 |
"12 Years a Slave" went into the 71st Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night with seven nominations but was passed over again and again. That is, until the last award of the evening, and arguably the best of them all. The harrowing portrayal of slavery in America took home the prize for best drama of 2013. The film's director, Steve McQueen, seemed surprised by the win. "Little bit in shock," said the British filmmaker, clutching the award. "I wasn't expecting it. " But the evening's biggest victor was David O. Russell's Abscam-inspired comedy, "American Hustle.
August 13, 2000 |
"Angels in America" seems like a long time ago. Fueled by leftist outrage over Reagan-era social policies, Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play debuted at the Mark Taper Forum in 1992. Here was old-fashioned political engagement on a stage, light on its feet and ready to rumble.
January 11, 2014 |
It's here! The first major awards show of the year has arrived. Of course, we're talking the Golden Globes. Broadcasting live at 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET) Sunday on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, the 71st Golden Globes will recognize excellence in film and television in the year 2013. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. (HFPA) takes the helm, as it is the one that bestows the shiny accolades upon Tinseltown's best. So who are the voters that make up this association?
June 12, 2013 |
Corey Stoll dropped by The Times' TV studio to talk about his role as Congressman Peter Russo on Netflix's political drama "House of Cards. " Stoll discussed the reception to the show's all-episodes-at-once distribution (he had a Facebook friend watch all 13 episodes the moment they dropped!) and the challenges and satisfactions of playing a character who shuttles between the gutter and glory at an amazing speed. It's a pretty spoiler-rific chat, so if you haven't finished "House of Cards" yet ( what's taking you so long?
January 12, 2014 |
Kevin Spacey says the Netflix original series "House of Cards" could have been "the dud heard around the world. " But thanks to the creative freedom Netflix gave to its sprawling political drama, the show was a hit instead. The show made television history in September when it took the Emmy for best drama, effectively launching the world of streaming-only TV into the stratosphere and igniting an original-programming race among a number of online companies including Amazon and Hulu.