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.
May 3, 2013 |
These are heady days for the online on-demand entertainment service Netflix. The company's stock recently surged 22% after a strong earnings report and news that it signed up 2 million new subscribers in the first quarter of the year. The company's success has largely been credited to its move into original content -- particularly its political drama “House of Cards.” With David Fincher on the creative team, the show follows the political trials and travails of mercenary Democratic House whip Frank Underwood and his equally mercenary wife Claire.
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.
May 17, 2013 |
Thrusting an intelligent idealist into a leadership position is a time-honored method of chronicling the corruptive nature of power, particularly the political variety. (Please see "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington") In recent years, television writers have done a bit of narrative multi-tasking by making that person a woman--in the U.S. it was "Commander in Chief," in the U.K., "The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard. " For Denmark, in case you were wondering, it's "Borgen," a political drama that's caused a stir for the past several years among American critics seeking to prove that such shows need not devolve into soap, sentiment or satire.
March 7, 2014 |
Don Murray is a man of convictions. When he was 19 and working as an usher at CBS in New York City for $17 a week while attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Murray turned down an offer to sign a contract with Universal for a whopping $150 a week. FOR THE RECORD: Don Murray: An article in the March 7 Calendar section about a UCLA film event honoring actor Don Murray gave the actor's age as 83. He is 84. "They could put you in whatever picture they wanted," explained the genial actor, 83, over the phone recently from his home in Santa Barbara.
November 8, 2013 |
Netflix is bulking up its programming with a roster of new Marvel superheroes. The online movie and television service struck a deal with Walt Disney Co. to develop original live-action TV series based on four of Marvel's lesser-known comic book characters: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. The first of four serialized programs and a miniseries will appear on Netflix in 2015. The deal announced Thursday affords Disney's Marvel Television unit the opportunity to develop stories and build audiences for these below-the-radar heroes, without the added scrutiny of daily Nielsen TV ratings or weekend ticket-sale tallies.
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?