November 12, 2000 |
It seems as if, once every 10 years or so, some ambitious filmmaker decides to buck the odds and mount a big-budget drama on the side of a mountain. Once you eliminate the most recent additions to this craggy little niche within the action genre--the Imax "Everest" and the opening five minutes of "M:I-2"--only Renny Harlin's "Cliffhanger," Clint Eastwood's "The Eiger Sanction" and, of course, "Heidi," leap immediately to mind.
May 17, 2009 |
Robin Tunney costars in "The Mentalist," an extremely big hit for CBS. The season finale is on Tuesday. She has been in many movies, such as "End of Days," "Vertical Limit" and, most important, "The Craft." Fun fact: Her cousin Tom Tunney is the first openly gay alderman in Chicago. -- Which kind of season finale can we expect? You know, the tone of the show changes a bit in the finale! It's more serious. And the exchanges we have are a lot more honest.
December 17, 2009
SERIES Naked Science: Scientists examine whether cave paintings in France's Lascaux region may be proof that prehistoric humans were not simple-minded hunters and gatherers but were capable of in-depth scientific knowledge (7 p.m. National Geographic). Survivor: Samoa: A shocking betrayal leaves one nervous castaway on the chopping block and brings everyone's strategy into question in the last episode before Sunday's season finale (8 p.m. CBS). The Vampire Diaries: Stefan (Paul Wesley)
May 4, 2003
The 1979 version with Alan Arkin and Peter Falk has a cult following and launched the career of screenwriter-director Andrew Bergman. Good casting, on paper: Douglas = suave, Brooks = anxious. But who's the audience? * Comedy (May 23) Warner Bros. With: Michael Douglas, Albert Brooks, Robin Tunney, Ryan Reynolds. The idea: Bland podiatrist and manic CIA man make for mismatched fathers-in-law. Writers: Nat Mauldin and Ed Solomon, based on the screenplay by Andrew Bergman. Director: Andy Fleming.
September 27, 2001
"Evolution" (8 p.m. KCET, KVCR) moves beyond the body to examine the human mind, and then takes on the debate between science and religion, as the series concludes. "American Masters" (9 p.m. KCET) will rebroadcast "Isaac Stern: Life's Virtuoso" featuring rarely seen archival footage of the late violinist performing at the height of his artistry. MOVIES Teenage witches Fairuza Balk and Robin Tunney stir up supernatural trouble in "The Craft" (8 p.m. KTLA).
September 8, 1997
Takeshi Kitano's "Hana-Bi," a Japanese film of life, death and violence, won the coveted Golden Lion award for best picture at the Venice film festival Saturday. The film, with very little dialogue, tells the story of a detective, played by Kitano, and the problems that start when he visits his wife in the hospital instead of accompanying his partner and friend on a stakeout.