November 19, 2013 |
When the highly anticipated "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " premiered this fall on ABC, its ratings looked solid, if not downright heroic. Just as important, the network had reason to believe it had finally found a show that young men would watch and its own superhero franchise. Now it seems that the helicarrier is losing some power. The heavily marketed "S.H.I.E.L.D. " - Marvel's first foray into network television since Walt Disney Co. bought the comic book brand in 2009 - drew more than 12 million viewers to its original telecast, according to Nielsen. FALL TV 2013: Watch the trailers That figure grew to 15.8 million in the next three days as people caught up via digital video recorders and video on demand.
January 3, 2013 |
If there's been one controversy that's dogged Quentin Tarantino for most of his career, it's been his frequent and pronounced use of the N-word in his scripts, dating all the way back to his debut film, "Reservoir Dogs. " Perhaps the only time that particular racial epithet hasn't been central to the discussion of one of his films was "Inglourious Basterds," when the N-word of choice was Nazis. But with "Django Unchained," the controversy is back, and Tarantino is getting an earful from all sides, including fellow filmmaker Spike Lee and comedian Katt Williams, who have been very vocal in their criticisms of Tarantino's word choice.
May 4, 2003
The title may not sing, but you have to say the cast is intriguing. Few young actors have grabbed moviegoers' attention as effectively as Colin Farrell ("Minority Report," "Phone Booth," Us Weekly) and Olivier Martinez ("Unfaithful") did in the past year. Add the perennially powerful Samuel L. Jackson, "The Fast and the Furious' " Michelle Rodriguez and LL Cool J, and you hope this promising crew has a good script. Contributors to this one include "Training Day's" prolific David Ayer.
February 3, 2003
Here are this week's key releases on video/DVD, available beginning Tuesday. *--* Video/DVDs BOX OFFICE (MILLIONS) DOMESTIC FOREIGN "Sweet Home $126.4 $7.6 (United Kingdom only) Alabama" Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas; directed by Andy Tennant "Igby Goes Down" $4.7 -- Kieran Culkin, Susan Sarandon; directed by Burr Steers "Formula 51" $5.1 $6.1 (United Kingdom only) Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle; directed by Ronny Yu *--* *--* Source: Internet Movie Database *--*
October 19, 2013 |
Susan Bennett, a 64-year-old Zumba-loving Atlanta suburbanite, shocked tech geeks, over-connected teens and men attracted to the sound of her digital voice when she revealed this month that she is the original voice of Siri, the iPhone persona who helped Zooey Deschanel identify the sound of rain and Samuel L. Jackson find organic mushrooms for his risotto. She has a storyline on "The Big Bang Theory" and makes the seemingly far-fetched premise of Spike Jonze's upcoming film "Her," about a man who falls in love with the voice of his phone's operating system, not so unbelievable.
January 8, 2005
Halle Berry has shed husband Eric Benet for good. Celebrity Justice has confirmed that the final divorce settlement, filed in court earlier this week, allows the Oscar-winning actress to keep all assets she brought into the marriage. Berry has been living in the Hollywood Hills but recently bought a Malibu home for $8 million. Benet, a singer, did not challenge the prenuptial agreement.
March 4, 1997
Jodie Foster and Ossie Davis are the honorary chairs of the 12th annual Independent Spirit Awards, taking place March 22 at a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. This year's awards, which will be broadcast the same night on cable's Independent Film Channel, are hosted by actor Samuel L. Jackson with a keynote speech by director Mike Leigh.