February 21, 2014 |
The diva guard is orchestrating coaching changes. The boss man is an inveterate womanizer, as is most of the team, except for the committed virgin they just signed, who firmly believes sex shouldn't take place till marriage. This a dynasty or a soap opera? Well, actually it's both. Welcome to Showtime, the run-and-gun Lakers of the 1980s, one of the most successful yet dysfunctional franchises in the history of sports. What a tonic Jeff Pearlman's new book is for forlorn Lakers fans suffering through the team's disastrous current season.
February 3, 2014 |
The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman on Sunday marked the abrupt end to an acclaimed career, but for audiences there will be much more of his performances to savor. The prolific actor had recently shot a wide variety of work that will be seen at numerous intervals between now and at least November 2015, when the fourth and final film in the "Hunger Games" series is set to hit theaters. The actor played chief gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in the recent Lionsgate blockbuster "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as a man with complicated loyalties who stages the titular competition.
January 16, 2014 |
It's a tale of monsters and men. “Penny Dreadful,” Showtime's upcoming psychological horror thriller from John Logan (“Skyfall”), centers on an American (played by Josh Hartnett) who finds himself trapped in the darkest corners of Victorian London amongst some of literature's iconic monsters. It's a world that Logan, who was promoting the show Thursday during Showtime's session at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, says he was destined to take part in, having grown up watching “Groovie Goolies” and eating Frankenberry.
January 16, 2014 |
The third-season finale of "Homeland," Showtime's popular and controversial series about a troubled CIA agent played by Claire Danes, was one of the most debated episodes of last year, with the death of POW turned possible terrorist Nicholas Brody. When the series returns for its fourth season, it will have "a big reset," said Showtime's President of Entertainment David Nevins. "This is a show fundamentally about a field operative," said Nevins, noting that the show has not often shown Danes' character, Carrie Mathison, working as a spy. "The plan now of the new season is to show her on the ground in the capital of a foreign country, doing her job ... it's going to be different.
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January 6, 2014
Larry D. Mann Canadian character actor, TV announcer Larry D. Mann, 91, a veteran actor who voiced Yukon Cornelius in the animated Christmas favorite "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," died of age-related causes Monday in Los Angeles, said his son, Richard Mann. Mann, a Canadian-born actor and TV announcer, played the role of the hearty prospector in the Christmas TV special first broadcast in 1964. Since the 1950s, Mann did voice work for other animated shows, had small roles in movies, including "The Sting" and "In the Heat of the Night," and appeared in dozens of TV series including "Gunsmoke," "Bewitched" and "Hill Street Blues.
January 2, 2014 |
For Showtime, landing Michael Sheen as the lead in "Masters of Sex," the drama about William Masters and Virginia Johnson and their groundbreaking midcentury research into human sexuality, meant agreeing to film the series in Los Angeles, where Sheen could be close to his teenage daughter - and thereby giving up the sizable tax break dangled by the state of New York. So it must have come as some relief that, along with its critical accolades, the first-season show has been recognized with two Golden Globe nominations: one for best drama and one for Sheen's performance.