January 2, 2014 |
Robin Williams cried when he found out that his new show, "The Crazy Ones," which premiered this fall on CBS, got picked up for a second season. At least that's the way his co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar tells it. Sitting in her trailer late last year behind the 20th Century Fox Studio soundstage where the half-hour-long comedy films, Gellar scrolls through her smartphone to find a picture of her co-star. FOR THE RECORD: “The Crazy Ones”: A Jan. 2 Calendar article and headline about the new Robin Williams TV show, “The Crazy Ones,” said the show had been picked up by CBS for a second season.
December 17, 2013 |
Every time I see Ron Burgundy, a.k.a. Will Ferrell, hawking Dodge Durangos on TV - which seems like a million times a day - what strikes me is how brilliant the "Anchorman" conceit is in small bits. The carefully manicured hair, the flashy suits, all just window dressing for that marvelously bloated ego, the absurd made irresistible in 60-second increments. That, I'd suggest, should be the recommended dosage. At nearly two hours, the nonsense of Ron and the news game, which Ferrell and co-writer and director Adam McKay skewered so effectively in 2004, is harder to sustain the second time around.
September 18, 2013 |
Only in boxing could we emerge from a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight with a bigger villain than Floyd Mayweather Jr. And only in boxing could that villain be a 64-year-old named Cynthia, who never threw a punch and who most fans thought was a man because she goes by the initials C.J., as in C.J. Ross. That's our usual male default. Plus you assume gender bias in a sport that oozes testosterone and turns most women's stomachs. TV announcer: "Let's cut to Sluggo's corner now and see how much blood they can get out of his broken nose with that cotton swab.
September 5, 2013 |
Horror spoofs have become something of a spawning menace these days, especially when horror movies themselves are often ridiculous enough to warrant laughter. At least "Hell Baby" has the distinction of coming from two funny parents - writers-directors-stars Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon ("Reno 911!") - and emphasizes a gallery of amusingly offbeat characters brandishing shtick over ripped-off-from-classic-movies sight gags. The simple set-up has eager parents-to-be Jack (Rob Corddry)
July 24, 2013 |
There are pockets of bad-cinema fans who might conceivably be excited at what Roger Christian, director of the notoriously awful L. Ron Hubbard adaptation "Battlefield Earth," might have in store. The wait is over with the low-budget space horror flick "Stranded," co-written by Christian. It's about a four-person military moon station - led by a barking Christian Slater - that suffers "Alien"-like consequences after a crippling meteor shower brings a visit from a strange life form.
July 20, 2013 |
Reading the 250-plus reader letters so far on the George Zimmerman trial hasn't exactly been an uplifting experience. This isn't to say the letters lacked insight; on the contrary, most were earnest and well reasoned. The problem was the subject matter: Not even the most talented of writers could put a positive spin on the needless death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager who was shot and killed by Zimmerman last year in Florida following a brief altercation between the two. But even among this depressing lot was a subset of letters that especially stung.