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October 12, 1999 |
The moment Carol Huang's name was announced Monday outside the Pasadena Tournament of Roses headquarters, a throng of teenagers let out a shriek of joy that could probably be heard a few miles away at her San Marino home. They weren't celebrating because she's the next Britney Spears. And this wasn't an MTV beach party. Rather, Huang had learned she was one of the lucky seven chosen to be members of the royal court for the 111th Rose Parade.
January 15, 2006
The Covenant A secret society of teenage boys, descended from the original settlers of a New England colony, plagues an elite boarding school. With Steven Strait, Laura Ramsey, Sebastian Stan, Taylor Kitsch, Toby Hemingway, Chace Crawford, Jessica Lucas and Wendy Crewson. Directed by Renny Harlin. Screen Gems, fall * The Grudge 2 Japanese director Takashi Shimizu takes a sixth pass at the deadly curse that will not die. Columbia Pictures, Oct.
September 24, 2012 |
"Partners," which premieres Monday on CBS, is impossible to review without comparing it to other shows. It's "Will & Grace," except the best friends are men. It's "The Odd Couple," except this Felix is gay. In fact, another show, by the same name and sharing, at least for the pilot, director James Burrows and the same time slot, aired in 1995. Yet despite, or perhaps because of, its derivative nature "Partners" is, if not revolutionary, then a monument to the fight: It proves, more than "The New Normal" or even "Modern Family," that being a gay man on TV is no longer a big deal.
May 13, 2007 |
WITH Jack Black jamming out in the audience and a bunch of kids playing instruments onstage, the third annual Hullabaloo benefit at the Henry Fonda Theater on May 5 looked a lot like a "School of Rock" sequel. But this time, it was Flea, the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who ran the show to raise funds for the school he co-founded, Silverlake Conservatory of Music. 1. Black, right, went chest to chest with emcee Woody Harrelson, while 2. Robert Downey Jr.
August 17, 2005 |
Vroom. Vroom vroom. Vrrroooooomvrrrroooooommm. VRRRROOOOOOOOOOOOM. Hey, keep it down, willya? I can't hear the heavy-metal music. Imagine a motorcycle movie scored by Vivaldi. Now erase it from your mind. The motorcycle movie, needless to say, is a package deal: screaming engines, shredded guitars, super-slo-mo action and kidney-jarring landings. And, in the case of "Supercross," a cast made up almost entirely of sitcom stars.
July 28, 2006 |
The vengeance in the bloodthirsty title for "John Tucker Must Die" refers to social "death," or extreme embarrassment, rather than physical demise. In high school, of course, they can feel essentially the same. As the antihero, the aforementioned John Tucker (played by Jesse Metcalfe, the underage gardener from "Desperate Housewives") is targeted for social annihilation after each of his three girlfriends discovers she's not alone in falling for the basketball star's considerable charms.
January 20, 2007 |
Platinum Dunes, a production company overseen by director Michael Bay, has previously been responsible for newfangled takes on "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" and a remake of "The Amityville Horror." The company now bring its just-add-water (and cleavage) philosophy to a new version of "The Hitcher." Initially released in 1986, "The Hitcher" starred C. Thomas Howell and Rutger Hauer as, respectively, a young man driving alone across the country and the maniacal killer who settles in beside him.
January 3, 2000 |
Two thousand was the magic number at Disney's sellout black-tie gala on New Year's Eve, held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and Exhibition Hall. Two thousand guests braved the rain to get an early peek at "Fantasia/2000," and those who sprang for Joachim Splichal's beef Wellington dinner in addition to the screening and party paid a hefty $2,000 for the package.
April 23, 2013 |
The idea of Ben Affleck living on $1.50 a day sounds ridiculous, right? Maybe just as ridiculous as Hugh Jackman doing the same thing . The "Argo" director-producer-star is the latest celebrity showing his support for the Global Poverty Project's Live Below the Line campaign, a position Jackman initiated for the organization in 2011. The Oscar winner took on the organization's challenge to spend five days feeding himself on only $1.50...
October 5, 2009 |
It's the CW's dirty little secret: In its seventh season, "One Tree Hill" is watched by more people than the network's "it" show, "Gossip Girl." It always has been. The success, hushed though it has been, has come despite major upheavals to the show, a sort of earnest older sister to younger, hipper series such as "90210" and "Gossip." Since launching in 2003, "One Tree Hill" has occupied five time slots, switched networks and survived a risky plot decision to jump its high school-age characters four years into the future.