Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsStarman
IN THE NEWS

Starman

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
June 7, 1987
I am disappointed that ABC will not be renewing "Starman" in the fall. At a time when many films promote negative stereotypes of men as violent and insensitive, "Starman" has been performing a public service by presenting a model of a man concerned about interpersonal relationships and developing a positive relationship with his son. The show was written, produced and acted well. It is unfortunate that socially meaningful programs do not always receive the highest ratings; such programs need to be promoted more, not dropped.
ARTICLES BY DATE
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Best recognized for her ability to match wits with Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones, Karen Allen is returning to the stage in an off-Broadway production of Jon Fosse's 1999 play, "A Summer Day. " Known for roles in two installments of Steven Spielberg's action-adventure franchise (including 2008's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"), Allen had an early career full of recognizable turns including "Starman" and "Animal House," which marked her film debut in 1978. Though Allen's career began on a trajectory toward movies, in 1982 she made her Broadway debut with a role in "The Monday After the Miracle," as well as an off-Broadway production of "Extremities" in a role that became most associated with Farrah Fawcett.
Advertisement
NEWS
October 5, 1986
Having seen and enjoyed Robert Hays in "Take This Job and Shove It," "Airplane!" and other movies, I find it utterly incomprehensible for him to be playing the role of the naive, unfeeling and unknowing "Starman." The role is alien to him and it shows. Gary Traxler, North Hollywood
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2009 | Dennis Lim
John Carpenter, who has not directed a feature film since "Ghosts of Mars" in 2001, seems to recede further into the margins of American pop culture with each passing year. Even in the more productive phases of his career, he was damned with faint praise, as a B-movie or horror specialist who never matched the promise of his breakthrough film, the slasher landmark "Halloween." This was not lost on Carpenter, who supposedly once observed that while he's considered an auteur in Europe, "in the U.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2009 | Dennis Lim
John Carpenter, who has not directed a feature film since "Ghosts of Mars" in 2001, seems to recede further into the margins of American pop culture with each passing year. Even in the more productive phases of his career, he was damned with faint praise, as a B-movie or horror specialist who never matched the promise of his breakthrough film, the slasher landmark "Halloween." This was not lost on Carpenter, who supposedly once observed that while he's considered an auteur in Europe, "in the U.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Best recognized for her ability to match wits with Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones, Karen Allen is returning to the stage in an off-Broadway production of Jon Fosse's 1999 play, "A Summer Day. " Known for roles in two installments of Steven Spielberg's action-adventure franchise (including 2008's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"), Allen had an early career full of recognizable turns including "Starman" and "Animal House," which marked her film debut in 1978. Though Allen's career began on a trajectory toward movies, in 1982 she made her Broadway debut with a role in "The Monday After the Miracle," as well as an off-Broadway production of "Extremities" in a role that became most associated with Farrah Fawcett.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 1992 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Kuffs" (citywide) showcases Christian Slater's antic sense of humor and demonstrates his ease in carrying a genre film, but it is otherwise a routine and violent action-comedy. Bruce A. Evans, making his directorial debut, strives mightily for a breezy anarchic spirit, but he and his longtime writing partner, Raynold Gideon, served "Starman" and "Stand by Me" infinitely better than they did this picture.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 1986 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Can a bewildered outer space alien find happiness--and Nielsens--at 10 p.m. Fridays on ABC opposite hot competition from CBS and NBC? ABC's "Starman" will answer that question, with Robert Hays becoming the appealing alien Jeff Bridges played in the charming theatrical movie that inspired the TV series. "Starman" has a special premiere at 9 tonight (on Channels 3, 7 and 10), thereafter to run in its regular time period as a big underdog against "Falcon Crest" on CBS and the new "L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 1985 | DEBORAH CAULFIELD, Times Staff Writer
Will "Starman" make Jeff Bridges a star? As critics reviewed the movie--the story of an alien/human love affair (co-starring Karen Allen)--they repeatedly raised that question. As one Newsweek article stated: "It's very tempting to say this is the movie that will finally make a star of this extraordinarily gifted and underappreciated (actor)."
SPORTS
September 17, 1988 | JULIE BERGMAN, Special to The Times
Two of the five members of the United States equestrian show jumping squad for the 1988 Olympics are West Coast natives, Anne Kursinski of Pasadena and Lisa Jacquin of Rancho Palos Verdes. That's a bit of an upset, considering the many competitive international show jumping riders that America's East Coast traditionally produces. But Jacquin and Kursinski have one more step to climb before their participation in the events is guaranteed. They have to prove to the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 1992 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Kuffs" (citywide) showcases Christian Slater's antic sense of humor and demonstrates his ease in carrying a genre film, but it is otherwise a routine and violent action-comedy. Bruce A. Evans, making his directorial debut, strives mightily for a breezy anarchic spirit, but he and his longtime writing partner, Raynold Gideon, served "Starman" and "Stand by Me" infinitely better than they did this picture.
NEWS
June 7, 1987
I am disappointed that ABC will not be renewing "Starman" in the fall. At a time when many films promote negative stereotypes of men as violent and insensitive, "Starman" has been performing a public service by presenting a model of a man concerned about interpersonal relationships and developing a positive relationship with his son. The show was written, produced and acted well. It is unfortunate that socially meaningful programs do not always receive the highest ratings; such programs need to be promoted more, not dropped.
NEWS
October 5, 1986
Having seen and enjoyed Robert Hays in "Take This Job and Shove It," "Airplane!" and other movies, I find it utterly incomprehensible for him to be playing the role of the naive, unfeeling and unknowing "Starman." The role is alien to him and it shows. Gary Traxler, North Hollywood
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 1986 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Can a bewildered outer space alien find happiness--and Nielsens--at 10 p.m. Fridays on ABC opposite hot competition from CBS and NBC? ABC's "Starman" will answer that question, with Robert Hays becoming the appealing alien Jeff Bridges played in the charming theatrical movie that inspired the TV series. "Starman" has a special premiere at 9 tonight (on Channels 3, 7 and 10), thereafter to run in its regular time period as a big underdog against "Falcon Crest" on CBS and the new "L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 1985 | DEBORAH CAULFIELD, Times Staff Writer
Will "Starman" make Jeff Bridges a star? As critics reviewed the movie--the story of an alien/human love affair (co-starring Karen Allen)--they repeatedly raised that question. As one Newsweek article stated: "It's very tempting to say this is the movie that will finally make a star of this extraordinarily gifted and underappreciated (actor)."
NEWS
January 24, 1988
Television has been blamed for increased violence, growing illiteracy and a decline in physical fitness in its audience. But there is another side. Some of our finer programs have informed and inspired TV watchers to take positive action. For example, viewers of the value-oriented "Starman" series, distressed by the untimely death of the show, organized Spotlight Starman and are sponsoring events across the nation and in Canada to benefit Literacy Volunteers of America. One of the last "Starman" shows was about illiteracy and fans were moved to help solve this problem.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The programming powers at ABC may have a fight on their hands about the May 18 cancellation of "Starman." Dozens of fans of the science fiction show protested its absence Saturday at the meeting of the National TV Critics Assn. in Redondo Beach. During a speech by ABC Sports President Dennis Swanson, the leader of the "Starman" pack burst into a conference room at the meeting, rushed up to the podium and invited the critics to talk to the fans rallying outside.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|