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October 8, 2012 | By Scott Collins
"Steel Magnolias" towered for Lifetime on Sunday night. A remake of the 1989 feature weeper about six resilient female friends of various ages -- this time with an all-black cast led by Queen Latifah -- delivered an average of 6.5 million total viewers in its premiere, according to Nielsen. That was No. 3 on Lifetime's all-time most-watched list and its best numbers since the 2006 telecast of a TV movie about the life of "American Idol" star Fantasia Barrino. "Magnolias" scored much better among younger adults than much of Lifetime's recent programming.
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January 21, 2014 | By Scott Collins
The horrible secret is finally out: Lifetime's "Flowers in the Attic" was a ratings success.  An average of 6.1 million total viewers tuned in to Saturday's TV adaptation of V.C. Andrews' best-seller about a troubled family and its awful secrets, with Ellen Burstyn leading the cast as the fierce grandmother.  WINTER TV PREVIEW: Full coverage of the season's shows That was far better than the total for some other recent Lifetime TV-movie...
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October 5, 2012 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Alfre Woodard, a four-time Emmy Award winner who in recent years has had recurring roles in hit TV series such as "True Blood" and "Desperate Housewives," returns to television Sunday night as the curmudgeonly Ouiser in Lifetime's remake of the stage and film classic "Steel Magnolias. " So let's talk about "Steel Magnolias. " I'm going to meet all the Magnolias in a couple of hours. We haven't seen each other since the last day we were all weeping when we left each other.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
The Louisiana home used in the film “Steel Magnolias” will be sold by auction on Oct. 26. Located in Natchitoches near the Cane River, the red-brick house was built in 1840 and used as a hospital during the Civil War.   Many of the scenes from the 1989 movie, starring Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field and Julia Roberts, were filmed in the home and on the grounds. In recent years the property has been used as a bed and breakfast. Distinctive L.A. homes draw vacationers Features include circular brick columns along the front of the home, original wood floors and a grand staircase.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
There is no one compelling reason to remake Robert Harling's 1989 weeper "Steel Magnolias" with an all black cast, but there are six pretty good ones. The doomed but determined young woman plotline seems hopelessly (and medically) retro and the original tagline ("I'd rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special") sentimentally absurd (if your doctor advises you to not get pregnant, honey, don't get pregnant). But in a world where roles for black women are few and far between, "Steel Magnolias" does offer the chance for half a dozen of our finest actors to work together without donning maids uniforms or the native garb of the "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.
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February 24, 1992 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Steel Magnolias" is as much a eulogy as it is a play. Playwright Robert Harling wrote it for his sister, Susan Harling Robinson, a diabetic who died roughly a year after having had the baby she conceived, apparently in defiance of doctors' orders. The play is dedicated to her memory and to her son, Robert. Eulogies are by their nature private things.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
The Louisiana home used in the film “Steel Magnolias” will be sold by auction on Oct. 26. Located in Natchitoches near the Cane River, the red-brick house was built in 1840 and used as a hospital during the Civil War.   Many of the scenes from the 1989 movie, starring Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field and Julia Roberts, were filmed in the home and on the grounds. In recent years the property has been used as a bed and breakfast. Distinctive L.A. homes draw vacationers Features include circular brick columns along the front of the home, original wood floors and a grand staircase.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2009 | F. Kathleen Foley
The DWP is missing a bet. The waterworks at La Mirada Theatre's current production of "Steel Magnolias" could go a long way toward ending the drought. Set in a northern Louisiana beauty parlor, Robert Harling's 1987 comedy-drama, made into a star-studded 1989 film, revolves around the travails of Shelby Eatenton, a spunky Southern belle who elects to have a baby in defiance of all dire medical warnings. But the real business of Harling's work is the female bonding that underscores the story line.
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July 18, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Alfre Woodard was thrilled for two good reasons Thursday morning: She was nominated for supporting actress for the role of Ouiser in the Lifetime remake of "Steel Magnolias," and it was Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday. "It's a happy, happy day!" said Woodard by phone from LAX airport, where she was waiting for a plane to fly to Napa to participate in Festival del Sole, which benefits arts education. "I feel as excited as I did 50,000 years ago when I got my first nomination. I'm so proud to be an actor because you get to keep company with other actors, and I love to be reminded that that's my village.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ and LISA ADDISON
The theater departments of Santa Ana and Santiago Canyon colleges are seeking student actors to audition for parts in Robert Harling's "Steel Magnolias." The comedy opens May 7 and plays through May 17 at the Santiago Canyon College Drama Lab in Orange. Auditions will be held March 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. in Phillips Hall on the Santa Ana College campus, 1530 W. 17th St. The drama is set in Chinquapin, La., where the town's prominent women get their hair done at Truvy's salon.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Alfre Woodard was thrilled for two good reasons Thursday morning: She was nominated for supporting actress for the role of Ouiser in the Lifetime remake of "Steel Magnolias," and it was Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday. "It's a happy, happy day!" said Woodard by phone from LAX airport, where she was waiting for a plane to fly to Napa to participate in Festival del Sole, which benefits arts education. "I feel as excited as I did 50,000 years ago when I got my first nomination. I'm so proud to be an actor because you get to keep company with other actors, and I love to be reminded that that's my village.
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July 17, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Emmy nominations arrive Thursday morning. Early. To save you from having to wake up at 5:35 a.m. PDT, we're sweeping through the high-profile categories one last time. We called the comedy races and the drama nominees . Now it's time to look at the titles and big-name actors competing for the movie/miniseries Emmys. MOVIE/MINISERIES Surprise: Emmy believes ! Well, in ratings, at least. "The Bible" makes it in. Snub: We're betting (hoping?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
Emmy voters like a good epic and find biopics irresistible. How will these clashing sensibilities play out in this year's movie/miniseries race? And now that Jon Stewart has vacated his chair for a few weeks, might it be possible for someone to steal his throne? Let's look at this year's variety, reality and movie/miniseries races. MINISERIES OR MOVIE "Top of the Lake" (Sundance Channel) "Behind the Candelabra" (HBO) "American Horror Story: Asylum" (FX) "The Bible" (History)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2012 | By Scott Collins
"Steel Magnolias" towered for Lifetime on Sunday night. A remake of the 1989 feature weeper about six resilient female friends of various ages -- this time with an all-black cast led by Queen Latifah -- delivered an average of 6.5 million total viewers in its premiere, according to Nielsen. That was No. 3 on Lifetime's all-time most-watched list and its best numbers since the 2006 telecast of a TV movie about the life of "American Idol" star Fantasia Barrino. "Magnolias" scored much better among younger adults than much of Lifetime's recent programming.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2012 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Alfre Woodard, a four-time Emmy Award winner who in recent years has had recurring roles in hit TV series such as "True Blood" and "Desperate Housewives," returns to television Sunday night as the curmudgeonly Ouiser in Lifetime's remake of the stage and film classic "Steel Magnolias. " So let's talk about "Steel Magnolias. " I'm going to meet all the Magnolias in a couple of hours. We haven't seen each other since the last day we were all weeping when we left each other.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
There is no one compelling reason to remake Robert Harling's 1989 weeper "Steel Magnolias" with an all black cast, but there are six pretty good ones. The doomed but determined young woman plotline seems hopelessly (and medically) retro and the original tagline ("I'd rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special") sentimentally absurd (if your doctor advises you to not get pregnant, honey, don't get pregnant). But in a world where roles for black women are few and far between, "Steel Magnolias" does offer the chance for half a dozen of our finest actors to work together without donning maids uniforms or the native garb of the "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 1988 | NINA J. EASTON, Times Staff Writer
Maybe producer Ray Stark was right in saying no to all those reporters vying for a chance to hang around the Natchitoches, La., set of his film "Steel Magnolias" over the summer. Maybe the public was better off not knowing exactly what went on within the ranks of his all-star female cast--Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis and Daryl Hannah. "Lewd, crude and rude," said two-time Oscar winner Field. "It was like a giant slumber party for three months."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 1989 | JANICE ARKATOV
Shampoo, conditioners, hair spray, rollers, curling irons, rinse caps, smocks, dyes, gels, foil, clips, combs, scissors, dryers and bobby pins--it's hard to get away from hair in Robert Harling's dramatic comedy "Steel Magnolias." This contemporary paean to female bonding set in a Louisiana beauty shop opens Friday, after a tour that brings it almost intact from Pasadena (where the production opened last summer) to the Wilshire Theatre.
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March 20, 2012
Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad and Jill Scott will star in a black version of "Steel Magnolias," the play by Robert Harling that was turned into a movie in 1989 with Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine and Julia Roberts. The project begins filming in Atlanta next month and will air later this year on Lifetime, the cable channel said Monday. It's been given a contemporary adaptation by Sally Robinson and will be directed by Kenny Leon, who directed the Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun" in 2004 and the TV version that was done for ABC in 2008.
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