August 3, 2008 |
In THE first few scenes of the 1994 pilot episode of "My So-Called Life," the short-lived series against which all subsequent teen shows will forever be judged, Angela Chase (Claire Danes) stares down her future as a sexual being. Her father sees her in a towel and can't come to terms with her coming of age. In school, she regards her crush, Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto), mutely. "School," she notes, "is a battlefield for your heart."
June 5, 2007 |
When "The Sopranos" debuted, no one knew quite how to describe it, and everybody has spent the last eight years trying. A struggling mob boss enters therapy to deal with his mother issues and spends the years vacillating between what seems to be the private search for mental health and the public actions of a sociopath.
September 13, 2002 |
Think you have problems? Try being New Jersey's preeminent specialist in "waste management." Yes, you know who--bravo!--is bada-binging back. Brutal but ever conflicted, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) returns to HBO Sunday with fresh challenges after three seething seasons of mingling popular entertainment and high art.
November 16, 2003 |
Alexandra Wentworth rolls her eyes upward and smiles somewhat uncomfortably. Mario Cantone, who plays the gay stylist Anthony Marentino on HBO's "Sex and the City," has just gone over the top as a guest on her new syndicated show. Wentworth is supposed to play the blabbermouth role as a co-host on "Living It Up!
February 15, 2004 |
Carmela SOPRANO is beset by bears. Overturning her garbage, damaging her lawn, and generally freaking her out. Why, she wonders, "in the most densely populated state in the country," is she having to deal with bears? An animal control officer gives her the short answer: It has to do with human encroachment on the black bears' natural turf and open garbage cans.
April 6, 2006 |
A PRETTY ODD coincidence, if you ask me -- 400 miles apart, in L.A. and San Francisco, two billboards suddenly show up in very prominent places, both of them about famous boys supposedly behaving badly. "Trade Barry!" blared the billboard outside Giants Park, or AT&T Park, or SBC Park, or whatever it's called this week. And on the Sunset Strip, there's dead comedian Chris Farley, his face looking as big as a hot-air balloon, and the phrase "It wasn't all his fault."