November 4, 2002 |
Moviegoers eager for lighthearted family fare delivered Disney and Tim Allen an early Christmas present with an estimated $29 million for the opening weekend of "The Santa Clause 2." The sequel to the hit comedy that launched Allen's movie career jump-started the holiday season, coming out nearly three weeks before Thanksgiving and almost two months before Christmas. It also gives Allen's sagging career a boost, because his recent films "Big Trouble" and "Joe Somebody" bombed.
November 12, 1992 |
Six years ago Tim Allen was a moderate success on the stand-up circuit, scoring with routines such as the one in which he pondered what it would be like if men had women's bodies, and vice versa: Picture a gruff-voiced macho man complaining, "My (breasts) are killing me," and his buddy whining, "Yeah, my fat pants don't fit." But while he had "moved up quickly into the ranks of the comedy world," Allen concedes "I was nothing special."
September 17, 1991 |
Two years ago, Roseanne Barr, a mildly popular nightclub act, soared to overnight stardom after the premiere season of ABC's "Roseanne." At the same time, series creator Matt Williams was essentially pushed out because Barr insisted on taking control of the series. Tim Allen, another mildly popular nightclub act, will be introduced to America tonight at 8:30 in ABC's "Home Improvement," also co-created by Williams.
February 22, 1991 |
Comedian Sue Kolinsky doesn't enjoy going home to see the relatives. Still single at 33, she must pass through what she calls "the negative receiving line." You know the litany: "When are you going to get married?" "When are you going to have kids?" "When are you going to settle down?" Observes Kolinsky: "Isn't it kind of a generalization that you should be married at 33? That's like looking at somebody who's 70 and saying, 'When are you going to break your hip?
October 15, 1997 |
Though Tim Allen and Jerry Seinfeld star in different series on competing networks, their career paths keep crossing, in the process helping make them the most extravagantly compensated performers in television history. The Tim and Jerry show, in fact, has become an enormous money-making enterprise for all involved.
May 9, 1999 |
"We're really a family here" is one of those quaint cliches that sitcom stars like to haul out when their long-running series are about to shut down and the public is expecting some end-of-an-era pathos. Interviewed in his office on the Disney lot five days before he would tape the last episode of "Home Improvement," his longtime ABC sitcom, Tim Allen hit his mark--the gang at "Home" was indeed like a family, he said. But then Allen kept going.
October 9, 1994 |
These days, when Tim Allen cries out for "more power," he's likely to be talking about the megabytes of RAM in the hard drive of his Macintosh Powerbook. He doesn't have much time to spend with the circular saws, power drills and leaf blowers that were the heart of his stand-up comedy act--and that served as the inspiration for ABC's "Home Improvement," the most popular TV show in America for the past year.
May 23, 1993 |
That TV producers are not the stuff of celebrity should be a matter of evidence: In television argot, they occupy the uneasy terrain between the suits and the talent. Fame is not their usual province. But in the white heat of the Disney executive dining room, amid a sea of black chairs carved with mouse ear silhouettes, such axioms do not hold.
July 16, 2006 |
Spotted recently at 99 Cents Only Stores and Big Lots locations: Orlando Bloom "Lord of the Rings" Legolas action figure TV-shaped Osbourne family cookie jar Buzz Lightyear toy cell- phone with the voice of Tim Allen Roberto Clemente Wheaties cereal "Fantastic 4" game with Michael Chiklis (at right as the Thing) that says "No Reading Required"