May 22, 2013 |
It's been seven years since the end of President Jed Bartlet's second term on the NBC drama, "The West Wing," but the memory of the series is still fresh enough that when Rob Lowe unexpectedly stepped into the real White House briefing room, the assembled reporters couldn't help but geek out. Lowe played White House deputy communications director Sam Seaborn on the first four seasons of the series, which ran from 1999 to 2004. Though the real-life journalists have been raging against the real-life White House Press Secretary Jay Carney lately after the news of the Justice Department's surveillance of the Associated Press and Fox News, the attitude toward the actor was warm.
May 17, 2013 |
Thrusting an intelligent idealist into a leadership position is a time-honored method of chronicling the corruptive nature of power, particularly the political variety. (Please see "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington") In recent years, television writers have done a bit of narrative multi-tasking by making that person a woman--in the U.S. it was "Commander in Chief," in the U.K., "The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard. " For Denmark, in case you were wondering, it's "Borgen," a political drama that's caused a stir for the past several years among American critics seeking to prove that such shows need not devolve into soap, sentiment or satire.
March 18, 2013 |
When veteran filmmaker Roland Emmerich was first offered the chance to direct a movie about terrorists taking over the White House, he couldn't believe his luck. "It's such a good idea," Emmerich, the money-minting director of movies such as "2012," said last week at a Culver City editing facility, where he has been holed up polishing his new film, "White House Down. " "I was surprised no one had done it before. " It turns out someone has. Just before. Emmerich's movie, about a wannabe Secret Service agent with a Messiah complex who serendipitously ends up at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. during a fiery terrorist attack, will come out June 28. That's barely three months after the release Friday of Antoine Fuqua's "Olympus Has Fallen" - about a wannabe Secret Service agent with a Messiah complex who serendipitously ends up at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. during a fiery terrorist attack.
June 22, 2012 |
If you ask a smart, talented, prolific, highly opinionated and possibly overextended writer to create a series for you whenever he gets the chance, you might get a terrific television show. Or you might get "The Newsroom," which is what HBO got when it approached Aaron Sorkin with just such a request. Sorkin, of course, is the man behind "Sports Night" and "The West Wing," two of the truly great workplace shows of our time, as well as the short-lived "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" which was not. He has also written a fistful of admirable screenplays, including last year's Oscar-winning "The Social Network.
May 9, 2012 |
John Gray, who rode off into retirement about 16 months ago after 11 years as president of the Autry National Center of the American West, is making an unexpected return astride one of the world's most-visited cultural institutions: He's been named director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History inWashington, D.C. "His passion for American history and scholarship is obvious, and it's what will make him a great leader...
January 29, 2012 |
Bradley Whitford, 52, has shuttled among theater, film and television since his Emmy-winning run on "The West Wing" ended in 2006. He plays one of three men arguing about an abstract painting in the Pasadena Playhouse's revival of "Art," opening Sunday, and stars in the horror film "The Cabin in the Woods," opening in April. Is this your first appearance onstage at your hometown theater? How did this come about? David Lee, a wonderful director, and Sheldon Epps, who runs the theater, asked if I was interested in doing this particular role in this particular play.