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September 25, 2003 |
There must be something in the water -- how else to explain two recent books revolving around dreamy swimming pools? The latest is photographer Veronique Vial's "Hollywood Splash" (powerHouse Books, $45), which came out last week and focuses on celebrities as they dive, wade and skinny-dip. Emmy-winning actor William H.
February 27, 2006 |
"Doogal" is the laziest, most disheartening kind of animated film for kids: one that seems interested in entertaining them only on the most fundamental level (through colorful talking animals and flatulence jokes) while frantically cramming in as many pop-culture references as possible to preoccupy their parents.
March 8, 1996 |
For most filmmakers, the chillingly amusing body-count comedy that is "Fargo" would be an act of daring. For the writing-directing-producing team of Joel and Ethan Coen, however, it is a welcome piece of retrenchment. It's been almost a decade since "Raising Arizona," the last small-scale whacked-out piece of business from the Coens.
August 24, 1992 |
"TNT Screenworks," a TV-movie series created to showcase the work of stage writers, makes a sharp debut today with the startling adaptation of playwright David Mamet's "Water Engine" (TNT at 5, 7 and 9 p.m.). It's astonishing because Mamet's 1977 stage version, a radio-play-within-a-play set entirely in a broadcast studio, remains a muddle next to this wide open, riveting screen treatment, also written by Mamet. Screen adaptations frequently compromise or distort a stage play--but not here.
September 20, 2004 |
Outside the Governors Ball, handlers waited for their celebrities like tour guides awaiting tourists at the airport. Charlie Sheen, this way; Anjelica, over here. Inside, more than 400 Patina waiters in their Mao jackets had been instructed: no stargazing. But that didn't prevent the scuttlebutt -- "420, that's the best table in the house," one waitress said. Clearly, Al and Meryl's. Earlier, at the bar, Ellen DeGeneres had cornered Elaine Stritch.
October 18, 1998
MOVIES Gary Ross' modern fairy tale "Pleasantville" finds a fictional town granted a chance to experience the wonders, comedies and dangers of real life. Jeff Daniels, Tobey Maguire and, at right, William H. Macy and Joan Allen head the cast of the film, which opens Friday in general release. MOVIES Roberto Benigni's "Life Is Beautiful" is a Chaplinesque fable about the power of imagination, set against the harrowing backdrop of Europe in the throes of World War II.
January 9, 2011
SUNDAY Clothes make the man, but "The Cape" makes an ex-cop (David Lyons) a superhero in this action drama. James Frain ("The Tudors") and Summer Glau ("Firefly") play the requisite super-villain and crusading female journalist, respectively. (NBC, 9 p.m.) Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall: "Fargo's" William H. Macy puts the "ne'er" in "ne'er-do-well" as a Windy City wino in the new dipsomaniacal-daddy, dysfunctional-family dramedy "Shameless. " Emmy Rossum costars. (Showtime, 10 p.m.)