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January 23, 2007 |
Curt Dempster, who co-founded Ensemble Studio Theater, a company known for its commitment to one-act plays and new pieces, has died. He was 71. A director, playwright and actor, Dempster died Friday at his home in New York, said theater spokesman David Gersten. The cause of death has not been determined. Dempster was the founding artistic director of the Manhattan venue, which is dedicated to developing new plays and nurturing theatrical talent.
February 18, 2012
SERIES The Fades: This dark fantasy-drama presents its season finale (6 p.m. BBC America). Ultimate Factories: The docu-series visits an Italian motorcycle factory (8 p.m. National Geographic). Saturday Night Live: Former cast member Maya Rudolph hosts, with musical guest Sleigh Bells (11:29 p.m. NBC). Ultraviolet: Code 044: The future looks bleak in this new animated action series inspired by a 2006 film starring Milla Jovo- vich (midnight G4). SPECIAL Nick Cannon: Mr. Showbiz: The "America's Got Talent" host and husband of singer Mariah Carey performs stand-up in this encore special (11 p.m. Comedy Central)
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.
July 26, 2011
The Early Show (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Denise Richards; Steve Carell and Julianne Moore; NASCAR's Jeff Gordon; Natalie Cole and Gregg Allman. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Kris Jenner. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Live With Regis and Kelly Steve Carell; Ray Davies performs. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Denise Richards; Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Talk Kathy Baker; Aisha Tyler.
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.
March 6, 2011 |
As grand as the spectacle of film can be, books offer a different set of pleasures: There is time to ponder, to turn the page back, to sit with characters' thoughts and share in their heartbreaks, their revelations. Some big movies are coming this spring from books that with any luck there might just be enough time to read before their glossy translations hit the screen. Charlotte Brontë's tale of romance and a man with a secret, "Jane Eyre," opens Friday. The film stars Mia Wasikowska ("Alice in Wonderland," "The Kids Are All Right")