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.
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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.
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.
December 7, 2000 |
The 2000 movie awards season officially commenced Wednesday with "Quills," Fox Searchlight's outrageous exploration of the life and philosophy of the notorious Marquis de Sade, being named best film by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
June 18, 2008 |
FOR A TIME, Hollywood was enamored with former NATO commander and Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark. He was feted at packed Beverly Hills parties every time he breezed through town. But these days, there's a new military man on the radar: Jim Webb, the Democratic senator from Virginia.
April 10, 2007 |
Emilio Estevez's "Bobby" (Weinstein, $29), an ensemble drama that reexamines the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy through the eyes of more than 22 individuals who were at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles that fateful day, arrives with a modicum of extras. Although the film, which stars Estevez, his dad Martin Sheen, Anthony Hopkins, Sharon Stone and William H. Macy, to name just a few, was a labor of love for the actor-filmmaker, he doesn't offer a commentary track.