September 24, 2007 |
In a universe in which nothing is really ever created or destroyed, there are only so many stories to tell; you can switch the atoms around, but most everything will look like something you've seen before. This week sees the premiere of two series so structurally alike they might have been created from the same "Mad Libs" page.
April 18, 2013 |
"The Island President" (PBS, Monday, 10 p.m.). Comprising 2,000 pancake-flat islands in the Indian Ocean, with a mean elevation of about five feet above sea level, the Maldives will be the first nation to go, literally, when the oceans rise. Jon Shenk's documentary follows then-president Mohamed Nasheed on a mission to save his country, his people and maybe the world. A frequently jailed activist who once spent 18 months in solitary confinement in a corrugated iron shed, Nasheed hits the road to make his quixotic case for environmental responsibility.
May 20, 2013 |
“Chuck” star Zachary Levi will make his Broadway debut opposite stage and screen alum Krysta Rodriguez in "First Date,” a musical romantic comedy with a book by “Gossip Girl” writer Austin Winsberg. Previews will start July 9 at the Longacre Theatre, with the opening scheduled for Aug. 8. Music and lyrics are by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. Levi, who sang in Disney's “Tangled,” will play an uptight banker on a blind date with an artist and serial-dater (Rodriguez)
April 29, 2013 |
Yahoo brought out a star-studded line-up to tout a new programming slate, which includes shows about a pair of Hollywood starlets who abuse their personal assistant, a diminutive crime fighter and a former teen idol interviewing celebrities about their first sexual encounters. Besides new comedies and lifestyle shows, Yahoo on Monday touted partnerships with established media companies, including Conde Nast Entertainment and CNBC, as well as new vehicles for advertisers. Yahoo and the other major online distributors are participating in what's known as the Digital Content NewFront presentations this week in New York City.
January 1, 2010 |
Zachary Levi had a simple reason for taking the role as the caretaker for the furry singers in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel." He wanted to work. The filming of the second season of Levi's NBC series "Chuck" was coming to an end earlier this year, and NBC executives hadn't said if it would be back. We now know the show will return Jan. 10, but at the time Levi wasn't sure. "My agent called and said, ' "Alvin and the Chipmunks 2." What do you think?' I said, 'Let's go!
November 24, 2010 |
For "Tangled," the studio's 50th feature-length cartoon, the team at Disney has taken a deep breath and tried to be all things to all animation-loving people. There are some hiccups along the way, but by the end there is success. Whether you like stirring adventure or sentimental romance, traditional fairy tales or stories of modern families, musicals or comedies, even blonds or brunets, "Tangled" has something for you. Sampling so many animation touchstones has its risks, but once "Tangled" calms down and accepts the essential sweetness of its better nature the rewards are clear.