April 3, 2015 |
IT'S TEMPTING to suggest Jon Hamm may already have done what he most needed to do to move on from Don Draper, a character whose passage through the '60s may not have been conducive to living into his 60s. But I've never confused Hamm with Draper and when the "Mad Men" star met with reporters in January to talk about the AMC drama's final seven episodes, we didn't know he'd be checking into a rehab facility the following month for treatment of...
July 22, 2014 |
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Kobe Bryant is thinking about his legacy. Not to mention his marketing. As the Lakers star - and Lower Merion High alum - approaches his 36th birthday next month, he's at work on "Kobe Bryant's Muse," a documentary that will air on Showtime this fall. Bryant, who arrived late for his session Friday at the Television Critics Association, joking, "I was out looking for a head coach," said the idea for a film "about who or what has inspired me" grew out of his lying in bed one night, thinking of, "What's going to be the next Nike campaign and what the story's going to be. " (It was his wife, Vanessa, who supplied the word "muse," he said.)
May 16, 2014 |
POP CULTURE'S most terrifying creature returns to the screen in "Godzilla. " But it's not Godzilla, it's Bryan Cranston, walking around a lab in a white coat and safety glasses, and wouldn't it be fun to see what Godzilla would do after ingesting a large amount of Walter White's crystal blue? Cranston, though, is Walter by association only. Like most of the overqualified actors in the movie (Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe), he is mostly around to stare, agape, at some unnamed Thing of Awe. There's a snarky movie term for this expression - the Spielberg Face.
October 18, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Jeff Goldblum; Maggie Q. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - President Obama. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Bryan Cranston; Rebel Wilson; Cher Lloyd performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (midnight, 6ABC) - Matthew Fox; Emily VanCamp; Paul Weller performs.
July 13, 2012 |
BREAKING BAD. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. WHERE DO you go when you're responsible for one of the more indelible scenes of televised homicide in recent history? If you're Walt White (Bryan Cranston) of "Breaking Bad" and his creator, Vince Gilligan, you go right back to work. Because winning, it turns out, isn't everything. Yes, Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) is dead — please tell me no one's had lingering doubts about that — and Walt, the once mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher who struck it rich cooking meth after he was diagnosed with lung cancer in Season 1, is once again broke as Season 5 launches Sunday with an episode titled "Live Free or Die. " Remission or no remission, he's not going to live forever, and the decision to put his estranged wife Skyler (Anna Gunn)
September 15, 2011 |
The prime-time Emmys, with all their weirdness, arrive Sunday night, scheduled as a sort of unofficial launch of the new television season. It's the right time. The vagaries of the network rotation brought the awards ceremony into August last year because NBC didn't want to preempt its highest-rated show, Sunday Night Football. And the Emmys can't go later, because the new TV season officially starts Monday, and nobody wants to preempt new and returning series. The Emmys are supposed to be this big TV deal, but nobody wants to risk a lot of money or ratings points on the show.
July 14, 2011
BREAKING BAD. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. 8 p.m. tomorrow, NBC 10. MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! ZEN. 9 p.m. Sunday, WHYY. FOR WEEKS NOW, people have asked me if there's still time to get in on "Breaking Bad," the AMC series about a high-school chemistry teacher-turned-meth dealer that enters its fourth season Sunday. Here's what I say: Where there's life (and Netflix and AMC's late-night reruns), there's hope. Even for Walt White (Bryan Cranston)
August 30, 2010
THERE ACTUALLY were upsets and first-time winners at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, but on a night when AMC?s ?Mad Men? won best drama for the third year in a row and ABC?s ?Modern Family? won for comedy, perhaps the biggest surprise was that the awards show itself was entertaining. The evening got off to a "Glee"-ful start, with a pretaped opening in which host Jimmy Fallon put together a pickup team of singers from the cast of the Fox hit series and from assorted other nominees - Jon Hamm ("Mad Men")