February 2, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Trump's antics bare character flaw Donald Trump's reason for boycotting Thursday's Republican presidential debate - that he would not be treated fairly by Fox News anchor and moderator Megyn Kelly - was arrogant and misguided ("Trump to boycott Iowa debate," Wednesday). But he managed to outdo himself with his juvenile act of trying to draw attention from the debate, ostensibly for a noble cause - raising money for military veterans. The hypocrisy is astounding.
January 26, 2016 |
THE MAGICIANS 9 p.m. Monday, Syfy Jason Ralph doesn't look like trouble, but troublesome characters know where to find him. After playing the president's fresh-out-of-rehab son on CBS's Madam Secretary and a patent lawyer who wasn't exactly what he seemed on WGN's Manhattan , Ralph is stirring things up as a would-be wizard in The Magicians , which has its two-hour premiere Monday on Syfy. Based on the best-selling trilogy by Lev Grossman, Syfy's version has taken enough liberties with the original text that Ralph's Quentin Coldwater is no longer introduced as a 17-year-old, but as a twentysomething entering grad school at the mysterious and magical Brakebills University.
January 14, 2016 |
BILLIONS 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime In his new Showtime series, "Billions," he plays a hedge-fund mogul whose choices move the markets, but Damian Lewis is a bit of a ditherer. So the decision to return to Showtime, where he'd won an Emmy for playing Marine-turned-terrorist Nicholas Brody in "Homeland" didn't come easily. "I do make plans. I try to make plans because I desperately try to create some sort of structure. But, of course, that's a fool's game," the British actor said in an interview last summer in Beverly Hills.
January 4, 2016 |
Year of Yes How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person By Shonda Rhimes Simon & Schuster. 336 pp. $24.99 Y - E - S. For TV producer powerhouse Shonda Rhimes, those three letters pack a lot of possibilities. In fact, they can even change lives. Rhimes, the mastermind behind TV hits Grey's Anatomy , Scandal , and How to Get Away With Murder on ABC, details her ongoing journey with the word in her new book, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person.
December 8, 2015 |
David Tischman [who once authored the "Poster Child" feature for the Daily News ] has had a long career in writing comics that spans both work at Vertigo and IDW, but his latest venture is his most personal, ambitious yet - and available only on the web! "Heroine Chic" (art by Hong Kong-based Audrey Mok) is set in a New York populated by superheroes. However, rather than focusing primarily on heroic battles between superpowered characters, Tischman's creation follows the life of fashion designer Zoe Porter, after she lands a job with famous and renowned costume designer Dyna Cuff.
November 21, 2015 |
Saoirse Ronan plays Eilis Lacey, the Irish country girl at the heart of the magnificent and moving Brooklyn , with an intelligence and spirit that fills the screen and radiates beyond it. One of the most memorable characters of recent film, born from Colm Tóibín's 2009 novel and brought to life via a screenplay by Nick Hornby and the smart, steady direction of John Crowley, Eilis is a young woman who faces a huge choice. She can stay in Enniscorthy, the County Wexford town where she has grown up and where, in truth, the future holds small promise.
November 12, 2015 |
'Lights Rise on Grace" begins with a meet-cute: Grace (Bi Jean Ngo), a 16-year-old high school girl who is shy and socially inept - apparently, from what we're told, because she is Chinese - meets Large ( Ashton Carter), an African American boy, also in her high school. Their sweet meeting turns into many, which turn into a love affair, violently disapproved of by both the black and the Chinese communities. Romeo and Juliet are invoked. One day, Large fails to meet Grace; she feels abandoned and betrayed, and it will turn out he's in prison, apparently for beating his brother into a wheelchair.
November 5, 2015 |
"The Peanus Movie," set for release on Friday, has one big thing going for it. The voice cast is composed almost entirely of child actors. "It was all child actors instead of adult celebrities, except for Snoopy and Woodstock," A.J. Tecce , who voices Pig-Pen, told Tattle Comics Guy Jerome Maida . "Since [ Bill Melendez ] passed away and he had voiced those characters in every other production, they are going to use archival sounds from his previous stuff. " Tecce said of the traditionally silent Pig-Pen, "We're really anxious to hear his voice and he uses a lot of sound effects, too. " Tecce said that there is a reason that someone who looks like a human dust storm resonates with kids.
October 16, 2015
IT HAS BEEN decades since the United States was as ethnically and racially polarized as it is now. Between Donald Trump 's threats to round up 11 million Mexicans, the "Black Lives Matter" movement ignited by a seemingly unending series of tragic encounters between law-enforcement personnel and young African-Americans, and the still-festering post-9/11 paranoia and Islamophobia, a drama about racial, religious and ethnic identity and the "us-and-them"...
October 14, 2015 |
There is something deeply perverse about Manhattan , cable channel WGN's well-executed, edge-of-your-seat drama that returns for its second season at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Writer-producer Sam Shaw's series is an espionage thriller/domestic melodrama posing as historical epic. It's a fictionalized story of the scientists at Los Alamos, N.M., who developed the A-bomb during WWII. Manhattan is an overwrought, overripe piece of pulp fiction stuffed with overboiled intrigue.