August 24, 2004 |
As the world continues its sustained shriek at the loss of Edvard Munch's definitive portrait of proto-existentialist angst, The Scream, we shriek "Oh God!" in cinephilic angst (or is it a cinephobic angst?) over a surreal cinematic move: a remake of the '77 New Age-ish comedy Oh God! starring Ellen DeGeneres in the title role. According to Variety, prolific producer Jerry Weintraub (Ocean's Eleven and Twelve, The Firm, The Karate Kid) is remaking his own sappy but charming flick about a grocery manager chosen by God to spread kindness and such.
November 9, 1997 |
President Clinton burst a political taboo last night, addressing a $500-a-couple homosexual-rights benefit and telling a black-tie crowd of gays and lesbians, "I am delighted to be here. " No sitting president has ever before spoken to a gay civil rights group. The affair benefited the Human Rights Campaign, which lobbies against discrimination against homosexuals in the workplace and in favor of more funding for AIDS research. "I want us to come together across all our lines of differences into one America.
January 11, 1996 |
Ellen DeGeneres is no Roseanne or Brett Butler, and she likes it that way. Unlike her caustic ABC sitcom colleagues, "I'm like a wimp," DeGeneres told TV critics gathered here yesterday. "I really don't like to offend anybody or get a laugh at someone else's expense. I'm not saying that's bad. " Roseanne and Butler "don't pull any punches. I think that's great. I deal with that in therapy all the time, to try to get to that point. I just try to find humor in things we can all relate to instead of making fun of someone else.
June 23, 2016 |
When I told Finding Dory star Ellen DeGeneres that I almost cried during the movie, the comedienne had a ready retort. "Just say you cried! It's okay," DeGeneres said, while the rest of those in attendance at her press conference roared in laughter. "We all cried. " When I told DeGeneres that even seeing parts of the film's trailer and replaying scenes from the film in my head made me tear up, DeGeneres talked about how she feels the film resonates with so many so deeply-and why. "I think it's so much more than a cartoon movie," she continued.
September 16, 2005 |
"How come this keeps happening to me?" Ellen DeGeneres says that was her gut reaction when it struck her that she would once again be hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards following a deadly national crisis. In 2001, she'd signed up for what should have been a routine annual tribute to the best of television with all its glitz and laughs. Two postponements later, it was an unusually solemn occasion, acknowledging the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the Armed Forces who had gone into Afghanistan in response.
April 30, 2006 |
Awards season goes on. Friday night, Ellen DeGeneres swept Daytime Emmy awards for best talk show and best host for the second year in a row, and General Hospital and Guiding Light also won big at Hollywood's Kodak Theater, also home of the Oscars. It was the first prime-time showing for the Daytime Emmys in its 33-year history and its first time in L.A. Kim Zimmer, Reva on Guiding Light, won her fourth Emmy as lead actress (after a season in which Reva endured menopause and a fall down an elevator shaft - it pays the rent)
October 24, 2012 |
ELLEN DeGENERES was hailed as a trailblazer Monday night as she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, in Washington. The show will be broadcast Oct. 30 on PBS stations. When DeGeneres first heard that she was receiving the same honor that Bill Cosby , Tina Fey and Will Ferrell won in recent years, she joked, "It really makes me wonder . . . why didn't I get this sooner?" More than just 'Avatar' Deep-sea explorer James Cameron has come up from beneath the sea. The director of "Aliens," "Terminator 2," "Titanic" and "Avatar," has picked up movie rights to The Informationist , a novel by Taylor Stevens , whose main female character has been compared with Lisbeth Salander, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
September 24, 2001 |
A couple of our TV gal pals return to the tube tonight in new series that play to their strengths, but that are nothing to write home about. Neither of their characters needs to write home, since both wind up there, following the old prodigal-child-returns format that has been popular for about 5,000 years. The reason the format's back on TV this year is that it was successful last year, in the guise of Ed, the bowling alley lawyer, on NBC. Tonight's new series are pleasantly watchable, but neither has a shard of the originality that makes Ed distinctive.
June 25, 2013 |
When Carol Wolf and Ana Maria Garcia went shopping for wedding outfits, they effectively outed themselves at every store. Yes, they were getting married - to each other. "And I have to say," Wolf said, "we met nothing but joy and happiness. " Which was something of a relief. To be gay, she said, can be to live in wait of the next insult or poor joke. It took years for Wolf's church, the Quaker meeting in Abington, to endorse the concept of same-sex marriage. When it did, people immediately turned to her and Garcia: "So when are you getting married?"
September 13, 2011
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Roseanne Barr; reality TV star Pauly D; Baron Vaughan. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Ellen DeGeneres; Bob Harper; Cobra Starship. Jimmy Kimmel Live (midnight, 6ABC) - Judy Sheindlin; Emily VanCamp; Staind performs. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:37 a.m., CBS3) - James Woods; Kathryn Hahn.