May 13, 2012 |
I'd be the first to admit that I watch and think entirely too much about television. But that doesn't mean that I understand it. Case in point: AMC's intention to put Mad Men's Jessica Paré up for the outstanding-lead-actress category in a drama at this year's Emmys. The channel is obviously convinced that Paré's much-talked-about bordello-grade performance of "Zou Bisou Bisou" at Don's surprise birthday party earlier this season has vaulted her into the first rank of actresses.
September 4, 2009 |
My One and Only is a good career move for Ren?e Zellweger. As a ladylike dame looking for a new husband, she exhibits pluck and fortitude. And she wears every one of her 40 years like a string of lustrous pearls. Instead of yet another flick where for six reels she is the seesawing singleton who finds balance, and a partner, in the seventh, in this '50s-era road movie Zellweger, a woman of a certain age, plays a woman of a certain age facing uncertainty. It's refreshing, and let's hope it's her passport out of rom-com purgatory and into mature roles.
April 3, 2009 |
The cars and clothes are vintage '50s, and the title on the marquee of the little Mojave, Calif., moviehouse announces the Ike-era sci-fi cheeseball classic The Blob. R.W. Goodwin's Alien Trespass is a campy homage to those days of malt shops, drive-ins, and saucer-shaped UFOs - you know, the ones that go crashing into nearby buttes, unleashing terrible terrors from another galaxy. Presenting itself as a long-lost '50s find (there's even a phony black-and-white newsreel before the "film" gets under way)
September 28, 2005 |
ONE OF THE problems with men being able to procreate into their social security years is that Donald Trump can continue to marry younger woman and keep having children. Yes, there's going to be a new "Apprentice. " Trump's spokeswoman said yesterday - as if Trump has trouble speaking for himself - that the 59-year-old pizza pitchman's wife, Melania, is pregnant. "The baby is due in the spring," said Norma Foerderer. It would be the first child for the 35-year-old Melania, who wed Trump in January.
April 26, 2005 |
THE WORLD'S most famous gay man (out of the closet division) is getting married. Britain's Mirror reported yesterday Elton John will soon be "roped and tied, altar-bound, hypnotized" (lyrics by Bernie Taupin) to his longtime partner, David Furnish. The wedding is planned for England before Christmas. Laws recognizing same-sex civil partnerships come into effect in Britain on Dec. 5. The Mirror says the wedding could be held in Windsor, west of London, where Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were married earlier this month.
September 22, 2002 |
Tonight's Emmy Awards, at 8 on NBC, will have a funereal tone - and not because HBO's mordant mortuary drama, Six Feet Under, looms over the evening like a smiling undertaker with 23 nominations. No, we grieve because an entire family that is near and dear to us is missing. The Sopranos has been recognized as the best show on television by everyone but the American Italian Defense Association (and we suspect they're closet fans). Yet it has no nominations. Tony and his crew brought this on themselves by going into the witness-protection program for 16 months.
July 20, 2002 |
Who's been stuffing the Emmy ballot box? Do the letters HBO ring a gong? How else do you explain the pay cable service's getting 93 nominations this week, more than ABC and Fox combined? Don't get me wrong: I shell out for the service every month. But only so my teenage daughter can watch Miss Congeniality and Sister Act II to her heart's content. Yes, HBO has the best show on television, but The Sopranos isn't eligible for Emmy consideration this year because it hasn't had a fresh episode since Survivor was in Australia.
July 13, 2001 |
The Sopranos received a leading 22 Emmy nominations yesterday, the most ever in the three seasons of the cable hit about the angst-filled life of a suburban mob family. The show's chief competition will again be NBC's White House series, The West Wing, which received 18 nominations and last year picked up the best drama trophy among its record nine honors. For the first time, "reality" programs were eligible for awards, with nominations going to CBS's Survivor; MTV's Road Rules: Maximum Velocity Tour; VH1's Bands on the Run; USA Network's Eco-Challenge: Borneo; and TLC's Junkyard Wars.
July 21, 2000 |
Tony Soprano had enough trouble with his mother and fellow wise-guys. Now he has to take on President Bartlet and his band of workaholic wonks. HBO's mobster soap opera The Sopranos and NBC's freshman drama series The West Wing each received 18 Emmy nominations yesterday, setting up a contest for best dramatic series as well as most of the acting categories. James Gandolfini, who plays neurotic, put-upon mob boss Tony Soprano, was nominated for best actor in a drama series, as was Martin Sheen, the mercurial chief executive of The West Wing.