March 4, 2014 |
NOT EVEN a mid-show pizza order can turn Hollywood's biggest night into a dorm party. Ellen DeGeneres, on her second go-around as host, steered the 86th Annual Academy Awards on a safe, only slightly wacky course last night, popping in and out of the audience, taking selfies with some of the world's biggest stars and, yes, ordering pizzas. Here's some of what we noticed: So that's what she was doing there: Doylestown's own Pink, whose place in the show had been left something of a mystery, sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in front of Judy Garland's kids - Liza Minnelli and Lorna and Joey Luft - to mark the 75th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz. " Best sport: Minnelli, of whom DeGeneres quipped: "One of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I have ever seen.
February 13, 2014 |
WHEN the world loses one of its most shining stars, a role model, trailblazer and icon, you can count on Hollywood to create some fairly terrible (and certainly grammar-free) Twitter posts about the person who's just passed. Celebrity social media didn't let us down when it came to commenting on the legacy left by Depression-era child actor-turned-international diplomat and overall do-good great-grandmother Shirley Temple Black , who died Monday night at age 85, at her home in San Francisco.
January 14, 2014 |
WATCHING THE Golden Globes to see who won is like reading Playboy for the articles. You can do it if you want, but you're probably missing the point. We watch, if we watch, for the party, for the spectacle of famous people, some of whom haven't eaten in a day or two, becoming gradually more inebriated and saying and doing unexpected things. Or for the moment when the wrong thing comes up on the teleprompter and presenters have to scramble. And, of course, last night for Amy Poehler and Upper Darby's Tina Fey, who hosted the show for the second year and acquitted themselves with loopy aplomb, like the cool designated drivers for all of Hollywood.
January 8, 2014 |
* INTELLIGENCE. 9 tonight, CBS3. Moves to 10 p.m. Mondays next week. JOHN DIXON'S probably had worse days. The West Chester writer's first novel, a young-adult thriller called Phoenix Island , is being published by Simon & Schuster today. Tonight, CBS launches "Intelligence," a drama inspired by the former middle-school teacher's book, which stars Josh Holloway ("Lost") as a federal agent with a chip in his brain that makes him, among other things, a walking, talking search engine.
December 9, 2013 |
You've heard of "high concept" movies. Now there's a new genre that could be called "high conception. " The latest example is Delivery Man, in which Vince Vaughn plays an "affable underachiever" who finds out he has fathered 533 children through anonymous sperm donations he made 20 years earlier. The flick is a remake of the 2011 French Canadian film Starbuck . It joins the seminal 2010 movie The Kids Are All Right , in which a lesbian couple's children bring their father into the family, and MTV's new reality series Generation Cryo . High-conception stories explore the evolving nature of families, the meaning of parenthood, and privacy in the Internet age. They also make you wince (as does Vince)
November 6, 2013 |
OBAMACARE is going Hollywood. Since the healthcare.gov website is turning users into the Incredible Hulk, the .gov is calling on TV creative folk to make a difference and persuade the uninsured to sign up. The California Endowment, a private foundation, recently provided a $500,000 grant to ensure that TV writers and producers have information about the Affordable Care Act that can be stitched into plot lines watched by millions. The aim is to produce compelling prime-time narratives that encourage Americans to enroll, especially the young and healthy, Hispanics and other key demographic groups needed to make the overhaul a success.
October 28, 2013 |
Grace Kelly's aquamarine Academy Award gown beckons visitors into the James A. Michener Art Museum exhibition honoring Philadelphia's most fashionable daughter. Just past the 8-foot-tall case - where Kelly's gleaming Oscar statuette also rests - are rooms full of her Chanel jackets, Givenchy suits, and Yves St. Laurent shirtwaist dresses. It's enough to make a fashionista's heart flutter right . . . out . . . of . . . her . . . chest. And that's just the clothes. From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly Beyond the Icon also features the accessories that turned East Falls' favorite girl-next-door into a fashion plate.
October 27, 2013 |
There are certain stories that tear at the human heart. Tales of great heroism, about soul-crushing adversity faced and conquered, about horrific wars survived. So it is with Spelling It Like It Is , a new memoir by Hollywood princess turned reality TV pauper Tori Spelling . The daughter of Aaron Spelling , who was worth $600 mil, is virtually on Skid Row, she writes in the book. Yes, it's as dire as that, Tori tells People: She hasn't "bought a purse in three years," her four children are forced to wear hand-me-downs (oh, the shame!
September 12, 2013 |
Jeff Shell, a former Comcast Corp. programming executive in Philadelphia, will head the Universal film studio as Steve Burke and Comcast Corp. tighten their grip on Hollywood. Shell is the latest top executive installed by Burke, the CEO of NBCUniversal and a confidant of Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts. Shell headed entertainment programming at Comcast before the cable giant acquired NBCUniversal. He trotted the globe developing deals for NBCUniversal over the last two years, a position many inside Comcast viewed as tailored to give him exposure and retain him for a more glamorous job. He had been based in London.
September 4, 2013 |
Fans have said it, and hoped for it for years, but this, this finally may be Idris Elba's year in the sun. The 40-year-old Londoner returns this week as Detective Chief Inspector John Luther in the third and darkest installment of writer Neil Cross' anguish-saturated police procedural Luther . BBC America's four-part mini-series premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. and continues on consecutive nights through Friday. Brilliantly written, with stunning performances, this will be Luther 's final year on TV. But take heart, a Luther film is in the works.