June 4, 2015 |
TEN YEARS ago, if you'd told Jeremy Piven that one day his "Masterpiece Theater" gig would cost him a role in a Spike Lee movie, he'd have had you committed. But that's his hectic life today - living and filming his own PBS series in London, trying to squeeze in Hollywood jobs and talking about his life-changing role in "Entourage," the HBO series now hitting the big screen. "Entourage" is known for its loutish bro-comedy trappings, but beneath the surface is a persuasive look at the serendipity and chaos that is Hollywood.
March 29, 2013 |
* MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: MR. SELFRIDGE. 9 p.m. Sunday, WHYY 12, through May 19. THE RETURN of "Game of Thrones" may again separate the HBO-haves from the have-nots, but it really isn't all that's happening Sunday: - "The Good Wife" (9 p.m., CBS 3) continues its invigorating run of fresh episodes with one featuring the return of recurring guest stars Gary Cole and Dylan Baker. - "Shameless" (9 p.m., Showtime), which is also having a great year, premieres the next-to-last episode of Season 3. - In a nod to the holiday (and to the kids who really shouldn't be watching the rest of this stuff)
January 29, 2011 |
Charlie Sheen left a Lalaland hospital Thursday night, hours after he was admitted for a mystery ailment. Celeb show Extra says the embattled Two and a Half Men star suffered from "abdominal pain" stemming from a hernia injury exacerbated when Sheen began laughing hard at his TV. Why was he so merry? Porn star Kacey Jordan tells TMZ that Charlie's chuckles came at the end of a 36-hour cocaine binge. The report has not been confirmed. Diddy a terrorist? Valerie Joyce Wilson Turks has filed a $1 trillion (we mean trillion )
August 28, 2009 |
EVEN MADONNA'S fans are turning on her. While it's been common on her swing through eastern Europe to have church leaders condemning her and her Sticky and Sweet concert tour, in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday night, it was the crowd of 60,000 who condemned her. Madonna's offense this time? She said Romania should stop discriminating against Roma (aka Gypsies). The crowd jeered. It seems everybody has at least one prejudice they're cool with. Despite long-standing efforts to stamp out rampant bias, human-rights advocates say Roma probably suffer more humiliation and endure more discrimination than any other group on the European continent.
August 13, 2009 |
Jeremy Piven is on one of those If-this-is-Monday-it-must-be-Miami publicity tours. A new day, a new city. Planes and limos, radio shows, TV, newspapers, the bloggers, and Q&As in movie houses every night - all to pump up interest in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, a raunchy, politically incorrect comedy in which Piven stars. So here he is - if this is Friday, it must be Philly - nursing an iced Starbucks at the rooftop bar of Stephen Starr's Continental Mid-town. And Piven is wiped.
December 31, 2007 |
LIKE YOU, I'm tired of watching reruns of late-night comedy while TV writers are on strike. But that doesn't mean I'm happy that several shows - Leno, Letterman, Jon Stewart and others - are coming back. I spend my late nights with Jon Stewart - actually "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. " And while I've missed Jon these past few weeks, there's something that bothers me more. That's the thought that Jon Stewart, who has made me laugh instead of cry through seven years of the Bush presidency, is - dare I say it - a strikebreaker!
August 28, 2007 |
WHAT the heck is going on with Owen Wilson? The sardonic, goofball actor, who's turned a slacker mocking of pretentiousness into its own movie sub-genre (see "Wedding Crashers"), attempted suicide Sunday, according to the Star, the National Enquirer, TMZ.com, etc. According to the Star and the Enquirer, who both got the same exclusive story, Owen was found by a family member later that day with his left wrist sliced. He had also swallowed an indeterminate number of unidentified pills.
May 12, 2006 |
Remember the Star Wars-themed bar mitzvah in Deconstructing Harry, where the celebrant cuts his cake with a lightsaber? Keeping Up With the Steins can top that, but doesn't. The big-hearted comedy tweaking bar mitzvah one-upmanship opens with a Titanic-themed event where the 13-year-old celebrant, Zachary Stein, stands on the prow of a prop ocean liner, raises his arms like Moses, and declares, "I'm king of the Torah!" One of the guests is Benjamin Fiedler (Daryl Sabara of Spy Kids)
July 16, 2005 |
And the breakout star of HBO's "Entourage" is . . . Jeremy Piven. The Chicago-born actor plays super-agent Ari Gold, who refuses to take no for an answer and speaks in a Hollywood patois of catch phrases and insults. Piven may not get top billing, but critics say he steals every scene he's in. On Thursday he received an Emmy nomination for best supporting actor in a comedy series. "I'm a late bloomer," said Piven. "I'm 39 years old, and I'm kind of now coming into my own. " "Entourage" examines the slings and arrows of life on the A-list through the career of pretty-boy actor Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier)
November 25, 1998 |
Acronym engineers were stymied some years back when the people who represented their greatest contribution to the language - yuppies - moved to the suburbs. Suddenly, yuppies were no longer urban, no longer young, no longer easy to assemble into a catchy word. What to call them? "Scum," according to "Very Bad Things," a black comedy that sets out to satirize the soulless world of the suburbanite - his nagging wife, his annoying children, his tacky minivan, his wrinkle-free cotton pants.