September 21, 2015 |
The Emmys, airing at 8 p.m. Sunday on Fox, are in transition. But then again, so is TV itself. Some of the stalwarts that characterized the supposed Golden Age of Television are finished. Breaking Bad is done, meaning Jon Hamm may actually win after a Susan Lucci-like losing streak. Then again, this is the last year for Mad Men , as well. The end of Nurse Jackie finally means Edie Falco can give up her spot in the Lead Actress in a Comedy category when there are so many other deserving women who can take her place (the same could be said for Amy Poehler and Parks and Recreation , but they consistently deserved their berths)
September 19, 2013 |
How big is Jimmy Kimmel 's late-night show? So big that on Monday, Paul McCartney , 71, will hold an outdoor concert for a segment on the show. So big that a day later, Justin Timberlake will pull the same stunt. A gazillion-mile stretch of Hollywood Boulevard leading to Kimmel's studio will be cordoned off to make room for the millions who'll come. Oh Liam! Oh! Oh, you cad! A day after news broke that Liam Hemsworth and the recently hypersexualized Miley Cyrus have broken up comes a report that Liam was seen over the weekend acting generally happy in the company of Mexican singer Eiza González at a Las Vegas nightclub, E!
October 1, 2010
"Eastbound & Down" recently returned to HBO. Between the gratuitous cursing and the absurd humor, it's quickly become one of my favorite sports-related TV shows ever - up there with "Arli$$," "Sports Night," and (my current No. 1) "The League. " Have you seen "E&B" or "The League," and are there any past or present sports-themed shows you hold dear? Is it like "The Honeymooners"? Pretty much just like that, only with strippers and drugs. Powers to young fan: "I just got out of rehab.
July 10, 2015 |
Sex, romance, and love are put under the glass by two shows this week, Dates , a clever new British comedy imported by CW, and Showtime's sexplicit Masters and Johnson biography, Masters of Sex , which returns for its third season. The sexual response Masters of Sex , back for a third season at 10 p.m. Sunday on Showtime, has a good deal in common with Mad Men . Both shows are set during the same era - the mid 1950s through the 1960s - and both have tried to capture some essential truth about what it means to be an American in the post-World War II world.
May 31, 2015 |
AMC's computer-industry period drama, Halt and Catch Fire , returns for its second season at 10 p.m. Sunday a fresher, better, stronger series. Viewers who missed it last year may want to give the drama - and its handsome cast led by Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis, and Kerry Bishé - another chance. In its first season, Halt tried to capitalize on the public's fascination with the birth of the PC era and the geniuses who created it, men such as Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Bill Gates.
September 23, 2012 |
Before I detail my picks for Sunday night's Emmy Awards, you should know that my Emmy-handicapping skills are unrivaled. No one who watches TV for a living - and I mean no one - is able to consistently predict the results as erroneously as I am. But I am reliable. So if you're an actor I pick to win in your category (congrats, Louis C.K.), don't bother memorizing that acceptance speech. And away we go. . . . Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Right off the bat, I have issues here.
March 25, 2013 |
A mushroom cloud looms over London, millions of citizens incinerated, the radioactive ash descending on the rubble. In October 1962, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, 13-year-old Sally Potter saw this doomsday scenario - every night in her dreams. "It's very interesting, those people who can directly remember the crisis," says the filmmaker, whose beautiful Ginger & Rosa - about two London teenagers, fast friends caught in a whirl of personal and political tumult - is set during that fateful fall, when the whole world looked as if it were going to go ka-boom.
November 1, 2008 |
Got cable? What do you when you lose service 90 minutes before the World Series and Penn State games? You call your service provider, right? Good luck with that, bud. Turns out there are 47 different listings for Comcast in the phone book. I knew I had hit pay dirt when I got a recorded menu that was harder to negotiate than Mideast peace. I was prompted to enter so much information (phone number, account number, etc.), I thought they were going to ask for my mother's Social Security.
January 25, 2010 |
There's a nonsensical bit of business in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland that could well apply to a certain contemporary political trend. It occurs, appropriately enough, in the chapter titled "A Mad Tea Party. " The Mad Hatter announces that he wants a clean cup and suggests, "Let's all move one place on. " But, as it turns out, "The Hatter was the only one who got any advantage from the change: and Alice was a good deal worse off than before, as the March Hare had just upset the milk jug into his plate.
December 10, 2008 |
Since its inception 20 years ago, Philadelphia ad agency Gyro Worldwide has run campaigns for Boyds and Urban Outfitters and?for international enterprises Budweiser, Camel and MTV. When it wasn't busy with those accounts, Gyro created its own, like the Sailor Jerry Rum brand and the Bikini Bandits film series. That's pretty much ad business as usual - if it weren't for the fact that Gyro is so unusual. Gyro, having claimed it invented certain unconventional marketing techniques, used drag queens and murderers to advertise South Street's Zipperhead punk clothier.