March 15, 2002 |
A flat-out cynical attempt to launch a new Lethal Weapon-like franchise, Showtime teams Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy, one a sour, serious-minded detective and the other a preening, publicity-seeking patrolman. Lethal Weapons 3 and 4's Rene Russo even joins the fray, playing a reality-TV producer who comes up with the great idea of pairing the disparate LAPD-ers to boost a flagging network's audience share. If De Niro's role as a cop dogged by a pack of camcorder-toting TV news guys sounds familiar, that's because he played a more media-savvy variation of the same character in last year's ultra-violent 15 Minutes.
January 12, 2013 |
It's freebie time for several Showtime channels starting today. The premium channel had been offering selected episodes for free online ( www.sho.com/sho/video/full-episodes ), but today through Sunday, TV viewers can induldge in a wide swath of what the network offers. Access varies, though, among TV providers. For most, the deal includes Showtime on-demand, so viewers can pick and chose from "every season" of the likes of Homeland, Weeds, Californication, Shameless, Dexter, Episodes, Nurse Jackie, The Borgias and The Big C , as well as the inaugural seasons of House of Lies, Inside Comedy , and Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States.
May 4, 2015 |
There's something wonderfully preposterous about Showtime's Penny Dreadful , an exciting nouveau-Gothic series about a group of characters from 19th-century novels who band together to fight evil. Eva Green plays the pivotal role of Vanessa Ives, a luscious Catholic sinner and psychic medium whose best friend, Mina Harker (from Bram Stoker's Dracula ) is taken by a devilish vampire-demon known only as the Master. Vanessa joins forces with Mina's father, renowned explorer and mountain climber Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton at his virile, thunderous best)
September 8, 1990 |
The twin titans of pay-cable television, Home Box Office and Showtime, seriously collide tonight for the first time in the fall season, as both offer two hours of original prime-time programming. HBO wins by a margin that approximates the 31 lengths by which Secretariat, one of the greatest of racehorses, won the 1973 Belmont Stakes. Between 9 and 10:30 p.m., HBO will present Criminal Justice, a raw, gripping and compelling telemovie seriously examining how justice is dispensed in our contemporary court system.
August 23, 1998 |
What a wonderful thing is The Baby Dance, the latest in Showtime's renewal as a worthwhile cable competitor to Home Box Office in the arena of quality movies made for television. While Showtime's big publicity splash this summer was for its showing of Lolita, where others dared not tread, it should be applauded once again for The Baby Dance (tonight at 9), a film adapted from the play of the same name by Jane Anderson, who wrote and directed this film version. The Baby Dance starts in a place that many aging, moderately affluent baby boomers know well - the late decision to break from career obsession and have a child, and the physical and emotional difficulties of doing so. The couple on view here are the Luckmans from Los Angeles: Rachel (Stockard Channing)
April 23, 2015 |
YOU WANT the Answer? Watch "Iverson," a documentary about a pint-sized player who made a giant impact in the NBA. The film, which debuted at New York's Tribeca Film Festival last April, will premiere on television on Showtime on May 16 at 9 p.m. Director Zatella Beatty somehow squeezes Allen Iverson's life into 97 minutes. Touches on his childhood in Hampton, Va., his much-publicized arrest at a bowling alley brawl at 17, his college years at Georgetown and his NBA career, which included 12 seasons with the Sixers.
April 26, 2005 |
Texas blues guitarist Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones is suing Showtime for the cable network's use of his song, "Big Leg, Heavy Bottom," a love song to zaftig women, in the Kirstie Alley-starring satire of Hollywood and women's weight, Fat Actress. According to the Smoking Gun Web site, the suit was filed in U.S. District Court in New York and claims that Jones' composition was used without a licensing agreement in a scene in the show's March 7 premiere showing Alley and John Travolta dancing together, and that it also has been featured in a Showtime promotional video.
October 23, 1998 |
Ben Vereen is the quintessential entertainer. He does it all. Vereen has performed on Broadway. He has appeared in movies and television. This song-and-dance man, who also occasionally takes on a straight dramatic acting role, has won his share of awards along the way. But what he loves best is working in front of an audience. The reason is simple enough: "Live people are out there," he noted before the start of his current engagement, which will run through Monday in the Superstar Theatre at Resorts Casino Hotel.
February 20, 2013 |
FLOYD MAYWEATHER Jr. will fight Robert Guerrero on May 4, and he's changing television networks to do it. The biggest star in boxing dropped a surprise Tuesday while announcing his long-rumored next bout: After several years on HBO, Mayweather is moving to Showtime with a lucrative multifight deal. Mayweather's move is a coup for Showtime, the CBS-owned network that has always trailed behind HBO in boxing prominence. Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) is the sport's biggest moneymaker, and his new revenue-sharing deal with Showtime could include up to six pay-per-view fights over 30 months.
January 10, 2016 |
Shameless has always gotten the short end of the stick. In any other previous TV landscapes, it might get its due. But with so much to watch, it's too often neglected. Shameless - its sixth season premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday on Showtime - perpetrates two great sins that keep it out of the Golden Age of TV conversation. The first is it's not perfect. It can be uneven. Characters can be written into corners. Its star - William H. Macy - was miscast in the lead as the ultimate deadbeat, formerly inebriated dad Frank Gallagher, who also ends up being the least interesting of his entire clan.