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March 15, 2002 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
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.
NEWS
January 12, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 8, 1990 | By Lee Winfrey, Inquirer TV Writer
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.
NEWS
May 4, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 1998 | By Robert Strauss, FOR THE INQUIRER
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)
SPORTS
April 23, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
April 26, 2005 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 1998 | By Jack Lloyd, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
SPORTS
February 20, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
January 10, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
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.
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July 18, 2016
As the GOP gathers in Cleveland, Currents commentators Alan Novak and T.J. Rooney discuss what Donald Trump needs from the convention and what the convention needs from him. Alan Novak is a former chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania T.J. Rooney is a former chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party N ovak: The convention is the big show. It's designed to showcase the candidate and the candidate's party. The Republicans need Donald Trump to be a star in a positive sense, not a negative sense.
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January 10, 2016
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Fathom Events, Cinemark University 6, United Artists King of Prussia, and United Artists Riverview, Sunday and Wednesday, Jan. 20. www.fathomevents.com Paul Newman does his own stunts, pedaling backward, planking, handstanding on an old safety bicycle during the "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" montage in the middle of the 1969 classic outlaws-on-the-run western, loosely based on the train robbing escapades of...
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January 10, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 8, 2015
LET'S CALL IT "Tom Wolf's Big Adventure. " Not that he's starting to look like a political Pee Wee Herman (though, candidly, some suggest that). But like Pee Wee's prized tricked-out bike stolen in the classic 1985 film, Wolf's plan for higher taxes could get hijacked as soon as today. If things go as scheduled (always a question), the Republican-controlled House is set to vote on administration tax proposals. If the vote is "no," that could end big tax increases peddled by the Democratic guv. Wolf says the budget, overdue since July 1, can't be balanced without a jump in a broad-based tax, such as the PIT (personal income tax)
NEWS
October 2, 2015 | Ellen Gray, Daily News Staff Writer
* THE LEFTOVERS. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. * HOMELAND. 9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. * THE GOOD WIFE. 9 p.m. Sunday, CBS3. * MADAM SECRETARY. 8 p.m. Sunday, CBS3. * THE AFFAIR. 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. IT'S NOT OFTEN that I love a show without making a pest of myself to get other people to watch it, but that's where I was with HBO's "The Leftovers" a year ago. And it's where I remain as the show created by Damon Lindelof ("Lost") and Tom Perrotta returns for a second season Sunday with a giant leap beyond Perrotta's novel.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Showtime is adapting Loving Day , the semiautobiographical novel by Philadelphia-born and -raised writer Mat Johnson, as a comedy about race. The critically acclaimed Loving Day is about biracial Warren Duffy, who returns to his hometown of Philadelphia from Wales when his life falls apart. He has inherited his late father's dilapidated - and potentially haunted - Germantown mansion and learns he has a teenage daughter who believes she is white. The title refers to the annual June 12 celebration marking the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia , which struck down all bans on interracial marriage.
NEWS
July 13, 2015 | Ellen Gray
* MASTERS OF SEX. 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. Season 3 leaps forward to 1966 with William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan, below left, with Caitlin Fitzgerald) at last taking their sex research public. Their (somewhat fictionalized) private lives? They're as complicated as ever. * RAY DONOVAN. 9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. Ian McShane and Katie Holmes play a father and daughter who find uses for Ray (Liev Schreiber) and his special skills in Season 3. * THE STRAIN.
NEWS
July 10, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 17, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is a fascinating story buried in Iverson , a biographical documentary of the 76ers great. Director Zatella Beatty does her best to tease it out of her subject. But her greenness at the helm shows, as she relies heavily on a cloying score, obvious imagery, and a simplistic structure. The film, which premiered at last year's Tribeca Film Festival, starts with Allen Iverson's hardscrabble youth in the projects of Newport News, Va., hitting on his controversial 1993 arrest after a bowling alley brawl (which leads to a cameo by current NBC10 reporter Monique Braxton)
NEWS
May 4, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
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