April 22, 2016
YOU KNOW what I really resent? I resent it when someone tells me I should vote for, or support, or give a pass to, someone because it will be a "historic moment. " Don't get me wrong. I'm as much a sucker for the grand and melodramatic gesture as anyone. Last weekend, I took my nephew to see the updated version of "Jungle Book," and I was reduced to sobs when the animals banded together to defend Mowgli. Heck, I still get a lump in my throat at that scene in "Spartacus" where all the other slaves rise up to protect Kirk Douglas from crucifixion by saying, "I am Spartacus.
April 21, 2016 |
The purple mohawk on Spartacus - a little less than 8 pounds - helps give the pup a little swagger. But the purple accent is just one in an arsenal of color combinations that the Brussels Griffon/Chihuahua mix wears. He has been green for St. Patrick's Day, blue just for fun. "During the World Cup, I had his mohawk, the tip of his tail, and his feet dyed orange to represent the Netherlands, cause that's where I'm from - my little Dutch Lion," said Sangeeta Koets, Spartacus' South Philadelphia owner, who has been having him dyed for about three years.
January 12, 2014 |
It's always a B-film bonanza when Greek myth meets Hollywood high-tech. 'Twas ever thus, since Jason and his Argonauts sailed Ray Harryhausen's wine-dark seas through the kraken's release in Clash of the Titans . Do not the gods deserve the best special effects we can lavish upon them? By Hera's hairy lip, they do! They also probably deserve a cohesive plot and dialogue that clarifies rather than confuses, but in The Legend of Hercules , they'll have to settle just for the special effects.
June 6, 2012 |
Liz II kicks it wid de knights Queen Elizabeth II, celebrating her diamond jubilee, was serenaded in a gala bash Monday eve by Britain's finest, including Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir Cliff Richard, and, hilariously, Sir Tom Jones. Isn't it weird that all these dudes are, like, knights now? Oh, and Shirley Bassey ("Goldfinger") is now a dame. Does the Queen even like such music? Hey, these parties aren't for her; they're for the world, and nobody's better at it than the Brits.
September 13, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Andy Whitfield, 39, who played the title role in the hit cable series Spartacus: Blood and Sand , died Sunday in Sydney, Australia, 18 months after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. "On a beautiful sunny Sydney spring morning, surrounded by his family, in the arms of his loving wife, our beautiful young warrior Andy Whitfield lost his 18-month battle with lymphoma cancer," Mr. Whitfield's wife, Vashti, said in a statement. "He passed peacefully surrounded by love.
April 28, 2011 |
Most of the fanfare surrounding the 83d Academy Awards focused on the ceremony's young hosts, Anne Hathaway and James Franco, but it was 94-year-old screen legend Kirk Douglas who stole the show. On hand to present the supporting-actress Oscar, Douglas earned plenty of laughs from the stage, where he teased Hugh Jackman and Colin Firth, flirted with Hathaway and category winner Melissa Leo, and performed a comedic shtick with his cane with the help of Omar Sharif's grandson, who shares a name with his famous relative.
January 21, 2011
SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA. 10 tonight, Starz. WHAT'S MISSING from "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," which premieres on Starz tonight? Well, for starters, Spartacus, who appears only briefly in a flashback - or more accurately, a flash-forward - at the beginning of the six-episode prequel the network ordered when Andy Whitfield was first diagnosed with cancer. (Whitfield, now being treated for a recurrence of his non-Hodgkin lymphoma, has been replaced in the title role by Liam McIntyre, Starz announced this week.
September 24, 2010 |
This week's DVD releases feature first-rate releases for kids and adults. Spartacus: Blood and Sand - Complete First Season, Grade B-plus: This Starz Network series features Andy Whitfield as the gladiator warrior hero Spartacus. It's a TV series that basks in the violence of the arena and wallows in the sexual perversions behind the scenes. Whitfield brings a strength and humanity to the performance that make Spartacus a bigger-than-life character. It's a tough role because Spartacus can survive only if he becomes a follower at the gladiator school, which can never overshadow his destiny as a leader.
March 11, 2010 |
THE POPULAR STARZ series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," which is sort of like "Gladiator" with a naked "Zena, Warrior Princess," has halted production because star Andy Whitfield has been diagnosed with cancer. Whitfield plays the title role in the show. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and will begin treatment immediately, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "I'm receiving excellent care, and am feeling strong, positive and determined with an army of support behind me," Whitfield said.
August 15, 2008 |
An ardent agnostic, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was not a Ten Commandments kind of guy. He was devout about the Ten Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, most especially the first in that Bill of Rights, with its guarantee of free speech. Trumbo, a rousing documentary as ornery, orotund and captivating as its subject (1905-1976), is an anatomy of irony. This cracking account chronicles how invoking the First Amendment got the puckish screenwriter convicted of contempt of Congress in 1950.