August 7, 2014 |
* OUTLANDER. 9 p.m. Saturday, Starz. CAN a premium-cable audience find romance with a time-traveling World War II nurse in 18th-century Scotland? Starz is betting on it, to the tune of at least 16 episodes. And I'm betting on Starz, whose new drama, "Outlander," is as welcoming to newcomers as it should be to the millions of fans of Diana Gabaldon's best-sellers, who have had more than 20 years to form mental pictures of Claire "Sassenach" Randall and Jamie Fraser, and are unlikely to have imagined better than the superbly cast Caitriona Balfe ("Super 8")
August 6, 2013 |
* THE WHITE QUEEN. 8 p.m. Saturday, Starz. (Special preview at 10 p.m. Friday.) BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Royals are having a pop-culture moment. I'm not just talking about that infant whose birth launched all those TV news specials a few weeks back - but about the long-dead kings and queens who played the real-life game of thrones centuries ago. Helped along by novelist George R.R. Martin, who mixed dragons and direwolves with Britain's War of the Roses to create the fantasy history that spawned HBO's "Game of Thrones," the extravagantly costumed historical drama is back.
June 25, 2014 |
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES reports that filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and Starz are bringing an anthology series of "The Girlfriend Experience," based on Soderbergh's 2009 film of the same name, to cable. The movie starred porn's Sasha Gray as a pricey Manhattan escort. The series will offer 13 episodes about 13 different women in 13 different cities, possibly getting paid for 13 different positions. Writing and directing will be indie filmmakers Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz . Co-executive producer Philip Fleishman said in a statement, "Many of these women are extremely accomplished.
March 23, 2014 |
Leonardo da Vinci is one of those impossibly gifted giants whose life was so remarkable, yet so full of mystery, it has inspired some seriously wacked-out theories. Dan Brown had da Vinci enmeshed in a millennia-old conspiracy hatched by the Catholic Church. There's plenty of the same off-the-wall madness in Da Vinci's Demons , writer-producer David S. Goyer's delirious TV drama that returns for a second season 9 p.m. Saturday on Starz. Off-the-wall? Saturday's episode opens atop Machu Picchu (in present-day Peru)
April 5, 2012 |
Mitch Glazer has been breathing, thinking, and talking Magic City for decades. The show's creator, writer, and co-executive producer was born to it. Glazer, who grew up in Miami Beach, drew on his childhood memories to create Starz's lush new period drama, which premieres Friday at 10 p.m. for an eight-episode first season. Set in the late 1950s, Magic City stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Gray's Anatomy) as Ike Evans, a cabana boy turned tycoon who builds one of the first of the luxury hotel-resorts that came to define Miami Beach in the Rat Pack era. A widower, Ike lives in his shiny new palace with his two grown sons, Stevie (Steven Strait)
October 21, 2011
* BOSS. 10 tonight, Starz. KELSEY Grammer and Tom Kane, the fictional Chicago mayor he plays in Starz's new drama "Boss," share the ability to speak, seemingly off the cuff, in flowing, beautifully enunciated paragraphs. It's to be hoped the resemblance ends there, since Kane is secretly ill with Lewy Body dementia, a progressive neurological disorder that at some point will rob him of much more than his perfect diction. Plus, he's not a very nice guy - to put it mildly - wielding power like a man who knows the business end of a hammer and interspersing his public musings with vicious private outbursts.
August 25, 1997 |
Stand by for changes in your cable. Hey, not just new programs . . . new channels. PRISM, the premium channel that has offered a mix of local sports and movies here since 1976, is going out of business Sept. 30, along with SportsChannel, a sister service that many cable companies provided as part of their basic cable package. The majority of cable systems in the Philadelphia region have been carrying both, said PRISM/SportsChannel spokesman Mike Rosen. What will take their place?
September 7, 2014 |
Imagine if Michael Bay, of Transformers and Bad Boys fame, had directed the rom-com Bridget Jones's Diary , or if Oliver Stone remade Sleepless in Seattle . We'd get totally different - in those cases, ridiculously different - movies. The question of how various directors might handle the same story has always fascinated Hollywood producer Chris Moore, who made his name with the acclaimed 1997 sleeper hit Good Will Hunting and his fortune with the wildly successful American Pie franchise.
July 6, 2016
"Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone. " That's the title of the 9th (possibly last?) book in the "Outlander" series by Diana Gabaldon, the basis for the hit Starz TV show "Outlander. " Gabaldon explained on Facebook that "It's a very old Celtic custom (known in other parts of Europe, too) that made it to the Appalachians. You always tell the bees when someone is born, dies, comes or goes - because if you don't keep them informed, they'll fly away. " Season 2 on Starz is based on "Dragonfly in Amber," the second book in the series.
April 7, 2015
An item in "On the Boards" Monday on appointments to the Temple University board of trustees incorrectly reported that trustee Patrick V. Larkin, area president for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., was retired. Larkin is not retired and actively serves as the company's area president. A story Saturday on the Starz TV show Outlander wrongly described the number of episodes. There will be eight new episodes shown this spring for a season total of 16.