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August 7, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* 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")
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August 6, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* 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.
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June 25, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
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.
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March 23, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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August 25, 1997 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
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?
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September 7, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
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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.
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July 25, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TELEVISION CRITIC
The Circus. Even if you watched every moment of the Republican National Convention, this quick-turn documentary series will probably find a way to highlight something you missed. 8 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. Survivor's Remorse. The Starz comedy about a young basketballer dealing with success starts its season with a somber episode, as Cam (Jessie T. Usher) and his family try to come to terms with the death of Uncle Julius (Mike Epps). And if that's not sad enough, the series Epps did next, Uncle Buck , has already been canceled by ABC. 10 p.m. Sunday, Starz.
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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.
NEWS
July 1, 2016 | Laurie Conrad
Miss Tom + Lorenzo's delicious commentary on the costumes of "Outlander" and What They Really Signify? We do. Let's hope our fave critical eyes on all things fabulous in TV, film and red carpetry don't let the backlash of a strident "Outlander" fan minority stop them from future dish on the show. (Haven't read T+L's "Outlander" coverage ? They can be tough, but we love!) Meanwhile, tv.line.com has this play-by-play on Season 2's back-in-Scotland costumes and What They Really Signify from no less than creator Terry Dresbach.
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June 24, 2016 | Laurie Conrad
It wasn't easy finding the right actors to play Brianna Randall and Roger Wakefield. She's the red-haired daughter of Claire and Jamie Fraser; he's, well, let's just say he's Brianna's love interest. Both characters have key roles in the "Outlander" book series, and should likewise factor strongly in future seasons of the TV show, which airs Saturday at 9 p.m. There's a new episode this week, but you'll have to wait till the July 9, 90-minute finale to judge for yourself how Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin do in their new roles.
NEWS
June 23, 2016
After Jamie and Claire Fraser, their daughter, Brianna Randall, and her Scottish friend, Roger Wakefield, are the two characters readers of the Outlander  book series by Diana Gabaldon have been most anxious to see in the TV version of "Outlander," now in its second season on Starz. Exclusive! Here's your first look of #Outlander 's Brianna and Roger: https://t.co/0aajvWFRR1 pic.twitter.com/fgkuiGZPj5 — Entertainment Weekly (@EW) June 22, 2016 Entertainment Weekly has released a first look at actors Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin in character.
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October 26, 2015 | Ellen Gray, Daily News Staff Writer
* THE LEFTOVERS. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. Season 2: Trailer #2 Nora (Carrie Coon, pictured with Justin Theroux) wakes during an earthquake in her new home in Miracle, Texas, to find boyfriend Kevin (Theroux) missing. She assumes he's vanished, as her previous family did. The truth will turn out to be more complicated. I'm loving this season so far, but not pretending to fully understand it. * DA VINCI'S DEMONS. 8 p.m. Saturday, Starz.   Third (and final)
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October 26, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bruce Campbell isn't a young buckaroo anymore. Ain't no use pretending. So it's all the sadder, albeit in a funny, heartwarming sort of way, to see the 57-year-old horror icon reprise his role from 1981's The Evil Dead by putting on a girdle to suck in his gut . Yep, that's the opening shot of Starz's horror comedy Ash vs. Evil Dead : Reluctant hero and ladies' man Ash Williams (Campbell) strains and heaves before a full-length mirror as he laces up a fierce-looking corset.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* BLUNT TALK. 9 p.m. Saturday, Starz. BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - To say that Patrick Stewart is on a mission to boldly go where no character of his has gone before is probably understating things. He's positively giddy about Walter Blunt, the cable news anchor he plays on Starz' new comedy "Blunt Talk. " Though that may be the coffee. "I am ricocheting around with too much caffeine, so watch out," Stewart warned me as he slid in beside "Blunt Talk" creator Jonathan Ames ("Bored to Death")
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2015 | BY ELLEN GRAY, Daily News Television Critic graye@phillynews.com, 215-854-5950
SPOILER ALERT: This story includes plot points of recent episodes of Starz's "Outlander" and HBO's "Game of Thrones. " RAPE. Underreported, notoriously hard to prosecute and in some cases subject to disagreement about what the word even means, it's always been a tricky thing to talk about. And it turns out that having millions of witnesses doesn't make it any simpler. Television has long and successfully fed on stories of generic, victimized women, but as rape moves beyond the crime-of-the-week, the treatment's getting some pushback from viewers.
NEWS
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.
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