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.
June 20, 2010 |
When the power dies and the inflatable screen at your drive-in withers like a sad balloon, the show can't go on. But the showmanship surely does. "The drive-in was invented on Admiral Wilson Boulevard in the 1930s. And here we are, in 2010, reinventing the future of the drive-in!" declares irrepressible impresario Ron "RadioRohn" Stekeur. Stekeur, known as Ron Stevens when he DJ'd at WZZD-AM in Philly, has presented al fresco films for seven years. This summer, he's charging $20 per carload at a location in Clementon.
October 5, 2014 |
Fans of HBO's rags-to-riches comedy Entourage , about a young Boston actor who makes it big in Hollywood, will recognize the premise of Starz's new offering, Survivor's Remorse . The sitcom, premiering at 9 p.m. Saturday, is about a basketball prodigy from a Boston housing project who lands a multimillion-dollar contract to play pro ball for an unnamed team in Atlanta. Created, written, and directed by actor-producer Mike O'Malley ( Glee , Justified ), Survivor's Remorse attacks its familiar material with a brazen, bold, take-no-prisoners attitude.
December 6, 2012 |
IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL time of the year - when Barbara Walters announces her annual list of the year's most fascinating people and Tattle asks whether the definition of "fascinating" has changed since we were young. Honey Boo Boo ? Fascinating? Come on. Walters spoke with Us Weekly about why she included 7-year-old Honey (a/k/a Alana Thompson ) on her 2012 list - and she doesn't think it was a Boo Boo. "It's a love story," Walters told Us of the bond between Alana and her mother, June Shannon.
October 11, 2011 |
Qwikster, we hardly knew ye. Yes, even before it could be launched, Netflix is killing the separate new website, Qwikster.com, that it had designed to take over its DVD-by-mail video-rental service. Netflix chief executive officer and cofounder Reed Hastings announced Qwikster's quick demise Monday in an e-mail to customers and a blog post - a reversal that came just 22 days after Hastings announced plans for Qwikster while apologizing to customers for having surprised them in July with a 60 percent jump in Netflix's entry-level subscription price.
October 26, 2015 |
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.
May 13, 2011 |
Jordan Scott's debut feature, "Cracks," brings us into the cloistered world of an all-girls English boarding school in the 1930s. The only way to get to the island campus is by ferry from the mainland; getting out seems even harder. "Cracks" focuses intently on the school's diving team, led by their fierce captain Di (Juno Temple), who understands that controlling the team also means being atop the social strata. They are coached by free-spirited Miss G (Eva Green), who preaches that the most important thing in life is desire - at a school where students recite Shelley's "Ozymandias" to caution them against ambition - and regales her charges with suspicious stories of world travels.
October 19, 2011
IN A FALL TV season in which CBS finds itself not only the most-watched network but tops among viewers under 50, it's probably a good time to rethink any assumptions about who's watching what on television. Not that I needed the Nielsens to tell me that: I'd already met the 17 members of this year's very lively Everybody's a Critic panel, who range in age from 24 to 69 but whose opinions and preferences aren't so easily categorized. Survivors of the most rigorous process we've used in the years we've been inviting readers in to the Daily News to watch TV, these critics were making their opinions known even before they arrived, having written reviews of some of the new fall shows just to be considered.
January 19, 2011 |
YESTERDAY MORNING, at the start of "Live With Regis and Kelly," Regis Philbin told co-host Kelly Ripa and his audience that he was retiring from the show sometime near the end of the summer. Aw, Reege, couldn't you give us a little time to recover from Larry King leaving the air? "I don't want to alarm anybody," Reege said, fearing the National Enquirer would start fast-tracking his obituary, before making the announcement. "It's been a long time . . . 28 years," Regis said of his current Manhattan-based program.
September 28, 2010 |
IT WASN'T the Jews, it was the booze. As Ozzy Osbourne prepares for his first concert in Israel, the former Black Sabbath (in Israel, Black Shabbot ) front man says it was alcohol, not politics, that has kept him away. Ozzy is in Israel as part of this year's international Ozzfest tour, along with Soulfly and Korn . Today's performance will be his first in the Holy Land. "I try to stay away from politics," Ozzy said Sunday in Tel Aviv. "They don't understand me and I don't understand them.