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.
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.
October 1, 2010
In Concert 3680 Walnut St.; 215-898-6701. www.annenbergcenter.org . Terence Blanchard, jazz trumpeter. $20-$45. 10/3. 7 pm. 519 Hurffville-Cross Keys Rd., Sewell; 856-256-8660. www.tdbankarts.com . Gordon Lightfoot. $29.50-$102. 10/7. 8 pm. 421 N. Seventh St.; 215-569-9400. www.livenation.com . The B-52s. $39.50. 10/1. 8 pm. !!! (Chk Chk Chk). $18. 10/2. 8:30 pm. Switchfoot. $22.50. 10/3. 7:30 pm. Ratatat. $22. 10/6. 8 pm. Zakk Wylde & Black Label Society.
June 6, 2014 |
* POWER. 9 p.m. tomorrow, Starz. LELA LOREN is spending her summer hanging out with crime bosses looking to go legit. Loren, who has a recurring role in Fox's "Gang Related" (9 p.m. Thursdays), also stars opposite Omari Hardwick ("Being Mary Jane") in the new Starz drama "Power," where she's playing Angela Valdes, a government lawyer and the long-lost love of James "Ghost" St. Patrick (Hardwick). Ghost, who she once knew as Jamie, is a now-married drug lord who dreams of making his nightclub sideline his only business.
April 5, 2012
MAGIC CITY. 10 p.m. Friday, Starz. REMEMBER THE ducks in Tony Soprano's swimming pool? There's something floating, too, in the pool at Miami's Miramar Playa hotel on New Year's Eve 1958. It won't be flying away - at least not under its own steam - but it will become a running joke in the first hour of Starz's "Magic City. " I'm guessing, though, that it'll never be subjected to the same scrutiny as those much-analyzed ducks, any more than the naked woman and the shark swimming through the title sequence will.
January 26, 2014 |
Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) is readying his men to make the biggest score of the century. The 18th century. Return with us now to the barnacled high-water mark for piracy, when merchant ships plied the Spanish Main at their peril. Black Sails (9 p.m. Saturday on Starz) is a bawdy, bodacious, and brutal eight-episode series set on the island of New Providence (the Bahamas) in 1715. It may take you a while to figure out who's who in this big, sunburned ensemble, so allow me to give you a head start.
November 3, 2015 |
MOIRA Walley-Beckett is "drawn to dark. " Which is why, after years of writing for "Breaking Bad" - winning an Emmy for the celebrated "Ozymandias" episode - she did the next logical thing. She formed a ballet company. And while you can't buy tickets to that 22-member troupe's one and only season, you can see it perform beginning Sunday, on Starz, in Walley-Beckett's "Flesh and Bone. " An eight-episode limited series that stars newcomer Sarah Hay as Claire Robbins, a troubled young dancer on the cusp of a brilliant career, "Flesh and Bone" is set in a world that its creator, a former actress and dancer, knows something about.