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.
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.
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.
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.
July 7, 2011
TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY. 10 p.m. tomorrow, Starz. MORE THAN ever, we're getting the television we pay for. If you're lucky enough to share your tastes with tens of millions of viewers - or a significant share of Nielsen households - this probably isn't your headache. If you're the couch potato equivalent of a picky eater, someone who's used to seeing favorite shows go down in flames on networks that depend on ad revenue, you may now have options. But they're going to cost you. If you'd like, for instance, to see the next season of "Damages" any time soon, you'll need to sign up for DirecTV, which has taken over the Glenn Close legal thriller that returns next Wednesday on its 101 Network.
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.
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.
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.
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.