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.
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.
July 21, 2010
THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH. 10 p.m. Friday, Starz. WRITING ABOUT television might not have been as interesting back in the days when there were only a handful of channels, but it had to have been simpler. For one thing, if a TV critic praised or panned a program, chances are it was one most readers would actually have the opportunity to see, assuming the rabbit ears worked. Now? We get what we pay for (or can otherwise track down), whether it's a first look at "Friday Night Lights" - whose seasons now run on DirecTV's 101 Network before coming to NBC - or another two years of "Damages," which won't be available to FX fans unless they're signed up for DirecTV and its 101 Network.
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.
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?