January 11, 2015 |
When comedian Patton Oswalt, this generation's Jonathan Winters, hits the Tower tonight, he'll unleash a new set of absurdist tales. Oswalt, 45, best known as the voice of Remy in the Disney film Ratatouille and as the narrator of ABC's The Goldbergs , along with acting roles in The Kings of Queens and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. , comes through Philly with the pedigree of a seasoned author. His second memoir, Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film , was published this week, following up his 2011 best-seller Zombie Spaceship Wasteland . Oswalt treats comedy and authorship with equal respect.
December 11, 2013 |
Attention film geeks: These books are for you! And for your loved ones, and for your movie-obsessed cousins and nephews, grandparents and best pals. And for you, if you want to immerse yourself in the world of moving images - even when you're nowhere near a theater or a smartphone, sitting on your sofa, or in a cafe, not a remote control or flat screen in sight. Just the pages of a book. From an epic and authoritative chronicle of the Oscars to behind-the-scenes anecdotes of filmcraft, to a deep, detailed exploration of digital imaging, to ridiculously captivating photos of film gods and goddesses and their canine friends, the season is a time for Hollywood-themed books.
June 1, 2011
TCM ESSENTIALS JR. 8 p.m. Sunday, TCM. THE NEW HOST of "TCM Essentials Jr. " doesn't claim to know what classic movies parents should be introducing to their children this summer. He just knows what he likes. "The picks weren't so much about like what, oh, what will parents like, what will kids like, whatever," said "Saturday Night Live" player Bill Hader in a recent phone interview. "It was mostly just personal preference and what I was into and stuff that I have like a personal story on. " Hader, who'll be 33 on Tuesday, is enough of an old-movie buff to have done a stint as one of TCM's guest programmers, and his new gig, in which he replaces actor John Lithgow, grew out of that one, he said.
May 10, 2011
NBC News yesterday made it official: Ann Curry will replace the departing Meredith Vieira as co-anchor of the "Today" show. Curry, who's been the show's news anchor since 1997, has also anchored "Dateline NBC" and served as Brian Williams' primary backup on "The NBC Nightly News. " But she may spend as much time in the air as she does on it: She's reported from everywhere from Darfur, Sudan, to the South Pole. Last week, she was in Pakistan. Here's hoping five mornings a week at Rockefeller Center won't bore her silly.
August 10, 2010
8 p.m. TCM Despite its dated take on race relations, this 1951 musical deserves a place among the classics. Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson star as a gambler and a showboat captain's daughter (right). William Warfield's "Old Man River" is the musical high point.
August 3, 2010
10:15 tonight TCM Fans of cinematic car chases rank the one in this 1968 action drama one of the best ever. Set in San Francisco, it stars ultracool Steve McQueen (right) as a cop helping to guard a prosecution witness in a high-profile trial.
July 8, 2010
10 tonight TCM Frankie Avalon (right) and Annette Funicello (left) play the hippest beach denizens in this 1965 sand-and-surf classic also starring Linda Evans and Don Rickles.
July 1, 2010
8 tonight TCM The legend of James Dean began with this 1955 classic about a misunderstood youth who vents his frustration destructively. The recently departed Dennis Hopper (right) also stars, along with Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo.
June 29, 2010
8 tonight TCM Robert Morse (right) re-creates his Tony-winning stage role as a lovable scamp who rises to the top of the corporate world by following the instructions in a book.
June 15, 2010
8 tonight TCM Charlton Heston (right) had many more blockbusters to his credit, but the actor gave one of his finest performances as an aging cowhand in this 1968 Western, which was his personal favorite among his films.