November 1, 2013 |
MARY STEENBURGEN burst on to the Hollywood scene in 1978, stuck in a marriage of convenience with Jack Nicholson in "Goin' South. " She's 60 now, hard to believe, with the same sexy, velvety drawl, and in "Last Vegas" she's hanging out with Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. In real life, she's married to Ted Danson (TV's "Cheers" and "CSI" - perhaps the best known TV star of the past 30 years). Not a bad gig. "I love what I do for a living," she said recently when the Daily News spoke with her at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas, "and still think I'm the luckiest person in the world to get to do this.
May 31, 2012
William Hanley, 80, a Broadway playwright and award-winning screenwriter who scripted a pioneering TV film that dealt with incest, died Friday at his home in Ridgefield, Conn. Mr. Hanley's works include Slow Dance on the Killing Ground and Mrs. Dally Has a Lover and the teleplays The Long Way Home and The Kennedys of Massachusetts. Mr. Hanley won Emmys for the TV movies The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank and Something About Amelia. First aired in 1984 on ABC, Amelia explored the largely taboo topic of parental sexual abuse.
February 3, 2012 |
THE TITLE isn't an exaggeration. It was something of a "Big Miracle," the way the plight of a family of gray whales, stranded under the Alaska ice, captivated the country and forced oil men and environmentalists, natives and Cold War foes to team up back in the waning days of the Reagan administration. And it's no small miracle that the story of that nearly forgotten moment makes for a delightful family movie. Political cynicism, media opportunism, dogmatic native "tradition," corporate greed and environmentalist stubbornness are each, in turn, dashed against this sunny Ken ("License to Wed")
September 19, 2011
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Ryan Gosling; Nicole Scherzinger. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Dr. Jill Biden; Ted Danson. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Simon Cowell; Natasha Leggero; Selena Gomez performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:30 a.m., 6ABC) - Phil McGraw; Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Jon "Bones" Jones; Switchfoot performs.
August 4, 2011 |
NOW THAT the debt ceiling has been raised, and Republicans and Democrats are devising new ways to be disagreeable, Fox News has got its fair and balanced panties in a bunch over a new threat to the Republic: SpongeBob SquarePants. According to Media Matters for America, which monitors this nonsense so we don't have to, Fox News has repeatedly lambasted SpongeBob's book and video about man-made global warming because he did not inform his young fans that such global warning "is actually a disputed fact.
August 2, 2010 |
THERE WAS a big wedding over the weekend . . . and Tattle would like to congratulate Alicia Keys who wed Swizz Beatz (aka Kaseem Dean) Saturday. The pair is expecting their first child. Mr. Beatz has two sons from a prior marriage. Deepak Chopra conducted the ceremony. Also getting married over the weekend, according to Us Weekly , was Rapper T.I. (aka Clifford Harris) and longtime girlfriend, singer and BET reality star Tameka "Tiny" Cottle . The busy couple wed in Miami and partied there, in Atlanta and L.A. And in one of the most talked about weddings since Archie married Veronica, a beaming Chelsea Clinton wed Marc Mezvinsky in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Chelsea wore Vera Wang , thankfully not the duds she made for the Eagles cheerleaders.
December 5, 2008 |
A smart aleck-y kidnapping caper that whooshes around to a thumping electronic beat, Nobel Son offers quotes from Ogden Nash and Pat Benatar, deploys a highfalutin synonym for cannibalism (anthropophagy), offers a movie-long commercial for the Mini Cooper, and features a hot candlelit sex scene on an apartment roof. It's not boring, even if it's too gimmicky for its own good. Directed by Bottle Shock's Randall Miller, Nobel Son stars Alan Rickman, camping it up as the monstrous Eli Michaelson, an ill-mannered, arrogant college professor who has just been awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
January 18, 2008 |
Mad Money , the distaff Ocean's Eleven , stars human seesaw Diane Keaton, earthly balance beam Queen Latifah, and the otherworldly whirligig Katie Holmes as a trio of Federal Reserve Bank employees who stage an inside job. None dare call it "stealing. " As the cash they pinch is scheduled for shredding, they prefer to call it "recycling. " A likable and completely dispensable heist film starring two of the deftest comedians working (Keaton and Latifah), the film from Callie Khouri is itself an American retread of the British caper telefilm Hot Money . Khouri, still best known for her Oscar-winning screenplay Thelma & Louise , opens her movie with arresting images.
September 22, 2007 |
Glenn Close? Never a big fan of her work. She always struck me as hammy and self-satisfied. And Ted Danson? It's been all downhill for him since he played Sam Malone on Cheers. So, it's somewhat surprising to see them both turning in such mesmerizing performances on Damages, she as cutthroat lawyer Patty Hewes, he as unscrupulous billionaire Arthur Frobisher. (Isn't Frobisher the name Mad Magazine always used to mock the stuffed shirt or the muddled consumer?) But Danson and Close are the only reasons to watch the FX legal thriller.
November 1, 1995 |
Mary Steenburgen was positively glowing, and it had nothing to do with her supporting role in the controversial, electricity-gone-awry flick, "Powder. " "I'm deeply in love with a really good person who loves me back immensely," Steenburgen said at the end of a long day of interviews that should have left her spent. "That is an amazing gift. " That "really good person" is new hubby Ted Danson, whom Steenburgen wed Oct. 7 at his restored Martha's Vineyard farmhouse overlooking the Atlantic.