March 26, 2004 |
For now, let's call it the Games and Geeks channel. Comcast Corp. said yesterday that it would buy technology-focused cable channel TechTV from billionaire Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Programming Inc. and merge it with G4, Comcast's two-year-old cable network devoted to video games. The move, to be completed in a few months pending regulatory approval, will nearly triple the distribution of G4. Terms were not disclosed, but a person with knowledge of the transaction said Vulcan had been paid less than $300 million.
February 18, 1990 |
George Washington, whose birthday is celebrated this week, had a lifelong interest in animals, both as workers and companions. Although he served his country with great distinction, Washington far preferred the rural life of a Southern aristocrat in Virginia to his tenure as general or president. Even in an agrarian society that knew animals well, Washington's informed interest in purebred dogs and horses was exceptional. He built extensive kennels and stables at Mount Vernon and kept detailed records of his canines' and horses' breeding and performance.
February 14, 1995 |
The Jan. 16 debut of the "Voyager" pilot ranked 21st in the Nielsen ratings the week it aired, with 21.2 million viewers tuning in. What did those viewers think of "Caretaker"? How did it compare to past "Trek" pilots? Did it properly launch the series? Here's a sample of comments from Trekkers: POSITIVE REVIEWS Most viewers praised "Caretaker," singling out the cast's diversity, the well-defined personalities of the characters and the top-notch special effects: "The pilot was one of the best of all the series.
October 4, 1993 |
Since her last appearance as Lt. Saavik in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986), Robin Curtis has longed to return to the "Trek" fold. And most Trekkers have longed to see her again. Finally, there is something to celebrate. Curtis will appear this season as a Romulan named Tallera in "Gambit," a two-part "Next Generation" episode. "It wasn't easy to face convention crowds for six straight years and respond to that inevitable question: 'When will you be on "Next Gen" or "DS9"?"
June 9, 1989 |
You may be skeptical when I write that "Star Trek V: the Final Frontier" is a spirited comic adventure. You may wonder, with prudent suspicion, if I am a "Trekkie. " Just like I was suspicious of the guy who dressed up in "Star Trek" garb for Wednesday's preview. "And who are you supposed to be?" he was asked. "I'm me," he said, unconvincingly. While I will not dress up like Captain Kirk or attend Star Trek conventions in hopes of shaking hands with Walter "Chekov" Koenig, I will say that if a good "Star Trek" episode comes on TV, I probably won't leave the room unless it's on fire.
September 21, 1990 |
All those years as the stoic Spock must have created a vast reservoir of compressed emotion in Leonard Nimoy, because the actor-turned-director has let loose a killer flood of feeling in "Funny About Love. " Frankly, a little Vulcan moderation would have greatly helped this picture, which is awash in precious and pointedly adorable moments, including one bizarre scene with Patrick Ewing. Good taste becomes an early drowning victim. Gene Wilder and Christine Lahti star as a married couple whose abiding happiness (they both like cardigans and cappuccino)
December 15, 2000 |
Philadelity, a local music festival that we can really be proud of (even if no one likes to admit it) is in full swing this weekend. Some highlights: Lilys and Aspera Ad Astra, two psychedelic-tinged bands that have recorded for the Philly-based File 13 label, are at the Khyber tonight with Hiroshima Nagasaki (10 o'clock, 56 S. 2nd St., 215-238-5888, $8). Around the corner at the Upstage (22 S. 3rd St., 215-627-4825) is the heavier punk and country bill of Hank Williams III, Sugar Skulls, and the Cream Chargers (9 p.m., $10)
June 18, 2007 |
One of the coolest, funniest exchanges in "Uncanny X-Men" No. 487 occurs when, in response to prodding about her husband Corsair's death, his widow Hepzibah states, "Is nothing to talk about. Dead is dead. " To which Warpath replies, "You clearly haven't been around the X-Men that often. " Not only is the exchange a cool in-joke highlighting the tendency - and frequency - of Marvel's mutants to "get better" after dying, it is also a metaphor for the resurrection of the "Uncanny X-Men" title in Ed Brubaker's talented hands.
June 9, 1989 |
For the fifth voyage of the Starship Enterprise, Leonard Nimoy, who directed the two excellent previous outings, turned over the helm to William Shatner. This is not the first time that a first officer has known more about running the ship than the captain, but things go well enough until the crew meets the real Man in Charge: A force that might be the Almighty. The road to heaven is paved with good intentions, and the theme that each person - and, for that matter, each species - tends to create a maker in his or her own image is not easily visualized, let alone dramatized.
January 10, 1998 |
The pieces are finally falling into place for "Hear, O Israel," the bash at the CoreStates Center Jan. 24 that kicks off a yearlong celebration honoring Israel's 50th birthday. The stage will be shared by the Philadelphia and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras, sometimes playing separately, sometimes together. Maestros Wolfgang Sawallisch and Zubin Mehta will lead their own groups in some works, and will orchestra-swap in others. Tony Bennett will croon Gershwin and Kern, Kathleen Battle will warble Mendelssohn, Israeli pop star Noa (Achinoam Nini)