March 26, 2014 |
* SURVIVING JACK. 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Fox 29. WITH all due respect to William Shatner, Justin Halpern's father has undergone an extreme makeover since we last saw him. The quotable curmudgeon of CBS' "$#*! My Dad Says" is now the quotable curmudgeon of Fox's "Surviving Jack," in which a very funny Chris Meloni ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") plays Halpern's dad at an earlier stage of their relationship, when the writer, whose father-dependent Twitter feed launched his TV career, was still in high school.
November 17, 2012 |
One of the truisms of television is that the camera adds 10 pounds. Debate that, if you want. But know this: The camera cannot subtract 30 years. Usually when a TV show does a flashback episode that takes a significant amount of time off the clock, they'll cast an age-appropriate actor to play the star's younger self. But not always. And that's when things go looney tunes. You can't simply plant a wig or a hat or some makeup on familiar figures and expect us to buy them as a junior version of themselves.
August 17, 2012 |
Former first teen Chelsea Clinton , 32, is all grown up. Bill and Hillary Clinton 's only child will soon be ready for kids of her own. "I always knew I was the center of my parents' lives when I was growing up," Marc Mezvinsky 's wife tells Vogue. "And I am determined that our children feel the same way. " Clinton's job as an NBC News special correspondent means she's in the public eye again. "Historically, I deliberately tried to lead a private life in the public eye," she says.
June 1, 2012 |
This is the year Wizard Philly becomes the most attractive, star-studded, event-driven comic/sci-fi convention east of Comic-Con in San Diego. "This will easily be the biggest Wizard Philly ever", says John Macaluso, CEO of Wizard World, Inc. "This is by far the most activities and most starpower we've had at any of our conventions — ever. " Indeed, in a summer where "The Avengers" has already grossed more than a billion dollars by taking a bunch of huge, individual franchises and bringing them all together, Wizard seems to have taken the same approach.
May 31, 2012 |
It was one of those awkward live TV moments that now lives forever in infamy on youtube. On Wednesday morning's fourth hour of "Today," co-host Kathie Lee Gifford asked "Madagascar 3" plugger Martin Short about his wife, Nancy Dolman. Kathie Lee asked, "And you and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. How many years now for you guys?" "We ... have ... married ... 36 years," Short replied. Gifford: "But you are still like, in love?"
March 12, 2012 |
WILLIAM SHATNER doesn't turn down roles. Not on TV or films. Not self-mocking commercials, a long-running game-show square or oft-maligned (though I do love some) musical recording sessions. Why, the man won't even turn down an interview when he's still getting over a stomach flu and should be saving strength for the evening performance of "Shatner's World: We Just Live In It," his one-man show landing tomorrow for a one-nighter at the Merriam Theater. "My life's been all about saying yes to opportunities, because you never know where that can take you," he explained in a kindly, grandfatherly, 80-year-old voice more Denny Crane than Captain Kirk or comedy roaster or aggressive pitchman for Priceline.com.
March 11, 2012 |
What do you think of when you think about William Shatner? Star Trek 's original helmsman, Capt. Kirk, quite possibly. Or perhaps the supercilious spokesman for Priceline.com. Or any of the dozens upon dozens of other roles he has indelibly stamped with his inimitable mix of brio, cadence, and hambone. Even in his anecdotal one-man show, Shatner's World: We Just Live In It . . ., which he brings to the Merriam Theater this week, the actor can't really convey the scope of his work.
March 11, 2012 |
Although he has not exactly gone where no man has gone before, William Shatner's propensity for saying "yes" takes him places other entertainers may never get to. To hear Shatner tell it in his down-to-earth, chummy monologue called Shatner's World: We Just Live in It . . . - which Shatner brings to the Merriam Theater for one night Tuesday and which I saw last month in its limited Broadway run - his easy way of saying, "Yes, I can do that,"...
February 16, 2012 |
Although he has not exactly gone where no man has gone before, William Shatner's propensity for saying "yes" takes him places other entertainers may never get to. It's taken him - his voice, in any case - to the last space shuttle mission as Captain Kirk for the final wake-up call, and to an organization that sold his kidney stone for $100,000 so that he could give the money to Habitat for Humanity to build a house in devastated New Orleans....
September 23, 2010 |
For the 16th year in a row, the Daily News screened some of the fall TV pilots for winners of our Everybody's a Critic contest. This year's panel, which met last week for sandwiches, cookies and conversation, included: Pam Galowich, of Queen Village; Darnell Elizabeth Grayson, of Northeast Philadelphia; Bill Hollis, of South Philadelphia; Liz Kinky, of Maple Shade, N.J.; Mario Machi, of Bala Cynwyd; Laurie McCourt, of Somerton; Ellen Neubaur,...