Throughout July, ESPN's award-winning flagship news hour "SportsCenter" is devoting a chunk of every broadcast to a segment called "Who's Now." It's an elimination tournament, purely theoretical, to determine which current athlete is the most "now"—although two weeks into the competition, it's still anyone's guess what exactly "now" means.
There is something broken about an industry that can't find good work for actresses like Glenn Close and Holly Hunter. No one wants to hear another pious rant about the film business's allergy to women over the age of 40, because, for one thing, it's not entirely true, and for another, enough already.
The two most talked-about television events of the past year were the final season of "The Sopranos," during which Tony Soprano either did or didn't die in the final seconds of the last episode, and the season finale of "Lost," which blew its audience's collective mind with (spoiler coming, sorry) a pre-crash, pre-island flashback that was actually—gotcha!—a post-crash, post-rescue flash-forward.
To help remodel the house that Tony Soprano built, HBO will unveil five original series over the next year, including a show about a combustible family of California surfers, a broad satire of filthy-rich Friends of Dubya set deep in the heart of Texas and a relationship drama with scenes of raw sexuality between four different couples, among them a pair of white-haired sixtysomethings.
In "The Case for War," the third installment of PBS's sprawling, 11-part, $20 million documentary series "America at a Crossroads," former Bush administration adviser Richard Perle spends the better part of an hour explaining why going to war in Iraq was the right thing to do. "The Case for War" has infuriated many public broadcasters and media watchdogs from the moment that plans for it, and for "America at a Crossroads," were announced in March 2004.
The medical photographs on Robert Rodriguez's laptop are, in a word, disgusting. They show real, live human beings afflicted with ... actually, Robert, why don't you explain? "It's this thing called 'necrotizing fasciitis.' It's basically a flesh-eating virus," he says, giggling. "Pretty nasty, huh?" The 38-year-old director ("Sin City") borrowed the photos from a doctor pal and used them to inspire the look of the zombies in "Planet Terror," an 85-minute splatterfest that kicks off...
Last summer, the Chicago Tribune printed a peculiar story about the nationally syndicated public-radio show "This American Life." The story wasn't so much about the show, which has a loyal weekly following of 1.7 million listeners, so much as it was about the show's staff and their struggles to get situated in their new home, New York City, after a decade of happy times in Chicago, where "This American Life" got its start.
David E. Kelley's new hourlong comedy for Fox, "The Wedding Bells," about three sisters (named, tah-dah, Bell) who run a fancy, full-service wedding parlor, is dreadful in a multitude of ways, but at least it clarified for me how important I'll be at my own wedding in two months: not at all.
Denis Leary remembers the exact moment when all his notions about what television could be got blown to smithereens. It came during the first season of "The Sopranos." "It was the episode where Tony Soprano is driving Meadow to visit colleges and he runs into the snitch along the way," says Leary, the star and co-creator of FX's firefighter dramedy "Rescue Me." Tony (James Gandolfini) happens upon the turncoat, who'd been placed in witness protection, at a gas station on some leafy country road.
Armed & famous," CBS's new reality series about celebrities turned cops in Muncie, Ind., is one of those abominations that get people moaning about the plight of American culture, but if nothing else, the show justifies its existence by giving us scenes where someone can utter the phrase "Officer La Toya Jackson." The seven-episode series is like a cross between "Cops" and "Scooby-Doo," only instead of Shaggy, the team doofus is 4-foot-7 Jason (Wee-Man) Acuña of "Jackass" fame. (WWE wrestler...
The British comedian stars in the new family flick "A Night at the Museum," which is set in New York's American Museum of Natural History. He spoke with Nicki Gostin.Yeah, they do look a bit like lost souls staring back at you.
Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain" stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz in a time-tripping, psychedelic love story set in three different centuries. The story of how it got made is either (a) the story of a gifted director who refused to quit on an idea and bet his career on the movie of his dreams, or it's (b) a folly about a myopic talent who set out to make an Important Film and ended up delivering a silly one.
For a brief moment in December 2004, the "Borat" movie was on the brink of collapse. The original director had left--"creative differences" with the star, the usual stuff--and the studio was getting twitchy. "We were officially a problem project at that point," recalls producer Jay Roach, who directed "Austin Powers." Leading man Sacha Baron Cohen's choice to take over was "Seinfeld" veteran Larry Charles--but there was a problem. "I had hair down to my a--, a beard down to my waist and I was...