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October 29, 2007
Critic's Pick -- Halle Berry talks about her wide-ranging roles in a new Inside the Actors Studio (8 p.m., Bravo).
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2011
When the reign of Oliver Cromwell and his fellow killjoys ended, one of the first things the new English king did was order the theaters to reopen. Charles II didn't stop there. He allowed those theaters to do something previously unthinkable — engage women to act onstage. If that didn't signal the fall of Puritanism, nothing would. Those wild and crazy1660s also saw the rise of England's first successful female playwright, Aphra Behn. And that chapter from the Restoration inspired "Or," a comic work by Liz Duffy Adams that receives its regional premiere this week from Rep Stage in Columbia.
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By David Zurawik | June 10, 2001
For all the buzz about what great interviews James Lipton does on his acclaimed "Inside the Actors Studio" series, his encounter with Robin Williams tonight gives precious little insight into Williams' history, inner life or psyche. Nevertheless, this is two hours of TV talking heads that you don't want to miss. While Williams reveals hardly anything about who he really is, the mesmerizing, manic extremes to which he goes during the session in an effort to avoid serious conversation make for one of the greatest, most insane improv performances in the history of cable television.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | November 10, 2008
Inside the Actors Studio, one of TV's smartest and most engaging productions, celebrates its 200th episode tonight by putting host James Lipton in the guest's seat with comedian Dave Chappelle doing the interviewing. The two-hour program covers the celebrated 14-year run of the program, revisiting interviews by Lipton with Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Will Smith, Sally Fields, Al Pacino and, it seems, just about everyone who is anyone in the world of theater, film and TV. During an era of increasing incivility on television and in American life, Lipton has achieved the near-impossible feat of creating and starring in a show that is both popular and distinguished for its intelligence and grace.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | November 10, 2008
Inside the Actors Studio, one of TV's smartest and most engaging productions, celebrates its 200th episode tonight by putting host James Lipton in the guest's seat with comedian Dave Chappelle doing the interviewing. The two-hour program covers the celebrated 14-year run of the program, revisiting interviews by Lipton with Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Will Smith, Sally Fields, Al Pacino and, it seems, just about everyone who is anyone in the world of theater, film and TV. During an era of increasing incivility on television and in American life, Lipton has achieved the near-impossible feat of creating and starring in a show that is both popular and distinguished for its intelligence and grace.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,SPECIAL TO THE SUN Chris Kaltenbach, Staff writer contributed to this article | November 27, 1996
Most of the action tonight is on cable, but CBS has a notable way to attack the competition: Make it brief, as in the broadcast TV premiere of 1993's "The Pelican Brief.""Ellen" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- On this week's Thanksgiving episode of "Ellen," the turkey comes out -- of the oven, that is. Meanwhile, guess who's coming to dinner? A homeless man, played by "SCTV" veteran Joe Flaherty. ABC."The Pelican Brief" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington are very good as the noble leads in this John Grisham thriller, but don't downplay the performances or impact of the supporting cast, especially John Lithgow and John Heard.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2011
When the reign of Oliver Cromwell and his fellow killjoys ended, one of the first things the new English king did was order the theaters to reopen. Charles II didn't stop there. He allowed those theaters to do something previously unthinkable — engage women to act onstage. If that didn't signal the fall of Puritanism, nothing would. Those wild and crazy1660s also saw the rise of England's first successful female playwright, Aphra Behn. And that chapter from the Restoration inspired "Or," a comic work by Liz Duffy Adams that receives its regional premiere this week from Rep Stage in Columbia.
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | February 25, 1991
THE SETTING IS the elegant Grand Hotel, cosmopolitan hub of 1928 Berlin. Rumbles of Germany's coming unrest are safely kept at bay as the beautiful people -- wealthy businessmen, acclaimed artists, impoverished nobility and the bourgeois hopeful -- try to fulfill unrealistic dreams.Overseeing all this is an embittered observer, Colonel Doctor Otternschlag, maimed in heart and body, who acts as a kind of solo Greek chorus, introducing the hotel's guests and staff. In song and prose he comments with ironic insight on their secrets, schemes and fates.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 10, 1999
Things remained pretty much unchanged on the local news front last month, as WJZ, Channel 13, continued to outperform WBAL, Channel 11, in four of the five daily news slots. Just as it had in the November ratings book, WJZ finished on top in the morning, midday, 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news slots, while WBAL managed to eke out a narrow victory at 5 p.m. The February sweeps numbers continue the good-news pattern for new WJZ vice president and general manager Jay Newman, who arrived on the job in November, just in time to watch his station wrest superiority in the key 11 p.m. daily time slot from WBAL.
NEWS
September 17, 1997
Elisabeth Brooks, 46, an actress seen on television shows such as "The Rockford Files" and "Hart to Hart" but perhaps best-remembered as the villainess in "The Howling," died of cancer Sept. 7 in Palm Springs, Calif.Roger Frey, 84, a close aide to Gen. Charles de Gaulle who as interior minister crushed a revolt by French settlers opposed to Algerian independence, died Saturday in Paris of a stroke.Will Hare, 81, a founding member of the Actors Studio who appeared on Broadway, in television and in movies over a four-decade career, died of a heart attack Aug. 31 in New York.
FEATURES
October 29, 2007
Critic's Pick -- Halle Berry talks about her wide-ranging roles in a new Inside the Actors Studio (8 p.m., Bravo).
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik | June 10, 2001
For all the buzz about what great interviews James Lipton does on his acclaimed "Inside the Actors Studio" series, his encounter with Robin Williams tonight gives precious little insight into Williams' history, inner life or psyche. Nevertheless, this is two hours of TV talking heads that you don't want to miss. While Williams reveals hardly anything about who he really is, the mesmerizing, manic extremes to which he goes during the session in an effort to avoid serious conversation make for one of the greatest, most insane improv performances in the history of cable television.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 10, 1999
Things remained pretty much unchanged on the local news front last month, as WJZ, Channel 13, continued to outperform WBAL, Channel 11, in four of the five daily news slots. Just as it had in the November ratings book, WJZ finished on top in the morning, midday, 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news slots, while WBAL managed to eke out a narrow victory at 5 p.m. The February sweeps numbers continue the good-news pattern for new WJZ vice president and general manager Jay Newman, who arrived on the job in November, just in time to watch his station wrest superiority in the key 11 p.m. daily time slot from WBAL.
FEATURES
By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,SPECIAL TO THE SUN Chris Kaltenbach, Staff writer contributed to this article | November 27, 1996
Most of the action tonight is on cable, but CBS has a notable way to attack the competition: Make it brief, as in the broadcast TV premiere of 1993's "The Pelican Brief.""Ellen" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- On this week's Thanksgiving episode of "Ellen," the turkey comes out -- of the oven, that is. Meanwhile, guess who's coming to dinner? A homeless man, played by "SCTV" veteran Joe Flaherty. ABC."The Pelican Brief" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington are very good as the noble leads in this John Grisham thriller, but don't downplay the performances or impact of the supporting cast, especially John Lithgow and John Heard.
FEATURES
By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | February 25, 1991
THE SETTING IS the elegant Grand Hotel, cosmopolitan hub of 1928 Berlin. Rumbles of Germany's coming unrest are safely kept at bay as the beautiful people -- wealthy businessmen, acclaimed artists, impoverished nobility and the bourgeois hopeful -- try to fulfill unrealistic dreams.Overseeing all this is an embittered observer, Colonel Doctor Otternschlag, maimed in heart and body, who acts as a kind of solo Greek chorus, introducing the hotel's guests and staff. In song and prose he comments with ironic insight on their secrets, schemes and fates.
NEWS
January 12, 2009
Kyle XY, the sleeper hit about a mysterious bio-engineered boy and his human family, returns for a third season tonight. Growing up is difficult even for those without special powers. But it's especially challenging for Kyle (Matt Dallas), who's starting to realize that he's being called upon to use those powers in ways that may jeopardize his personal relationships. In tonight's episode, Kyle tries to locate true-love Amanda (Kirsten Prout), while Lori, Declan, Josh and Andy (April Matson, Chris Olivero, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Magda Apanowicz)
NEWS
October 6, 2004
John Stix, former artistic director at Baltimore's Center Stage who taught acting for the last 30 years at The Juilliard School in New York City, died of a heart attack Saturday at a hospital in Hackensack, N.J. He was 83 and lived in Sneden's Landing, N.Y. The St. Louis native was a 1942 graduate of Black Mountain College in North Carolina, where he earned a bachelor's degree in musicology. After Army Signal Corps service in Europe during World War II, he earned a master's degree in fine arts from the Yale School of Drama.
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