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By Lou Cedrone | March 5, 1991
It's been a few years between films for Blythe Danner. Five years ago, she played the mother in the film version of Neil Simon's ''Brighton Beach Memoirs.'' She did television and stage in the ensuing years (she did ''Blythe Spirit'' at the Mechanic in 1987) but did no movies until last year, when she did Woody Allen's ''Alice,'' ''Mr. and Mrs. Bridge'' and ''The Prince of Tides.'' which Barbra Streisand directed.''It's because the children are grown,'' said Danner. ''I'm free to do more films than I did. My daughter is 18 and away at college, and my son is living in Riverdale, N.Y. Now I can go here and there for three weeks at a time.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 31, 2003
Sylvia is the latest example of a genre more popular with filmmakers than with audiences: the bad-mood piece. Its generalized depiction of poet Sylvia Plath's brief adulthood mostly amounts to lyric suffering. After a swift re-enactment of her euphoric Fulbright Scholar days at Cambridge University in 1956, and the relatively smooth months of her rocky marriage to poet Ted Hughes, the movie follows Plath into increasingly dark and extreme bouts of desperation en route to her suicide. The screenwriter, John Brownlow, and the director, Christine Jeffs, present Plath's self-destruction as so deeply rooted that it's inexplicable; when she confides her near-death experiences to Hughes, the secrets don't reveal anything.
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By Los Angeles Daily News | November 14, 1991
HBO's comedy series "Dream On," about the adventures of a book editor whose life is influenced by old movies and TV shows, led the list of nominations for the Awards for Cable Excellence with 13.In all, HBO captured the most nominations with 102, including 11 each for "Tales From the Crypt," its horror anthology series, and "The Josephine Baker Story" its original movie starring Lynn Whitfield as the legendary chanteuse.Winners will be announced during a live, televised ceremony from Hollywood's Pantages Theater at 6 p.m. on Jan. 12, which will be carried exclusively on cable channel TNT.The 374 nominees in 84 categories were culled from a record 1,827 entries.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | May 21, 1999
Kate Capshaw exudes a worn beauty in "The Love Letter," in which she plays Helen McFarquhar, an embittered bookstore owner who is given a second chance at love. Though Helen never thaws out into a character the audience can warm up to, this quirky romantic comedy has enough original characters, cozy atmosphere and plot twists to keep filmgoers interested, if not passionately engaged.After sending her daughter off to summer camp, McFarquhar happens upon an anonymous letter squeezed into the cushions of a couch in her shop.
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By Lou Cedrone | December 26, 1991
Barbra Streisand has performed a minor miracle, of sorts, with "Prince of Tides." As a director, she has extracted from Nick Nolte the best performance of his career.Nolte has always done well, but here he is required to be more than one-dimensional. He responds with a performance that is admirable in all areas.So is the film. Streisand, who also stars in the film, is a bit self-indulgent in the love scenes, but in all other respects this is a splendid movie version of an excellent novel.
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By Lou Cedrone | January 25, 1991
WOODY ALLEN'S ''Alice'' is a film that must be lauded for its inventiveness, and if, in total, it does not exactly thrill, it is most certainly pleasant.''Alice'' is an Allen homage to Federico Fellini, the director who did all this years ago in his ''8 1/2 '' and ''Juliet of the Spirits.''''8 1/2 '' was Fellini's examination of his own psyche. ''Juliet of the Spirits,'' released in 1965, allowed Mrs. Fellini, Giuletta Masina, her turn on the cinematic couch.In ''Juliet,'' fact was mixed very freely with fiction, illusion with reality and ghost with mortal being.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | July 24, 1995
There are no Orioles in sight, but we've got prime-time baseball on ABC, the Battle of Stalingrad is fought again on PBS, and Herman Munster clomps back to cable.* "Baseball Night in America" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Billed as a prime-time series, a six-game schedule brings baseball back to Channel 2, former home of Orioles broadcasts. Tonight's matchup offers the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees. ABC.* "Leave of Absence" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- How's this for a romantic dilemma?
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | May 21, 1999
Kate Capshaw exudes a worn beauty in "The Love Letter," in which she plays Helen McFarquhar, an embittered bookstore owner who is given a second chance at love. Though Helen never thaws out into a character the audience can warm up to, this quirky romantic comedy has enough original characters, cozy atmosphere and plot twists to keep filmgoers interested, if not passionately engaged.After sending her daughter off to summer camp, McFarquhar happens upon an anonymous letter squeezed into the cushions of a couch in her shop.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 31, 2003
Sylvia is the latest example of a genre more popular with filmmakers than with audiences: the bad-mood piece. Its generalized depiction of poet Sylvia Plath's brief adulthood mostly amounts to lyric suffering. After a swift re-enactment of her euphoric Fulbright Scholar days at Cambridge University in 1956, and the relatively smooth months of her rocky marriage to poet Ted Hughes, the movie follows Plath into increasingly dark and extreme bouts of desperation en route to her suicide. The screenwriter, John Brownlow, and the director, Christine Jeffs, present Plath's self-destruction as so deeply rooted that it's inexplicable; when she confides her near-death experiences to Hughes, the secrets don't reveal anything.
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By Steve McKerrow | April 8, 1991
A half-century later, perhaps the scariest thing about the Nazi regime's final solution is that the horrors of the Holocaust can be dismissed as irrelevant to current generations -- or worse, dismissed as not having happened at all.It is that palpable fear, as projected persuasively by actor/producer Leonard Nimoy, which provides the dramatic power of "Never Forget," a movie premiering tonight on cable's TNT service (at 8 p.m., with repeats at 10 p.m. and...
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | July 24, 1995
There are no Orioles in sight, but we've got prime-time baseball on ABC, the Battle of Stalingrad is fought again on PBS, and Herman Munster clomps back to cable.* "Baseball Night in America" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Billed as a prime-time series, a six-game schedule brings baseball back to Channel 2, former home of Orioles broadcasts. Tonight's matchup offers the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees. ABC.* "Leave of Absence" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- How's this for a romantic dilemma?
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By Lou Cedrone | December 26, 1991
Barbra Streisand has performed a minor miracle, of sorts, with "Prince of Tides." As a director, she has extracted from Nick Nolte the best performance of his career.Nolte has always done well, but here he is required to be more than one-dimensional. He responds with a performance that is admirable in all areas.So is the film. Streisand, who also stars in the film, is a bit self-indulgent in the love scenes, but in all other respects this is a splendid movie version of an excellent novel.
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By Los Angeles Daily News | November 14, 1991
HBO's comedy series "Dream On," about the adventures of a book editor whose life is influenced by old movies and TV shows, led the list of nominations for the Awards for Cable Excellence with 13.In all, HBO captured the most nominations with 102, including 11 each for "Tales From the Crypt," its horror anthology series, and "The Josephine Baker Story" its original movie starring Lynn Whitfield as the legendary chanteuse.Winners will be announced during a live, televised ceremony from Hollywood's Pantages Theater at 6 p.m. on Jan. 12, which will be carried exclusively on cable channel TNT.The 374 nominees in 84 categories were culled from a record 1,827 entries.
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By Steve McKerrow | April 8, 1991
A half-century later, perhaps the scariest thing about the Nazi regime's final solution is that the horrors of the Holocaust can be dismissed as irrelevant to current generations -- or worse, dismissed as not having happened at all.It is that palpable fear, as projected persuasively by actor/producer Leonard Nimoy, which provides the dramatic power of "Never Forget," a movie premiering tonight on cable's TNT service (at 8 p.m., with repeats at 10 p.m. and...
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By Lou Cedrone | March 5, 1991
It's been a few years between films for Blythe Danner. Five years ago, she played the mother in the film version of Neil Simon's ''Brighton Beach Memoirs.'' She did television and stage in the ensuing years (she did ''Blythe Spirit'' at the Mechanic in 1987) but did no movies until last year, when she did Woody Allen's ''Alice,'' ''Mr. and Mrs. Bridge'' and ''The Prince of Tides.'' which Barbra Streisand directed.''It's because the children are grown,'' said Danner. ''I'm free to do more films than I did. My daughter is 18 and away at college, and my son is living in Riverdale, N.Y. Now I can go here and there for three weeks at a time.
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By Lou Cedrone | January 25, 1991
WOODY ALLEN'S ''Alice'' is a film that must be lauded for its inventiveness, and if, in total, it does not exactly thrill, it is most certainly pleasant.''Alice'' is an Allen homage to Federico Fellini, the director who did all this years ago in his ''8 1/2 '' and ''Juliet of the Spirits.''''8 1/2 '' was Fellini's examination of his own psyche. ''Juliet of the Spirits,'' released in 1965, allowed Mrs. Fellini, Giuletta Masina, her turn on the cinematic couch.In ''Juliet,'' fact was mixed very freely with fiction, illusion with reality and ghost with mortal being.
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May 29, 1995
It's easier being green, Danner saysIt has become much easier in recent years to be conscientious about recycling. Just ask Blythe Danner, the actress who is starring in the Manhattan Theater Club production of "Sylvia."Wednesday night, she told guests at the Environmental Action Coalition's awards dinner in Manhattan what it had been like to recycle 25 years ago. "I used to get on a bus when I was doing 'Butterflies Are Free' and take the garbage downtown to a recycling center," she said.
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February 3, 2009
Hudson, Hill lip-synch Super Bowl performances After Jennifer Hudson's stirring performance of the national anthem before Sunday's Super Bowl - her first public appearance since the slayings of her mother, brother and nephew in October - the pre-show's producer told the Associated Press that the singing had been lip-synched. Rickey Minor, also the music director for American Idol, made no apologies. "There's too many variables to go live. I would never recommend any artist go live because the slightest glitch would devastate the performance," he said.
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