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By Judy Gerstel and Judy Gerstel,Knight-Ridder News Service | January 10, 1994
"It's good for you, Bill," says Debra Winger with a snap of her fingers to a radio reporter departing the room, complaining about how "Shadowlands" made him cry."Clear those ducts out," she says, still snapping. "You men don't cry enough."Ms. Winger, a single mother with a 7-year-old son, makes grown men cry.In the movie, she plays New Yorker Joy Gresham, who brought love to the life of English author C. S. Lewis during the '50s and then promptly was stricken with cancer. For Anthony Hopkins, playing yet another repressed Englishman, the dam finally breaks.
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By David Zurawik | david.zurawik@baltsun.com and Sun TV Critic | February 28, 2010
A fter a desperately needed Olympic interlude, NBC gets back this week to the down-and-dirty business of trying to recover from the debacle of moving Jay Leno to prime time in September. Mercifully, the Vancouver Games, which end tonight, took the minds of many viewers off the NBC decision that sent a bloodied Leno back to 11:35 p.m. starting Monday, while Conan O'Brien was sent off to a very early $40 million retirement earlier this month. Of all the things that the beleaguered network must do the minute the Olympic flame is extinguished, nothing is more important than re-establishing itself as a viable viewing option at 10 p.m. weeknights, so that affiliates like Baltimore's WBAL-TV have at least a fighting chance to compete in late local news again.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | July 16, 1997
The two stars reportedly hated each other during the filming, but Richard Gere and Debra Winger sure made convincing romance on screen in "An Officer and a Gentleman" (8: 05 p.m.-10: 50 p.m., TBS).Director Taylor Hackford's 1982 film follows Gere as he maneuvers his way through Naval Officer Candidate School, despite two strikes against him: his attitude (he's quite the operator) and his drill instructor (Louis Gossett Jr.), who's hardly his biggest fan.Gere has never been better; he and Winger generate plenty of heat (some of which will be toned down for commercial TV)
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By Michael Sragow | November 21, 2008
Rachel Getting Married **** ( 4 STARS) Before this year's bigger-budget Oscar favorites crowd it off the screen, don't miss Jonathan Demme's vibrant comedy-drama about the ties that bind - and sometimes strangle. Anne Hathaway gives a career-changing performance as a recovering addict. She complicates the wedding plans of her sister, but she also jars family members out of reflex attitudes.
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By Michael Sragow | November 21, 2008
Rachel Getting Married **** ( 4 STARS) Before this year's bigger-budget Oscar favorites crowd it off the screen, don't miss Jonathan Demme's vibrant comedy-drama about the ties that bind - and sometimes strangle. Anne Hathaway gives a career-changing performance as a recovering addict. She complicates the wedding plans of her sister, but she also jars family members out of reflex attitudes.
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September 19, 1990
Carrie Fisher says mom in 'Postcards' isn't hersWhile Carrie Fisher's movie "Postcards From the Edge" may be a roman a clef of sorts about her own drug use and hard time growing up in Hollywood, Ms. Fisher wants it known that the film's tempestuous, boozy mother is not based on her real mom, Debbie Reynolds."
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By ROGER SIMON | December 18, 1991
So who's going to be the next president?Good question. Did you watch the big Democratic debate?You bet. I'm a good American.So who'd you like?I can't remember his name. But he wore a dark suit.They all wore dark suits.Well, I think he was a white guy.Five of them were white guys.He had a real snazzy tie.That was Tom Brokaw! He's not running for president.Oh. Well then, I guess I'll go with Clinton Harkin.Clinton and Harkin are two separate guys. One is a senator from Iowa and the other is governor of Arkansas.
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By Lou Cedrone | January 14, 1991
''The Sheltering Sky'' is more interesting than it deserves to be. Done by Bernardo Bertolucci on locations in North Africa, the film is strangely fascinating, in large part if not throughout. Its basic failing is that it should end long before it does.If you've read the book, you have the advantage. If you haven't, you might wonder what the final segment is about. Bertolucci, who co-authored the script, is obviously trying for something spiritual here, the effect of the North African culture on the leading female character, but it may be all too special, more mysterious than mystical.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | January 11, 1991
'The Sheltering Sky' Starring Debra Winger and John Malkovich.Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.Released by Warner Bros.R.* 1/2 Don't gimme "Shelter." Gimme mercy."
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By Los Angeles Daily News | December 13, 1993
Steven Spielberg's Holocaust epic "Schindler's List" was voted best picture of 1993 on Saturday by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.The New Zealand film "The Piano" received five of the association's awards, the most for the year. Holly Hunter won as best actress for her portrayal of a mute mail-order bride in the film, and Jane Campion was chosen best director and also won the screenplay award.Anna Paquin tied for best supporting actress for her role in "The Piano" as Miss Hunter's daughter with Rosie Perez, a distraught airplane crash survivor in "Fearless."
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By Chris Kaltenbach | July 16, 1997
The two stars reportedly hated each other during the filming, but Richard Gere and Debra Winger sure made convincing romance on screen in "An Officer and a Gentleman" (8: 05 p.m.-10: 50 p.m., TBS).Director Taylor Hackford's 1982 film follows Gere as he maneuvers his way through Naval Officer Candidate School, despite two strikes against him: his attitude (he's quite the operator) and his drill instructor (Louis Gossett Jr.), who's hardly his biggest fan.Gere has never been better; he and Winger generate plenty of heat (some of which will be toned down for commercial TV)
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By Judy Gerstel and Judy Gerstel,Knight-Ridder News Service | January 10, 1994
"It's good for you, Bill," says Debra Winger with a snap of her fingers to a radio reporter departing the room, complaining about how "Shadowlands" made him cry."Clear those ducts out," she says, still snapping. "You men don't cry enough."Ms. Winger, a single mother with a 7-year-old son, makes grown men cry.In the movie, she plays New Yorker Joy Gresham, who brought love to the life of English author C. S. Lewis during the '50s and then promptly was stricken with cancer. For Anthony Hopkins, playing yet another repressed Englishman, the dam finally breaks.
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By Los Angeles Daily News | December 13, 1993
Steven Spielberg's Holocaust epic "Schindler's List" was voted best picture of 1993 on Saturday by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.The New Zealand film "The Piano" received five of the association's awards, the most for the year. Holly Hunter won as best actress for her portrayal of a mute mail-order bride in the film, and Jane Campion was chosen best director and also won the screenplay award.Anna Paquin tied for best supporting actress for her role in "The Piano" as Miss Hunter's daughter with Rosie Perez, a distraught airplane crash survivor in "Fearless."
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By ROGER SIMON | December 18, 1991
So who's going to be the next president?Good question. Did you watch the big Democratic debate?You bet. I'm a good American.So who'd you like?I can't remember his name. But he wore a dark suit.They all wore dark suits.Well, I think he was a white guy.Five of them were white guys.He had a real snazzy tie.That was Tom Brokaw! He's not running for president.Oh. Well then, I guess I'll go with Clinton Harkin.Clinton and Harkin are two separate guys. One is a senator from Iowa and the other is governor of Arkansas.
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By Lou Cedrone | January 14, 1991
''The Sheltering Sky'' is more interesting than it deserves to be. Done by Bernardo Bertolucci on locations in North Africa, the film is strangely fascinating, in large part if not throughout. Its basic failing is that it should end long before it does.If you've read the book, you have the advantage. If you haven't, you might wonder what the final segment is about. Bertolucci, who co-authored the script, is obviously trying for something spiritual here, the effect of the North African culture on the leading female character, but it may be all too special, more mysterious than mystical.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | January 11, 1991
'The Sheltering Sky' Starring Debra Winger and John Malkovich.Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.Released by Warner Bros.R.* 1/2 Don't gimme "Shelter." Gimme mercy."
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik | david.zurawik@baltsun.com and Sun TV Critic | February 28, 2010
A fter a desperately needed Olympic interlude, NBC gets back this week to the down-and-dirty business of trying to recover from the debacle of moving Jay Leno to prime time in September. Mercifully, the Vancouver Games, which end tonight, took the minds of many viewers off the NBC decision that sent a bloodied Leno back to 11:35 p.m. starting Monday, while Conan O'Brien was sent off to a very early $40 million retirement earlier this month. Of all the things that the beleaguered network must do the minute the Olympic flame is extinguished, nothing is more important than re-establishing itself as a viable viewing option at 10 p.m. weeknights, so that affiliates like Baltimore's WBAL-TV have at least a fighting chance to compete in late local news again.
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August 20, 1995
Robert S. Hirschfield, 66, a political scientist, professor and author who was the dean of communications at the City University of New York, died of heart failure Friday in New York City. For many years, until his retirement in 1993, he directed CUNY-TV, the City University cable television channel.After his retirement, he became the editorial director of the Earth Times, a newspaper that focuses on economic development, the environment, human rights and population.Barry Matalon, 47, who gained a reputation as Hollywood's "hairdresser to the stars," died Friday in Los Angeles of AIDS-related complications.
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September 19, 1990
Carrie Fisher says mom in 'Postcards' isn't hersWhile Carrie Fisher's movie "Postcards From the Edge" may be a roman a clef of sorts about her own drug use and hard time growing up in Hollywood, Ms. Fisher wants it known that the film's tempestuous, boozy mother is not based on her real mom, Debbie Reynolds."
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