November 20, 1992
Look out, Aladdin. This time when you rub your magic lamp, Robin Williams pops out of the spout, in Disney's manic new animated version of the classic fairy tale.And Mr. Williams' quick-change-artist of a genie plunges the film "Aladdin," which opens at most theaters Wednesday, into more whacked-out cartoon comedy shtick than the ancient Arabs and Persians ever bargained for."We wrote the script with Robin Williams in mind," said producer-director John Musker, who along with Ron Clements, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio expanded the screenplay from an original treatment by the late Howard Ashman.
July 18, 1992
Everyone connected with "Man Trouble" is 100 percent culturally validated: Jack Nicholson, of course, is the leading film actor of his generation; Ellen Barkin, after a series of vivid, passionate performances, is the first genuine actress since Meryl Streep to poise on the edge of movie stardom; Bob Rafelson, the director, is a legendary enfant terrible of Hollywood, having helmed the classic "Five Easy Pieces," as well as "Mountains of the Moon" and...
June 7, 2008
When the NBA Finals shift back to Los Angeles, we should hold a big ceremony at midcourt before the game so Jack Nicholson can hand over one of his Oscars to Paul Pierce. Nicholson will probably be fine with it. He has three, after all (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Terms of Endearment, As Good As It Gets). And a thespian like Nicholson can certainly recognize what a beautiful acting job Pierce did in Game 1 of the NBA Finals when he looked as if he needed to have his leg amputated at one moment.
November 26, 1997
One of filmdom's most compelling failures gets an airing tonight on The Movie Channel.Back in 1980, movie fans couldn't wait to see what director Stanley Kubrick would do with Stephen King's "The Shining" (9 p.m.-11: 25 p.m.), especially when the preview trailer showed an image that seemed to promise all sorts of macabre visions: a bleeding elevator.What they got when the film was released were some beautiful set pieces and sensational images.Unfortunately, there wasn't much of a story to surround all the wonderful pictures.
December 19, 1990
Got that slightly crazed, holidazed feeling? We'll try to help -- or at least give you a few seasonal laughs -- weekdays in The Sun.Marking time in 1991 The time-keeping, it is a-changin'. Just look at the 1991 calendars now on the shelf to tempt Christmas shoppers:Do you really know enough about Madonna? Are you dying to understand the perverse charade played out in Jack Nicholson's family of origin? Liz Smith understands. Her "1991 Gossip! Calendar" doesn't just keep track of time's relentless march.
January 24, 2009
1 Announcer 4 U: The Maryland-Duke game (noon, ESPN) is being called by Mike Patrick and Len Elmore. We're still waiting for Patrick to bring up Britney Spears in the middle of a basketball game. 2 Not so intense: DePaul and Marquette are natural rivals, but these days the Golden Eagles are ranked No. 11 and the Blue Demons are winless in the Big East (2 p.m., ESPN2). 3 Ode to Oden: Could this be the first 30-point game for Greg Oden (left)? The Blazers host the Wizards (10 p.m., Comcast SportsNet)
January 11, 2008
The Bucket List Rating -- PG-13 What it's about -- A pair of terminally ill old men set out to have a few peak experiences, things they've always wanted to do, places they've always wanted to visit, before they "kick the bucket." The Kid Attractor Factor -- Curmudgeonly Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman act like overgrown kids as they sky-dive, race cars and live it up. Good lessons/bad lessons -- Everybody ought to have a "bucket list," but not everything on it should be indulgent.
March 1, 1998
James Algar, 85, who brought nature and history documentaries as well as animated classics to Disney fans for 43 years, died Thursday in Carmel, Calif. He was best known for the Disney True Life Adventure Series he directed, including the episodes "Beaver Valley," "Bear Country" and "The Living Desert."Dr. George H. Hitchings, 92, who won the Nobel Prize in medicine for helping pioneer research techniques used by the modern pharmaceutical industry, died Friday in Chapel Hill, N.C. He and research partner Gertrude Elion won the Nobel Prize in 1988 for work that led to drugs for AIDS, herpes, leukemia and malaria, sharing the prize with Sir James W. Black of Britain.
October 6, 2006
Set in the lower depths and shiny high-rises of a Boston where the church lacks the moral stature to control bingo, The Departed tells a tale of the bad luck of the Irish with black humor, zest and cumulative kapow that take off the top of your head. With The Departed, Martin Scorsese and his screenwriter, William Monahan, have turned the Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs into a low-down and majestic cops-and-crooks epic. Far better than Mystic River, it brings to the screen the compass-less Beantown of deteriorating parishes and drifting good-bad guys.
April 30, 2012
Men now have a new option to treat erectile dysfunction. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the new drug Stendra to treat the illness that causes problems in the sex lives of 30 million men. It is the first erectile dysfunction drug in a decade. And its reacts faster than other drugs on the market meaning men may be able to add spontaneity back into the bedroom. Men take the drug, which increases blood flow to the penis, as needed 30 minutes before engaging in sex. They'll still have to take some precautions like when taking other drugs on the market.