November 24, 2008
Music awards squeezed in between performances With performances by some of music's hottest acts - Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Kanye West, the Jonas Brothers and 15 others - who needs awards? The American Music Awards, presented yesterday during a live broadcast on ABC, kept with its long-held tradition of wedging prizes in between action-packed performances. "This year more than ever," said Orly Adelson, president of dick clark productions, which puts on the show, said last week. "We have 19 performances, which we've never done before ... Every big artist this year said yes, and we wanted them all."
October 12, 2008
Somebody Up There Likes Me 8 p.m. [Turner Classic Movies] TCM is running several Paul Newman movies, including this biopic of boxer Rocky Graziano. The Time magazine review in 1956 said: "Paul Newman brings to awesome life the jungle qualities implicit in a slum childhood." From Variety: "Paul Newman's talent is large and flexible." And from The New York Times: "He plays the role of Graziano well, making the pug and Marlon Brando almost indistinguishable. He is funny, tough and pathetic in that slouching, rolling, smirking Brando style, but with a quite apparent simulation of the mannerisms of the former middleweight champ."
September 28, 2008
Paul Newman the actor, director, race car driver, political activist and philanthropist has died - and a buoyant strain of the American spirit has gone with him. He was 83 when he succumbed to cancer at his home near Westport, Conn., on Friday. For all his adult years, he imbued each of his arenas with unique, muscular vivacity. Mr. Newman wore the mantle of his superstardom lightly. Honored as an actor and a humanitarian, respected for putting forth liberal views without condescending to opponents, he was a Renaissance man and a stand-up guy. With Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting , Mr. Newman became part of our national pop fantasy life.
November 12, 2007
I HONOR `real journalism,' which doesn't get clouded by false stories whether they're about me or anybody else," said Angelina Jolie at the Courage in Journalism Awards in Beverly Hills. So, you see, occasionally something does happen on the West Coast that isn't about Britney, Nicole, Lindsay or Paris. A saucy film Meryl Streep as Julia Childs? Nora Ephron is adapting the Julie Powell book Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen. The saucy Ms. Ephron will also direct and - hooray - the movie will be made in New York City in March.
July 13, 2007
Talk to Me never was sent to me as a director," says Kasi Lemmons, the 46-year-old black woman who ended up directing it superbly. "I lobbied for it," she says over the phone from Los Angeles. "I don't think they were looking for a woman director, [certainly not] based on my movies, which were ... more lyrical." Then she catches herself: Talk to Me, a live-wire portrait of Washington broadcast personality Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. (Don Cheadle), is lyrical, "but with a different beat.
December 8, 2002
NEW YORK -- "Nobody very remarkable ever come out of it, s'far as we know," says the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder's Our Town, speaking of Grover's Corners. No matter how shruggingly off-the-cuff the actor delivers it, the line sounds like a lie. This is, after all, Paul Newman up there, whose remarkableness -- easygoing star charisma incarnate, here sporting a cardigan and specs -- makes the fictional Protestant Republican burg a mighty glamorous place indeed. The last time Newman played Broadway was in a 1964 romantic comedy called Baby Want a Kiss.