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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | February 9, 2002
NEW YORK - In a decision that may set off yet another scramble for Producers tickets, the matinee on Sunday, March 17, will be the last performance for the two above-the-title stars of the blockbuster musical. Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick have been with the show since last February, when it began a tryout in Chicago. When the show moved to New York the following month, it quickly became the must-get ticket on Broadway. The surprising choice to fill Lane's role is Henry Goodman, a British actor who is little known in the United States but who won an Olivier, British theater's highest award, last year for a riveting portrayal of Shylock in a Royal National Theatre production of The Merchant of Venice.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | August 21, 2009
"My One and Only," the Renee Zellweger movie filmed in and around Baltimore during the summer of 2008, opens in New York and Los Angeles today but as yet has no firm date set for its Charm City premiere. A spokeswoman for the distributor, Freestyle Releasing, said the movie is scheduled to open in additional cities beginning Sept. 4, but no openings have been confirmed in the Baltimore-Washington area. Such limited initial releases are common for smaller films, especially those not released by mainstream studios.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 21, 1997
Fittingly, tonight's final episode of "Wings" enables the veteran sitcom to go out not with a bang, or even a whimper, but just a pleasant smile.For eight seasons, this chronicle of a tiny Nantucket airline has served as the archetypal working-man's sitcom, rarely great, never awful, always there, plugging away. If "Frasier" typifies the JTC best of television comedy and UPN's "Social Studies" the worst (trust me, it was relentlessly awful), "Wings" belongs right there in the middle.Which is where tonight's one-hour finale, "Final Flight," belongs: It's neither the best "Wings" nor the worst, but it's OK. And by definition, that's not bad.Helen (Crystal Bernard)
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By Chris Kaltenbach | June 19, 2008
Filming of My One and Only, starring Renee Zellweger as a divorcee seeking a rich husband (and father for her two young sons) in 1953 America, moved into Baltimore proper this week. The movie, which will be shooting in the area through July, kicked off production last week in Upperco, in northwestern Baltimore County. After filming yesterday in the basement of a building in Mount Vernon, cast and crew will be moving on to other parts of the city today. All but a few days of the film's 38-day shoot will take place in Baltimore, according to producer Aaron Ryder (Memento)
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By Chris Kaltenbach | June 19, 2008
Filming of My One and Only, starring Renee Zellweger as a divorcee seeking a rich husband (and father for her two young sons) in 1953 America, moved into Baltimore proper this week. The movie, which will be shooting in the area through July, kicked off production last week in Upperco, in northwestern Baltimore County. After filming yesterday in the basement of a building in Mount Vernon, cast and crew will be moving on to other parts of the city today. All but a few days of the film's 38-day shoot will take place in Baltimore, according to producer Aaron Ryder (Memento)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | October 26, 2000
"Cursed" is yet another sitcom that NBC has been desperately trying to retool at the last minute. It shouldn't have bothered; there's nothing here worth saving. The problems start with the premise: A young advertising executive goes out on a blind date with a woman who can't stop talking, and it drives him crazy. As they're saying good night, she says she hopes they see each other again, and he says forget about it, your nonstop talking drives me nuts. So, she goes into her apartment and puts a curse on him. Yes, a curse, like the witches in "Macbeth" - a "double, double, toil and trouble" curse.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 15, 2000
A dramatic weekend standoff over the fate of NBC's "Friends" ended happily for fans yesterday as stars of the hit sitcom agreed to a deal that will keep the series on the air for two more years. Each of the six stars -- Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow -- will receive about $750,000 per episode for the 48 episodes ordered by NBC. The actors had been asking $1 million per episode each and threatening not to return next fall if they didn't get it. With the network set to unveil its fall schedule to advertisers in New York today, Scott Sassa, NBC's West Coast president, said he'd had enough of the actors' threats and issued an ultimatum late Friday telling Warner Brothers, the production company that makes "Friends," to have the stars signed by noon Sunday or face cancellation.
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By Steve Johnson and Steve Johnson,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | March 19, 2004
ABC's The D.A. is the second - and better - of two lawyer series to debut this week. CBS' Century City, which premiered Tuesday, had the better idea: lawyers a quarter-century from now. But The D.A. (tonight at 10, WMAR, Channel 2), set in the present, offers a more thoughtful and innovative execution. It's not as good as Karen Sisco, the sharp, sly Elmore Leonard-based drama that ABC executives, lying, promised to give another chance to win an audience. But it's not bad. Steven Weber (Wings)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | August 21, 2009
"My One and Only," the Renee Zellweger movie filmed in and around Baltimore during the summer of 2008, opens in New York and Los Angeles today but as yet has no firm date set for its Charm City premiere. A spokeswoman for the distributor, Freestyle Releasing, said the movie is scheduled to open in additional cities beginning Sept. 4, but no openings have been confirmed in the Baltimore-Washington area. Such limited initial releases are common for smaller films, especially those not released by mainstream studios.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | October 2, 1996
That Jenny McCarthy, she's everywhere including NBC tonight."Fox After Breakfast" (9 a.m.-10 a.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Ross Perot lets the gang into his office for a tour of what Fox calls "an extensive Americana collection." Wonder what Bob the Puppet will think about this? Fox."The Drew Carey Show" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Drew and Lisa (Katy Selverstone) decide to move in together. Problem is, Lisa brings considerable baggage along, of the four-legged kind. ABC."The 30th Annual CMA Awards" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13)
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By Steve Johnson and Steve Johnson,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | March 19, 2004
ABC's The D.A. is the second - and better - of two lawyer series to debut this week. CBS' Century City, which premiered Tuesday, had the better idea: lawyers a quarter-century from now. But The D.A. (tonight at 10, WMAR, Channel 2), set in the present, offers a more thoughtful and innovative execution. It's not as good as Karen Sisco, the sharp, sly Elmore Leonard-based drama that ABC executives, lying, promised to give another chance to win an audience. But it's not bad. Steven Weber (Wings)
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | February 9, 2002
NEW YORK - In a decision that may set off yet another scramble for Producers tickets, the matinee on Sunday, March 17, will be the last performance for the two above-the-title stars of the blockbuster musical. Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick have been with the show since last February, when it began a tryout in Chicago. When the show moved to New York the following month, it quickly became the must-get ticket on Broadway. The surprising choice to fill Lane's role is Henry Goodman, a British actor who is little known in the United States but who won an Olivier, British theater's highest award, last year for a riveting portrayal of Shylock in a Royal National Theatre production of The Merchant of Venice.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | October 26, 2000
"Cursed" is yet another sitcom that NBC has been desperately trying to retool at the last minute. It shouldn't have bothered; there's nothing here worth saving. The problems start with the premise: A young advertising executive goes out on a blind date with a woman who can't stop talking, and it drives him crazy. As they're saying good night, she says she hopes they see each other again, and he says forget about it, your nonstop talking drives me nuts. So, she goes into her apartment and puts a curse on him. Yes, a curse, like the witches in "Macbeth" - a "double, double, toil and trouble" curse.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 15, 2000
A dramatic weekend standoff over the fate of NBC's "Friends" ended happily for fans yesterday as stars of the hit sitcom agreed to a deal that will keep the series on the air for two more years. Each of the six stars -- Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow -- will receive about $750,000 per episode for the 48 episodes ordered by NBC. The actors had been asking $1 million per episode each and threatening not to return next fall if they didn't get it. With the network set to unveil its fall schedule to advertisers in New York today, Scott Sassa, NBC's West Coast president, said he'd had enough of the actors' threats and issued an ultimatum late Friday telling Warner Brothers, the production company that makes "Friends," to have the stars signed by noon Sunday or face cancellation.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 13, 2000
NBC, which appears headed for a third-place finish this season, is nevertheless sticking with its long-time formula -- a lineup dominated by familiar faces in sophisticated sitcoms. When the Peacock announces its fall schedule on Monday, it will feature four new comedies starring Michael Richards ("Seinfeld"), Katey Sagal ("Married ... With Children"), Steven Weber ("Wings"), Delta Burke ("Designing Women") and David Alan Grier. By the end of next week, all six networks will have announced their fall schedules, and started selling advertising time for the 2000-2001 season.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Chris Kaltenbach | April 12, 1999
Two actors on top of their game and an old-guard director anxious to show he's still got it combine to make "Love Letters" a television event not to be missed, a rare chance to see a literate, character-driven play handled lovingly on the small screen.The actors are Steven Weber and (especially) Laura Linney, both utterly convincing as the staid, risk-averse child of privilege and the free spirit he's loved since both were kids. But theirs is no conventional romance; instead, it's carried out largely through the mail, as the two characters go away to school, work on their careers and marry other people.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | August 28, 1996
It's the highlight of the Democratic convention tonight, as the roll call of the states should finally reveal the party's nominee for president. Network coverage begins at 10 p.m. Oh, the suspense"Seinfeld" (7: 30 p.m.-8 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Kramer invents a bra for men. So what would you call it?"Ellen" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Who woulda thought Martha Stewart would be the best thing about a sitcom? Ellen decides to prove to everyone she can be host of a dinner party, then is mortified to find one of her guests is bringing Martha along.
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By Steve McKerrow | March 11, 1992
ON AND OFF THE AIR:* The fact that 40,000 babies in America die annually before reaching their first birthday ought to surprise and perhaps even shame viewers, and debate about solutions ought to be part of our political process.But do we really need to wallow in the emotional trauma as cloyingly as does "Shattered Lullabies," the latest "Your Family Matters" documentary on the Lifetime cable service?The program, with hosts Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw (who are real-life spouses expecting their first child)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 21, 1997
Fittingly, tonight's final episode of "Wings" enables the veteran sitcom to go out not with a bang, or even a whimper, but just a pleasant smile.For eight seasons, this chronicle of a tiny Nantucket airline has served as the archetypal working-man's sitcom, rarely great, never awful, always there, plugging away. If "Frasier" typifies the JTC best of television comedy and UPN's "Social Studies" the worst (trust me, it was relentlessly awful), "Wings" belongs right there in the middle.Which is where tonight's one-hour finale, "Final Flight," belongs: It's neither the best "Wings" nor the worst, but it's OK. And by definition, that's not bad.Helen (Crystal Bernard)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | April 26, 1997
Can even Stephen King keep America scared for six hours?Probably not, but he sure gives it his best shot with "Stephen King's The Shining," a three-night sweeps-month extravaganza debuting on ABC tomorrow night at 9.A faithful adaptation of King's breakout novel (no wonder; he wrote the script), "The Shining" includes some genuinely scary moments, excellent performances, a script that touches on horrors both man-made and supernatural, and a surprisingly effective choice of weapon -- who would have thought a croquet mallet could be so dangerous?
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