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By Los Angeles Times | April 19, 1994
LOS ANGELES -- Roseanne Arnold filed for divorce from husband Tom Arnold, apparently ending a professional partnership feared for its show business clout and a personal union that she says was secretly plagued by physical and psychological abuse.Ms. Arnold, star of ABC's top-rated "Roseanne" series, filed divorce papers in Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday, three days after volatile arguments broke out between the couple outside the Hollywood set of "Roseanne" and at their Los Angeles home.
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By Gene Seymour and Gene Seymour,NEWSDAY | May 28, 2004
SUN SCORE *1/2 Watching Soul Plane is like being stranded at a roadside cocktail lounge in an abandoned industrial park. It's the middle of the week. It's happy hour. The jokes, like the beer and popcorn, start out fresh enough. But they get stale and flat before the hour is up. Such a dreary tableau sounds more pregnant with possibility than most of Soul Plane, which starts out as an amiable send-up of black enterprise before stumbling into the familiar blender of diced stereotypes, pureed sexual innuendo and controlled substances.
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By Chris Hewitt and Chris Hewitt,KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | April 18, 1997
Last week, there were new allegations that Tom Arnold made inappropriate remarks to female reporters. But if you really want an Arnold comment to make you feel uncomfortable, try the one he made to me:"Tell me the truth. Did you like the movie?"No, and here are the other answers you need to know:Is Arnold amusing in it?Occasionally (and co-star David Alan Grier also has his moments).Will Tim Curry still have a career after everybody sees his wildly overdone villain?I think not.L Is it a good idea to keep remaking feeble sitcoms as movies?
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By Kevin Cowherd | September 23, 1999
A preview of the new fall TV season:"Everybody Wants to Smack Dwayne" (NBC):A dumb guy (Tony Danza) moves cluelessly through life while his beautiful, efficient wife (Laura Dern) works, runs the house, raises the kids, pays the bills, initiates their sex life and changes the oil in the cars every 3,000 miles.Tonight: Dwayne's wife shows him how to obtain a library card."The Dope of Brooklyn" (ABC): A fat dumb guy (Tom Arnold) sits around watching sports on TV and lusting after Harley- Davidsons and half-price Budweiser sales while his beautiful, efficient wife (Terri Garr)
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By Janet Maslin and Janet Maslin,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 27, 1996
Tom Arnold's star turn in "Carpool" is enough to explain why this comedy opened without benefit of advance screenings.Wide-eyed and mirthlessly peppy, Arnold soon wears out his welcome as a bumbling would-be bank robber who commandeers a group of young hostages. The children and Arnold compete madly for the honor of being most adorable person in the hijacked minivan. But it's a contest nobody wins.David Paymer, looking understandably chagrined, is the film's main asset as its straight man, the harried Dad."
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By Los Angeles Times | December 8, 1992
So your name is Roseanne Arnold, and you're adored by millions. You have the No. 1 TV show. Your husband and partner has a show on the same network, and you both use your considerable clout to score his show a time slot right after your show. The debut, which receives mixed reviews, is the highest-rated premiere in years.So do you celebrate by breaking out the champagne glasses?Maybe.But you also break out the poison pen.Continuing a tradition of clashing with the critics, Ms. Arnold last week fired off sharp-tongued, profanity-laced rebukes to three TV print reviewers who knocked husband Tom Arnold and his maiden voyage last Tuesday in "The Jackie Thomas Show," an ABC show produced by the Arnold's production company in association with Lorimar Television.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | March 2, 1994
The family is named Graham instead of Conner. They live in Kansas rather than Illinois. And they are a step or two down the blue-collar social ladder.But, outside of that, there's not much difference between Tom Arnold's "Tom," which premieres tonight on CBS, and his wife Roseanne Arnold's "Roseanne," which airs Tuesdays on ABC.Which means that "Tom" could be ratings gold.Tonight's pilot is co-written and co-produced by Mr. and Mrs. Arnold. The family that writes and produces together stays together in Hitsville, USA.It's a very funny half hour, with Tom Arnold as Tom Graham, a welder, wannabe rancher and father of five.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | January 13, 1994
Talks start today to determine whether "Roseanne" stays with ABC.But, whether the show stays or not, Roseanne and Tom Arnold are committed to keeping the hit sitcom alive "for a few more years."That was the message yesterday from Tom Arnold.He met with TV critics to promote his new sitcom on CBS, "Tom," which will premiere March 2. But first, he had to deal with questions about the future of ABC's "Roseanne," which he produces with his wife. "Roseanne" is currently the third highest rated show on prime-time TV behind CBS' "60 Minutes" and ABC's "Home Improvement."
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By Steve McKerrow | April 5, 1991
ON AND OFF THE AIR:* It is hard to admit, given the gross over-exposure of America's least refined show business couple, but there actually are some genuine laughs in a cable special tonight featuring Tom Arnold, (a.k.a. Mr. Roseanne Barr)."Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth" (at 11:30 on the HBO premium service) does blatantly plug his spouse's ABC show, "Roseanne, which he writes and co-produces. There are cameo appearances, for crying out loud, by almost everyone in the series, including Barr, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert and Lecy Goranson.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | March 1, 1994
A character played by Mariel Hemingway is going to share a lesbian kiss tonight with a character played by Roseanne Arnold.And ABC is calling it "The Kiss," as if it were a landmark moment in TV history.Welcome to the world of network hype, where anyone and anything that can be exploited for half a ratings point will be.ABC was making all the right hype moves yesterday to maximize the audience for the episode of "Roseanne" that airs at 9 tonight on WJZ-TV (Channel 13).In the episode, Roseanne goes to a gay bar with Nancy (Sarah Bernhard)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | January 17, 1998
When WNUV, Channel 54, switches its network affiliation tomorrow, it won't just force people to look elsewhere for their weekly dose of Captain Janeway and the crew of Voyager.The switch, along with a handful of others in markets scattered throughout the country, could prove a turning point in the struggle between two relative newcomers to the network wars.Tomorrow, WNUV, Channel 54, switches its network affiliation from UPN (United Paramount Network) to the WB (Warner Brothers). Which means, instead of the shows "Star Trek: Voyager," "Moesha" and "Clueless," the station will be airing the exploits of a gal who kills vampires ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")
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By Chris Hewitt and Chris Hewitt,KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | April 18, 1997
Last week, there were new allegations that Tom Arnold made inappropriate remarks to female reporters. But if you really want an Arnold comment to make you feel uncomfortable, try the one he made to me:"Tell me the truth. Did you like the movie?"No, and here are the other answers you need to know:Is Arnold amusing in it?Occasionally (and co-star David Alan Grier also has his moments).Will Tim Curry still have a career after everybody sees his wildly overdone villain?I think not.L Is it a good idea to keep remaking feeble sitcoms as movies?
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | February 14, 1997
Zany, wacky, goofy and even pretty darn nutty, here comes "Touch," which refers not to low-impact football but to the finger of the Almighty.Derived from an Elmore Leonard novel by Paul ("Taxi Driver") Schrader and starring Christopher Walken, the movie carries with it expectations that everybody is only too happy to smash to pieces. No, darn it, it's not a sleazy, violent, tensely plotted, quirky tale of small-beer crooks and cops, as one might expect from the magic teaming of the Leonard, Schrader and Walken sensibilities.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | January 23, 1997
The spotlight shines on Joppatowne High School tonight, as students, parents and faculty get two hours of prime-time TV to talk about their school, themselves and their places in the world."
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By Susan King and Susan King,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 7, 1996
Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine has created an array of memorable characters over the years, from the cruel, vicious Sgt. Fatso Judson in 1953's "From Here to Eternity" to the sweet, lonely butcher in 1955's "Marty" to the carefree con artist in the 1962-66 ABC comedy "McHale's Navy." And now a new generation knows Borgnine as the friendly, pasta-loving doorman Manny on NBC's hit comedy "The Single Guy."Born in Hamden, Conn., 79 years ago, Borgnine began acting after serving in the Navy during World War II. Making his film debut in 1951's "Whistle at Eaton Falls," Borgnine won the best actor Oscar for "Marty."
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By Janet Maslin and Janet Maslin,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 27, 1996
Tom Arnold's star turn in "Carpool" is enough to explain why this comedy opened without benefit of advance screenings.Wide-eyed and mirthlessly peppy, Arnold soon wears out his welcome as a bumbling would-be bank robber who commandeers a group of young hostages. The children and Arnold compete madly for the honor of being most adorable person in the hijacked minivan. But it's a contest nobody wins.David Paymer, looking understandably chagrined, is the film's main asset as its straight man, the harried Dad."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | May 11, 1993
ABC announced a fall schedule yesterday with 11 new shows, but there was no place for Tom Arnold or "The Jackie Thomas Show" on it.Also getting the ax from ABC were: "Civil Wars," "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles," "Life Goes On," "Homefront," "Doogie Howser, M.D.," "Delta," "Sirens" and "Jack's Place." "Dinosaurs" lost its regular time slot, but was allowed to remain in production as a midseason replacement.The network seemed braced for Tom and Roseanne Arnold's next move in the high-stakes poker game they've been playing with ABC in an effort to keep "The Jackie Thomas Show" alive.
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By Gene Seymour and Gene Seymour,NEWSDAY | May 28, 2004
SUN SCORE *1/2 Watching Soul Plane is like being stranded at a roadside cocktail lounge in an abandoned industrial park. It's the middle of the week. It's happy hour. The jokes, like the beer and popcorn, start out fresh enough. But they get stale and flat before the hour is up. Such a dreary tableau sounds more pregnant with possibility than most of Soul Plane, which starts out as an amiable send-up of black enterprise before stumbling into the familiar blender of diced stereotypes, pureed sexual innuendo and controlled substances.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | January 27, 1996
The great historian Barbara Tuchman once wrote a book called "The March of Folly," about moments of high delusion in history. Surely such an approach would work in Hollywood, where the volume would be called "The Moonwalk of Folly" and one chapter contained therein would have to provide a clinical look at the background to "Big Bully."Wow, is this one a stinker! Did anyone read the script before they started shooting it? I wonder when they caught on that it was headed into the toilet -- was there a day on the set where everyone just looked at everyone else and said, "Boy, are we bad!"
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,Sun Staff Writer | April 18, 1995
Even Jim Dale knows his career move looks a little flaky on paper.He's 46 years old. He lives in Roland Park. He has been married for years to his high school sweetheart and has worked at the W.B. Doner & Co. advertising agency since college. He made creative director at 26, chairman and chief executive by 44.Last week, he up and quit.Mr. Dale knows how it looks. He wants to write screenplays. He's writing a book about baseball. He wants to be creative. Is it mid-life crisis time? Hasn't he thought of just buying a red sports car and being done with it?
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