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Rita Moreno Adds Life Achievement To Award List

Posted on 09/27/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentAs movie awards season draws a little closer, it’s worth noting that the Screen Actors Guild will give its Life Achievement Award of 2014 to the inimitable Rita Moreno, who turns 82 in December. She’ll add the SAG statue to a shelf of many others, an Emmy, two Grammys, an Oscar and a Tony (she is one of only 11 artists in entertainment history to have won that grand slam), not to mention a Presidential Medal of Freedom and a …

Ricky Gervais’ ‘Derek’ Puts Laughs in a Nursing Home

Posted on 09/11/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentThe global success of The Office gave Ricky Gervais carte blanche to follow his creative whims. In the 12 years since then he has served as a scorched-earth host at the Golden Globes and produced a hilarious podcast series, The Ricky Gervais Show. His  TV programs Extras and Life’s Too Short (both aired stateside on HBO) have been classic Gervais: alternately funny and mean-spirited. His newest TV series, Derek, begins streaming its entire first season on Netflix on Thursday. Much about the show will be …

‘Last Tango in Halifax’: Love, Aged to Perfection

Posted on 09/6/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentThe rekindling of long-lost love is at the center of Last Tango in Halifax, the sterling new drama premiering Sunday at 8 p.m. on PBS stations (check local listings). Already a hit in the U.K. — it won Best Drama Series at this year’s British Academy Television Awards — it arrives in the U.S. just a few weeks before the start of a new network-TV season. It’s easily the fall’s best new series, albeit a short one: just six episodes. …

The Gummer Girls Follow Mom Into Acting

Posted on 08/19/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentIf you’ve been watching The Newsroom on HBO this season, you may have noticed something familiar about the young actress who plays Hallie Shea, one of the reporters following Mitt Romney through the Republican primaries of 2012. She is played by Grace Gummer, 27, and she is the second of Meryl Streep‘s daughters to take up her mother’s profession. Grace’s older sister, Mamie, 30, a Northwestern University graduate, starred in last year’s short-lived CW show Emily Owens, M.D., makes occasional appearances as …

HBO Movie ‘Clear History’ is Comic Gold

Posted on 08/9/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentCurb Your Enthusiasm fans, take note: Larry David’s hysterical HBO improvised comedy is back, only — and try to follow me here — it’s got a different name, and now it’s a movie. OK, so Clear History, the hilarious David-penned film that premieres Saturday (Aug. 10) at 9 p.m. on HBO, isn’t technically part of the Seinfeld scribe’s Curb Your Enthusiasm oeuvre. But it could be. Clear History tells the story of Nathan Flomm (David) a hotheaded, socially maladjusted marketing guru who sells …

Brit Mystery ‘Broadchurch’ Pulls You In

Posted on 08/7/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentThe murder of a young boy throws a quaint British beach town into despair and turmoil in Broadchurch, a gripping new crime drama that begins an eight-episode run tonight at 10 on BBC America. A hit in the UK when it aired there last spring, Broadchurch is darker than some other Brit detective series that have made the leap across the Atlantic. We’re a ways from Inspectors Morse and Lewis, for certain. Broadchurch isn’t the only series on TV this …