| Jan 23, 2014
| 8:30 AM
After all the G- and PG-rated pirates brought to life in the Disney-ride-turned-movie era, the prospect of pay-cable buccaneers, complete with all the expected violence and debauchery that entails, sounds promising. Yet "Black Sails" never quite takes...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 7:00 AM
OXENFORD, Australia — Angelina Jolie was ready to step behind the cameras again. Her directing debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," hadn't been a box-office or critical hit, but making the 2011 Bosnian war drama had fueled her desire to become a...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 4:46 PM
I know I'm late with this, but I wanted to share as few thoughts about the second season of "Vikings." I liked the show a lot in its first season and am happy to see that the second won't be a letdown.
When you go to watch a show that by its subject...
| May 22, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Syfy has acquired the U.S. basic cable rights to all 39 episodes of Starz's cult gladiator drama "Spartacus." The deal encompasses all three of "Spartacus'" main seasons, "Blood and Sand," "Vengeance" and "War of the Damned," plus its six-episode...
| May 23, 2014
| 10:30 AM
In the last few years, Starz has explored far flung places and times in search of a hit original drama. Think "Spartacus," "Da Vinci's Demons" and "Black Sails."
But its latest original drama, "Power," is set in the gritty here and now. And it is...
| May 5, 2014
| 2:30 PM
It looks like King Tut will be reincarnated onto the smallscreen.
Spike TV is bringing back the Egyptian pharaoh in its new special-event series, "Tut," which will tell the story of Egypt's legendary leader Tutankhamun. This scripted series will be the...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 10:02 AM
Not content with two straight NBA championships. LeBron James is spreading his very expansive wings into the world of television.
The Miami Heat forward is teaming up with writer/actor Mike O'Malley, business partner Maverick Carter and Tom Werner,...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 9:30 AM
When Ato Essandoh was offered the role of an African American doctor in Civil War-era New York City for BBC America's "Copper," he almost did a double-take. "My first thing was I had to look it up," he says. "Lots of people didn't really think there could...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 5:31 PM
Todd Lasance was so intimidated about playing Julius Caesar in "Spartacus: War of the Damned," he nearly turned down the role.
The Australian actor was having lunch with his parents when his agent called to say that he'd been hired to play the great...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 4:46 PM
Starz' epic "Spartacus" franchise goes into battle for its final season when "War of the Damned" begins Friday, an experience that has been bittersweet for series creator Steven S. DeKnight.
"I'm sad to see it end," he told me recently. "On the other...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 2:35 PM
"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was pink. But we'll get to that in a minute.
Music Box Theatre general manager Dave Jennings considers himself fortunate to have such a "smart, forgiving audience" for the current and very popular 70mm retrospective. The...