Story | Nov 5, 2013 | 8:00 PM
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Story | Nov 14, 2013 | 4:31 PM"Alpha House" (Amazon). Yonder comes the first fruit of Amazon Studios' semi-innovative pilot derby, upon which I reported and opined at length last spring — see here, here and here — marking its arrival as a producer of original streaming content alongside Netflix and Hulu. Of the eight contending comedies offered for public inspection (of which "Betas," a Silicon Valley sitcom, has also "gone to series"), it was clearly the heavyweight, with a script by "Doonesbury" cartoonist Garry Trudeau, cameos from Bill Murray (cursing) and Stephen Colbert (wrestling), and John Goodman in a starring role as one of four Republican senators sharing a cramped townhouse. Big and floppy and perennially fatigued, Goodman is in excellent form here as a Southern senator whose only agenda is to stay a senator. "Everybody in the state knows my record," he says. "Two undefeated seasons, 11 conference titles, two national championships."
Story | Nov 1, 2013 | 4:32 PM
50 years ago this month — on Nov. 22, 1963 — President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas by Lee Harvey Oswald (himself later shot and killed by Jack Ruby). The JFK assassination caused political, social and emotional upheavals...
Story | Oct 30, 2013 | 8:00 PM
Column | Oct 3, 2013