Entertainment News Archive - October 09, 2008

By Joan Gilmore The big, bad, rock-n-roll musical The Rocky Horror Show will open Thursday to conclude the "Lyric at the Plaza" season. It is scheduled through Nov.

By Frazier Moore NEW YORK -- All comfortably familiar by cop-show standards, "Life on Mars" begins with NYPD Detective Sam Tyler nabbing a murder suspect, who then gets a grilling from him at the precinct house.

By Carla DeStefano With a sixth album set to debut early next year, the Bacon Brothers have been busy mixing their talent with technology.

Director Kevin Smith will return to Pittsburgh for an Oct. 25 screening of "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" at the Oaks Theater in Oakmont. Smith will introduce the film and host an after-party at the Alto Lounge in Shadyside. Admission to the film and after party are included in the $50 ticket price.

By Mark Kanny Once again, the imagination and daring of Opera Theater put music lovers in its debt by offering a charming staging of the all-but- forgotten short comic opera "Djamileh" by Georges Bizet.

ATLANTA, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Arthur Wylie, the Atlanta-based investor and self-made millionaire, has acquired the film rights of New York Times best-selling author Omar Tyree's work.

By Melissa Heckscher Never mind the body-bagged corpses hanging from the ceiling or the bloody stew of who-knows-what simmering on the kitchen stove.

In America, of course, 16 episodes isn't even an entire season. So obviously, there'll be some busking when it comes to explaining why Sam has become an unwilling time traveler. In the meantime, he must make sense of the culture shock of '70 s mores. Police brutality is a casual pastime.

By David Kronke Clueless idiocy can be the stuff of inspired comedy - it's been done from the kids' show "SpongeBob SquarePants" to the not-for- kids show "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." The trick is to make characters who are something less than human somehow likable, somehow relatable, or at least convey to viewers that there's a reason you're devoting such energy to telling these clowns' stories.

By David Kronke CBS' "Eleventh Hour" and Fox's "Fringe" offer a textbook case in similar subject matter handled in each network's trademark style. "Fringe" trucks in manic, often gross-out yarns and paranoia.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.