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28 years ago today, “The Princess Bride” opened in theaters. The beloved comedy adventure was not an immediate hit. It was a modest success at the box office, but home video is where it really gained an audience and became a majorly quotable cult classic. Other notable Sept. 25 happenings in pop culture history: • 1953: Liberace made his Carnegie Hall debut for a sold-out crowd. • 1967: The Doors’ second studio album, “Strange Days,” was released. It went on to reach No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. • 1976: 14-year-old Larry Mullen, Jr. posted a note on his school’s notice board that read, “Drummer seeks musicians to form band.” Later that day, in Mullen’s kitchen, there gathered a group that would come to be known as U2. • 1979: The musical “Evita” opened on Broadway following previews. Among the cast was Mandy Patinkin. • 1970: “The Partridge Family” premiered on ABC. • 1980: Led Zeppelin »
- Emily Rome
The Emmy Awards celebrations leading up to Sunday, Sept. 20 started early. Variety was on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingled, noshed and toasted to TV’s finest. Here’s our party report for the night of Saturday, Sept. 19.
Mptf Evening Before, Century Park:
“Better Call Saul’s” Bob Odenkirk has a unique approach to celebrating on Emmy eve. He’s secretly hoping he doesn’t win in the category of lead dramatic actor. Odenkirk shared his neurotic rationale with friends and partygoers at the ninth annual Evening Before bash benefitting the Motion Picture Television Fund. The gathering, as always, brought out a who’s who of the television business to support a cause close to the industry’s heart. All told, the evening raised more than $2 million for the Mptf, a new record.
Odenkirk and the “Saul” contingent were out in force at the party, »
- Variety Staff
Welcome to the seventh installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine. Thoughts on the seventh episode, “Down Neck," coming up just as soon as the clown gets arrested, too... "My son is doomed, right?" -Tony The morning after "The Sopranos" series finale aired, David Chase reluctantly got on the phone with me to talk about everything but his intentions for the final scene. »
- Alan Sepinwall
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