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‘Attila’ Is Slashing, Burning Fun

There's television, which calls for clearing your throat and speaking almost respectfully, and then there's TV. "Attila" is TV, a foolishly watchable, old-timey trash wallow with Roman baths, grunting battles and barbarian beauties. It's dumb Hun fun from the USA...

The Hun Also Rises: A Bloody, Boffo ‘Attila’

Oh Attila the Hun was a very fine Hun, a honey of a Hun was he. He pillaged and he plundered and he ravaged and he sacked but 'twas never never late for tea. Perhaps you remember that wee little rhyme from your youth. If so, you had a very strange upbringing, because...

Epic ‘Attila’ takes liberties but entertains

Attila the Hun is off on a four-hour race to build himself a Western empire. To see what makes Attila run, cable's USA is the place to be tonight and Wednesday. It's a big step for USA to bring this epic warrior tale with a big international cast (filmed in Lithuania)...

DOPEY ‘ATTILA’ NO THRILLA

ATTILA 1 1/2 StarsTuesday and Wednesday, 9 p.m., USA Once in a great while, a TV film comes along that sets a new standard in its field. "Attila" is not one of those - unless we're talking about Unintentionally Funny, Pseudo-Historical, Cheesy Action Epics, in which...

Attila Rides (Roughshod) Again

Hero or villain - depending on which side tells the story - there is no question Attila the Hun changed the history of the world. It was the fifth century, and the Roman Empire was struggling for survival when a band of nomadic Huns stormed from the East, ending...

Barbarian with heart

Leave it to television to give us a kinder, gentler Attila the Hun. In USA network's four-hour miniseries "Attila," airing Tuesday and Wednesday, the fifth-century Barbarian known as "the Scourge of God" emerges as a thoughtful, even humane ruler with a weakness for...

‘Attila’: history wrapped in lavish details

PASADENA, CALIF.- Television isn't known for its history lessons, but occasionally it can offer up a tasty popcorn drama starring history's great icons - and if some sense of a historical period lingers, that's gravy, so to speak. This is the spirit in which USA...

‘Atilla’: Attack TV

Who hasn't read about the stirring exploits of Attila, 5th-century king of the mighty Huns, and mused, in awe and wonder, "Gee, what made that guy tick?" Yeah, me neither. And even for those who have, "Attila" (9 p.m. ET Tuesday and Wednesday, USA) provides barely a...

Scott’s World

Run for cover! Attila the Hun is coming in a four-hour mini-series via cable's USA Network in two two-hour episodes Jan. 30 and 31. Historically, Attila rates right up there with Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin and other nut cases who...

The Wright Touch

If you are a fan of the Fox-TV series American Idol, a devotee of the works of Andrew Lloyd Webber, or someone who even infrequently listens to pop music, your entertainment experience, at one time or another, has been enhanced by Nigel Wright's touch. The Grammy- and...

ATTILA THE HON?

NO HISTORY LESSON, TV FILM SHOWS THE 'SCOURGE OF GOD'S' MANY SIDES Um, excuse me, USA Network. My reference books describe the Huns as a short, Asian people. But your Attila the Hun looks like he could have stepped out of the extras for "Braveheart." And while we're...

Exclusive Interview with Richard Donner

Part 3: Timeline and thoughts on Smallville How close is Timeline to starting production? We're in preproduction .Because of what we thought was going to be a strike here, we got delayed a whole year. And I can't shoot. It takes place in Europe and I can't shoot and...

Miniseries Brings Attila to Life

LOS ANGELES - In high school, screenwriter Bob Cochran was fascinated with Attila the Hun. So when his agent called years later with the chance to write a four-hour miniseries on the man called the Scourge of God, Cochran jumped at it. His ''Attila,'' a two-part...

USA hopes to tempt audiences with giant bugs, Attila the Hun

Pasadena, Calif. -- In the middle of a 19-day, all-network television showcase, exhibitors have to do something to catch the attention of critics, and USA cable's presentation was catchier than most. First, we got the softer side of Attila the Hun, then a visit from...

Spectacle Stars in USA’s ‘Attila’

Gerard Butler has a Scottish accent strong enough to inflate a set of bagpipes. But in order to garner the title role of "Attila," USA's new miniseries on the infamous fifth century barbarian chieftain, Butler's Highlands burr had to go. "It was a concern," says...

GERARD BUTLER: ‘Attila’

In the winter of 1999, Glasgow-born Gerard Butler left his home in London to visit New York, spend Christmas in Nashville and celebrate New Year's Eve in Sun Valley, Idaho. His ultimate destination was Los Angeles, where a manager and an agent anxiously awaited his...

Neck & Neck

The stakes may not have seemed high, but finishing 'Dracula 2000' for a year-end release was no bloody picnic.(Holiday Movie Preview: The Rush) Here's a hint for all those perfectionist directors who think they can dawdle their way through a movie, Stanley...

DRACULA – WITH A TOOTHY GRIN

Blame Bram Stoker, if you think Dracula sucks. But point the finger at Hollywood for never, never, never giving up on Stoker's novel creation. In movieland, Stoker's vampire king has been Bela Lugosi-ed, Christopher Lee-ed and Frank Langella-ed. Dracula's had a...

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