‘Bad Teacher’ not bad, not great

‘Bad Teacher’ not bad, not great

April 23, 2014
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Based on the 2011 film starring Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel, the new CBS sitcom “Bad Teacher” joins a long list of movie-to-television adaptations debuting this season. An adaptation of “Bad Teacher” is rather an odd choice, however, compared to selections such as the Co... Read more »

Arts Issue: TV shows suffer from ensemble casting

Arts Issue: TV shows suffer from ensemble casting

April 10, 2014
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With shows like “Game of Thrones” and “Community” winning the hearts of fans and critics alike, it seems like the ensemble cast is all the rage on the small screen these days. Taking full advantage of the current fascination with celebrity culture, these shows cram as many A-listers in one story as pos... Read more »

Colbert criticism crosses line

Colbert criticism crosses line

April 9, 2014
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Stephen Colbert and his satiric late night show “The Colbert Report” came under fire on March 27, when the show’s official Twitter account tweeted a punch line out of context. The tweet made the announcement that Colbert was launching the “Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to ... Read more »

Bigger dragons, higher stakes in ‘Game of Thrones’ season four

Bigger dragons, higher stakes in ‘Game of Thrones’ season four

April 4, 2014
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After the traumatic event in season three known as “The Red Wedding,” HBO’s critically and commercially successful series “Game of Thrones” promises to raise the stakes in the upcoming season. Like the unexpected execution of Ned Stark in season one, “The Red Wedding” was a heartbreak... Read more »

‘Surviving Jack’ tells charming ‘90s coming-of-age story

‘Surviving Jack’ tells charming ‘90s coming-of-age story

March 25, 2014
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While it certainly cannot replace “That ’70s Show” as the best period sitcom of all time, FOX’s upcoming comedy series, “Surviving Jack,” is fun and charming in its own right. Filled with cassette tapes and hypercolor clothing, the series finds a good balance between ’90s nostalgia and likea... Read more »

‘Cosmos’ returns to primetime with a big bang

‘Cosmos’ returns to primetime with a big bang

March 11, 2014
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Over three decades ago, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” hosted by the late Carl Sagan, inspired a new generation of scientific minds. Hosted by Sagan’s colleague and personal friend, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the highly anticipated follow-up, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” returned to prim... Read more »

‘SNL’ faces sweeping changes

‘SNL’ faces sweeping changes

February 6, 2014
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Last weekend, Melissa McCarthy proved her comedic prowess again when she hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the third time. Yet the episode was largely overshadowed by the cameo appearances of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader (as Stefon), Andy Samberg and Fred Armisen, in a heartfelt farewell to veteran cast mem... Read more »

TV series strive to maintain dedicated viewership

TV series strive to maintain dedicated viewership

January 27, 2014
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With pirates, aliens and assassins prepared to make their debut on the small screen, the list of TV series premiering in 2014 reflects an attempt to attract dedicated viewership. Despite a willingness to invest in higher production costs, producers and network executives seem re... Read more »

ARTS ISSUE: ‘Gravity’ puts weight on visual effects

ARTS ISSUE: ‘Gravity’ puts weight on visual effects

December 5, 2013
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To truly experience the atmosphere of fear and despair that Alfonso Cuarón laboriously created in his science-fiction thriller “Gravity,” one must see the film in 3-D and in an Imax theater. The grand experience of the film demands to be seen in the most extravagant way possible. When Cuarón first pitched his f... Read more »

ARTS ISSUE: TV matches film in expensive budgets, production

ARTS ISSUE: TV matches film in expensive budgets, production

December 5, 2013
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In the past, there was a clear distinction between the small screen and the big screen. Industry personnel knew if they wanted to truly gain recognition, they should go straight for the movies and avoid working for TV shows. However, with the second coming of the Golden Age, the line has blurred, ... Read more »

‘Mother’ spinoff shows lack of fresh ideas

‘Mother’ spinoff shows lack of fresh ideas

December 4, 2013
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The Hollywood Reporter recently confirmed that CBS greenlit a “How I Met Your Mother” spin-off that will be called “How I Met Your Dad.” The show will be produced by the same creators, Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, but “Up All Night” creator Emily Spivey will also contribute. Aside from... Read more »

Spike Lee teaches ‘Oldboy’ new tricks with American remake

Spike Lee teaches ‘Oldboy’ new tricks with American remake

November 26, 2013
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When Hollywood attempts to remake foreign classics, such projects often raise eyebrows among fans and critics alike. Filmmakers who sign on to these projects are stuck in a difficult position, as viewers will inevitably draw comparisons between the old and new versions. However, experienced direct... Read more »

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