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Netflix provides perfect winter break binge-watching options

Netflix provides perfect winter break binge-watching options

December 10, 2013
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        Winter break is only a few stressful days away, and so too is the freedom to binge on Netflix. Depending on moods and interests, Netflix Instant’s offerings can please even the most discerning of customers. For a soapy departure from reality, check ... Read more »

ARTS ISSUE: ‘Glee’s’ excess falls flat with age

ARTS ISSUE: ‘Glee’s’ excess falls flat with age

December 5, 2013
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Five years ago, “Glee” entered the world with a campy, musical touch on a heartwarming and hilariously self-aware tale of high school. America’s jaws — and those of McKinley High students and staff — hit the floor when New Directions performed an overly sexual rendition of Salt-n-Pepa’s “Push It.”... Read more »

Gandolfini, Louis-Dreyfus charm in ‘Enough Said’

Gandolfini, Louis-Dreyfus charm in ‘Enough Said’

September 19, 2013
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In its elemental form, the plot is uninspired, but paired with great talent and unconventional characters, “Enough Said” — one of the final film roles of James Gandolfini —  is able to soar. After a few promising dates with Albert (Gandolfini), Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a freelance m... Read more »

New TV series attempt to fill void left by long-running shows

New TV series attempt to fill void left by long-running shows

September 3, 2013
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The 2012-2013 television season bids adieu to many fan-favorites — NBC was dealt a particularly brutal hand, waving goodbye to popular comedies “The Office” and “30 Rock” last year. The CW has suffered significant losses as well, left to recapture the fandom teen soap staples “Gossi... Read more »

David Call discusses ‘Dead Man’s’ background

David Call discusses ‘Dead Man’s’ background

May 1, 2013
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Actor and NYU alumnus David Call — whose résumé includes roles in “Gossip Girl,” “Smash,” “Fringe,” Lena Dunham’s film “Tiny Furniture” and much more — took a moment to discuss his role in the upcoming Western drama “Dead Man’s Burden” with WSN. The re-emergence of ... Read more »

‘Gossip Girl’ star discusses playing Jeff Buckley in new biopic

‘Gossip Girl’ star discusses playing Jeff Buckley in new biopic

April 25, 2013
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Penn Badgley, perhaps best known for his role as Dan Humphrey on “Gossip Girl,” spoke with WSN at a roundtable interview about his upcoming film, “Greetings from Tim Buckley.” An unconventional biopic, the film chronicles guitarist Jeff Buckley’s life leading up to his father’s trib... Read more »

‘Run & Jump’ focuses on adjustment to family tragedies

‘Run & Jump’ focuses on adjustment to family tragedies

April 25, 2013
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“Saturday Night Live” alumnus Will Forte takes a stab at drama in “Run & Jump,” a standout at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Forte, director and co-writer Steph Green and co-stars Edward MacLiam and Maxine Peake sat down with WSN to discuss the film. In “Run & Jump,” Forte play... Read more »

Tribeca film documents Internet cat video sensation

Tribeca film documents Internet cat video sensation

April 17, 2013
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“Lil Bub & Friendz,” premiering at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, is an inside look at the phenomenon of Internet cat obsession. The documentary focuses on fan-favorite Lil Bub, a cat that forever looks like a kitten, and her owner, Mike Bradavsky. The film follows the duo as they travel the... Read more »

‘Family Weekend’ features different role for Kristin Chenoweth

‘Family Weekend’ features different role for Kristin Chenoweth

March 28, 2013
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The dark comedy “Family Weekend” stars the effervescent Kristin Chenoweth as a deadbeat mom who is taught an unconventional lesson as she parents her teenage daughter. At a recent press event, Chenoweth revisited her old high school days, offering a glimpse into her childhood as an ambitious teen.... Read more »

New dramas play off distrust

March 14, 2013
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Today’s critically acclaimed dramas are largely devoid of sincerity. AMC’s “Mad Men” and Showtime’s “Homeland” have captivated audiences worldwide, though unconventionally. They succeed on the strength of their deception rather than their morality. We enjoy partaking in the game of cat-and-mouse... Read more »

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

March 14, 2013
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“Beasts of the Southern Wild” is one of the most emotionally honest on-screen tales in recent years. “Beasts” presents an unapologetic look at the life of 6-year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), an unassuming heroine living in the Louisiana bayou. The film documents Hushpuppy’s internal hardships — her complex relati... Read more »

TV period dramas re-emerge, rewrite history

TV period dramas re-emerge, rewrite history

March 6, 2013
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  While history courses may teach one version of our past, television is establishing a different viewpoint. Some of today’s best dramas are re-examining historically profound events. FX’s “The Americans” is the most recent drama to use this narrative device. For example, the show... Read more »

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