ARTS ISSUE: ‘Scandal’ cast, plot stretch boundaries of network TV

ARTS ISSUE: ‘Scandal’ cast, plot stretch boundaries of network TV

December 5, 2013
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Fans of “Scandal” know the show puts the camp in Camp David. With the first half of its third season wrapping up in December, the show has already touched on nearly every easily conceivable political controversy, from assassination attempts to adultery to rigged elections. “Scandal’s” drama... Read more »

‘Thor’ sequel thunders into theaters with triumphant action

‘Thor’ sequel thunders into theaters with triumphant action

November 7, 2013
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  In one of the biggest movie events of the fall, America’s favorite Asgardian, Thor, returns for another epic adventure. In the aftermath of “The Avengers,” Marvel Studios has held strong with “Iron Man 3,” the highest grossing film of the year, and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,... Read more »

‘Arkham Origins’ successfully works as prequel to ‘Batman’ game series

‘Arkham Origins’ successfully works as prequel to ‘Batman’ game series

November 5, 2013
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While Batman has risen to the height of popularity among superheroes in popular culture — making numerous appearances in film, television and games — the “Batman: Arkham” series is, so far, the best way to be the Dark Knight besides donning the caped crusader’s cowl yourself. In “Batman: A... Read more »

Williams, Gellar sell new CBS comedy ‘The Crazy Ones’

Williams, Gellar sell new CBS comedy ‘The Crazy Ones’

September 26, 2013
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  While the presence of Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar in a room together is enough to pique people’s interests, the first reassuring aspect of watching the pilot for “The Crazy Ones” is the supporting cast. With all-stars from some of the most talked about shows still on ... Read more »

Emmy 2013 Predictions: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Emmy 2013 Predictions: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

September 20, 2013
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The contenders in Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series face stiff competition from Tina Fey, in her final run as Liz Lemon. The competition is made even more difficult with the category’s line of cable stars, including Lena Dunham, Laura Dern and Edie Falco. However, the real race... Read more »

Antihero era of television proves exhausting, wearisome

Antihero era of television proves exhausting, wearisome

September 18, 2013
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  Those who saw the most recent episode of “Breaking Bad” will notice that Walter White’s journey from “Mr. Chips to Scarface” —  a phrase creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan once used to describe his show —  has reached its climax. Yet the events of this clim... Read more »

‘Man of Steel’ enough to excite audiences, but falls short

‘Man of Steel’ enough to excite audiences, but falls short

June 13, 2013
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Expectations are very high for the release of “Man of Steel,” and there are several questions on everyone’s minds. Will DC Comics’ most iconic hero soar to box office records? Is Henry Cavill Hollywood's next leading man, or will he fade into obscurity like Brandon Routh? Finally, does “M... Read more »

Sofia Coppola makes interesting choices with ‘The Bling Ring’

Sofia Coppola makes interesting choices with ‘The Bling Ring’

June 13, 2013
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“The Bling Ring” very well may be the new classic in the genre of teenagers behaving badly. Reminiscent of the iconic teen film “Mean Girls” and the recent spectacle “Spring Breakers,” “The Bling Ring” falls right in between those two on the spectrum of funny to insane. The new film tel... Read more »

‘Heroes’ is not super enough for Xbox Live film program launch

‘Heroes’ is not super enough for Xbox Live film program launch

May 1, 2013
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The first half of “Heroes’” first season was arguably perfect. The characters were complex, there was plenty of suspense, the con- cept was unique for network tele- vision at the time and one phrase perfectly captured the essence of the plot: “Save the cheerleader, save the world.” “... Read more »

Fox separates comedy, drama programming with FXX channel

Fox separates comedy, drama programming with FXX channel

April 9, 2013
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Last week, Fox announced that FX’s tentpole comedy, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” will move to FXX, a new comedy network that will replace the sports network, Fox Soccer Channel. “Sunny” will be joined by fantasy football comedy “The League” and talk show “Totally Biased ... Read more »