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Sunday 02/07/2016
New British police show is well done

“Black Work” is a very watchable new police series that takes place in Yorkshire and nicely intertwines a murder plot with a domestic one of equal importance. It now can be seen on an Acorn DVD.

Friday 02/05/2016
FX's 'People v. O.J. Simpson' is near-perfect and arrives at the perfect time

Here’s a strange blessing for our times: May you live long enough to see a sensationally overblown news event that you can still vividly recall turned into a very good and even powerfully thoughtful TV miniseries a couple decades later.

Monday 02/01/2016
SAG Awards: 'Spotlight,' Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson win big

The Oscar race just got more complicated.

Sunday 01/31/2016
Deep pockets of streaming services drive up market for movies, TV shows

When the critically adored drama “Manchester by the Sea” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, the annual movie mecca where the best in indie films are screened and sold, some of the industry’s biggest names fought to win its distribution rights, including Universal, Sony and Fox Searchlight.

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Friday 01/29/2016
Researchers have discovered a major problem with 'The Little Mermaid' and other Disney movies

To modern eyes, the classic trio of Disney princess films — released in 1937, 1950, and 1959 — can seem painfully retrograde. Why are characters so obsessed with Snow White's looks? Why doesn't Cinderella have any talents or hobbies? And why doesn't Sleeping Beauty do anything besides get drugged and await rescue?

When Stephen King helps adapt his work for the screen, it's usually a disaster; '11.22.63' is different

There have been plenty of beloved adaptations of Stephen King’s writing. “The Shining,” “Stand By Me,” “Shawshank Redemption,” “Misery” and “Carrie” are just a few of the acclaimed movies based on his books and stories. These titles have something else in common too. King had nothing to do with their transition from page to screen.

'Kung Fu Panda 3': Welcome return of a bravehearted bumbler

Move over, Poe Dameron. Po the panda is back in town. And this Dragon Warrior is every bit as brave as the galaxy’s favorite Resistance pilot.

Sunday 01/24/2016
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Celebrating the keyboard artistry of Cy Walter

Cy Walter (1915-1968) was well known for four decades as a pianist, composer and arranger on the New York cocktail lounge scene, as well as from his recordings and radio appearances. I never would have been much interested in him had not my son Richard by accident met Walter’s son Mark and agreed to set up a website to celebrate Walter’s career and artistry.

Tuesday 01/19/2016
Glenn Frey, guitarist for the Eagles, dies at 67

Glenn Frey, a guitarist and composer who co-founded the Eagles and forged with bandmate Don Henley one of the most popular songwriting partnerships in rock music, generating hits such as “Take it Easy,””Hotel California” and “Lyin’ Eyes,” died Jan. 18 in New York City. He was 67.

Sunday 01/17/2016
'Fifty Shades of Grey,' 'Jupiter Ascending' and 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' dominate Razzie nominations

The most common cliche during awards season in Hollywood is, “It’s a honor just to be nominated.” But in the case of the Razzie Awards, you have to wonder.

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Bringing LBJ to life in HBO's 'All the Way'

To prepare for his latest role, Bryan Cranston was in luck: He sort of looks like former President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Documentary tells the story of women’s suffrage in Britain

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Friday 01/15/2016
YouTube sensation PewDiePie launches his own network

Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg, the wildly popular YouTube star once called the “emperor” of the Internet by late-night comedian Stephen Colbert, is getting his own digital network.

'Ride Along 2' is a fun little journey

W atching the “Ride Along” films (this is the second installment in the buddy cop franchise) is an exercise in succumbing to Kevin Hart’s unique, manic charms. By the end, it’s most likely you’ll be laughing at the antics of the bite-sized comic — whose style is reminiscent of an over-enthusiastic puppy nipping at your ankles — even if you’re not sure why. This is why Ice Cube is the perfect audience proxy as Hart’s tough and taciturn counterpart; while he initially wants to bat the irritating pup away, Hart’s persistence and moxie are difficult to resist.

Tuesday 01/12/2016
Rupert Murdoch announces engagement to former supermodel Jerry Hall, Times says

News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch announced his engagement to former supermodel Jerry Hall in an advertisement published in the Times newspaper, the publication reported on its website.

Sunday 01/10/2016
What we're really losing with the end of 'American Idol'

It’s really easy to make fun of “American Idol.” No one knows the recent winners; there was that disastrous season with Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey; the last few years have had incredibly low ratings.

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