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Far from the Madding Crowd :: A period drama that’s a bit too old school

I sometimes wonder about adapting older books into modern movies, meaning, I wonder if what worked back then still works now in the same context. Or are severe adaptation choices needed ...
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Avengers: Age of Ultron’s story gets lost amid the action

Let's face it. There isn't anything I, or any other critic, could say to dissuade people from seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron. Not that I want to, mind you. I ...
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American Idol :: Another controversy worth talking about

Last night's episode of American Idol brought with it yet another clash between mentors, judges and a contestant. This one didn't have the drama of the one I've written about ...
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Survivor :: Survivor Russian Roulette

One player is dragged out of the shadows this week as desperate times call for desperate measures. On this week's episode of Survivor, it wasn't about who won the Reward Challenge ...
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Hulu lands Seinfeld

Hulu gave its upfront presentation in New York this week, spotlighting an appearance by Jerry Seinfeld to announce that his classic sitcom will stream exclusively on the service. Every episode ...
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Max Scherzer of The Washington Nationals doesn’t get it

So Max Scherzer wants the designated hitter rule MLB-wide. Tough beans, Scherzer. It ain't going to happen. Scherzer, who is making a chunk of change pitching for the Washington Nationals, jammed his ...
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The 2015 Tony Award Nominations are announced

The 2015 Tony Award nominations were announced this morning and three new musicals garnered a plethora of nominations. An American In Paris and Fun Home tied with 12 nominations each followed ...
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The Flash scores with father/son moments between Grant Gustin and Jesse L. Martin

Television shows are a dime a dozen, but programs with good writing seem to be few and far between. Perchance that’s why The CW’s hit new series The Flash is ...
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Suzanne Crough, TV’s Tracy Partridge, dead at 52

Child star Suzanne Crough, best known as Tracy on The Partidge Family, died suddenly at her home Monday. Cause of death is still unknown at this time. Crough was 52. Crough ...
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Inherent Vice meanders, mumbles and jumbles

You can't ever fault director Paul Thomas Anderson for being unambitious. His films are usually densely layered stories upon stories with huge casts of characters that intertwine throughout the story ...
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Scooby-Doo! and Scrappy-Doo! Season 1 packs a lot of puppy power

I’ve got a mystery for all the past and present Scooby-Doo fans out there in the cosmos. At what point did we all collectively decide that Scrappy-Doo was a blight ...
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Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie dies suddenly at 59

Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, the man responsible for the look of Peter Jackson's Middle-earth films, has died suddenly at the age of 59 after suffering a heart attack. A spokesman for ...
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