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Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for the Week of Nov. 29

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Don’t Miss The Wiz Live! — It’s time to ease on down the yellow brick road as another live stage spectacular comes to television. This adaptation of the acclaimed 1975 Broadway musical arrives stuffed with well-known personalities, including Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, David Alan Grier, Common and Amber Riley. But the coveted role of Dorothy went to Shanice Williams, an ultra-talented 19-year-old newcomer. 8 p.m. Thursday, NBC. Other …

Movie Review: ‘Room’ Takes the Parental Bond to a Tender and Harrowing Extreme

Friday, November 27, 2015

From the outset, Room doesn’t look like an easy sit, as critics say in the trade. Adapted from Emma Donoghue’s 2010 novel of the same name, this unsettling captivity narrative about a woman and her young son living in the forced intimacy of a 10-by-10-foot garden shed is no one’s idea of a …

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors Brace for Movies on Attack

Friday, November 27, 2015

Boston — Less than three years after bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the Boston Marathon, two movies, a play and an HBO documentary are in the works, causing decidedly mixed feelings among some of those most touched by the tragedy. News that Boston native Mark Wahlberg planned …

Final ‘Hunger Games’ Opens at a Franchise Low

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Los Angeles — Mockingjay - Part 2, the final Hunger Games film, soared to a $101 million opening in its first weekend in theaters, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. For most films this would be a coup, but The Hunger Games had its own records to beat, and …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Nov. 22-28

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Don’t Miss 89th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — Our day of gastronomical gluttony just wouldn’t be the same without marching bands, cheerleaders, clowns, celebrities and giant balloons that, thankfully, are much more bloated than our bellies. The holiday spectacle returns in all its festive glory as Matt …

Actor Joins Marvel Universe on Steep End of Learning Curve

Thursday, November 19, 2015

While growing up in South Carolina, Mike Colter didn’t have much access to comic-book shops. Which is why when people began telling the actor about rumors that Marvel’s next live-action hero would be Luke Cage, and about how he might be a perfect fit for the role, he …

‘Spectre,’ ‘Peanuts’ Remain Atop Weekend Box Office

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Los Angeles — Women owned this past weekend’s theaters as directors of three high-profile premieres opened across the country — Jessie Nelson’s Love the Coopers and Patricia Riggen’s The 33 nationwide and Angelina Jolie Pitt’s By the Sea in limited release. But last week’s powerhouses Spectre and The …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Nov. 15-21

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Don’t Miss : The Hunting Ground — This chilling feature documentary about the startling number of sexual assaults at U.S. college campuses makes its television debut. Relying on raw, first-person testimonies and expert insights, the film traces the experiences of two survivors and examines why universities generally have …

New ‘Terminator,’ And ‘Star Wars’

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back for another turn as the Terminator. There’s also been a big DVD release for Star Wars fans. Terminator Genisys : Another attempt is made to stop Sarah Connor. The Terminator — as promised — is back. It is a fun, exciting thrill ride — …

Movie Review: ‘Love the Coopers’ Is a Yuletide Mess

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Love the Coopers is one of the most jumbled, tonally misguided holiday movies in recent memory. It is an insult to tidings of comfort as well as joy, and a complete waste of the time and talents of …

Movie Review: ‘The 33’ Gives the Miners’ Ordeal Short Shrift

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Imagine being trapped 2,300 feet below ground for 69 days. The 33, an account of the internationally infamous 2010 Chilean mining accident, will help viewers only a little to conjure up that dire predicament. The docudrama nicely evokes the havoc of the initial cave-in, but spends too much …

Endurance Town

Friday, November 13, 2015

B arely three weeks ago, Charles Kahn and Aidan Saunders joined fellow Woodstock resident James Sadwith at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis for a screening of Sadwith’s dramatization of his childhood encounter with author J.D. Salinger. Tonight …

Film of Hitler Confidants Set to Screen on Smithsonian Channel

Friday, November 13, 2015

Pittsburgh — American television viewers get their first chance to see and hear Adolf Hitler’s inner circle describe the dictator’s final hours in filmed interviews when The Day Hitler Died premieres on the Smithsonian Channel. The documentary marks …