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Around the Remote: More Suds on Soapy ‘Devious Maids’

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Don’t Miss Devious Maids — Bring on the heavy-duty detergent. There’s lots of dirty laundry to deal with as this campy soap returns for a second season that promises even more twists and surprises. The story makes a three-month jump from the events of last year’s finale, when Flora’s murder case was solved and Marisol’s (Ana Ortiz) quest to clear her son’s name ended. Of course, the heightened drama isn’t …

‘Transcendence’: Internet Is Evil

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The dystopian future envisioned by last year’s critical darling Her reappears in Transcendence, albeit with a lot more testosterone. You could even call this new thriller — in which a godlike artificial intelligence, played by Johnny Depp, starts building an army of cyborg zombies — “Him.” Unlike that earlier film about a man who falls in love with a computer operating system, which …

Actor Marlon Wayans is Very Serious About Funny Business

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Marlon Wayans isn’t trying to change the world. He just wants to change your mood. “There’s no vanity in comedy,” he says. And in a rare moment, the 41-year-old funny guy isn’t joking as he sits in a suite at the Intercontinental Hotel, here to promote his latest movie, …

In ‘Rio 2,’ the Musical Numbers Shine

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Wonderfully animated and well-voiced, Rio 2 is nevertheless too much. Too much plot, too many issues, too many characters. But not too much music. Yes, the musical numbers reach saturation levels, but the Latin-influenced jamming and singing are …

Kevin Spacey of ‘House of Cards’ Honored at New York Museum

Friday, April 11, 2014

After playing Southern Democrat Frank Underwood for two seasons on House of Cards, Kevin Spacey addressed the realism of the Netflix series using his own true-to-life impression of Bill Clinton. “As Bill would say: 99 percent of what they do in House of Cards is accurate, and the …

It’s the ‘Mad Men’ End, Part 1

Thursday, April 10, 2014

AMC’s Mad Men returns at 10 p.m. EDT Sunday for the beginning of its swan song: The first seven episodes of season seven start airing this month (AMC calls it “The Beginning”), and the final seven episodes (aka …

Oxygen Seeks To Breathe New Life Into Its Lineup

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Los Angeles Times Oxygen Media on Tuesday unveiled its 2014 programming slate in New York, which will include new reality series aimed at modern young women. The new lineup will include two competition series. In Nail’d It, hosted by Adrienne Bailon, top nail designers will vie against each …

Television Is Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due, in Style

Monday, April 7, 2014

The fast-forward button is right there. At multiple points during a hard-core TV binge-watch — at least the kind that involves a DVR or streaming video — the binger has the option to press those two rightward-pointing triangles, scoot past the opening titles and immediately continue consuming episodes. …

Around the Remote: ‘Game of Thrones’ Returns for Fourth Season

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Don’t Miss: Game Of Thrones — Let the Game begin. The horrific events of last year’s Red Wedding figure to cast an ominous shadow over Season 4 of the fantasy epic. Now Arya (Maisie Williams) and what’s left of the Stark family are vowing bloody revenge on the …

Movie Makes You Hunger For More

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Lunchbox is a feast of delights, one of the best stories about the connection between food and love the movies have ever seen. It’s a captivating first feature from Indian writer/director Ritesh Batra. In her Mumbai apartment, middle-class housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) spoons deep-fried chickpeas and succulent …

‘Winter Soldier’ Raises the Bar for Comics Movies

Saturday, April 5, 2014

You wouldn’t think that there was much more to do with movies set in the Marvel comics universe. You’d be wrong. Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes a flying leap off the basic premise of superhero movies and …

‘Sabotage’ Is Nasty, Brutish, And Not Short Enough

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sabotage opens with Arnold Schwarzenegger, as drug enforcement agent John “Breacher” Wharton, sitting in front of his computer screen watching a video of a woman being tortured. He’s obviously disturbed by it, judging by the look on his craggy face. It’s a nasty, brutish job he has. By …

Letterman’s Retirement News Really Is No Surprise

Saturday, April 5, 2014

In a flurry of unexpected tweets and hastily assembled blog posts, the news went out across America and the world Thursday that David Letterman is retiring from CBS’ Late Show, which he has hosted for 21 years, sometime in 2015, or as he put it “2015, for the …