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Web Trump Parody Goes Viral

Friday, February 12, 2016

If you think you’ve had a lot of Donald J. Trump exposure lately, try being Joe Randazzo. The former editor of the Onion, Randazzo spent months last year immersed in the collected clips and writings of the GOP front-runner, turning it into a 1980s-set parody script for the website Funny or Die. “I was ready,” he recalled dryly, “to jump …

Around the Remote: Week of Feb. 7-14

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Don’t Miss Super Bowl 50 — Break out the chicken wings and adult beverages. America’s day of gridiron gluttony is finally upon us. The big game pits the Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, Calif., as about a gazillion TV viewers look on. Oh, but it’s about so much more than football. There’s the totally wacky commercials and, of course, …

Essay: Two Current Films Capture the Nation’s Noisy Outrage and Quiet Competence

Friday, February 5, 2016

In a period of topsy-turvy politics and widespread anxiety about the country’s future, two of the films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, Spotlight and The Big Short , speak loudly and carry big sticks, all the better to poke at two institutions that failed — no, betrayed — the …

Meet the New ‘Wizard’: Matt Bucy Reworks ‘Oz’ Classic and Finds an Audience

Friday, January 22, 2016

Revelers at the annual community Halloween party in White River Junction in 2003 were served a special treat. While a DJ played club music, Matt Bucy projected Of Oz the Wizard , his remix of The Wizard of …

Will Smith Adds His Name to Boycott of the Academy Awards

Friday, January 22, 2016

An Academy Awards boycott that stemmed from a lack of racial diversity among Oscar nominees has grown, with Will Smith saying Thursday that he is joining his wife in skipping this year’s ceremony. “No, my wife is not going; it’d be awkward for me to show up with …

Talk Arises of Skipping Oscar Broadcast as Diversity Protest

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New York — Calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards are growing over the Oscars’ second straight year of all-white acting nominees, as Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith each said Monday that they will not attend this year’s ceremony. In a lengthy Instagram post, Lee said …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for Week of Jan. 17

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Don’t Miss Mercy Street — Behold a PBS rarity — an American story, made in America. This enticing costume drama, set in Alexandria, Va., in the spring of 1862, follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite …

Film Industry Faces Questions After All-White Oscar Nominations

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Los Angeles — It’s another embarrassing Hollywood sequel: For the second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated an all-white group of acting nominees. This year’s list of Oscar nominees passes …

‘Revenant’ Earns 12 Oscar Bids, Leading ‘Fury Road,’ ‘Martian’

Friday, January 15, 2016

New York — The brutal frontier saga The Revenant landed a leading 12 nominations for the 88th annual Academy Awards, while the acting categories were again filled entirely by white performers. The strong showing Thursday for The Revenant, …

Alan Rickman, ‘Harry Potter’ Star, Dies at 69

Friday, January 15, 2016

London — British actor Alan Rickman, a classically trained stage star and sensual screen villain in the Harry Potter saga and other films, has died. He was 69. Rickman’s family said that the actor died early Thursday in …

‘The Revenant’ Wins Big

Monday, January 11, 2016

Two star-led tales of frontier survival triumphed at the 73rd annual Golden Globes, where Alejandro Inarritu’s bloody 1820s thriller The Revenant swept three of the top honors, and Ridley Scott’s stranded astronaut tale The Martian answered with a …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Jan. 10-16

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Don’t Miss The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards — It may not be Hollywood’s most prestigious awards show, but this celebration of movies and television is almost always the most fun. Why? Because booze flows freely and the stars tend to be in a loose, let-‘er-rip mood. Returning …

Emily Blunt Leads ‘Sicario’

Sunday, January 10, 2016

If you have any money left from returning all those Christmas gifts, there are several new DVDs that hit stores last Tuesday. Sicario, Grade: 3.5 stars: Idealistic FBI agent finds herself involved in a no-rules war on drugs. Director Denis Villeneuve fashions a film that looks at real …