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This image released by Disney Enterprises, Inc., shows actress Angelina Jolie in the title role of "Maleficent," the villian from the 1959 classic "Sleeping Beauty."  The film is expected for nationwide release on May 30. (AP Photo/Disney Enterprises, Inc., Greg Williams)

A Bipolar Doctor Probes The Brain on ‘Black Box’

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NEW YORK — ABC’s brainy new medical drama Black Box does a neat trick: It dares viewers to imagine for themselves the cost-benefit ratio of addiction, and does it without taking a firm stand. It does it in the person of lovely, top-of-her-field Dr. Catherine Black, known as “the Marco Polo of the Brain,” who helps patients navigate a range …

Palestinian Rapper Tamer Nafar Aims for a Global Stage

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tel Aviv, Israel — Tamer Nafar, a 34-year-old rapper who has been described as the Chuck D of Palestinian hip-hop, was standing on a sidewalk dressed in a skin-tight black bodysuit and wearing a silky red wig. “Can I see more duck lips?” the director prodded from behind the camera. Nafar pursed obediently. …

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 …

‘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 …

Watching Big Movies on the Very Small Screen: Is Something Lost?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Whether it’s time or technological preference, many of us watch movies in ways we would’ve considered ridiculous a few years ago. The other day, blowing off the sensible Not Safe for Work guideline, I reviewed Nymphomaniac: Volume I …

The Greatest Stories Never Told: Ambitious Movies That Weren’t Made

Friday, April 4, 2014

Make no small plans, said Alejandro Jodorowsky. Probably. Certainly, at some point, in the mid-1970s, while the Chilean filmmaker was trying to get his gargantuan Hollywood adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science-fiction novel Dune off the ground, he thought that. Jodorowsky, whose El Topo (1971) and The Holy Mountain …

Spies, Just Like Us: You Should Be Watching ‘The Americans’

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Cold War ended in 1991 when the Soviet Union fractured into a patchwork of independent republics. That it could break apart seemed incomprehensible to those of us who grew up with the assumption that the United States and the Soviet Union would stare each other down from …

Mindy Kaling Challenged On Diversity

Friday, April 4, 2014

By Greg Braxton Los Angeles Times Los Angeles — When The Mindy Project premiered on Fox in fall 2012, it was widely hailed as a breakthrough in the diversity of mainstream television. Its star, Mindy Kaling, who plays …

‘Mother’ of All Finales? Not This Time

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Like anything that comes along with sky-high expectations, the How I Met Your Mother series finale inevitably disappointed a lot of people Monday night. Intense anger is nothing new in terms of highly anticipated series finales of long-running …

‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Orphan Black,’ ‘Scandal’ Among Peabody Winners

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Winners of the 73rd annual George Foster Peabody Awards were announced Wednesday on CBS This Morning, with a record 46 series, specials and reports from television, radio and the Web being honored for excellence in 2013. There were some old favorites among the television honorees, but for the …

‘Billy Elliot’ Star Turns to TV

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Pasadena, Calif. — Child actors often grow up conflicted by the experience. But that’s not so with British actor Jamie Bell. Bell was at the peak of adolescent angst when, at 14, he was a smash hit in …

‘Turn’ Offers a Look at Spies in Service of Gen. Washington

Monday, March 31, 2014

Our minds overflow with the sarsaparilla homebrew of the 1800s — the Victorian vampires, the Lincolnalia, the pop-chart jug bands. The late 19th century is on TV a lot: railroad barons in the West, amoral gold miners in …