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Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for Feb. 14-20

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Don’t Miss The 58th Annual Grammy Awards — LL Cool J returns to host music’s biggest night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. As usual, we expect the performances to overshadow the prizes. Among the stars taking the stage are Adele, Kendrick Lamar, Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, Little Big Town, The Weeknd and the Broadway cast of Hamilton. Also, Lady Gaga will deliver a tribute to the late David …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Vermont Youth Film Contest Seeks Growth in Its Second Year

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Freedom & Unity TV Vermont Youth Film Competition has received a $10,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation to help expand its reach, said Nora Jacobson, the Norwich filmmaker who spearheaded the six-part documentary about Vermont’s history …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Jan. 3-9

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Don’t Miss Downton Abbey — As the final season of this beloved British soap opens, there’s anxiety in the air. Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) faces a blackmail threat, Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) is nervous about her impending marriage to Carson, and Violet (Maggie Smith) is upset over a …

Two Series Worth Checking Out

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Two very good TV series top the short list of new DVDs released in the days between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Ray Donovan: Season Three : The reason film actors are willing to make the move to television is because of shows like this series. Liev Schreiber …

‘Force Awakens’ Has Raked In $1 Billion in Record Time

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Los Angeles — Moviegoers continued to unwrap Disney’s box-office holdover Star Wars: The Force Awakens over the holiday weekend as the space saga dominated a host of Christmas Day newcomers, including Paramount’s Daddy’s Home and 20th Century Fox’s …

Fine Arts on Television

Monday, December 28, 2015

∎ Tuesday: CBS, 9-11 p.m. Stephen Colbert hosts The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors. Filmed in Washington on Dec. 6, the event celebrates the artistic contributions of singer-songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress-singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa and actress Cicely Tyson. A host of artists and …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Dec. 27-Jan. 2

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Don’t Miss New Year’s Eve celebrations — There’s no shame in staying home to party in front of your TV, as long as you vacuum up the confetti by February. The networks again have stocked the night with star-studded specials. Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan …

Movie Review: ‘Daddy’s Home’ Is Surprisingly Sweet

Friday, December 25, 2015

It’s OK if you’re skeptical about the Will Ferrell vs. Mark Wahlberg vehicle Daddy’s Home. The trailers have showcased obvious, lowest common denominator humor that doesn’t look too promising. But the film, directed by comedy vet Sean Anders, is much funnier than it appears. Never doubt the powers …

Alternate Universe

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Former Miss Universe Paulina Vega, center, removes the crown from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, left, before giving it to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, right, at the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday in Las Vegas. Gutierrez was incorrectly …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for the Week of Dec. 20

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Don’t Miss It’s a Wonderful Life — Every time you watch this thing, an NBC programmer gets his wings — or something like that. Frank Capra’s 1946 classic returns for its annual Christmas Eve airing with George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) learning life lessons from his guardian angel. All …