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Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Aug.30-Sept. 5

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Don’t Miss 2015 MTV Video Music Awards — Two years ago, Miley Cyrus caused an uproar with her naughty twerking. Now that she’s back to host the 32nd annual bash, will she behave herself — or push the envelope even further? As for the nominations, Taylor Swift leads everyone with nine, including Video of the Year. Somewhere, Kanye West is throwing a tizzy fit. 9 p.m. Sunday, MTV. Other Bets …

Movie Review: ‘Friends’ Lacks the Courage of Its Convictions

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The style of music known as EDM, short for electronic dance music, can sometimes be made by someone alone on a laptop with a pair of headphones, then played at throbbing volume for enormous high-energy crowds. That tension between intimacy and boisterousness motivates a lot of the movie We Are Your Friends, which …

Movie Review: Flee From ‘No Escape’

Saturday, August 29, 2015

If you’ve really been wanting to see endless shots of Owen Wilson running, sometimes while carrying a medium-sized child, the thriller No Escape might be just for you. Those looking for nuanced screenplays, believable characters, and movies that don’t feature the offhand dismissal of hundreds of people being brutally killed, might want to …

Can One Film Bridge U.S.-China Gap?

Friday, July 10, 2015

Beijing — More than four years ago, just as China’s movie market was starting to boom, the producer behind blockbusters The Dark Knight, The Hangover and Man of Steel was casting about for a concept that might particularly …

Actor David Oyelowo Searches for ‘Brave, Meaningful Work’

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Six months before he floored audiences with his thrilling portrait of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, David Oyelowo had another movie, Nightingale, premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It’s all Oyelowo, a one-man show …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for July 5-11

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Don’t Miss Shark Week — It’s time once again to sink our teeth into television’s longest-running summer event. Now in its 28th year, this fin-tastic celebration of the mysterious creatures of the deep will feature 19 hours of original programming — the most ever. It all kicks off …

ABT Names First Black Female Principal Dancer

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New York — Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born ballerina who’s become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and achieved a celebrity that far transcends that rarified world, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday — …

Little-Understood Nina Simone Focus of New Documentary

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Kanye West sampled her, Chanel made her into a jingle and President Obama called her song Sinnerman one of his 10 favorites. But for a woman whose music is so widely admired, Nina Simone has long been little …

‘San Andreas’: Go for The Rock, Stay for the Special Effects

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …

Film About Norwich’s One-Room Schools Raises Money to Save One

Friday, June 26, 2015

The former Root District School in Norwich is tucked off to the side of Union Village Road near the junction of Goodrich Four Corners Road. Built in 1937, it hasn’t been used as a school since 1945, but …

‘Titanic’ Composer Horner Dead at 61

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Los Angeles — From the swelling-sea songs of Titanic to the space symphonies of Apollo 13 to the bagpipes of Braveheart, James Horner’s singular sound graced some of the biggest moments in the history of movies. It showed in the two Oscars he won and the 10 he …

Around the Remote: Picks for June 21-27

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Don’t Miss True Detective — Talk about a wildly difficult task: How do you deliver a fresh crime mystery that can live up to last year’s sensational saga? A new cast, which includes Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch, will give it a go as …

‘Still Dreaming’

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Charlotte Fairchild was a razzle-dazzle entertainer, ready to break into song and dance at the drop of a hat, not surprising given her appearances o n Broadway in the original productions of Damn Yankees , 42nd Street and …