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Movies / TV

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Aug. 24-30

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Don’t Miss The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards — Welcome to television’s game of thrones — minus the gruesome carnage. Late-night funny guy Seth Meyers is our host for the annual gala that celebrates the medium’s artistic achievements while conveniently overlooking the awful fare like Naked Dating. He promises a “fun and upbeat” evening, but the losers might not necessarily agree. 8 p.m. Monday, NBC. Other Bets Sunday : Will it …

Hard-Boiled Vigilantes in ‘Sin City’

Saturday, August 23, 2014

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 or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted. Capsule reviews are by Kenneth …

Heat Got Ya Beat? Tune in to These Chilly Ideas for Summer

Saturday, August 23, 2014

For most of the summer, the shifting polar vortex slid down on the East Coast like an oversized beret. This made for some unusually pleasant summer evenings in a place known for regularly serving up the kind of hot humidity blast you associate with a fryer oven. But now the heat is back, …

TV Pilots Depart L.A.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Los Angeles — Once the king of TV pilots, Los Angeles is rapidly losing its domain to New York and other rivals. The L.A. region’s share of pilot production dropped to a historic low in the most recent pilot season, as producers took their business to the Big …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for the Week of June 29-July 5

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Don’t Miss Fourth of July C elebrations — Here’s our big-bang theory: Nothing matches watching fireworks live and in person. But if you happen to be anchored to the couch this year, television has plenty of “oohs” and “aahs” to offer as well. The explosive programming starts with …

‘Jersey Boys’ Adapts Tony Winner

Saturday, June 28, 2014

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 …

Shia LaBeouf Arrested

Saturday, June 28, 2014

New York — Shia LaBeouf was released from police custody Friday after he was escorted from a Broadway theater for yelling obscenities and continued to act irrationally while being arrested, authorities said. After his court appearance, the actor, …

Through a Lens Darkly, Indeed

Friday, June 27, 2014

There are eight very good reasons to see “Film Noir: Embrace the Dark,” the summer movie series at the Hopkins Center that continues through Aug. 17, and they are: The Maltese Falcon , Double Indemnity , Detour , …

Studio Scrambles to Settle Dispute Over ‘Transformers’ in China

Friday, June 27, 2014

Beijing — Hollywood studios, salivating over China’s booming movie market, are falling over themselves to sew up deals on the mainland. But just days before its global launch of Transformers: Age of Extinction, Paramount Pictures got a crash course in just how fraught such tie-ups can be. The …

Raspy-Voiced Eli Wallach Dies

Thursday, June 26, 2014

New York — As a masterful character actor and early product of postwar, Method-style theater, Eli Wallach wore countless faces, disappearing into them all. But he was always propelled — in acting and in life — by a …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for the Week of June 22-28

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Don’t Miss True Blood — The sexy-scary gorefest this week launches its seventh and final season, and word has it that “nobody’s safe.” Of course, Sookie (Anna Paquin), our beloved leading lady, is accustomed to perilous situations by now, but she has her hands full when a band …

Film Noir Series Starts With a Screening of a Silent ‘Pre-Noir’

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Asphalt , the silent film that opens the Dartmouth Film Society’s tribute to Film Noir at 4 on Sunday afternoon, is really more of a pre-noir. Made in 1929 in Germany, the movie heralds some of the familiar …

‘Jump Street’ Is a Winner if It Can Stop at ‘22’

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Remember that sinking feeling when the realization hit that The Hangover II was just a straight-up shakedown? That it was just a money grab that assaulted and left for dead the audience’s love for the original probably so …