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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 ended. Of course, the heightened drama isn’t …

‘Transcendence’: Internet Is Evil

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The dystopian future envisioned by last year’s critical darling Her reappears in Transcendence, albeit with a lot more testosterone. You could even call this new thriller — in which a godlike artificial intelligence, played by Johnny Depp, starts building an army of cyborg zombies — “Him.” Unlike that earlier film about a man who falls in love with a computer operating system, which …

Actor Marlon Wayans is Very Serious About Funny Business

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Marlon Wayans isn’t trying to change the world. He just wants to change your mood. “There’s no vanity in comedy,” he says. And in a rare moment, the 41-year-old funny guy isn’t joking as he sits in a suite at the Intercontinental Hotel, here to promote his latest movie, …

You Won’t Want to Check Out of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

Saturday, March 29, 2014

I’m not sure what the formal definition of a masterpiece is, but The Grand Budapest Hotel strikes me as something very close. Wes Anderson, who wrote and directed those modern classics The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom, now gives us Downton Abbey on laughing gas. Sophisticated, silly and …

‘Broad City’ Is TV’s Funniest

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Broad City, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s series on Comedy Central, finishes its triumphant, hilarious, silly, bizarre, stoned-out-of-its-mind first season this week. If you’ve been watching, you know how great this season has been. If you haven’t been …

A ‘Reluctant Witness,’ Anita Hill in Spotlight Again as New Film Opens

Monday, March 24, 2014

It’s been more than 22 years since Anita Hill sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee in that famous bright blue suit — one she could never bring herself to wear again — to make the sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas that transfixed a nation. And much has …

Around the Remote: ‘Psych’ Closes Final Case in Series Finale

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Don’t Miss: Psych Series Finale — After eight delightfully offbeat seasons and one rousing musical episode, we must bid farewell to Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill). The finale, ominously titled, The Breakup, features guest appearances by Mira Sorvino and Billy Zane. It will be followed by …

One Star Finds Himself in ‘Divergent’

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Pittsburgh — David Letterman did it. Twice. And then Sylvester Stallone opted to double down, too. What else was actor Theo James to do March 12 when confronted with the prospect of drinking raw eggs in front of …

The ‘Divergent’ Movie Is Better Than the Book

Saturday, March 22, 2014

It’s rare that a movie is as good as the book on which it’s based. It’s even more unusual when it’s better. With the film adaptation of Divergent, the first novel in Veronica Roth’s trilogy of dystopian thrillers, director Neil Burger (Limitless) has crafted a popcorn flick that’s …

After Decades of Censorship, Burma’s Films Probe Dark Past

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Yangon, Burma — Lin Sun Oo doesn’t take his eyes off the field and forest before him — the rich green grass and the leaves on the lush trees stand, almost obediently, as still as statues. It is …

The Muppet Interview: Miss Piggy, Kermit Tell All

Friday, March 21, 2014

Los Angeles — Cinema has plenty of classic couples — Hepburn and Tracy, Bogart and Bacall, Brad and Angie — but few are as ageless or as lovable as Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. The charming amphibian and his porcine paramour are reunited on the big screen …

Dartmouth Film Society Focuses on Director Wes Anderson

Friday, March 21, 2014

L ike marzipan or Turkish Delight, the films of Wes Anderson are a taste you acquire — or not. His movies, eight in all, are the focus of a Dartmouth Film Society retrospective that begins this Sunday at …

TLC Plans to Return to ‘Kate Plus 8’

Friday, March 21, 2014

Los Angeles Times It seems like a lifetime ago that America bid farewell to Kate Gosselin and her brood of eight kids, but it’s been just three years since the final episode of Kate Plus 8 aired on TLC. Time for a reunion! That’s not to say the …