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This image released by FunnyorDie.com shows a scene from “Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie.”  The 50-minute film, starring Johnny Depp as Trump, is narrated by film director Ron Howard. (FunnyorDie.com via AP)

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 was ready,” he recalled dryly, “to jump …

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, …

Essay: Two Current Films Capture the Nation’s Noisy Outrage and Quiet Competence

Friday, February 5, 2016

In a period of topsy-turvy politics and widespread anxiety about the country’s future, two of the films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, Spotlight and The Big Short , speak loudly and carry big sticks, all the better to poke at two institutions that failed — no, betrayed — the …

Sundance to Take on ESPN’s ‘O.J.’ Miniseries

Monday, December 14, 2015

The most ambitious nonfiction project in a newly announced lineup of films at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival — coming in at a whopping 7 1/2 hours — is not a traditional indie film but an ESPN miniseries. The heretofore secretive project focuses on O.J. Simpson, attempting to …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Dec. 13-19

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Don’t Miss Fargo — All good things must end, don’t ya know? And so it is that this anthology series wraps up a superb second season. After stirring up all sorts of bloody mayhem, Peggy and Ed Blumquist (Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons) look to make a break …

‘Janis’ Digs Into Legendary Rocker’s Life Story

Thursday, December 10, 2015

It’s hard to imagine in the age of Taylor, Miley and Rihanna, where airbrushed looks are paramount and rebellion is curated, that an artist like Janis Joplin was ever allowed to happen. Imperfect and messy, she was a …

‘Trumbo’ Leads SAG Nominees

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Los Angeles — The Hollywood blacklist drama Trumbo scored a leading three Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations on Wednesday, and sleeper contenders Beasts of No Nation and Straight Outta Compton entered the awards conversation when both were nominated for best ensemble drama. Beasts of No Nation star Idris …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Dec. 6-12

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Don’t Miss Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert — What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas — unless you’re celebrating what would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday. Then it becomes a glitzy special with lots of stars performing some of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ top hits. Among them: …

Tough-Guy Actor Robert Loggia Dead

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Oscar-nominated actor Robert Loggia, who was known for gravelly voiced gangsters from Scarface to The Sopranos but who was most endearing as Tom Hanks’ kid-at-heart toy-company boss in Big, has died. He was 85. Loggia’s wife Aubrey Loggia …

Movie Review: Actress Saoirse Ronan Comes Into Her Own in ‘Brooklyn’

Saturday, December 5, 2015

No special effect is more difficult than mastery of the complex contours of the human heart. No amount of money spent or armies of CGI minions employed can ensure that it is done right: Emotion, intelligence and skill …

Capsule Reviews: Movies Playing in Upper Valley Theaters

Saturday, December 5, 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 …

Curse Can’t Touch ‘Macbeth’ When It’s Produced On-Screen

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Thespians, a superstitious lot, insist that Macbeth should never be directly referred to inside a theater. If an actor accidentally forgets to call Shakespeare’s malevolent masterpiece “the Scottish play,” an elaborate ritual is required to prevent all hell …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for the Week of Nov. 29

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Don’t Miss The Wiz Live! — It’s time to ease on down the yellow brick road as another live stage spectacular comes to television. This adaptation of the acclaimed 1975 Broadway musical arrives stuffed with well-known personalities, including Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, David Alan Grier, Common …