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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, …

‘22 Jump Street’ Is the Latest Installment in the Cop-Buddy Genre

Friday, June 13, 2014

“There’s only one thing more dangerous than making them mad: Making them partners ...” The situation is as follows: You’re on a quiz show. The category is “Cop-Buddy Movies.” All you have to do to win $350 million …

After Two Decades, Two Emmys

Friday, June 13, 2014

Twenty two years ago, Chris Shepherd graduated on a Saturday from Lyndon State College with a degree in communications and a concentration in video production; on the Monday after graduation he started a job as a videographer at …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for the Week of June 8-14

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Don’t Miss The 68th Annual Tony Awards — Hugh Jackman gives his regards to Broadway by returning to host the celebration of stage excellence from Radio City Music Hall in New York. The nomination list is brimming with performers familiar to TV fans, including Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick …

Around the Remote: ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Dramatizes PC Wars

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Don’t Miss Halt and Catch F ire — Set in Texas’s Silicon Prairie during the 1980s, this intriguing new drama series follows a charismatic, hard-driving former IBM sales executive (Lee Pace) who dreams of knocking the computer giant down a peg or two with the help of a …

In ‘Godzilla,’ the Audience Waits for the Monster

Friday, May 30, 2014

Early on in the latest Hollywood reincarnation of Godzilla, a group of puzzled scientists stare at a giant, slimy, yet-to-be-determined thingie in a cave somewhere in the Pacific and confer in whispers. “What is it? Some kind of egg? A dormant spore?” Egg: yes. Like, humungous. Dormant? Not …

Moviemaking at the Drive-in: Documentary Filmmaker Focuses on a Piece of Roadside Americana in Fairlee

Friday, May 30, 2014

Not quite night. Sky between blue and black. Peepers singing close by. Children running across a wide expanse of green lawn. The light from a ticket booth casts an Edward Hopper-like glow into the darkness. A scattering of …

Man Who Rushed Pitt Had Pulled Grammy Prank

Friday, May 30, 2014

Los Angeles — A man who was arrested after police said he rushed and touched Brad Pitt at the premiere of the Angelina Jolie movie Maleficent is a former Ukrainian journalist with a history of getting too close …

It’s Official: North Carolina Now Tops in ‘American Idols’

Monday, May 26, 2014

Sorry, Alabama. It’s now official — North Carolina is the go-to state for American Idols. With Asheville rocker Caleb Johnson’s win on the TV singing competition on Wednesday, the Tar Heel State can now claim three Idol winners — Season 3’s Fantasia Barrino, Season 10’s Scotty McCreery and …

Around the Remote: ‘The Normal Heart’ Explores Early Days of AIDS Crisis

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Don’t Miss The Normal H eart — An A-list cast, including Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts, shine in this powerful adaptation of Larry Kramer’s incendiary play about the early days of the AIDS crisis. Directed by Ryan Murphy ( Glee ), the film takes an unflinching look at …

‘The Railway Man’ Returns to WW2

Saturday, May 24, 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 …