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NBA 2K16, A Thundering Slam Dunk

NBA 2K16, A Thundering Slam Dunk

October 6, 2015


Filed under Video Games

Letting a championship slip out of your grasp can be a harrowing experience for a franchise. Some teams never get over the hump, fading back into the pack never to emerge as a contender again. Others use the disappointment as motivation to improve and prepare for a second run. Visual Concepts found itself...

‘Madden NFL 16’ Review: Roughing The Passer

‘Madden NFL 16’ Review: Roughing The Passer

September 17, 2015


Filed under Entertainment, Video Games

By Asif Khan GamerHub.tv (TNS) The exclusive deal between Electronic Arts and the NFL can be a double-edged sword. The lack of a viable competitor to the Madden franchise can sometimes yield a mediocre annual release, but the exclusivity can create amazing experiences when the full force of the NF...

Game Review: ‘Until Dawn’: Here Comes The Sun

Game Review: ‘Until Dawn’: Here Comes The Sun

September 15, 2015


Filed under Technology, Video Games

By Daniel Perez GamerHub.tv (TNS) I feel there’s always been a time and a place for teen horror films in all of our lives. Growing up, they serve as a great introduction to more hard-core horror films that may traumatize most adolescents, which could lead to sleeping with a nightlight well into...

Pixar Artist Sanjay Patel Gets Personal With ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’

Pixar Artist Sanjay Patel Gets Personal With ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’

August 12, 2015


Filed under Movies

By Rebecca Keegan Los Angeles Times (TNS) EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Growing up in San Bernardino, Calif., in the 1980s a child of immigrants from Gujarat, India, Pixar Animation Studios artist Sanjay Patel straddled two worlds. Like many American kids of the era, he played with Transformers, watched L...

‘Nashville’ Takes The Show On The Road

‘Nashville’ Takes The Show On The Road

August 5, 2015


Filed under Television

By Jon Bream Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) Deacon will be there. Scarlett, too. And sisters Maddie and Daphne. The stars of “Nashville” — ABC’s prime-time soap opera about country music — are taking their music on a brief tour. The concert tour means that Charles “Chip” Esten, who stars as ...

Jack Black Juggles His Golden Nuggets Of Comedy

Jack Black Juggles His Golden Nuggets Of Comedy

July 29, 2015


Filed under Movies

By Josh Rottenberg Los Angeles Times (TNS) Jack Black gets some of his best ideas in the middle of the night. In his younger days, he would often stay up until dawn, playing Scrabble over the Internet and letting his mind roam to strange places. Now that he’s got kids — sons ages 6 and 8 — he...

Melissa Without Joan: A Daughter Deals With Loss The Rivers Way

Melissa Without Joan: A Daughter Deals With Loss The Rivers Way

July 22, 2015


Filed under Television

By Amy Kaufman Los Angeles Times (TNS) Joan Rivers was about to die, and everybody needed her daughter, Melissa, to fix it. To magically bring her out of a medically induced coma. Keep her lucrative businesses afloat. Ease the pain of losing comedy’s sassy surrogate grandmother. So Melissa went ...

Remembering Orson Welles At 100

Remembering Orson Welles At 100

July 15, 2015


Filed under Movies

By Bob Hoover Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (TNS) The second child of inventor Richard and opera singer Beatrice Welles was born 100 years ago May 6 in Kenosha, Wis. They named him George Orson Welles, but it didn’t take long before he shed George and Kenosha to become one of the best-known showmen in Ame...

Fandor’s Fix Gives Female Directors A Vital Platform

Fandor’s Fix Gives Female Directors A Vital Platform

July 1, 2015


Filed under Movies

By Susan King Los Angeles Times (TNS) Lynn Hershman Leeson, Lynne Sachs and Nina Menkes are American independent, experimental filmmakers who have been making movies for three decades. Their films have been showcased at international festivals, and they’ve won numerous awards. Which makes it a...

Will We Someday Watch Blockbuster Movies The Way We Watch Blockbuster Fights?

Will We Someday Watch Blockbuster Movies The Way We Watch Blockbuster Fights?

June 17, 2015


Filed under Movies

By Steven Zeitchik Los Angeles Times (TNS) There were plenty of factors to chew over in analyzing why “Avengers: Age of Ultron” took in $188 million at the weekend box office — the second-biggest opening of all time but nonetheless lower than both pre-weekend estimates and the opening total ...

Sweden’s Biggest Movie Ever Celebrates An Adventuresome Old Gent

Sweden’s Biggest Movie Ever Celebrates An Adventuresome Old Gent

June 2, 2015


Filed under Movies

By Susan King Los Angeles Times (TNS) One can pretty much ascertain from its title the basic plot of the Swedish film “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.” But titles can be deceiving. The highest-grossing film in Swedish history (it made $18.25 million), “The 100...

Springfield, Home Of ‘The Simpsons,’ Open At Universal Studios Hollywood

Springfield, Home Of ‘The Simpsons,’ Open At Universal Studios Hollywood

May 26, 2015


Filed under Television, Travel

By Martin Miller Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Springfield, the mythical city that serves as Anytown, USA for “The Simpsons,” is enjoying some urban sprawl in the real world. Home to America’s favorite screaming yellow TV characters, the town becomes bicoastal on Wednesday when Uni...

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