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‘Cinderella’ Enchants Moviegoers

‘Cinderella’ Enchants Moviegoers

March 17, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “Cinderella” brought her magic to the box office this weekend, debuting with a studio-estimated $70.1 million in the U.S. and Canada. The Disney film edged ahead of the May 2014 release of “Maleficent,” the spinoff of “Sleeping Beauty” t...

‘Community’ Is Back In Session — This Time On Yahoo Screen

‘Community’ Is Back In Session — This Time On Yahoo Screen

March 17, 2015


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By Robert Lloyd Los Angeles Times (TNS) When last we saw “Community” nearly a year ago, Greendale Community College had narrowly missed being sold to Subway, the sandwich people. Typically, it was a metaphor for the show itself, which had struggled to survive throughout the years; “Save Greendale...

Music Review: ‘Empire’ Soundtrack Falls Short Of Show

Music Review: ‘Empire’ Soundtrack Falls Short Of Show

March 17, 2015


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By Glenn Gamboa Newsday (TNS) The problem with “Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1” (20th Century Fox/ Columbia) is one most soundtracks have: The focus isn’t on the music. These songs generally have to drive story lines, not album sales, so they may be great in the show, but not as...

AMC plotting a ‘Mad Men’ send-off to remember

AMC plotting a ‘Mad Men’ send-off to remember

March 10, 2015


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By Yvonne Villarreal Los Angeles Times (TNS) It should come as no surprise that “Mad Men,” a drama about a 1960s advertising firm, has designed what it hopes to be an unforgettable send-off campaign. The pioneering AMC series will launch its seventh and final season on April 5 — culminating i...

ABC gets real with ‘American Crime’

ABC gets real with ‘American Crime’

March 3, 2015


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By Neal Justin Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) LOS ANGELES – The two biggest freshman hits on TV this season, “Empire” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” are addictive but ridiculous soaps in which J.R. Ewing and Erica Kane would feel right at home. There’s nothing frivolous about ABC...

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Sinks 73 Percent In 2nd Weekend, Still Tops Box Office

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Sinks 73 Percent In 2nd Weekend, Still Tops Box Office

February 26, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “Fifty Shades of Grey” saw ticket sales drop 73 percent from its opening, but an estimated $23.2 million second-weekend gross was good enough to win the box office race and push the movie’s domestic haul so far to $130.1 million. Though...

TV Technology Yields Vast Wonderland

TV Technology Yields Vast Wonderland

February 24, 2015


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By Hal Boedeker Orlando Sentinel (TNS) Long derided as the boob tube, television has entered an unprecedented era when people want to watch it everywhere at their own pace. Technological breakthroughs, time-shifted viewing and increased competition have pushed content to new levels of quality. As th...

Actor Rob Corddry Is Soaking Up The Attention After Jumping Back Into ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′

Actor Rob Corddry Is Soaking Up The Attention After Jumping Back Into ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′

February 24, 2015


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By Josh Rottenberg Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES – On an unseasonably warm February afternoon, Rob Corddry sat in the back of a town car wending its way through the streets of Los Angeles. The actor, making the promotional rounds for his new comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” was heading...

Wes Anderson Braces For Oscar’s Appraisal Of ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

Wes Anderson Braces For Oscar’s Appraisal Of ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

February 19, 2015


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By Glenn Whipp Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — If you watched the Golden Globes last month, you might remember co-host Amy Poehler joking that Wes Anderson, a filmmaker known for his meticulous, fanciful style, had arrived at the ceremony on “a bike made of antique tuba parts.” The camera ...

‘Two and a Half Men’ Ending 12-Year Run

‘Two and a Half Men’ Ending 12-Year Run

February 19, 2015


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) “Two and a Half Men,” 9 p.m. Eastern, Thursday BURBANK, Calif. — Jon Cryer has been through all the highs and lows that have been the journey of “Two and a Half Men.” There have been the years when it dominated the ratings and he won Emmys. There have been t...

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Tops Four-Day Weekend With $94.4 Million

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Tops Four-Day Weekend With $94.4 Million

February 17, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “Fifty Shades of Grey,” released by Universal over the weekend, pulled in an estimated $94.4 million through the Monday holiday. With a three-day haul of $85 million, the film became the biggest domestic February debut ever, outpacing th...

Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon Star In New ‘The Odd Couple’ Comedy On CBS

Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon Star In New ‘The Odd Couple’ Comedy On CBS

February 17, 2015


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) “The Odd Couple,” 8:30 p.m. Eastern, Thursday, CBS PASADENA, Calif. — Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” has been produced on stage, in films and as a variety of TV programs since its Broadway debut in 1965. There was even a female version of the tale of two very di...

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