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7 items from 2014

Halfway Mark: The Best TV Episodes of 2014 (So Far), Part 1

12 July 2014 6:17 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

2013 was an absolutely amazing year for television, with shows like Breaking Bad and Spartacus going out with some of their best episodes yet and new series like Hannibal and Orphan Black bursting onto the scene. While the jury’s still out on how this year will compare to last, at the halfway point, 2014 is shaping up to be pretty darn great year as well. Continuing favorites have come back stronger than ever and just like last year, a few new series have quickly made strong names for themselves as well; the variety of truly great television, from comedy to drama to the many series that don’t so easily fit either description, has never been so pronounced.

However, with so much TV out there, some of the best episodes (and series in general) of the year have flown under the radar, so a handful of Sound on Sight’s podcasters »

- Kate Kulzick

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The Definitive Movie Musicals: 10-1

25 May 2014 9:32 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The end is here – if someone asked you what the most important movie musical of all time was, it would come from this portion of the list. Obviously, it’s all subjective, but it’s difficult to make a case against the influence of these films on our culture and the industry as a whole. So, cue the orchestra and practice your dance moves, because the closing number is here.

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10. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Directed by John Badham

Signature Song: “Stayin’ Alive” (

After making a name for himself with TV’s “Welcome Back Kotter,” John Travolta became a star with 1977′s cultural landmark Saturday Night Fever, a dance musical where Travolta plays Tony Manero, a young man who works a dead-end job, but spends his weekends as the king of the dance floor at a Brooklyn disco. The soundtrack, which was »

- Joshua Gaul

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Why 'Enlisted' deserves better from Fox

28 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The fictional story told in Fox's "Enlisted" is about Sgt. Pete Hill, a super-soldier who's punished for striking a superior officer by being reassigned to a rear detachment unit, forced to do unglamorous work in a remote location far from the action that he cares about. But he's told repeatedly that Rear D is a necessary part of the Army and slowly learns to love his new role — or, at least, to love the company he's now in, which includes his msifit younger brothers Derrick and Randy. The real-life story of "Enlisted, meanwhile, involves the sort of impossible mission Pete Hill might enjoy being a part of: a small but admirable force sent into hostile territory, and that does just well enough that command gives it additional support briefly, then withdraws it and leaves the group all alone until the battle seems unwinnable. Fox scheduled this show on Fridays at »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Thomas Lennon is the Other Half of “The Odd Couple,” Trevor Donovan is a Texas Ranger and “Once Upon a Time” Gets Wicked

14 March 2014 4:59 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

A day after committing to three seasons of The Big Bang Theory, CBS has renewed 18 shows, which leaves only The Mentalist, Intelligence and, most worrisome, The Crazy Ones with their fates undetermined.

John Cho will star opposite Karen Gillan in the ABC comedy pilot Selfie, about a woman who starts over after being the star of a humiliating viral video. Cho will play an expert she hires to help rehabilitate her reputation.

Don’t care about the source, I just want to keep my John Cho delivery system working.

Syfy has ordered its first mini-series since 2009, according to The Hollywood Reporter — and it’s a return to a series set in space. Ascension is described as “part Battlestar (Galatica) and part Downton Abbey,” and follows a space shuttle that was secretly sent on a mission to find a world that can be colonized back in 1963. If the mini-series is successful, »

- Lyle Masaki

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Briefs: An Open Letter To Alec Baldwin, Tom Hardy Strips Down For Charity, And In Defense Of “Looking”

24 February 2014 2:00 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Billy Zane (above), who is 48, Kristin Davis is 49, Barry Bostwick is 69, and Abe Vigoda is 93.

Our thoughts are with the family and fans of Harold Ramis, who died today at the age of 69. He helped bring us some of the most iconic comedies of all time, including Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Stripes, Animal House, Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, and many others. He will be missed.

Our own Jim Halterman has penned a piece for Xfinity titled “The Way I See It … In Defense Of Looking.” Jim talks about the negative press the show has received, and asks creator Michael Lannan to weigh in.

The anti-gay Arizona bill keeps shedding supporters.

The Kids Choice Award Nominees have been announced. It’s everyone you would suspect, and Neil Patrick Harris has a nod for Favorite Movie Actor.

7 Things This Queer Man Wants Alec Baldwin to Know (An Open »

- snicks

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Fade Out: ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Actor Christopher Malcolm Dies

18 February 2014 8:29 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Scottish actor Christopher Malcolm, who was a regular screen presence through the early seventies through the late eighties, and a cast regular on hit British comedy Absolutely Fabulous, died today at the age of 67. His passing was confirmed by his daughter, playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, via Twitter. Today the world lost a beautiful, brilliant man. My dad Christopher Malcolm left peacefully and with dignity. He will always be my hero. X — morgan lloyd malcolm (@mogster) February 15, 2014 In addition to his television and film roles, Malcolm was an accomplished, classically trained Shakespearean actor, beginning his career with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company in England. He performed in standards like “Macbeth” and ”Hamlet,” though his push to mainstream audiences came during his appearance as Brad Majors in The Royal Court Theatre’s original run of “The Rocky Horror Show” in 1973. While a number of the stage cast transitioned to Jim Sharman’s big screen adaptation, The Rocky Horror Picture Show »

- Dustin Hucks

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'Rocky Horror Show' Star Christopher Malcolm Dies -- The Original Brad Dead at 67

17 February 2014 8:05 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

The actor who played Brad Majors in the original stage production of "The Rocky Horror Show" has died ... TMZ has learned.Christopher Malcolm died Saturday at age 67 ... his death was first confirmed by his daughter on Twitter.Malcolm originated the role of Brad in 1973 in the London production of Rhs ... playing the newlywed groom who takes refuge with his wife Janet in the home of sweet transvestite Dr. Frank-n-Furter.  The stage show was turned into »

- TMZ Staff

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