"The Good Wife" recap: A Defense of Marriage (4.9)

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Sometimes the complexity of The Good Wife makes my head hurt. As does life. Fortunately, I can rewind The Good Wife and try to figure out all the bamboozling parts at least a little better.

Let’s start from the beginning. We’re back in the parking lot seeing Cary getting beat up again, in case we forgot, which is a slightly jolting way to kick things off. Yet the next time we see Cary in person, he has one slightly bruised eye. That’s it. I mean, I assume his torso is pretty wrecked, but all that pounding and he still looks pretty much perfect? Uh, Ok. Also, instead of someone rushing to his side at a hospital, or him going to Kalinda to say, “Hey, this is effed,” or some other satisfying sequence of events, we see him in this first appearance chatting with Horrible Husband.
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McCartney, Van Halen, Flack, Fray and Bentley

By Roger Friedman Paul McCartney‘s wonderful “Kisses on the Bottom” is not the only Beatles-eque CD of the day. Roberta Flack is delivering her long-awaited “Let it Be Roberta,” a stunning reimagining of Beatles songs like “We Can Work it Out,” “In My Life,” “Come Together,” George Harrison’s “Isn’t it a Pity,” and –shockingly–a three minute version of “Hey Jude.” On the latter, Roberta simply turns the main song into an acoustic rendering and drops the long “na-na” section. Her versions of “Let it Be” and “The Long and Winding Road” are terrific, too. Go straight to amazon or ITunes right now for these CDs. Then of course Van Halen has “A Different Kind of Truth” with David Lee Roth returning as lead singer and Wolfgang Van Halen replacing Michael Anthony as bassist. There are also two more contemporary releases: from the Fray, and
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‘The Good Wife,’ Season 2, Episode 17: ‘Ham Sandwich’: TV Recap

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“Ever get the feeling something bad is going to happen?” Kalinda asks early in the “Ham Sandwich” episode of “The Good Wife,” which unfolds at such a leisurely pace, it almost mocks the emotional explosions to come. Certainly, the playful title—referring to Alicia’s comment that a Chicago grand jury would “indict a ham sandwich”– doesn’t suggest the dark waters ahead. Investigator Blake Calamar, recently ousted from Lockhart, Gardner along with his boss Bond,
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Spotted: Sammy Hagar Rocks His Book In New York

Every day a multitude of stars wander through the halls of MTV News to talk about their latest projects and goof around with our intrepid correspondents. But sometimes we catch stars elsewhere, and that's why we put together Spotted!, a daily compendium of stars in the wild.

Sammy Hagar sometimes gets a bad rap, mostly from people who think that Van Halen took a nosedive after the departure of David Lee Roth. But over the course of his career, Hagar's time with Van Halen is actually only a small portion of his greater body of work. By the time Eddie Van Halen came calling, he had already notched plenty of hits and fans both with Montrose and as a solo artist. And since he exited Van Halen, he has found success with his band the Waboritas, as a member of Chickenfoot and, perhaps most importantly, as a resort owner and tequila baron.
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Warner Bros. Summer Preview Slideshow: ‘Sex and the City 2,’ ‘Inception,’ ‘Jonah Hex,’ ‘Splice’

Chicago – This 18-image slideshow contains the official press images for Warner Brothers’ Summer 2010 slate including “Sex and the City 2,” “Splice,” “Jonah Hex,” “Inception,” “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” “Lottery Ticket,” and “Going the Distance”. Stars featured include Sarah Jessica Parker, Adrien Brody, Megan Fox, Josh Brolin, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Drew Barrymore.

Official details courtesy of WB:

Sex And The City 2

Release Date: May 27th, 2010

Director/Writer: Michael Patrick King

Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, Mario Cantone, Willie Garson, John Corbett, Chris Noth

“Comedy. The fun, the fashion, the friendship: “Sex and the City 2” brings it all back and more as Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) take another bite out of The Big Apple—and beyond—carrying on with their busy lives and loves in a sequel that truly sparkles.
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Three Rivers Premiere Episode Swap

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CBS has a great track record with their shows and they get some pretty decent ratings from their present collection of programming. On top of that, I know there are some shows that folks are eagerly waiting for.

For instance, I know many Alex O’Loughlin (The Shield, Moonlight) fans are probably looking forward to the October 4th premiere of CBS’s Three Rivers.

Today, CBS presented a few press releases where they announced the swapping of episodes. Specifically, the first two episodes. That means that now the episode originally scheduled to be 2nd is now showing as the premiere episode, and the original premiere will be following the week after.

If this were Fox, I’d be suspicious that they were doing what they usually do with promising shows, but I don’t know what to think about this move from CBS.

Maybe they know what they’re doing.
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Exclusive: 'Guitar Hero: Van Halen' Song List And Release Date Revealed

Activision, unwilling to skate by the holiday season with just "Guitar Hero 5" and "DJ Hero," is bringing one more rhythm game into your already rock-laden household before the year is out. "Guitar Hero: Van Halen" will be releasing on December 22nd, and features the musical stylings of Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen along with the vocal insanity that is David Lee Roth. Sammy Hagar is, predictably, a no-show.

The game will follow the trend of "Gh: Metallica" and "Gh: Aerosmith" by including songs from not only Van Halen, but also other groups with similar musical style, including Weezer, The Foo Fighters and Queen.

Here's the full song list for your viewing pleasure:

Van Halen Songs

“Ain't Talkin Bout Love”

“And The Cradle Will Rock

“Atomic Punk”

Beautiful Girls

“Cathedral” (solo)

“Dance The Night Away”

“Eruption” (solo)

“Everybody Wants Some”

“Feel Your Love Tonight”

“Hang ‘Em High”

“Hear About It
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Doc Talk: Unborn In The USA: Inside the War on Abortion

Unborn In The USA: Inside the War on Abortion, 2007 Directed by: Stepehn Fell and Will Thompson Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life, the subject of abortion will be a controversial issue forever. Unborn In The USA: Inside the War on Abortion is a documentary worth watching for everyone. Unborn In The USA: Inside the War on Abortion is the first feature length documentary completed by student filmmaker’s Stephen Fell and Will Thompson. The heart of this project began when Rice University students, Fell and Thompson, were required to create a portrait of a person they did not know, for a documentary production course. While completing this documentary, this student duo refused funding from churches and production companies, and was backed by the support of their University. By choosing to accept student grants, this further helped to promote, ensure and maintain their objectivity, just another reason why students everywhere should
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Seattle International Film Festival announces lineup

Which will include Coppola's Tetro which premiers at Cannes for a total of 392 films which includes 31 world premiers and 203 narrative features. Man, Siff always has good stuff, I wish I could go. Any writers in Seattle want to provide coverage for us?

Check out some of the premiers after the break.

World Premieres

Back to the Garden, Flower Power Comes Full Circle, directed by Kevin Tomlinson (USA, 2009)

Dancing Across Borders, directed by Anne H. Bass (USA/Cambodia, 2009)

Facing Ali, directed by Pete McCormack (Canada, 2009)

The Hills Run Red, directed by Dave Parker (USA, 2009)

Icons Among Us, directed by Michael Rivoira, Lars Larson, Peter J. Vogt (USA, 2009)

I’m No Dummy, directed by Bryan W. Simon (USA, 2009)

Pop Star On Ice, directed by David Barba (USA/Canada/Russia/Japan, 2009)

The Spy and the Sparrow, directed by Garrett Bennett (USA, 2009)

talhotblond, directed by Barbara Schroeder (USA, 2008)

The Whole Truth, directed by Colleen Patrick (USA,
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Why Mock When You Can Rock? Spinal Tap Gears Up to Go Unplugged

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Man, a few hours after I mourn the fact that crappy Leonard Cohen tickets were too rich for my blood, there's word that Spinal Tap is going back on tour -- Unwigged and Unplugged. It might sound unnatural since these are the guys who like to crank it up to 11, but Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer are getting ready to tour as themselves -- just three guys and their guitars.

If it's anything like the clip above, expect a good mixture of Spinal Tap and The Folksman (you know, A Mighty Wind). It makes sense -- there comes a time in life when long hair and rockin' outfits just looks all wrong (sorry, David Lee Roth). Along with the spanky clip above, Collider has posted video of the entire Q&A and the tour schedule for this Unwigged and Unplugged tour.

I'm itching for my chance to see the trio live,
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