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Blame Hollywood for President Trump

6 hours ago

A week ago, I surprised myself by sitting through the entire Emmy Awards telecast without once switching channels. I was helped by the sheer quality of the work being honored (I’ve long stopped arguing that TV is merely second-rate movie-making) and by the number of wins racked up by The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, among the finest series I’ve ever seen. For days, I basked vicariously in the joy Marcia Clark must have felt, redeemed after 20 years of being vilified as strident and shrill — the very opposite of the woman I found

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- Stephen Galloway

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First Presidential Debate: The Little Things That Can Mean a Lot

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It’s (finally) debate night in America! Possibly more than ever before in history, this first of the presidential debates is expected to to be more watched, more engaged on social media and more talked-about than any other before. If this were sports, it’d be a veritable Super Bowl-World Cup-Final Four at Madison Square Garden. With people in suits. If you’re a first-timer, a veteran politico or not even sure you’re going to be watching, this year’s candidates and the campaign season have proved this debate will bring something for everyone. The candidates have been spending weeks

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- Jarrett Hill

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'Crisis in Six Scenes': TV Review

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If we are to believe legendary filmmaker Woody Allen when he speaks about his first-ever television series, Crisis in Six Scenes, he only did it because Amazon made him an offer he couldn't refuse. He took no joy in making it, he doesn't know if it will be any good and he doesn't care if people like it or not. Looking at his motivation for the project (which premieres Sept. 30) through the prism of his comments, it's pretty obvious that he did it for the money, it was probably a bit of a headache and he prefers films

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- Tim Goodman

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Jim Lehrer Offers Advice to Debate Moderators: It's Not About You (Q&A)

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Jim Lehrer has moderated 12 presidential debates. His final debate was the first face-off between Mitt Romney and Barrack Obama in 2012. It was watched by more than 67 million viewers; that marked a record since 1980, when 80 million watched President Jimmy Carter debate Ronald Reagan. But Lehrer expects Monday night’s Lester Holt-moderated debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to easily eclipse that. "People want to see these two folks. And that’s what these debates are all about. It’s the only time in the campaign that the two candidates are on the same stage talking about the

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- Marisa Guthrie

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Debate Ratings Primer: A Brief History of Presidential Showdowns (And Other Relevant Numbers)

6 hours ago

Perhaps not since the Thrilla in Manila has a televised clash between two human beings (not wearing football helmets) been so feverishly anticipated.    Monday night's presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the first of three scheduled before the Nov. 8 election, is already being lauded as the TV event of the year. Some politicos and pundits, whose unchecked enthusiasm has the subtlety of a red-white-and-blue lobster bib, have speculated that north of 100 million viewers might tune into the showdown. Such a number would surge past all previous presidential debates and put the event

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- Michael O'Connell

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The Agony of Lax (and What's Being Done About It)

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Since 2000, an art installation called the Gateway Pylon Project, featuring an array of 100-foot-tall translucent glass towers, has presided over the entrance to Lax. The columns are synchronized to change colors in complex 15-minute sequences experienced most fittingly at dusk while stuck in a logjam near the intersection of Century and Sepulveda boulevards. It's the light show that presages the shitshow ahead. "Lax just sucks," says Paul Guyot, an executive producer on TNT's The Librarians and the upcoming Nat Geo series The Black 22s. "The traffic is horrendous. I purposely schedule flights to avoid the worst

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- Peter Flax

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Lionsgate to Release Chinese CGI Fantasy Film 'L.O.R.D.' in North America (Exclusive)

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Lionsgate is importing some cutting-edge Chinese young adult fantasy to North America. The studio will release 31-year-old Chinese filmmaker Guo Jingming's fantasy feature L.O.R.D., starring Fan Bingbing, in cinemas across the U.S. and Canada on Sept. 30. The movie will open in China on the same day.  "Lionsgate appreciated the film's potential for Ya audiences around the world," said a representative from Le Vision Pictures, the movie's producer, which is handling distribution in Greater China. "They felt it fit in well with their track record of success with films in this

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- Patrick Brzeski

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Wanda Opens New China Theme Park Amid Battle for Dominance With Disney

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Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin's wolf pack is beginning to take shape. The chairman of Dalian Wanda Group opened the doors Saturday on his company's $3.6 billion theme park in the city of Hefei, the capital of China's eastern Anhui Provence. The development is the second of a planned 15 mega-resorts the tycoon has vowed to build by 2020, as his conglomerate vies with Disney for dominance of China's rapidly emerging theme parks business. The new Hefei Wanda City spans some 365 acres and includes an outdoor theme park, indoor water park, shopping mall, cinema attraction, dozens of restaurants and

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- Patrick Brzeski

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Will Trump Call Clinton "Crooked Hillary"?: 5 Things to Watch for in First Debate

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The long and volatile 2016 presidential campaign enters its final chapter Monday night at 9 p.m. Et with the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Hofstra University on Long Island with NBC’s Lester Holt as the moderator. The 90-minute, commercial-free face-off will be carried live across broadcast and cable (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNBC, MSNBC) as well as C-span and PBS. Facebook and Twitter will partner with ABC and Bloomberg, respectively, to live-stream the debate. The campaign already has been unprecedented in terms of

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- Marisa Guthrie

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Oscars: Italy Selects 'Fire at Sea' for Foreign-Language Category

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Italy has selected Gianfranco Rosi's Fire at Sea as its submission for the 2017 best foreign-language Oscar race.  The documentary explores the migrant crisis from the island of Lampedusa, the first point of land for vessels arriving from Libya. The films is seen mainly through the eyes of a young boy from a fishing family and a local doctor who treats new arrivals. The film picked up the Berlin Golden Bear earlier this year.  Rosi said that his goal upon making the film was to draw attention to the crisis. "It's not acceptable that people die crossing

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- Ariston Anderson

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Matt LeBlanc Signs New Deal to Host BBC's 'Top Gear'

10 hours ago

Matt LeBlanc may have lost his driving companion, but he's still going for (at least) two more laps around the Top Gear track. The actor on Monday was confirmed by the BBC as the host of the 24th and 25th seasons of its flagship motoring show, set to air next year under a two-season deal. "Matt was hugely popular with Top Gear viewers last series with his humor, warmth and obvious passion for cars and for the show, so I couldn’t be more delighted that he’s agreed to come back and do more for us." said Mark Linsey,

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- Alex Ritman

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'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children': Film Review

16 hours ago

For at least the first hour, perhaps a bit more, Tim Burton seems well on his way to making one of his best films in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. The director, whose style has remained distinctively recognizable across 18 features in 30 years even as his inspiration has varied, seems entirely in synch with the most pertinent aspects of Ransom Riggs' 2011 young adult best seller, especially with the odd vintage photographic elements the author so spookily employed, and the eccentric British setting is right up the director's alley. But, alas, then the beauty and the bane of

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- Todd McCarthy

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'Survivor's Remorse' Creator on Season 3 Finale, CG Fetuses and Colin Kaepernick

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Sunday's season three finale of Survivor's Remorse.] When the second season of Starz's Survivor's Remorse ended with Mike Epps' beloved Uncle Julius clinging to life in the aftermath of a serious car accident, I wondered if the basketball-fueled comedy had made a detour into drama and tragedy that it would struggle to maintain. Beginning the third season from a point of collective grief, series creator and showrunner Mike O'Malley and the Survivor's Remorse team actually used and embraced the darkness, moving further and further from those early "Entourage with basketball" comparisons. Without

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- Daniel Fienberg

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'Last Man on Earth' Returns in Season 3 With a Major Short-Lived Guest Star

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Sunday’s season three premiere of The Last Man on Earth, “General Breast Theme with Cobras.”] Fox’s Last Man on Earth is coming back with a bang.  After the group spotted intruders on the beach in the season two finale, Tandy (Will Forte), Carol (Kristen Schaal), Melissa (January Jones), Todd (Mel Rodriguez), Erica (Cleopatra Coleman) and Gail (Mary Steenburgen) panicked and prepared for combat.  When season three kicks off, the Malibu group is still under siege by those three armed strangers and they’re forced to make some hasty decisions. Faced with a fight-

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- Jennifer Konerman

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'Once Upon a Time' Bosses on Emma’s "Looming Fate," Aladdin Arc, and Rumple and Belle’s "Intense" Journey

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Sunday's season six premiere of Once Upon a Time, “The Savior.”]   It’s only a matter of time before the Savior is no more on Once Upon a Time.   In the season six premiere, Emma (Jennifer Morrison) saw a vision of her fighting and ultimately losing a battle with a dark-hooded figure. This premonition was paired with debilitating tremors that almost killed Regina (Lana Parrilla), and — although they are a mystery to Emma — she wasn’t the first Savior to be affected. In flashbacks, the newly-introduced Aladdin (Deniz Akdeniz) battled

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- Alyse Whitney

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