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Review: 'Mad Men' - 'A Day's Work'

8 hours ago

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I'm interrogated by the Hooterville telephone operator... "Our fortunes are in other people's hands." -Bonnie We open "A Day's Work" on a scene representing anything but: Don Draper, his alarm clock set to buzz at 7:30 as if he still had an office to go to and responsibilities to fulfill, snoozing all the way until 12:34 in the afternoon, then idly watching TV, browsing through magazine ads, even marking his liquor bottle to keep track of his drinking. He's trying to keep up appearances even within the sad confines of that apartment, but he can't even stand being suited up as master of the universe Don Draper for more than a few minutes with Dawn before he has to undo his tie and start shedding the costume. The characters who still have active jobs do no better when »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Donkeylicious'

10 hours ago

I don't know if you've heard me mention this lately, but I hate the Double U-Turn. I say the same thing every season. I debated it with executive producer Elise Doganieri, who smiled and ignored me.  If you get to the U-Turn and discover you've been U-Turned, you should be bounced directly to the other side of the Detour. When you get sent directly to jail in Monopoly, you've been sent Directly To Jail. You don't get to collect the $200 if you happen to pass Go, because it occurred in the process of the act that was sending you to Jail. The second the card says "Go to Jail," you've been boomeranged on your way to Jail. Period. Full stop. If you hit the U-Turn mat and you've been U-Turned... Boing. Off to the other Detour with you. The first act is to step on the mat and see if you've been U-Turned. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Discovery cancels Everest jump following deadly avalanche

10 hours ago

New York (AP) — The Discovery Network is canceling a daredevil's planned jump off the summit of Mount Everest in a wing suit next month following the avalanche that killed at least 13 people on Friday. Network spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg said Sunday that the network's thoughts and prayers go out to the Sherpa community of guides who were the victims of the avalanche. Jumper Joby Ogwyn already was at Everest in advance of the jump, which was scheduled to be televised live on May 11 worldwide. He was not injured in the avalanche. Discovery had hoped for big ratings with the stunt, and had scheduled several hours of coverage in anticipation. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. »


- AP Staff

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'Silicon Valley' recap: Richard tackles the art of negotiation

10 hours ago

The many annoyances of starting a business, any business, are well-fertilized comic turf, and "Silicon Valley" has managed to take broad swipes at quite a few in a short window of time. This week, Richard discovers the name is the thing, and while the business name he wants -- Pied Piper -- inspires near universal revulsion (Jared makes the point that the fairy tale "is about a predatory flautist who murders children in a cave"), he's willing to fight for it. I'm not sure if this week is more about Richard showing he has the guts to go far or simply proof that he has that asshole quality Erlich so values, but it was pretty funny nonetheless.  As we know, Richard wasn't able to cash Peter's $200,000 check last week because he hasn't filed the name Pied Piper as a business yet, and Jared has even worse news -- Pied Piper »


- Liane Bonin Starr

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'Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: It's a slapfest for Kenya and Porsha

10 hours ago

Day-umn. It's only the first part of "The Real Housewives of Altanta" reunion, and we already have a physical assault to handle. Yes, Porsha gives Kenya's hair a good, hard yank, and I think there may have been some slapping before they hit the ground. Unfortunately, that part happened just outside of the lit area of the set, so it's hard to know exactly what happened. Still, whatever went down, Kenya's hair looked pretty good when it was all over, which is a minor miracle. Kenya wants Porsha fired for her actions, but I wouldn't bet on it. Everyone's been waiting to see which Housewife would smack Kenya first, and if poor Porsha hadn't yanked the scepter out of Kenya's hand, I suspect someone else would have. Actually Kenya's lucky no one decided to beat her to death with that or the megaphone.  Oh yeah, the scepter and the megaphone! »


- Liane Bonin Starr

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Dear Channing Tatum: 5 'Gambit' comic book stories we'd like to see in the film

10 hours ago

(Cbr) Look out Taylor Kitsch, because Channing Tatum’s gunning for your job! The "Magic Mike" and "21 Jump Street" star has been very vocal in the past about his desire to bring the X-Man called Gambit back to the big screen, and now he’s even met with producer Lauren Shuler Donner about making it happen. “I met with Lauren Shuler Donner, and I would love it,” Tatum revealed backstage at the MTV Movie Awards. “Gambit is really the only X-Man I’ve ever loved. I mean, I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, but I guess just being from down South – my dad’s from Louisiana, I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida – I don’t know, I just related to him. He’s just kind of suave … He’s not even, like, a hero. He’s kind of walking the line of gray… He loves women and drinking and smoking and stuff, »


- Brett White, Comic Book Resources

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'Orphan Black' recap: Season two starts off with a bang

11 hours ago

It's been a long wait (or at least felt like one), but "Orphan Black" is back for season two and Sarah is right where we left her. That's not to imply stasis, however. She's desperately running through the streets, looking for Kira and Mrs S and answers as to why they may have been taken -- if they have, in fact, been taken.  After Sarah runs into a diner, she's accosted by two men who look like members of a rockabilly band (one has a bolo tie and a pompadour, the other a distinctive fish belt buckle). They start nattering about genetically modified eggs to the diner owner, then try to escort Sarah out after relieving her of her gun. But not so fast -- the guy behind the counter whips out a rifle, gunshots are exchanged, and soon it's one counter guy dead, one Rockabilly guy dead, and Sarah »


- Liane Bonin Starr

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Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'Breaker of Chains'

11 hours ago

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I explain the distinction between pirates and smugglers... After the show devoted half of last week's episode to the wedding, "Breaker of Chains" has some catching up to do, and we return to guided tour mode, bouncing all around Westeros, then stopping over in Essos, to see what most of the characters are up to, and how those who know of Joffrey's murder are reacting to it. Because of that plot thread, it doesn't feel as disjointed as the show sometimes can as it whips from place to place and character subset to character subset. And it helps that nearly everyone we see, whether they are aware of Joffrey's death or not, is in the midst of regrouping and figuring out how they will survive under circumstances that are changing rapidly. We get confirmation, for instance, that »


- Alan Sepinwall

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5 Marvel symbiotes who should join 'Venom' on the big screen

11 hours ago

(Cbr) Sony might only have the rights to one major Marvel character, but that hasn’t stopped them from aggressively expanding their Cinematic Spidey-verse. In addition to a number of "Amazing Spider-Man" sequels, the film studio’s already announced "Sinister Six" and "Venom" – two films that will take the fledgling franchise into some dark territory. Even though their release dates are most likely still years away, producer Matt Tolmach has already dropped a big hint about "Venom’s" plot. “The idea of Venom and Carnage … [we're] taking it into consideration,” Tolmach told IGN. “Watch out for this Venom movie. We’re crazy excited.” It sure sounds like Venom won’t be the only symbiote covered character coming to the big screen. But if the producers are making room for Venom’s slightly more sadistic cousin Cletus Kasady, could they possibly bring a few more of Marvel’s symbiote-powered heroes to life? »


- Brett White, Comic Book Resources

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'Farscape' Movie Update: A feature film is 'in the script stage' says creator

12 hours ago

(Cbr) While participating on a panel devoted to showrunners at WonderCon Anaheim Saturday, Rockne S. O’Bannon ("Revolution") provided an update on the movie version of one of his most beloved, cancelled shows: "Farscape." “We are, in fact, in the script stage of a 'Farscape' feature,” O’Bannon announced to a packed house that couldn’t be more excited. This isn’t the first time news of the project broke to fans. In February, Sydney-based writer Justin Monjo let the cat out of the bag to If.com.au, revealing plot details surrounding the film. It is rumored to follow the son of series’ mainstays John and Aeryn. “[We’re] still in early, early stages,” O’Bannon cautioned fans. He didn’t hesitate however to praise Brian Henson’s efforts in making the project come to life. “He was like a dog with a bone,” O’Bannon said. “He would not give up on it. »


- Phil Pirrello, Comic Book Resources

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