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'Houdini' is pure biopic cheese... and occasionally a campy delight

4 hours ago

There are at least a dozen great movies to be made out of the life of Harry Houdini, the magician/escapist/pre-cinematic showman/enemy of spiritualism. Unfortunately, History’s new Houdini tries to be all those movies and a few more. The result is a grab-bag of biopic clichés, awkwardly strung together by star Adrien Brody’s narration. Brody sounds like he’s auditioning for any of the parts in Sin City 3, and he overcooks every half-baked line into pure cheesecake: “The one thing I can’t seem to escape from… is me.” Or: “Some things can hit you in »


- Darren Franich

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How the 'Masters of Sex' costume designer brought the show into the '60s

14 hours ago

Masters of Sex has reached the ’60s. Over the course of “Asterion,” the seventh episode of the show’s second season, the setting jumped between 1958 and 1960. That posed a challenge for costume designer Ane Crabtree, who had to reflect the changing of the times in the characters’ garb. In fact, director Michael Dinner showed people quite literally “walking through time,” explained Crabtree. As Annaleigh Ashford’s character Betty Dimello, now working for the sex researchers, led guests through the lobby of Masters and Johnson’s new office building, both the outfits and the years changed. “I watched it twice because »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Watch an Internet couple meet Irl in the premiere of 'Love Prison'

18 hours ago

If you took MTV’s Catfish, removed Nev and Max (and all producers, for that matter), added a potentially haunted cabin with no escape, removed all technology, and added six days to the journey, you’d have A&E’s Love Prison. Confused?

In Love Prison, A&E finds couples who have been talking on the internet and brings them face-to-face. Only, they do it in a remote cabin on an island with absolutely no one else around. With cameras in the house following their every move, the couple then spends seven days together to ultimately decide if they want to pursue a relationship. »

- Samantha Highfill

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'Falling Skies' season 4 finale: Showrunner David Eick answers your burning questions

31 August 2014 8:01 PM, PDT

Falling Skies wrapped up its fourth season Sunday with what may be the show’s most hopeful yet most enigmatic season closer.

Spoiler Alert: Details of tonight’s season 4 finale lie ahead!

The last couple minutes of the two-hour finale ended on a very hopeful note back on Earth. As Hal says, “The Espheni are sitting ducks for a change,” thanks to Lexi’s sacrificial destruction of the aliens’ power core. But above Earth’s atmosphere, things got really weird — the kind of weird that should have fans theorizing and debating throughout the long wait to the fifth and final season. »


- Emily Rome

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