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‘Sister Wives’ Recap: Kody Brown Threatens To Throw Kids Out Of Family

17 February 2014 9:41 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Kody and his four wives’ big plan to have a polygamist marriage-affirming commitment ceremony backfires when he blows up at his bored 17 kids! Kind of ironic!

Hey, Sister WivesKody Brown, isn’t the idea of a commitment ceremony supposed to be to affirm the strength and love of your family — not to freak out on your poor kids!?

Sister Wives’ Recap: Kody Brown Threatens To Kick His Kids Out Of The Family

It’s inevitable that Kody’s plan to have a commitment ceremony with his four wives – Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn — will backfire, when what’s supposed to be a spiritual statement turns into a bash for 200 people with custom-made designer gowns for the wives, a family mission statement, and lights strung across the street.

Sister Wives Fight Over House Size 'Sister Wives' Graduation Meltdown

As the day of the ceremony approaches, zero is going right. »

- Bonnie Fuller

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Seconds Before Landing

2 February 2014 4:17 PM, PST | | See recent CultureCatch news »

Seconds Before Landing: The Great Deception (Sbl)

First, let me say that, setting aside a quibble or two, this is almost certainly my favorite album of 2013. And that has less to do with any specific personnel, "song," or individual aspect of the album than it does with the fact that the old adage "they just don't write 'em like that anymore" does not apply here. This is a "progressive" album in every sense of that term, and is somehow able to both evoke the heyday of a particular genre of progressive rock (i.e., have a certain "timeless" quality to it) and to be both timely and relevant in the present.

The primary writer here is John Crispino, about whom little seems to be known except that he is a "composer and musician." (He plays drums, keyboards, and percussion, and provides most of the vocals.) He is joined by a distinguished group of musicians, »

- Ian Alterman

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Sundance: A Filmmaker’s Mom Reviews ‘Nymphomaniac’

24 January 2014 12:35 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of the highlights of this year’s Sundance Film Festival — other than all the movies — was director Craig Johnson’s story about how he accidentally took his parents to see “Nymphomaniac: Volume 1.”

Johnson, who directed the Lionsgate-acquired “The Skeleton Twins,” attended the festival’s Tuesday night “secret” screening with his folks, only to learn the movie they were about to see full of explicit sex — not always the most comfortable thing to watch with one’s parents. He asked his mom to leave, but she wanted to stay. Variety tracked down Julee Johnson, 64, from Bellingham, Wash., to share her thoughts on “Nymphomaniac.”

First, a quick primer: “Nymphomaniac” tells the story of a woman named Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), who through various flashbacks, recounts the many sexual encounters of her adolescent years (Stacy Martin plays the younger version). The unrated movie includes full frontal nudity and co-stars Shia Labeouf, Stellan Skarsgard »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Zoe Saldana is Having Rosemary’s Baby at NBC

10 January 2014 7:35 AM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

There’s a new miniseries in the pipe at NBC and it’s based on a modern classic novel. This will hopefully put on a new spin on this adaptation as we’ve already seen a feature film. The novel that’s getting adapted a second time is the 1967 best-selling suspense novel Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin. To make this miniseries as successful as either the original novel or the film, it’s going to need a stellar actress to bring to life the main character of Rosemary. Any bright ideas, readers? I have to admit I couldn’t pick any one actress; she had to be chosen for me. When I heard Zoe Saldana was going to play the part, I immediately felt she was the right choice.

Rosemary’s Baby will be a four-hour miniseries with Saldana playing Rosemary, but that much is obvious. If you’re »

- Brody Gibson

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New Year, New Discoveries

3 January 2014 6:43 AM, PST | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

For a dyed-in-the-wool film buff, getting a chance to see movies that haven’t been in circulation for decades is always enticing. Beginning tonight, UCLA Film & Television Archive is presenting a series called Columbia in the 1930s: Recent Restorations. Alongside established titles like Frank Capra’s The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) and Howard HawksThe Criminal Code (1931) you’ll find other films that are virtually unknown: Attorney for the Defense (1932), East of Fifth Avenue (1933), By Whose Hand? (1932), Men in Her Life (1931), and Lover Come Back (1931). Stars include Edmund Lowe, Constance Cummings, Pat O’Brien, Lee Tracy, and Charles Bickford. I can hardly wait! I...

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- Leonard Maltin

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