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Director Brad Bird has an almost immaculate run of form when it comes to bringing larger-than-life entertainments to the screen. The Iron Giant was one of the most acclaimed animated films of the 1990s. The Incredibles and Ratatouille are among Pixar's best films so far. His live-action debut Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, while not perfect, was perhaps the most entertaining movie entry since the first.
Bird brings his blue-sky storytelling to bear on Tomorrowland: A World Beyond, a eyed sci-fi fairytale with elements taken straight from classic pulp magazine stories. It’s The Wizard Of Oz retold by Ray Bradbury or Hugo Gernsback, with bits of The Terminator and Buck Rogers thrown in for good measure. It’s an entertaining yet sometimes befuddling bag of intricately moving parts, not all of which fit together too well. »
In the world of reality TV, nothing stays the same for long. The stakes need to be raised, drama heightened, and fresh sources of conflict added to the mix. Nowhere is this spirit of reinvention more alive than in Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise. And when we say reinvention, we of course mean recasting -- because sometimes the only way to fix a flailing show is to infuse it with new, claws-out, drama-queen blood. But then there are the precious few who stay, season after season, either because Bravo has anointed them the chosen ones or fans just can't get enough.
The list of original Housewives still on their respective shows is a short yet complicated one, some stars leaving, some leaving then returning, and some being demoted to "friend of the Housewives" status. And while it seems that Housewives come and go every time the wind blows, we did do »
- Tim Hayne
Before the catfights and controversy of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kim Richards was a celebrated child actress. Now, the reality star is back with a guest-starring role on ABC's Revenge. In the episode, airing Sunday, Richards plays Stephanie, a socialite pal of Victoria Grayson's who is also a member of Nolan Ryan's beach club. Richards, 50, began her career in the early 1970s, playing Prudence Everett in the hit TV show, The Nanny and the Professor. She later had roles on Little House on the Prairie, The Love Boat and The Dukes of Hazzard, as well as a »
- Aili Nahas, @ailinahas
3 items from 2015
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