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Caesar Must Die – review

The Taviani brothers' account of a prison production of Julius Caesar marks a profoundly moving return to form

Before the emergence of the Coens, the Farrellys, the Hugheses and the Wachowskis, there were the Taviani brothers, Paolo and Vittorio, born in Pisa in respectively 1931 and 1929, the sons of a lawyer jailed for his anti-fascist activities. Coming out of Italian neorealism and the French new wave, adapting works by Tolstoy and Pirandello and much influenced by Brecht, they emerged in the late 60s. Theirs was a humanist cinema that reached out socially and chronologically, from an aristocrat disillusioned with revolution in early 19th-century Lombardy to the idealistic inhabitants of a Tuscan village standing up against the Nazis in 1944.

The Tavianis' finest film perhaps is Padre Padrone, the true story of a boy escaping from hard-scrabble peasant life in present-day Sardinia to be educated during his military service on the mainland. The
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TV Bits: ‘Community’ Gets Benched, Plus: ‘Mad Men’, ‘Luck’, ‘Weeds’, ‘House of Lies’, and More

  • Slash Film
TV Bits: ‘Community’ Gets Benched, Plus: ‘Mad Men’, ‘Luck’, ‘Weeds’, ‘House of Lies’, and More
[1] There's plenty of good stuff in today's TV Bits, including new trailers for HBO's Luck and Showtime's House of Lies, which I'm hoping will help the one bit of really bad news go down a bit easier: NBC's benching its highly praised but under-watched Community. After the jump: NBC puts Community on hiatus and picks up new show Legends HBO's Luck, starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, gets a trailer Showrunner Matthew Weiner reveals how he wants AMC's Mad Men to end Showtime renews Weeds and drops a teaser for House of Lies First, let's get the bad news over with. Perhaps the biggest news (at least for us pop culture nerds) to come out of NBC's recent announcement of its mid-season lineup is the benching of Community, which has always struggled ratings-wise despite getting glowing reviews. The network stresses that the comedy is not cancelled and will be back on air soon,
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What to TiVo: Monday

  • BuzzSugar
8:00 Bachelor Pad (new) 10:00 Dating in the Dark (new) 12:05 Jimmy Kimmel Live (repeat, with guests Christina Applegate and Hugh Hefner) 8:00 How I Met Your Mother (repeat) 8:30 Rules of Engagement (repeat) 9:00 Two and a Half Men (repeat) 9:30 The Big Bang Theory (repeat) 10:00 CSI: Miami (repeat) 11:35 The Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guests Brian Williams and Big Boi) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (repeat, with guests Ellie Kemper and Willie Nelson) 8:00 House (repeat) 9:00 Lie to Me (new) 8:00 Minute to Win It (new) 9:00 Miss Universe Pageant 11:35 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (repeat, with guests Cameron Diaz and Lee DeWyze) 12:35 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (repeat, with guests Eddie Izzard, Angie Harmon, and Big Boi) More shows to watch when you read more. 8:00 The Secret Life of the American Teenager (new) 9:00 Huge
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Morning Meme: Melissa Etheridge Dreams, Britney Battles Ashton, and Could "MacGruber" Be Good?

  • The Backlot
Plus we check in with the gay boys of Sex and the City 2, Modern Family picks up a Peabody, and I crush on Johnny Galecki.

Don’t take this wrong, but at times I think Melissa Etheridge just asks to be quoted out of context with her views on gay lives, sexuality and politics. I saw elements of this interview a dozen places before I found the unedited quotes. Her heart is in the right place – but she’s also talking about a theoretically perfect world.

Jonathan Gold, Quincy Jones and Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman) have been named as the Los Angeles Film Festival’s Artists In Residence. Paul Reuben has chosen 1938’s You Can’t Take It With You as his film choice, though Pee-wee’s Big Adventure will get a 25th Anniversary screening.

Miley Cyrus continues to do age inappropriate things with gay men. She’s booked
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