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Dennis O’Neil: Teen Angst

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I must have encountered Archie Comics while I was still young and innocent before the brassy hell we knew as high school — and military high school at that – before I began my ten-year abstinence from reading comic books. I can’t remember a time when Archie and his pals and gals weren’t on my radar somewhere (though the blip was probably dim and small. One of those deals where I knew something but didn’t know I knew it.)

The Archie posse was one of a bunch of similar groups that were sprinkled throughout the media in the years immediately before and after the Second World War. But the genre was born decades earlier, in the 1920s when the younger set began to be identified as a consumer group with few bucks in their pockets. The fictional teens got a boost from a series of movies starring Mickey Rooney as the lovable Andy Hardy,
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'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan is making an HBO series about Jim Jones

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'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan is making an HBO series about Jim Jones
True Confession: after gobbling up all five seasons of Breaking Bad, I have yet to check out Better Call Saul, which I hear is excellent. I'm getting around to it! Alas, there's just too much good TV out there, and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan unfortunately isn't helping. Case in point: Gilligan is now developing a limited series about cult leader Jim Jones with his Breaking Bad exec-producer Michelle MacLaren, who directed several of the AMC series' greatest episodes. (It's also being executive produced by Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer.) There is literally no way I'm not watching this.  Titled Raven, the series will trace the origins of Jones's religious movement The Peoples Temple through its horrific end in November 1978, when 918 members of the group, including 276 children, died in a mass murder/suicide at their Jonestown settlement in northwestern Guyana. Prior to the massacre, United States Congressman Leo Ryan --
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James Franco's 'Mother May I Sleep with Danger?' remake just dropped a bonkers trailer

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James Franco's 'Mother May I Sleep with Danger?' remake just dropped a bonkers trailer
True Confession: I watched the original Mother, May I Sleep with Danger on YouTube like two weeks ago. I'm not proud of it! But in my own defense, I felt a professional obligation to rewatch it in advance of James Franco's upcoming Lifetime remake of the "cult" 1996 TV movie, which takes the stalker premise of the original and lightly shakes it up by inserting some lesbian vampires into the mix. Just a small twist! Basically the same movie. (Read: this is not at all the same movie.) For those who haven't seen the original, Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? centers on Tori Spelling's Laurel, a naive college student whose boyfriend (Opposite of Sex heartthrob Ivan Sergei) pressures her to undergo a drastic hair makeover...and also relentlessly stalks and eventually tries to murder her. Little things. Her pantsuited, take-charge mother is played by Lisa Banes, the
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The Voice Recap: Pumped-Up Six

The Voice Recap: Pumped-Up Six
We all know who’s going to win Season 8 of The Voice — even though his coach semi-sabotaged him tonight with an unspeakable army of Ariana Grande clones.

Still, the identities of the four artists who’ll join preternaturally talented Sawyer Fredericks (Aka He Whose Recorded Burps Would Crack the iTunes Top 10) in next week’s semifinals are far less of a certainty — especially after a mixed showing on Top 6 performance night.

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Will viewers bow down to Kimberly Nichole’s epic “Dirty Diana,” or crinkle their nose
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Lashing Out: Safe and Sexy Eyelash Extensions

True confession time: I hate mascara and applying false eyelashes with the Duo glue and then worrying if all that junk is going to pop off at the worst possible time. When I get dressed and need to look my best, I want my face to be finished, but not Kardashian spider-leg drag in the lash department either. The truth is, womens’ faces are greatly enhanced with a lush lash line.Look at poor Uma Thurman, who went out without mascara recently. She had the whole world thinking she did something weird to her face. She just forgot to put on […]
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Idol Recap: Minne(apolis) Pooper

Idol Recap: Minne(apolis) Pooper
True confession: I may be the only person in the United States who dramatically slid down a wall and let out a tortured “Nooooooo!!!!” after learning that American Idol will eventually cut back to one night a week midway through Season 14.

After three consecutive hump days of middling vocals, “heard it all before” backstories and not nearly enough scenes of Ryan Seacrest getting bear-hugged by jubilant families, however, I’m reconsidering my stance.

Perhaps, in a world where orange is the new black and Idris Elba could/should be the next 007, less is destined to be the new more
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The Voice Recap: The Curious Case of Un-Pushed Buttons [Updated]

The Voice Recap: The Curious Case of Un-Pushed Buttons [Updated]
“Why Aren’T You All Turning Your Chairs? Turn Your Chairs! Turn Them! Turn Them!”

Oh dear. I am so sorry to begin this recap of The Voice‘s fourth round of Season 7 Blind Auditions with an all-caps rant, but come on, I’m not the only one who finds himself shouting and gesticulating wildly when Gwen, Pharrell, Adam and Blake ignore winning PowerBall tickets falling from heaven, am I?

And by “winning PowerBall tickets,” of course, I mean serious contenders like Toia Jones and Amanda Lee Peers, who tonight had to settle for two- and one-chair turns, respectively, while
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Check Out New Images Of Michael Keaton And Friends In Birdman

True confession time: you can keep your gravelly-voiced Christian Bales and your nipple-suited George Clooneys – my favorite Batman will always be Michael Keaton. In fact, Keaton raises the bar in just about every good, bad, or indifferent role he’s ever played. In his latest film Birdman, from director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, it looks like Keaton might finally be getting his critical due.

Birdman tells the story of a former movie superhero star Riggan Thompson who gets a chance to stage his comeback via Broadway in an adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Family, friends, and ego get in the way as opening night approaches, and Thompson finds himself faced with personal and professional challenges. In addition to Keaton, the film stars Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts – so if Keaton’s name was not enough to get you into the theater,
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Review: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

True confession time -- the first time that I watched Sin City (2005), I wasn't enthused due to my naivete. However, a recent viewing with the mindset of watching a graphic novel brought to life changed my perspective drastically. I found myself engaged by the characters, and therefore I was anxious to see what co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller had in the cards with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

This film is both a prequel and sequel at the same time, as we learn more about the central characters from the first installment -- Marv (Mickey Rourke) is still bashing in heads but this time he gets called in to help Nancy (Jessica Alba) and Dwight (Josh Brolin) with their own personal vendettas. Nancy grieves for the death of her childhood hero and only love, Hartigan (Bruce Willis), who keeps his promise to never leave her even if
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For the Easily Spooked, ‘The Returned’ is a Creepy Arthouse Alternative for Halloween

Halloween is one of my least favorite times as a critic. I generally don’t care for horror films or TV series that scare for scariness’ sake; I’ve never really felt the desire to watch a bunch of teenagers get slaughtered for no reason in increasingly fucked up ways. Moreover, I’m laughably easy to frighten, and paranoid to boot, so a particular image or fear might give me the chills from here to eternity. True Confession: the sight of the Scream mask still gets my heart racing after all these years. That’s why I so greatly enjoyed the Sundance Channel’s The Returned; it feels like a work of horror made for people like me. Premiering on Halloween at 9 Pm and airing every Thursday night at the same time thereafter, the eight-episode import from France is more creepy than scary (think the resurrected undead, not blood and guts), and boasts considerable emotional complexity
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The X Factor Recap: Bring Me the Head of Paulina Rubio! [Insert Crowd Roaring Here]

The X Factor Recap: Bring Me the Head of Paulina Rubio! [Insert Crowd Roaring Here]
Paulina Rubio (Code name: “Still No Idea Who That Is”) finally got her Big Moment on The X Factor tonight. The occupant of the Britney Spears Chair of English Manglage and Barely Formed Thoughts has shone especially dim during her Season 3 tenure — particularly sitting alongside the high-wattage wit and wisdom of Kelly Rowland and the scrappy sparkle of Demi Lovato.

Unfortunately for Pow-leena (as host Mario Lopez prefers to overemphasize it), the Big Moment probably didn’t resemble what she and her management team had envisioned when she hopped aboard Fox’s second-most-popular reality singing competition (out of two).

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The Good Wife Season 5 Premiere Recap: 'Are You Having Second Thoughts?'

The Good Wife Season 5 Premiere Recap: 'Are You Having Second Thoughts?'
Warning: If you haven’t yet watched the Season 5 premiere of The Good Wife, proceed directly to some other TVLine article. Everyone else, jump on in!

What could be scarier than being strapped to a gurney to be executed for a crime you didn’t commit, only to have the on-call nurse not be able to locate a viable vein for your lethal injection? How about being called into a room with the entire partnership of Lockhart Gardner when you know you’re in the midst of double-crossing them?

Video | The Good Wife‘s Christine Baranski Previews the ‘Alicia-gate’ Blow-Up

Ok,
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Spike Lee's Essential Film List (Video)

Spike Lee's Essential Film List (Video)
My fellow Nyu alumnus Spike Lee, now a grad school professor, has posted on Kickstarter the list of films that he considers to be essential viewing for any aspiring filmmaker. He gives it out to his students on the first day of class. It's a fabulous list! He's right. Any proper cinephile should have seen all these films. Have you? (Remember, I'm the one who called my college boyfriend a "movie moron" for not having seen "2001: A Space Odyssey"--which isn't on Lee's list.) Your Netflix queue awaits. True confession: I am ordering up "Cooley High," "Dead End," "Kung Fu Hustle," "I Am Cuba," "Miracle in Milan" and "Paisan." Lee's list includes three films each by masters Akira Kurosawa (the filmmaker at the top of my personal pantheon of directors), Alfred HitchcockStanley Kubrick, John Huston, and Federico Fellini. He also includes Arthur Penn's "Bonnie and Clyde,
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The 2013 Tony Awards: How Was Neil Patrick Harris' Opening Number? (Take Our Poll!)

The 2013 Tony Awards: How Was Neil Patrick Harris' Opening Number? (Take Our Poll!)
True confession time: I’m not much of a Broadway theater expert — unless you consider the fact that I recapped two seasons of Smash. (“Wait, that just makes you a masochist,” you say.)

But who can resist the charms of Neil Patrick Harris Hosting the 2013 Tony Awards? Certainly not me, especially when we’ll finally find out whether Bombshell or Hit List takes home the most statuettes. (I kid! I kid!)

Video | Tony Awards’ Cancelled TV Show Musical Number Brings Out the Stars of Smash, The New Normal and More

Seriously, though, let’s talk about Harris’ legendary opening number,
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What We're Reading This Weekend: Fun Fiction for the Start of Summer

What We're Reading This Weekend: Fun Fiction for the Start of Summer
What makes a great beach read? Romance, escape, and high odds for a happy ending - plus enough suspense to keep those pages breezily turning. Share your thoughts on the novels we'll be losing ourselves in this Memorial Day - and let us know what you're reading. Julie Dam, Assistant Managing Editor Her Pick: Pastors' Wives by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen I have two little kids so my reading list is usually in the Maisy and Pinkalicious vein. But this holiday weekend I'm digging into Pastors' Wives, a lively, funny novel set at a Southern evangelical megachurch. Even for non-religious readers
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American Idol Season 12 Top 8 Results Recap: Ask a Baby Not to Cry [Updated]

American Idol Season 12 Top 8 Results Recap: Ask a Baby Not to Cry [Updated]
Practically every second of American Idol provides juicy fodder for conspiracy theorists, paranoid superfans and hardcore cynics on their second glasses of sauvignon blanc.

Take, for example, the Season 12 Top 8 results telecast: As the five remaining ladies and three surviving guys teamed up for a performance of Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll,” I wondered to myself, who’s going to be stuck with the line, “say I’m old-fashioned, say I’m over the hill”? And will that be the tipoff as to who’s walking the plank and joining the “Eighth-Place Club” alongside Jon Peter Lewis,
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Gaumont's Barbarella TV series coming to life with Skyfall writers; Nicolas Winding Refn will direct

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True confession: I've never seen the 1968 Barbarella starring Jane Fonda.  It's sitting in my Netflix queue like homework and perhaps I'll get to it one day, but it's just not high enough on my list of movie-watching priorities.  I'm sure it's got some fun sci-fi nostalgia, but I'm in no rush.  However, the news that Skyfall writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are penning a new TV series of the property for Gaumont with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn directing has me all sorts of...
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TV trailer round-up: new promos for Dexter, Homeland, and American Horror Story

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True confession time; I've never seen either Dexter or Homeland.  They're two raved-about shows that I'm always pointed to when the discussion of "best shows on TV" comes up.  Here's the dilemma: There's too many great shows on TV today.  Sounds crazy, right?  Ten years ago, this wasn't the case.  Now, with production value, star power, and overall content improvement, TV has become the perfect venue for creators and stars who, until recently, would've considered TV a death...
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American Idol Top 5 Set List Spoilers Leaked: But Who Will Sing What?

American Idol Top 5 Set List Spoilers Leaked: But Who Will Sing What?
The set list for tonight’s American Idol Top 5 performance show has been leaked by band leader Ray Chew — in addition to the previously announced British Music theme, the remaining finalists will also tackle a track from the 1960s — and now it’s time to speculate who will sing what.

First, here are the song spoilers, which include a lot of familiar titles. (Oh Uncle Nigel, when will you hire a year-round staff to start pre-clearing a fresher and deeper song library?)

The ’60s

The Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”

The Box Tops’ “The Letter”

Ike and Tina Turner
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Dancing With the Stars Week 5 Performance Recap: Tangos in the Night

True confession: I had a hard time facing Week 5 of Dancing With the Stars without the presence of ebullient quote machine Sherri Shepherd. But there was no time for tears as the nine remaining couples prepared to Samba, Salsa and Tango the night away. That’s right, welcome to Latin Night, or as I like to call it, the episode in which William Levy shook his ample bon-bon.

But it wasn’t just the promise of shimmying booty, but also trouble, that hung heavy in the ballroom air: A trio of injury-plagued faves — Melissa Gilbert (concussion), Maria Menounos (stress
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