TV Club: Misplaced heroism tears apart Uhtred’s life on The Last Kingdom

It was inevitable that after two episodes of frantic action and a furious plot pace that The Last Kingdom would take a step back and contemplate where it’s going. “Episode 3” is a much slower episode, one that’s more reliant on mood and deep thematic work than battles and chases to push forward storylines and character arcs. That’s not necessarily […]

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Newswire: TV-show-turned-theme-park-ride to become theme-park-ride-turned-movie

Disney has announced that it’s working on a feature film adaptation of one of its most popular rides: The Twilight Zone-branded Tower Of Terror, an extended exercise in the horrors of moving up and down kind of rapidly while ghosts yell old-timey stuff in your face. The new film—stripped of its Twilight Zone moniker, peeled off by Warner Bros. for […]

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Newswire: David Bowie has an “odd” new album coming out in January

That guy who’s spending the year pretending to be David Bowie many need to update his portrayal soon, with The Times Of London reporting that the Thin White Duke has a new album coming out early next year. Titled Blackstar, the new seven-song disc is being described as Bowie’s weirdest output in years, apparently mixing “jazzy jams” with Gregorian chanting […]

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Newswire: R.I.P. Maureen O’Hara, star of Rio Grande and Miracle On 34th Street

Maureen O’Hara, a performer whose 60-year acting career included starring roles in the original versions of Miracle On 34th Street and The Parent Trap, as well as long and fruitful collaborations with John Wayne and director John Ford, has died. O’Hara was 95. Born in Ireland, O’Hara moved to the U.S. after the outbreak of World War II, where her […]

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Interview: Clarissa Explains It All creator Mitchell Kriegman explains his new Clarissa book

Who could have guessed when Clarissa Explains It All premiered on Nickelodeon back in 1991 that, 24 years later, viewers would still be talking about it, wondering about the fates of its characters and waxing rhapsodic about the titular character’s off-the-wall fashion choices? Even for the show’s creator, Mitchell Kriegman, that was probably wishful thinking. And yet here we are, […]

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Newswire: So, Johnny Depp, Edgar Wright, and Neil Gaiman walk into a movie…

Threatening to finally break down the barriers between our world and the Quirkiverse, where everything is interesting, Variety is reporting that Johnny Depp, Neil Gaiman, and Edgar Wright might be teaming up for a film. The proposed project, an adaptation of Gaiman’s time-travelling children’s story Fortunately, The Milk, would tell the tale of a father who goes out to get […]

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Random Roles: Carol Kane on Scrooged, Andy Kaufman, and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about. The actor: Carol Kane has become so well known for her work in comedy that it’s often forgotten that she first earned a name for herself through more dramatic efforts, […]

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TV Club: A cyclops, a stranger, and an empty grave bring horror back to The Knick

In a way “Ten Knots” was easy. Almost all of the main characters were sequestered in separate storylines, give or take Gallinger’s boat ride or Harry’s visit from Cleary. Ten individual knots. Things are more complicated now that everyone but Harry is back at the Knick. There’s a lot more collusion and collision in “You’re No Rose.” Thack, Gallinger, and […]

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