Newswire: R.I.P. Christopher Lee

British-born actor Sir Christopher Lee, whose career may be one of the most prolific and diverse in film history, has died. Lee reportedly died on Sunday, June 7 after being admitted to a London hospital for respiratory problems and heart failure. He was 93. Lee first truly rose to fame in the 1958 Hammer Films production of Dracula (a.k.a. Horror […]

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Movie Review: Mia Wasikowska plays Madame Bovary in a passable take on the great novel

Emma Bovary, the protagonist of Gustave Flaubert’s 1856 novel Madame Bovary, ranks among the most fearsomely complex characters in classic literature. On the surface, she can be insufferable: a creature of pure impulse, selfish and entitled, like a 19th-century Kardashian trapped in a reality show she can’t handle. Flaubert ridicules her constantly, but he also feels tenderly toward her, and […]

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Movie Review: Dylan Thomas gets the tastefully pointless treatment in Set Fire To The Stars

BBC veteran Andy Goddard’s debut feature, Set Fire To The Stars, is an exercise in tasteful pointlessness, shot in flat black and white and scored (by Gruff Rhys, of all people) with tinkling piano and sawing strings that evoke nothing so much as an aura of cut-rate class. Set during the first week of Dylan Thomas’ 1950 American reading tour, […]

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Newswire: Showtime picks up Episodes for a fifth (and maybe final) season

As reported by Deadline, Showtime’s Episodes—the comedy series in which Matt LeBlanc plays a fictionalized version of himself—has just been picked up for a nine-episode fifth season. Thanks to the low number of episodes that cable networks air per season, those nine episodes will put Episodes just shy of the number of episodes of Joey that NBC produced (many of […]

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TV Club: WWE NXT: June 10, 2015

NXT is in a weird holding pattern right now. It’s typically like that after a live special, with all the feuds resetting and new talent making their debuts. The result is a string of shows that lack any sort of forceful storytelling. There’s lots of good wrestling to be sure, but a lot of that wrestling doesn’t really mean anything […]

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Newswire: Chris Hemsworth will play the receptionist for the all-female Ghostbusters

Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot is only two days into shooting, and it’s already taking fire on some hoary old specters: idea specters, that is. News broke today that Chris Hemsworth has been cast as the group’s receptionist, firing a big, proton-pack-powered blast at the dead idea that answering phones could be, like busting ghosts, a job with gendered connotations. Hemsworth […]

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