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2015
Jun
7
 
 
Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth are the hosts of this year’s Tony Awards, which promise excitement on both the drama and musical sides of the fence. With drama, there’s the question of whether Bradley Cooper will win for his starring role in The Elephant Man, or whether another familiar film face, Bill Nighy, will win for Skylight. Actresses, too, are well-represented by screen stars, including Helen Mirren in The Audience, Elisabeth Moss in The Heidi Chronicles, and Carey Mulliga
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
7
 
 
Game 2. It’s unfair to say of LeBron James, given his output in Game 1, that if he’d only made one more of his three throws, his Cleveland Cavaliers would have won that first game against the Golden State Warriors, instead of losing in overtime. Cleveland’s more significant loss, though, was that of James’ gifted teammate Kyrie Irving, who fractured his already injured left kneecap in overtime and will be missing from the rest of this year’s Finals. Given the deeper
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
7
 
 
How about last week’s episode, folks? I don’t think I’ve ever, ever seen a more extended battle sequence on a television series – or one which, after all that jaw-dropping action, managed to end with one unexpected, stunning, absolutely chilling capper at the end. And what happens tonight? In the North, Kit Harington’s Jon Snow returns to the Wall – while further south, Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister and Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen contin
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
7
 
 
This series, like WGN’s Salem, has gotten shockingly creepy this season, and both series are pitting strong and ruthless supernatural women against one another. On Penny Dreadful, it seems as though the witches surrounding and bedeviling our heroes have every advantage, including love spells, voodoo dolls and inside informants – but the fight’s not over yet. Helen McCrory plays Evelyn Poole, the main, mean, witchly antagonist.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
6
 
 

The subtitles of all 62 episodes are dissected for both transparent and hidden meanings. Also under a microscope: the color palette, the carnage, deadly chemicals...Through it all, creator Vince Gilligan is expansive on subjects...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
6
 
 
American Pharaoh has a shot today at completing horse racing’s Triple Crown – and becoming the first horse to do so since the Carter Administration. (That’s the era, not the horse. The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed, in 1978.)
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
6
 
 
This 2014 drama, about a big-city lawyer returning to his small town and defending his father, a respected judge, who’s accused of murder, is a powerhouse display of assured acting styles. Robert Duvall plays the father, Robert Downey Jr. the son – and really, what more do you need to say? How about this: Co-stars include Vincent D’Onofrio, Vera Farmiga and Billy Bob Thornton.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
6
 
 
Writer-director John Carney, creator of Once, taps into the restorative and emotional powers of musical collaboration once again. This time, in this 2014 film, it’s about a dismissed music executive (Mark Ruffalo) who finds inspiration in the music, and promise, of a young singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley).
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
6
 
 
How could this season pack any more surprises into its narrative? Well, tonight, it does, fleshing out a mysterious image from the season premiere: Another of Tatiana Maslany’s clones. This one, introduced officially tonight, is a blonde, named Krystal.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
6
 
 
Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law and Chris Pratt are all on the couch tonight – and while you might expect McCarthy to dominate all the comic proceedings, The Graham Norton Show always has some surprises up its sleeve. And tonight, they include Jurassic World star Chris Pratt doing his spot-on accent of some young people from Essex in a British TV show he watched for months when working overseas – a show he described as the local Jersey Shore.