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2015
Jun
24
 
 
I ought to post a Best Bet whenever Crackle offers a new weekly installment of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee during its streaming season, because they’re always wonderful, always entertaining, and invariably worth the time. This week’s new installment, available starting today on the Crackle website, features Seinfeld trading memories, one-liners and wry observations with none other than Bill Maher. At one point, Seinfeld tells Maher that he’s really e
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
24
 
 
It’s merely coincidental that TCM is showing 1966’s One Million Years B.C. the same time that IFC is showing the 2008 film 10,000 BC, and the same night PBS is premiering First Peoples (9 p.m. ET; check local listings), a documentary about the rise of early Homo sapiens. The real reason TCM is showcasing this movie tonight is because Wednesdays, this June, are devoted to “Pin-Up Girls,” and One Million Years B.C. is one of the early, indelible examples of Raquel Welch&rsq
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
24
 
 
Another of tonight’s TCM “Pin-Up Girls” features, this one, from 1965, could have been shown Monday as part of the network’s tribute to the late Christopher Lee. He, and frequent cinematic partner Peter Cushing, are in this one as well. This version of She – the original source of the phrase  “She who must be obeyed,” the way Rumpole used to refer to his wife on Rumpole of the Bailey – isn’t the first movie version of the H. Rider Haggar
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
24
 
 
This is Episode 2 of this German-language period spy series, set in the same Ronald Reagan Cold War era as FX’s The Americans. Only this time, the hero is a young East German hired to impersonate an aide for the Stasi foreign service in the West. It’s got an unusual flavor, a sense of humor as well as danger, and the central character, played by Jonas Nay, is surrounded by treachery and surprise. Well worth a visit – and don’t be spooked by the subtitles. There's lots of
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
24
 
 
In 1968, three years after Ursula Andress starred as She, Jane Fonda starred in the title role of Barbarella, a sexy sci-fi romp based on a French comic strip and directed by her then-husband, Roger Vadim. There’s so much to say about this film – including that its villain, Durand Durand, inspired a similarly named music group in the Eighties. Anita Pallenberg (pictured with Fonda) steals every scene she’s in as the Great Tyrant, but give it up for Fonda, as well as her costume
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
23
 
 
Expectations carry a heavy burden. Just ask M. Night Shyamalan. His name featured prominently in network previews for Wayward Pines so it was only natural that early reviews focused on the idea of a once mighty feature filmmaker trying his hand on the small screen...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
23
 
 
Edgar Wright, the audacious and inventive English filmmaker known for both Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, is tonight’s guest programmer for TCM. His evening starts at 8 p.m. with 1934’s Dames (with its astounding Busby Berkeley production numbers), but his even more interesting choices come later. For example, at 9:45 p.m. ET, there’s this 1973 murder mystery, a sly death-at-sea adventure starring Richard Benjamin, James Coburn, James Mason, Raquel Welch and
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
23
 
 
It sounds, at first, like an oddly specific story for Frontline to be devoting an hour to examining: sexual harassment and rape of women working nights as janitors in office buildings across the country, often attacked by their own supervisors. But once you hear the statistics – an estimated 17,000 sexual assaults of this type occurring per year – it’s chilling. And once you hear the testimony of victims – “Everything happened so fast – fast, and at the same t
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
23
 
 
To make room for another show – Another Period – Amy Schumer’s series gets a time slot starting 30 minutes earlier. Just don’t expect there to be a reduction in the “adult” content. She’s not about to lose her head – though, in tonight’s new episode, she does get decapitated… but watch for the silent sketch in which she falls in love with her barista.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
23
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This series has a very amusing concept: transplant Real Housewives-type spoiled brats into a Downton Abbey-era setting. And it still might gel into a strong comedy, but in tonight’s pilot, the tantrum-throwing Bellacourt girls (played by Riki Lindhome from Garfunkel and Oates and Natasha Leggero), striving for attention in 1902 Rhode Island, are too exaggerated to be the center of a comedy. Others around them, though, strike just the right tone, including Michael Ian Black