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2016
Mar
26
 
 
The comedian's death at age 66 generated many testimonials of praise. One of the best was from fan Lawrence O'Donnell of MSNBC...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
25
 
 
The second half of the Sweet 16 contest is decided tonight, with two games apiece televised by CBS and TBS. CBS goes first, at 7 p.m. ET, with No. 1 Virginia facing No. 4 Iowa State. TBS starts at 7:15 ET, with No. 6 Notre Dame going against No. 7. Wisconsin. The later games are an exciting matchup of surviving double-digit seeds, No. 10 Syracuse vs. No. 11 Gonzaga (9:30 p.m. ET on CBS), and the night’s other top seed, North Carolina, facing No. 5 Indiana (9:45 p.m. ET on TBS). The storied
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
25
 
 
This 1990 romantic comedy has some very durable set pieces – but the performances by both Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, making this potentially twisted Disney fantasy work, are worth admiring no matter how many years go by. And, for the record, more than 25 years have gone by…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
25
 
 
This new documentary looks at the long, sometimes lewd tradition of Spring Break in Florida’s Daytona Beach. That wasn’t the only location for those annual revelries in South Florida – Ft. Lauderdale was equally raucous, and perhaps even more famous, at least until MTV came south for the sunshine, suds and chicanery. Spring Broke looks at the rivalry, and beachlike ebb and flow, of those twin celebrations. Experience or relive it all here – from a safe distance.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
25
 
 
There are plenty of current events to discuss, including the latest terrorist attack, this time claiming 31 deaths in Brussels. There’s also the sudden death this week of comedian Garry Shandling. Expect Bill Maher to note them both…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
24
 
 
Garry Shandling thought a lot about his craft, fretted a lot about how people would perceive and receive him. But be assured of this. His death Thursday at age 66 silenced one of the great comedic minds of the last quarter century...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
24
 
 
Mireille Enos seldom if ever let a smile be her umbrella in AMC’s The Killing, even during those drenching, ever-present rainstorms. That all changes in the early stages of ABC’s very modern and stylish The Catch...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
24
 
 
We’re down to the Sweet 16 – and tonight’s brackets are full of top-seeded teams, because they’ve prevailed in the South and West brackets, with no team ranked lower than No. 5. Half of tonight’s action takes place on CBS, beginning at 7 p.m. ET with No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 3 Miami (FL), followed at 9:30 p.m. ET by No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 5 Maryland. Over on TBS, the action begins at 7:15 p.m. ET, with No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Texas A&M. Then, at 9:45 p.m. ET, it&r
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
24
 
 
This 2001 movie, a collaboration of sorts between Steven Spielberg and, posthumously, Stanley Kubrick (they had traded ideas on this concept for years, and Spielberg completed it incorporating Kubrick’s final notes), is a sci-fi take on Pinocchio, starring Haley Joel Osment as an artificially created being who longs to be a real boy. The reason I point it out tonight, other than that it’s an underrated movie in the Spielberg canon, is that it’s the start of a cleverly paired Ci
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
24
 
 
Tonight’s guest mentors are Sia (who ought to give really helpful tips on making eye contact with the audience) and Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. At the end of the night, the Top 4 will be standing, and will have performed twice, including one Sia song. If La’Porsha Renae isn’t among those moving on, the final season of Idol voters will have left the show with a very sorry swan song. She’s on track to win, and could provide the show with its