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2017
Jul
29
 
 
Tonight’s SNL is a repeat of the show, from last season, hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star and composer of the Broadway smash Hamilton. This episode was performed live on Oct. 8, 2016, a month before the presidential election – and one day after news broke about the 2005 recording in which Donald Trump boasted of groping and gabbing women, using unforgettably vulgar language. That news, and that videotape and audio, broke on a Friday. The next night, Miranda opened SNL by singin
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
29
 
 
Twin Peaks: The Return isn’t the only genre drama in which Kyle MacLachlan has starred, with a key plot point being the ability of mysterious beings to absorb or inhabit bodies. In 1987, three years before MacLachlan starred as FBI Agent Dale Cooper in the original Twin Peaks, he played an FBI agent investigating a mysterious case in The Hidden. The case is really mysterious because he’s on the trail of an alien parasite who can take over the bodies and consciousness of unsuspecting
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
29
 
 
Rob Lowe insists he’s not a paranormal investigator. More like a weekend warrior...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
29
 
 
History Channel has released its trailer for Season 5 of Vikings at the recently finished Comic Con – the new season without its lead character Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) who came to the end of the line last year...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
28
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: When F. Scott Fitzgerald was writing The Last Tycoon, Hollywood press agents and newspaper gossip columnists controlled the image of Hollywood, studio chiefs controlled them and everyone else, and writers, actors and producers worked within and without the system to make movies, and sometimes art, while going about (and often hiding) their private lives. Peeking behind the glittery curtain of show biz was a rarity then, but it’s commonplace enough to be tired now – a
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
28
 
 
What a month. And what a career. TCM’s 50 Years of Hitchcock concludes tonight by showing the final five films in the amazing resume of film director Alfred Hitchcock. There’s not an absolute classic in the bunch, but, as with every Hitchcock film, even the minor movies contains moments of impressive and entertaining ingenuity. Tonight’s final lap begins at 8 p.m. ET with 1964’s Marnie, in which Hitchcock teams Tippi Hedren (from the previous year’s Hitchcock master
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
28
 
 
Tonight’s episode is called “Tudor Week,” and pays homage to the court and royal treats available in the time of King Henry VIII, with such showstoppers, or meal-enders, as fancy cakes (pictured) and centerpiece pies. Today, though, even with all specialty grocery stores and the Internet, it won’t be easy to find the ingredients for some of these fabled Tudor pies. Try shopping, for example, for four and twenty blackbirds… Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
28
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Mark and Jay Duplass get another HBO series, and this one is an anthology format, with different casts and stories each week all taking place in the same motel room. In tonight’s opener, Melonie Diaz arrives at Room 104 to babysit a young boy (played by Ethan Kent, pictured with Diaz) as the father goes out for the evening. It’s an episode that plays to the scary and perhaps even the supernatural, with imaginary characters who may or may not be real. Other episodes s
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
28
 
 
The final entry in TCM’s 50 Years of Hitchcock is this 1976 movie that is more comic than most Hitchcock films, and also more reliant on the actors as playfully portrayed characters. Barbara Harris and Bruce Dern play low-level schemers and scammers who uncover and may profit from someone else’s crime – and William Devane and Karen Black play the criminals in question. Notice, in particular, Black, who gets to don a disguise (pictured), during one robbery, that’s essentia
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
28
 
 
If your sleep issue is that you don’t have enough nightmares, several episodes of HBO’s new Room 104 should be just the antidote you were looking for...