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Slogging Through Harry Potter: The Movies

By admin Published: June 30, 2007

It was about 15 minutes into "Chamber of Secrets" that I decided I had had enough Potter onscreen for one day ...

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Joel Siegel, R.I.P. (Updated)

By admin Published: June 29, 2007

The movie reviewer for ABC has died. The ABC news story is after the jump ...

I'm adding a link to Roger Ebert's tribute, since Ebert knew Siegel and knows something about illness, too. Also, Ebert quotes a line from Siegel that, even when you're not fighting death, says something about how a critic operates in the middle of real life:

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Goodbye, "Studio 60"

By admin Published: June 29, 2007

Are we done? Please, please, tell me that's it. ...

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"Transformers": Absurdity Triumphant

By admin Published: June 29, 2007

(Because studios get hinky about movies being reviewed too soon, this is not a review. More like notes from a viewing of what could well be the summer's biggest movie. To the notes, then:)

One of the smartest things about "Transformers" is that it knows that the basic idea is pretty ridiculous ...

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"Rescue Me" Fallout (Updated)

By admin Published: June 28, 2007

If you haven't watched this week's episode, don't go to the jump. ...

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Harry Potter: The Books

By admin Published: June 27, 2007

Only so many hours in the day, right? Some things have to be put off. For instance, I have never sat and watched "Titanic" from beginning to end. And, until recently, I had never read a Harry Potter book -- a situation I rather aggressively remedied ...

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TV's Platform Diving

By admin Published: June 27, 2007

I think that I have written before about the way watching TV has come to require watching TV. But the evidence keeps piling up, as in this announcement today:

ESPN, ABC and the National Basketball Association (NBA) will significantly expand their global relationship with ESPN’s most comprehensive digital rights package negotiated with any major professional sports league and enhanced television coverage in an eight-year extension beginning in 2008-09, it was announced today. ... Under the terms of the new deal, the NBA will deliver content for 17 ESPN platforms, including: ABC, ABC HD, ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN2, ESPN2 HD, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes, ESPN International, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile Publishing, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPNU and ESPN podcasts. The deal will also cover all new platforms ESPN creates or develops relationships with through the end of the agreement in 2016.

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Molly Shannon Update

By admin Published: June 27, 2007

A new project for Lifetime, which sounds highly reminiscent of Michael Keaton's 1996 movie "Multiplicity." Details after the jump ...

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Talking Mummys

By admin Published: June 27, 2007

Discovery Channel says it has found Hatshepsut, a female pharoah. (But shouldn't we be cautious? As B.B. King once said, "Nobody loves me but my mummy. And she may be jivin' too.")

Released details after the jump...

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You Think You're Funny?

By admin Published: June 26, 2007

Oxygen may want to exploit you...

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Blog

By admin Published: June 23, 2007

I am not, for the most part, very good at vacations ...

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Harry Potter and the HeldenFiles Vacation

By admin Published: June 20, 2007

I've been on an extended break from the office, and have spent the bulk of it soaking up sun and going through the Harry Potter novels in order. (I'm a couple of hundred pages into the fifth at this point.) Will have a few notes later.

Small world, though. Here we are, on the coast of Florida, and the bride is channel-flipping one evening and comes across the Beacon Journal's Phil Trexler being interviewed by Nancy Grace.

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"Rescue Me" and Me

By admin Published: June 13, 2007

Tommy Gavin and his guys are in a state of confusion. I know the feeling ...

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More "Sopranos"

By admin Published: June 12, 2007

My friend Alan Sepinwall has a post-finale interview with David Chase; even if you've read excerpts, you can find the whole thing here

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"Knocked Up"

By admin Published: June 10, 2007

Strange as it may seem, considering what I do for a living, the bride and I went to a movie this afternoon. And one question immediately comes up: Why wasn't Linda Cardellini the female lead?

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Goodbye, "Sopranos"

By admin Published: June 10, 2007

I wrote a few notes for tomorrow's Beacon Journal, which I am posting after the jump ...

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"Grey's Anatomy": Burke Out

By admin Published: June 8, 2007

The medical drama has decided not to renew the contract of Isaiah Washington, who caused a storm last season with his use of anti-gay slur ...

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"Closer" News

By admin Published: June 7, 2007

During a break from compiling Paris Hilton news, I found this in the e-mail basket:

Emmy®-nominated actress Frances Sternhagen (Sex and the City) will return this season to TNT’s THE CLOSER as Brenda’s slightly overbearing mother, Willie Ray Johnson. And now we’ll meet Brenda’s dad, the tough, but charming Clay Johnson, played by Emmy-nominated actor Barry Corbin (Northern Exposure, TNT’s Monty Walsh). Clay is a retired military officer who owns auto parts stores around the metro Atlanta area. Both are slated to appear in episodes ten (August 20), eleven (August 27), fourteen (December) and fifteen (December).

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"Jericho" Picked Up

By admin Published: June 6, 2007

I've been skeptical about fan campaigns to save shows, but this one seems to have worked ...

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"House": I Dare Ya ...

By admin Published: June 6, 2007

Didn't get to the "House" season finale until the weekend ...

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Indians, Cavs, Ghoulardi and the Era of Good Feelings

By admin Published: June 6, 2007

Around this time in 1997, my friend Tom Feran and I were working on our book "Ghoulardi," about Ernie Anderson and his TV creation. The book came out that fall, and sold well, and made us some new friends. ...

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The Benefit of Being a New York-Based Actor

By admin Published: June 6, 2007

TNT offers "Sopranos" stars in a "Law & Order" marathon, after the jump ...

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"Ocean's Thirteen," Coolness and Cleverness

By admin Published: June 5, 2007

Spent the evening at a screening of "Ocean's Thirteen." Cool ..

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"Sopranos": One Left

By admin Published: June 4, 2007

Episodes, I mean. Although it's beginning to feel as if there's no need for a reunion movie ...

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Yeah, Yeah, "Studio 60"

By admin Published: June 3, 2007

As you may have realized from a previous post, this has been a weekend of family business, so it was only this evening that I finally got to "Studio 60" ...

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Notes From a Pop Culture Life

By admin Published: June 1, 2007

Took a day off from work today but the pop culture never stops ...

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