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Possessing ‘the Fascination of Rattlesnakes Courting in a Bathtub.’ Two Must-See Movies on TV Tonight

Watching the first episode of the return of “House of Cards” reminded me of a review I read recently that said watching certain characters on the screen possesses “the fascination of rattlesnakes courting in a bathtub." But the review was…

Feb 26, 2014

Costume Designers on Top TV and Film Productions Get a Chance to Shine

It was another big night for TV darlings “House of Cards,” “Behind the Candelabra” and “Downton Abbey” as their respective costume designers, Tom Broecker, Ellen Mirojnick and Caroline McCall took the top prizes at the 16th Costume Designers Guild Awards….

Feb 26, 2014

Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Debut Is Tonight. Does He Believe Enough in Himself to Excel? Back to the Future

I’ve seen a leaked script of what may be Jimmy Fallon’s debut tonight on "The Tonight Show," and here’s the cold opening — instead of a monologue — which notes that there is plenty of room for ad-libs: Title cards…

Feb 17, 2014

Sex! Thrilling Ecstasy! Stabbing! More Sex! Hollywood! Scandal! It’s One of the Most Salacious Pieces We’ve Ever Written, All in an Attempt to Convince You to Set Your DVR to Record a Movie with a Dull Title That’s One of the Best We’ve Ever Seen

In the summer of 1936, the biggest news on the world stage was the Olympics. Four years after the mostly uneventful games in Los Angeles, Germany’s chancellor, Adolf Hitler, was trying to make a political statement with the games in…

Feb 9, 2014

On the Scene at aTVfest: A Digital Media Experience — The Secrets Behind ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ ‘ CeeLo Green’s The Good Life’ … and So Much More

It turned out to be the calm before Winter Storm Pax threatened Atlanta, but instead of calm, there were three days and nights of excitement as the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) presented its second aTVfest: A Digital…

Feb 8, 2014

Writers Guild Awards Honor ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Veep’ — We Have the Full List of Winners

Four months after its record-breaking series finale, the accolades for “Breaking Bad” keep rolling in. The latest came Saturday night when the AMC drama took the award for best drama series at the 2014 Writers Guild Awards, which honor outstanding…

Feb 5, 2014