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‘Mockingjay, Part 1′ Sings a Song Of Consequence and Disappointment

While the overriding themes of The Hunger Games novels always centered on the politics set in a dystopian future supposedly signaling the path we’ve laid out for ourselves, the films have leaned more on the unintended consequences that shape the world the series is set in. The disappointment from those repercussions always seems to surprise everyone integral to […]

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‘The Flash,’ Iris West and the ick factor

Anyone who knows me personally, follows me on social media or is familiar with my writing here at The AP Party probably won’t be surprised that my favorite new TV show of the fall is CW’s The Flash. Given my love of comic books, superheroes and geek culture, you might think I enjoy this show […]

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‘Rosewater’ shows promise from Jon Stewart, but lacks depth

Let’s get the big question out of the way first: Rosewater demonstrates that Jon Stewart can direct a film. Skepticism or doubt for the comedian and host of The Daily Show making a serious film about a journalist’s four-month imprisonment in Iran is understandable. As awards season ramps up, perhaps we’ll read some backbiting snark […]

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Band Aid 30 single raises $1 million in 5 minutes to fight Ebola

In 1984, musician Bob Geldof gathered a supergroup of British musicians and rock stars to record a single that would raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. “Band Aid” was an incredible success and has inspired similar charitable efforts over the past 30 years. New recordings of the song were released for the same cause in […]

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‘SNL’ Recap: Woody Harrelson Gets ‘SNL’ Back On Track

Woody Harrelson likes weed. If you didn’t know that fact, you do now because of Harrelson’s monologue which had the actor singing about the first time he hosted in 1989. This time around, he was joined by his Hunger Games co-stars Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, and Jennifer Lawrence, who Harrelson thought was Taylor Swift. Because weed. Saturday’s […]

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‘Whiplash’ challenges with its intensity, but is absolutely compelling

Whiplash could be the best sports movie of the year. OK, Whiplash isn’t a sports movie. It’s about music, art, teaching and ambition. The main characters are a 19-year-old jazz drummer and the wrathful instructor who pushes his students mercilessly to achieve greatness. Though this story takes place at the fictional Shaffer Conservatory of Music […]

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‘The Six Billion Dollar Man’ taps into a nostalgia well run dry

Just how many people out there were yearning to see a big-screen, major motion picture remake of The Six Million Dollar Man TV show? Last week, Deadline reported that Mark Wahlberg would star in The Six Billion Dollar Man, with Peter Berg directing. The two previously worked together on last year’s Lone Survivor, about a […]

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The newest installment of NBC’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ is here

Last week, NBC announced the new cast of Celebrity Apprentice — the seventh season featuring celebs and 14th overall — that will premiere on Jan. 4, 2015. The lineup is interesting, to say the least. And apparently, during an appearance on Today, host Donald Trump alluded to this cast hating each other more than on […]

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John Oliver’s First Year on HBO Was An Unquestioned Success

Using puppets, a Scottish unicorn, a breakdancing Abraham Lincoln and a Salmon Cannon, the first year of John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight has been a tremendous success for HBO. Averaging about one million viewers per episode, the 24-episode run became one of the network’s biggest non-Game of Thrones highlights and has catapulted John Oliver into the […]

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‘Interstellar’ reaches for the stars, but eventually hits a wall

My standard for science fiction movies is rather simple: I want to see something I haven’t seen before. Perhaps that standard should be higher, especially in regards to story over special effects. But above all, when I go to the theater, I want to be dazzled. I want to see something relatively original, something not […]

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‘SNL’ Needs To Be Edgy Again

At one time, Saturday Night Live was considered edgy. It stormed onto television sets in 1975, giving the middle-finger to Johnny Carson and the golden age of television. It aired at a time reserved for late night movies, and on a night when people had more important things to do than watch 90 minutes of comedy. Yet, […]

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Man serves himself to snake in Discovery’s ‘Eaten Alive’

Who says there are no original ideas in television anymore? Producers and executives at Discovery are apparently big fans of the 1997 movie Anaconda, and thought it would make a great idea for a new reality TV show. Or should this be called a stunt? On Dec. 7, the network will air a program titled […]

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‘Birdman’ may be existential parody, but has something for everyone

If you think there are just too many superhero franchises taking over movie theaters these days, Birdman might be the movie for you. Based on his script, director Alejandro González Iñárritu certainly seems to feel this way. The entire movie isn’t about this. But it does form part of the foundation for his lead character, Riggan […]

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‘SNL’ Recap: Chris Rock Has A Rough Return To Studio 8H

Producing a live show in six days is tough, and doing it on a high level consistently for 40 years is unheard of in television. This is something that makes Saturday Night Live unique and a landmark of American television. This consistency also makes SNL the target for harsh criticism when the show is not […]

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Five Movies That Will Make You Laugh… And Scream

Ryan Murphy, creator of American Horror Story and Glee, recently unveiled some of the details for his latest creation, Scream Queens. This female-led, anthology series for Fox is set to premiere next fall, and according to Murphy will launch a whole new genre, “comedy-horror.” Wait. What? Anyone who likes horror, or comedy, knows that the […]

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