Monthly Archives: November 2014

Move or adapt

The winners and losers in this coming fan-centric, direct-to-consumer world have yet to be determined. What is clear today is the list of requirements for success: attributes that will excite users — more customization, control, and perceived value — and distinctive, habit-forming brands and experiences that turn commodity eyeballs into devoted fans. Transitioning to a…
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Synopsis: Two cousins make their way up Atlanta’s rap scene. What You Need To Know: In one of those strange “Capote”-ish coincidences (or perhaps not, given the success of “Empire”), two of the biggest cable networks are each premiering a comedy show set in the music world in Atlanta. HBO’s effort is “Brothers In Atlanta,”…
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“Shots Fired”

Synopsis: An investigator and a special prosecutor investigate a series of racially charged shootings in a Tennessee town. What You Need To Know: Aside from the occasional blip — “American Crime,” for instance — network TV mostly shies away from hot-button issues or bold ambition in their shows, but with ratings continuing to plummet, that’s…
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Super Bowl Commercials Of 2016

The Super Bowl has come to a close and once again, we laughed, we cheered, we oohed and ahhed. This year, we even “ewwwed” quite a bit. (Toe fungus and intestinal problems do not go well with my chips and dip!) But while the action on the field was a bit on the boring side,…
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A Great Actor

Forest Steven Whitaker III is an American actor, director, and producer. He has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Bird, Platoon, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
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M1A2 Abrams

The upgraded tanks cost about $7.5million each, according to the Army. Out of a fleet of nearly 2,400 tanks, roughly two-thirds are the improved versions, which the Army refers to with a moniker that befits their heft: the M1A2SEPv2, and service officials said they have plenty of them.
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Over budget and under water?

A general film industry rule of thumb is that everything has to be multiplied by three when it comes to filming in water; jobs that take one person one day and cost £100 on dry land will take three people three days and cost £300 when you try to do them in water
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TV doesn’t get much respect


TV doesn’t get much respect. It rots your brain and grows couch potatoes. But the so-called idiot box also swings elections, rewires brains, snares criminals, and even sways the Supreme Court. The following may not be the best shows of the last 25 years—in fact, some are among the worst—but their impact reaches far beyond the living room.